5th February 2015

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka reacted on criticism regarding corruption

On Thursday 5th February Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka reacted on criticism regarding anticorruption measures being introduced and implemented in the Czech Republic, This criticism originated from the Council of Europe GRECO report being published on the same day that the Czech Republic didn’t fulfill most of its anti-corruption promises it had made before. Prime Minister reacted to this that most of this criticism is still on the account of previous governments and that his government is going to introduce precise anti-corruption measures in the near future, for example new Public Procurement Act, Act concerning origin of the property or Registry of Public Contracts. Bohuslav Sobotka also added that these steps are taken on basis of long-term anti-corruption strategy and on action plans accepted for each year. PM also stressed cooperation with many NGOs and NGO groups such as Rekonstrukce státu. When speaking about single measures PM mentioned that his government managed to reduce the total value of contracts awarded without tender from CZK 31 bn. during Nečas’ government to present only 20.1 bn.

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Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic