14th January 2015

European Commision not to provide additional money to Czech Republic

On Monday 12th January the European Commision confirmed that it would not include the Czech Operational Programs into the first batch of evaluated and approved programs. This decision based on a letter from European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Marianne Thyssen is meant as a reaction on unsatisfactory fulfillment of Framework Agreement made with the Czech Republic. The precise cause of the problems is the unsatisfactory state of Civil Service Act implementation namely the absence of precise timetable of adoption of ordinances and government executives regulating remuneration of civil servants and setting up transparent selection process of new civil servants and their superiors. The representatives of responsible ministries already took part in negotiation with the EU officials on Friday 9th January but these remarks remained unresolved. Also the Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka during his discussions with the President of European Commission Jean Claude Juncker in December 2014 promised that the Czech Republic will solve this situation as fast as possible. Further negotiations with the EC to this subject is scheduled for February.

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