Michal Fanta, Radek Soběhart, Jiřina Jílková
Jan Evengelista Purkyně University, Pasteurova 1, Ústí nad Labem, ZIP code: 400 96, Czech Republic

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31410/EMAN.2019.625

3rd International Scientific Conference – EMAN 2019 – Economics and Management: How to Cope With Disrupted Times, Ljubljana – Slovenia, March 28, 2019, CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS published by: Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans, Belgrade, Serbia; Faculty of Management Koper, Slovenia; Doba Business School – Maribor, Slovenia; Integrated Business Faculty –  Skopje, Macedonia; Faculty of Management – Zajecar, Serbia, ISBN 978-86-80194-17-2, ISSN 2683-4510


This research focuses on network industries, specifically on water industry in the context of the Czech economy in transition between 1992-1998, primarily on describing the state of the water industry towards the end of the 1980s, on key legislative changes between 1991-92 that touched upon key administrative questions and the future ownership of the water network and water market – the Czech Republic chose a specific way to approach the transformation of the water industry by gratuitously transferring the ownership of the previously state-owned infrastructural properties to individual cities and municipalities. Next part of paper outlines the effectiveness of such (de)regulation process based on development of key industry indicators. Very slow development of industry indicators and lack of state financial support for capital investment in water infrastructure led to the subsequent privatization of water companies, which can be considered as a completely rational outcome of unsustainable market developments.


deregulation, transition, transformation, privatization, water industry, public service.


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