The Supreme Audit Office’s (NKÚ) review of six major procurement deals by the Czech military — which cost the tax payer some Kč 18.2 billion — does not make for pleasurable reading, writes NKÚ vice chairman Miloslav Kala. But while the NKÚ’s own 10/10 audit doesn’t reveal how much Czech military involvement in the Iraq and Afghan wars has cost the Czech state, it clearly shows costs were excessive, he says.
Stringent conditions attached to pumping EU funds should prevent abuse. But the Czech experience suggests that the system is not working properly in spite of repeated warnings, Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) vice chairman Milosalv Kala writes in his latest commentary on corruption.
The Czech Republic has adopted the so-called program financing approach. Unfortunately, it has done so in a bureaucratic and inefficient manner. But this is exactly what needs to be cleared up if we want to start getting somewhere, writes Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) vice chairman Milosalv Kala.
The Transport Ministry has presented its so-called “super strategy,” which among other things aims to engage the private sector in building the country’s road infrastructure through public-private partnerships (PPPs). If the objectives are implemented, the state will spend some Kč 20 billion a year on PPP projects for decades to come, writes Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) vice chairman Miloslav Kala.
Businessmen are like gamblers who threaten the economy. “The competition for customers has turned into one of gaining rent from the state, if possible without doing a thing. Competition has changed into an attempt to gain a monopolistic or dominant position, if possible forever. And then never compete with anybody again,” writes Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) vice president Miloslav Kala in part four of our anti-corruption series.
In part 3 of our anti-corruption handbook series, Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) vice-president Miloslav Kala looks at the throny issue of remunerating state officials. In the ensuing atmosphere of fear after cutbacks, the first opportunity arises to reward those who understood who the boss is, he notes. And that’s a serious problem in public administration — are the criteria set by the boss always in compliance with the interests of the state?
According to various sources, the extent of losses resulting from corruption in the Czech Republic is estimated at between Kč 30 billion and Kč 60 billion; some even claim that it equals the entire public budgets deficit. In Part 2 of Czech Position’s anti-corruption handbook series, Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) vice-president Miloslav Kala posits a correlation between the scale of corruption and economic mismanagement.
Corruption — defined by the international watchdog Transparency International as “the abuse of entrusted power for private gain” — affects many fields of the public environment; consultancy firms have brought these methods to perfection, achieving “tailor-made fully guaranteed risk-free corruption,” writes Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) vice chairman Miloslav Kala in the first installment of Czech Position’s anti-corruption handbook.