Trade unions, employers criticize Czech input for EU’s development strategy


Czech trade unions and employers criticized on Thursday the government’s national development plan, a part of the EU’s Europe 2020 strategy. Trade union leader Jaroslav Zavadil said the document was a total failure, while the head of the Industry and Trade Association, Jaroslav Míl, questioned the underlying idea of the Europe 2020 strategy. Mr Míl said the EU should instead focus on priorities and issues that would increase Europe’s competitiveness. In reaction to the criticism, Prime Minister Jan Ficher said the government would present only an abbreviated version of the national strategy at an EU summit in Brussels on June 17.