Other social projects
Fincentrum and social responsibility
Fincentrum is a long-term partner in the non-profit sector of the BARRIERS Account collection, which is also involved, among other things, in the Fincentrum Bank of the Year awards ceremony.
The BARRIERS Account is the flagship project of the Foundation Charta 77 and for already nineteen years has been helping to improve the lives of people with disabilities. The BARRIERS Account has distributed over 259 million crowns and supported hundreds of projects for which the government did not have enough money.
For more information please visit http://www.kontobariery.cz/
Fincentrum supports the ROSA non-profit organization
Fincentrum also actively supports the ROSA non-profit organization. The ROSA civic association strives to improve the system of assistance for women – victims of domestic violence and their children.
More information about ROSA’s mission is available at the organization’s website HERE!
Fincentrum’s press conference on the topic of: Introducing a mandatory period before the end of mortgage fixations
Fincentrum estimates that fixations for 38,000 mortgages valued at over CZK 61 billion will end by the end of 2012. However, consumers do not have enough time to negotiate better conditions for the next period. A simple addition to the legislation, which Fincentrum requested the Legislative Department of the Czech Ministry of Finance to make, could significantly strengthen the consumers’ position.
Fincentrum submitted the request to consider the possibility of implementing a similar regulation to the Legislative Department of the Czech Ministry of Finance on Monday, March 19, 2012.
The press conference dealing with the mandatory notification period before the end of mortgage fixation took place at the Kempinsky Hotel on March 22, 2012.
The International Žofín Forum
Fincentrum ČR became a partner of the 136th International Žofín Forum, which was organized around the topic of “The Decade of the Euro – Success or Disappointment?“ The 136th Žofín Forum was held on September 5, 2012, in the Žofín Palace.
The central theme was the leading economic experts’ reflection on the second most important representative in the global currency system – the currency of the Eurozone – the euro.
The invited guests made speeches on topics such as: Eurozone expansion issues, the political and economic significance of a single currency, the benefits to the increased effectiveness of the functioning of the European economy, the loss of independent monetary policy, current developments and stability of the currency in the Eurozone and many other topics.
An important foreign guest who made a speech at the beginning of the 136th International Žofín Forum was Mr. Otmar Issing, a German economist and President of the Center of Financial Studies of the Goethe University in Frankfurt. Equally interesting were speeches by the other guests, especially Czech National Bank Governor Mr. Singer, who mapped the euro’s first decade in detail in his speech.
The Žofín Forum “Pension Reforms in Practice”
Fincentrum ČR became a partner of the 115th Žofín Forum “Pension Reforms in Practice.” The 115th Žofín Forum took place on April 12, 2011, and speeches were made and questions answered by experts such as Jaromír Drábek, the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs of the CR, Klára Król, Deputy to the Minister of Finance of the CR and Jiří Rusnok, President of the Association of Pension Funds.
Prime Minister Petr Nečas launched the unique ČeskéReformy.cz website at the Žofín Forum
On March 21, 2011, at the Žofín Forum dedicated to the government reforms, Fincentrum Media launched a unique website that brings detailed and undistorted information, opinions and studies related to the government reforms. Prime Minister Petr Nečas launched the website as he concluded his speech.
Fincentrum Media launched the website in reaction to the current lack of objective and unsuperficial information on the basis of which the general public as well as professionals could form their own opinion on the forthcoming package of government reforms.
Computer crime in the banking sector
On April 15, 2008, Fincentrum ČR organized a conference on the topic of computer piracy, phishing and hacking in the context of Czech banking. The event was organized under the umbrella of the Bank of the Year Events and under the auspices of the Czech National Bank and the Czech Banking Association. The event was attended by not only experts from the banking sector, but also by journalists who cover this issue. The conference’s central theme was the recent attacks by hackers on Česká spořitelna. But this issue is also relevant for all of the other big players on the bank market, such as Komerční banka and Československá obchodní banka. The conference included presentations by experts on this very topic. Variety was added to the conference through panel discussions, in which the participants agreed that computer pirates focused on this type of crime represent a great danger especially to the banks’ clients, as well as to the banks themselves.
On October 25, 2007, a conference was held at the Hilton Hotel on the topic of “How to prepare pension funds for the pension reforms?”. The conference was organized by the www.investujeme.cz website and under the professional auspices of the Employee Benefits Division of Fincentrum ČR.
The conference was held in a constructive spirit and the speakers and attendees included leaders from pension funds, the political representation, public administration, unions and companies that provide financial advisory services. Taking turns behind the speaker’s podium were experts such as J. Rusnok, the President of the Association of Pension Funds and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ING Pension Fund; M. Šimáček, Deputy Minister of Finance; P. Jirák, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Komerční banka’s Pension Fund; T. Matoušek, General Manager and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Česká pojišťovna’s Pension Fund and others.