The Czech Green Party (SZ) see potential allies among parliamentary parties to stage a political comeback and reenter the lower house of parliament. Party chairman Ondřej Liška is troubled by dirty money in Czech politics, the procurement system and ministries that often seem to work solely in their own interests, and says he believes the voters are again ready to trust the Greens to do the right things.
Former Civic Democrat MP Michal Doktor warns the draft church restitution deal may not win sufficient support when it comes before the lower house for its second reading in June. The vote may represent a real test for the center-right Czech government in rallying its troops behind a widely unpopular proposal. Doktor suggests the financial settlement could be softened for the state in order to keep the settlement on track.
The allocation of EU grants in Northern Bohemia was not carried out in line with requirements, according to an audit by the consultancy Deloitte ordered by the Czech FinMin and EU executive. Problems were found in 34 of the 35 projects examined — and calculations of the evaluation criteria were riddled with systemic mathematical errors. What’s more, sources say the winning firms are secretly owned by regional ‘godfather’ Patrick Oulický.
The Czech government has repeatedly declared the upmost importance and policy priority of supporting Czech exports to countries outside the EU. It is apparently concerned about the quality of services provided by the state to Czech exporters attempting to penetrate into new world markets. The reality is, however, somewhat different: it appears the prime concern is securing lucrative jobs in the state sphere and control of billions of crowns.
Czech Justice Minister Jiří Pospíšil (Civic Democrats, ODS) plans to lodge a complaint against the conviction of Roman Smetana, the bus driver from Olomouc who wrote graffiti on political campaign posters but refused to accept his action qualified as a criminal act. Pospíšil’s move comes following public outcry and criticism from the watchdog Czech Helsinki Commission for Human Rights.
According to an opinion poll published Thursday, 42.5 percent of Czech voters believe a minority government headed by the center-left Social Democrats (ČSSD) with the silent support of the Communist Party of Czech and Moravia (KSČM) would be more beneficial for the country than the current center-right coalition headed by Petr Nečas (Civic Democrats, ODS).
Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas (ODS) on Friday won a vote of confidence in his government he called himself to test support for a new center-right coalition he is forming. The outcome means the threat of early elections — which would have almost certainly seen a triumph for the leftist opposition — is averted for now.
A Czech parliamentary committee investigating whether the source of explosive tapes purportedly exposing the links between shady business interests and former Prague mayor Pavel Bém has called for the domestic intelligence service (BIS) to make public all its information about the tapes; MPs also want greater government cooperation in getting to the bottom of the scandal.
Czech PM Petr Nečas has called for a vote of confidence in a new three-way coalition he is striving to create based on his Civic Democrats (ODS), TOP 09 and Karolína Peake’s Public Affairs (VV) refugees, ditching his earlier that she form a parliamentary group with at least 10 members that would support his government.
The new political platform around Public Affairs (VV) defector Karolína Peake boasted eight members of parliament on Monday morning, two short of the 10 target set by PM Petr Nečas for a new coalition to be formed averting elections to the lower house of parliament at the end of June. Peake has said another four or five MPs were considering joining her.