1. Basic description of the economy and money systems of The Czech Republic.
  2. One of the most stable and prosperous of the post-Communist states of Central and Eastern Europe.
  3. Growth in 2000-05 was supported by exports to the EU, primarily to Germany, and a strong recovery of foreign and domestic investment
  4. Domestic demand plays an important role in underpinning growth as interest rates drop and the availability of credit cards and mortgages increases.
  5. Current account deficits of around 5% of GDP are beginning to decline as demand for Czech products in the European Union increases.
  6. Inflation is under control.
  7. Recent accession to the EU gives further impetus and direction to structural reform.
  8. In early 2004 the government passed increases in the Value Added Tax (VAT) and tightened eligibility for social benefits with the intention to bring the public finance gap down to 4% of GDP by 2006.
  9. Privatization of the state-owned telecommunications firm Cesky Telecom took place in 2005.
  10. Intensified restructuring among large enterprises, improvements in the financial sector, and effective use of available EU funds should strengthen output growth.