ABOUT US

KoroNERV-20 was created as a broad, independent expert platform that brings together prominent personalities from diverse spheres of human activity and gives them the opportunity to formulate, from their own ideas and thoughts, solutions for overcoming the impact of the coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic on Czech society and its economy. 

Its members want to work for citizens, put the entirety of their knowledge at their disposal, and above all – irrespective of ideological perspectives or the interests of individual sectors of the economy – find and formulate the most effective means that will help the Czech Republic to again become involved in the dynamic development of society and the growth of prosperity.

OUR MAIN AREAS OF ACTIVITY

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is aware that this is the first time that the government of the Czech Republic and other institutions have had to face such an epidemiological crisis, that they had to act very fast and under pressure in a totally unprecedented situation. We appreciate the courage of public officials to take decisions and we are open to cooperating with anyone who is interested.

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is strictly apolitical and its main task is to connect, and not to divide. This is the platform’s greatest added value: every published proposal is first subject to internal discussion by experienced economists and is only published as a broadly accepted position or pathway.

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will not only formulate possible solutions, but also make a critical, balanced assessment of the steps taken by public bodies, chiefly in the economic sphere. It will also gather and analyse proposals for overcoming the current crisis from diverse sectors of the economy, associations and groupings.

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Will also closely monitor the return of society to compliance with the principles of democracy and personal freedom. While drastic restrictions on these may be essential in critical situations, we cannot allow temporary measures to become permanent ones, or for them to last for a disproportionate amount of time. We cannot, as a society, exchange a short-term feeling of relative safety for individual freedoms.

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will not, however, avoid non-economic themes such as education, social affairs or healthcare, because the pandemic could, paradoxically, change our society for the better.

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perceives the coronavirus crisis as a massive opportunity to change our country for the better. We want to contribute to the Czech Republic having a strong economy that utilises smart technologies. It can be used as a springboard to a society that conserves natural resources and developing democracy.

THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND THE WORLD POST-CORONAVIRUS

In the space of only a few weeks, the coronavirus pandemic plunged a large part of the world into a state of emergency. Since the end of the Second World War there has not been a single period in which such a large part of humanity has been in such an exceptional situation. From China, to India, most of Europe, the USA, and Australia, it caused major interference at all levels of our lives, and the Czech Republic was no exception. On the contrary, it is one of the countries that is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic by trying to restrict the spread of the virus as much as possible, resulting in restrictions on movement and meetings. The consequence of this is major interference in individual liberties and societal and economic processes.

In view of the development of the coronavirus pandemic, this state of affairs is understandable. The goal of the restrictions, that is, to limit the large-scale spread of the coronavirus and thus the impact on the health of the most at-risk inhabitants of the Czech Republic, is understandable. At the same time, however, these represented a massive intervention into everyone’s lives, one that, for many people, entails major economic and social difficulties, with individual and familial, as well as society-wide and political, consequences that may be just as disastrous as the direct impact, but less visible.

Many of these consequences may significantly jeopardise Czech society. Many companies are experiencing an economic heart-attack, and some will not survive. These may include global chains, on which the Czech economy is fundamentally dependent, as well as local businesses. The uncertainty that will endure long after the pandemic has ended will be a major burden on the need to return to a sustainable state of affairs. It is possible that a large part of the world will experience prolonged economic problems, the consequence of which will be heightened social tension, and maybe even attempts at more extreme political solutions

 

In many places, steps have already been taken towards such solutions. The state of emergency declared through fear of the pandemic gives all those who wish to restrict democratic freedoms on a long-term basis an opportunity to do so – not for the time required to deal with the pandemic, but in order to alter the overall perception of democracy and the freedoms inseparably associated with it. Such attempts can be observed in the world already.

It is evident that, in addition to the legitimate efforts to protect the health and lives of those directly at risk from the coronavirus, the secondary impact on the life of Czech society as a whole should be taken into account, too. The pandemic should be viewed in terms of both its direct and indirect impact, whereby the indirect impact, such as the threat to economic sustainability or the democratic principles of the social structure, cannot be relegated to a secondary role.

In view of the development of the coronavirus pandemic, this state of affairs is understandable. The goal of the restrictions, that is, to limit the large-scale spread of the coronavirus and thus the impact on the health of the most at-risk inhabitants of the Czech Republic, is understandable. At the same time, however, these represented a massive intervention into everyone’s lives, one that, for many people, entails major economic and social difficulties, with individual and familial, as well as society-wide and political, consequences that may be just as disastrous as the direct impact, but less visible.

Many of these consequences may significantly jeopardise Czech society. Many companies are experiencing an economic heart-attack, and some will not survive. These may include global chains, on which the Czech economy is fundamentally dependent, as well as local businesses. 

THAT’S WHY WE HAVE KoroNERV-20

KoroNERV-20 is a platform on which, through its members, diverse ideological movements and areas of expertise can come into contact. This, too, is one of the opportunities offered by the current state of affairs: to overcome lesser disputes in the interest of the greater good – to return the Czech economy and society, as quickly as possible, to normality and encourage positive expectations for the future of the country as a whole.

KoroNERV-20 was created in order to identify risks and opportunities, and propose short-term measures for the duration of the ongoing state of emergency and a long-term strategy which will make it easier to return to prosperity and strengthen the democratic principles of the current political structure in the Czech Republic. The recommendations and expert knowledge of KORONERV-20 are available to all those who are interested in them.