4th February 2013

Ministry of Interior: The Bill on Civil Servants

The Ministry of Interior has proposed the Bill on Civil Servants (zákon o státních úřednících), which would substitute the current Act No. 218/2002 Coll. on Civil Service (zákon o státní službě). The Bill reflects the Governmental intention to cope with the problem of unprofessionalism and instability of the civil service. The current Act on Civil Service insufficiently regulates the condition of employing of the servants, primarily ensuring impartial behavior of the servants. The Bill on Civil Servants stipulates the system of benefits which should award the self-learning tendency of civil servants. On the one hand, the Bill aims at professionalism of the civil service; on the other hand, the Bill does not apply either to state secretaries at state departments, analysts that work out conceptual materials for public official (ministers, deputies, senators), or HR managers of state departments. In this respect, the Bill does not sufficiently ensure the claimed professionalism and stability at the highest possible and usual level, which would be needed in fact. Therefore, the Bill raises doubts as the legal framework is partially unsatisfactory.
The Act should come into force on 1 January, 2014. The Ministry proposed the term of promulgation reflecting the claims of the European Union’s condition to pay the EU-structural funds provided the existence of the sufficient Act on Civil Servants.
The Bill is currently undergoing the internal commentary procedure. The Ministry welcomes any comments till 22 February.
For further information regarding the Bill, click here (explanatory report).

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