The President signed the Act on Collection of Acts and International Treaties (bill no. 646) The act introduces electronic process of formulating and adopting new legislation and attempts at lowering corruption risks within the legislative process. Read more details in Czech.
The Act on the Support of Research, Experimental Development and Innovation (Bill no. 489) was signed by the President and the Prime Minister. The aim of the act is to harmonize the Czech law with the new EU legislation and thus increase clarity and applicability of the national legislation. The draft amendment comprises changes in terminology, definitions (industrial research, applied research, experimental development, research organizations), conditions for subsidies and cummulation thereof, etc.
From the sessions of the Chamber of Deputies
The Chamber of Deputies passed the Act on Protection of Competition (Bill no. 702). The stated intention of the bill is alignment with the new Czech Civil Code, improved international cooperation between competition authorities, and introduction of rules for documents that contain trade or bank secrets or other confidential information, for example.
On 29 June, the Chamber of Deputies passed draft amendment to the Act on Association in Political Parties and Political Movements that deals with the issue of political party financing. (bill no. 569). The stated intent of the draft act is to introduce more transparent control of financing of political parties and political movements. This includes using transparent bank accounts, setting limits for donations from physical and legal entities, providing detailed overview of incomes and expenditures within annual reports, including elections-related expenditures, and publishing annual reports on the internet. The draft act also gives political parties and movements the opportunity to set up research-oriented political institutes or think-tanks that would be eligible for state contributions. The draft act also provides for the foundation of an independent authority for controlling financing of political parties, based on GRECO (Group of States against Corruption under Council of Europe) recommendations. According to the draft amendment, the limit for a donation of an individual to a political party is set at 3 million CZK. The proposed limits for election campaign financing are following: 90 million CZK for general elections, 40 million CZK for presidential elections, 7 million CZK for regional elections, No limits were set for municipal elections, including the Prague Magistrate. The limit for elections to the European Parliament remains at 50 million CZK.
Draft amendment to the Act on Insolvency (bill no. 785) had its first reading on 3 June and has been reviewed by the Chamber Committees.
Draft amendment to the Act on the Conflict of Interest, bill no. 564, had its second reading in the Chamber of Deputies on 29 June 2015. The bill is being debated at the Chamber Committee level, change proposals were submitted. The material proposes the introduction of an obligation to submit a declaration proving the origin of assets owned by public service officers/politicians on the very first day of his/her service in the new function. The current obligation requires submission of such declaration after one year in office.