Interview with vice-president Radek Špicar about EU2022CZ

The current issue of Czech & Slovak Leaders magazine is dedicated to the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU. As part of its reporting on this topic, the magazine also brings an interview with Radek Špicar, vice-president of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic and vice-president of the European confederation BusinessEurope.

When asked about the greatest achievement that the Czech Presidency could bring, Mr Špicar answers:

 “For me, a business representative, the main goal is to support our Czech and EU leaders to avoid a worsening of the current energy crisis and establish an economically and socially bearable transition pathway to deliver the goals for 2030 and 2050. We need to work jointly on a reality check of previously agreed milestones of energy and climate policies and ensure sufficient investments to facilitate the green transition of industry.

 Even in this critical situation, or better to say, because of the critical situation, we should not forget some of the necessary reforms needed in Europe, which would take us towards dynamic labour markets. There is a lot to do in Europe to reduce skills mismatches by reskilling, upskilling, or adult education to ensure sustainable competitiveness of our companies and smooth green and digital transition.

 In the current environment, all social partners on the country and EU level need to lead a constructive dialogue and deliver on their expected and respected roles. It is not only on the governments but also representatives of the employees, employers and various non-governmental organisations to orchestrate meaningful actions.”

You can read the full interview here. The link to the current issue of Czech & Slovak Leaders magazine with the interview with Radek Špicar is on page 88.

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Magazine Czech & Slovak Leaders brings interviews with top leaders and businesses and reports from high-level events, on EU matters, lifestyle and culture since 2001. Refreshed version of Czech&Slovak Leaders magazine is run by the current executive editors and owners, Eva Anderová and Meshulam Zisso.

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