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Investment framework and opportunities in the Czech Republic

Procedures Relative to Foreign Investment

Freedom of Establishment
There are no laws or practices that discriminate against foreign investors in the Czech Republic (except for certain sensitive sectors).
Acquisition of Holdings
A majority holding interest in the capital of a Czech company is legal. However, some sectors such as banking, financial services, insurance, or defense equipment have certain limitations or registration requirements, and foreign entities need to register their permanent branches in the Czech Commercial Register.  Some professionals, such as architects, physicians, lawyers, auditors, and tax advisors, must register for membership in the appropriate professional chamber.
Obligation to Declare
New legislation concerning FDI screening has been approved by the Czech parliament in 2020 (see below). In any case, foreign entities need to register their permanent branches in the Czech Commercial Register.
Competent Organisation For the Declaration
Czech Invest
Czech Commercial Register
Requests For Specific Authorisations

Generally, there is no need to get an authorisation before setting up a company, except in some sectors such as national defence, national security, nuclear energy, etc. In particular cases, companies have to contact the respective ministries.
Following the European Commission’s investment screening directive, the Czech parliament approved a bill according to which all investments made by entities outside of the EU or entities directly or indirectly controlled by entities outside of the EU will be subject to screening in case the foreign investor:

  • acquires at least 10% voting rights;
  • is a member of corporate bodies or boards;
  • exercises ownership rights (including over assets and not only shares); or
  • has access to sensitive information or technology.

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Investment Opportunities

Investment Aid Agency
Czech Invest (Business and Investment Development Agency)
Tenders, Projects and Public Procurement
TED - Tenders Electronic Daily, Business opportunities in the EU
DgMarket, Tenders Worldwide
Czech Tenders, Tenders in Czech Republic
Other Useful Resources
Doing business in the Czech Republic Database (ICAEW)
List of regional investment offices

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