The Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) has said that to comply with the government’s request to check the books of the Administration of State Material Reserves (SSHR) would be futile, even if it had the full capacity to do so. PM Petr Nečas’ cabinet wants state auditors to investigate the controversial extra-budgetary “special accounts” — but the NKÚ has already made clear the SSHR buys high and sells low with impunity, and MPs have de facto legitimized the practice.
Parliament’s immunity and mandate committee took no decision at their session Wednesday on the question of allowing MP Vlasta Parkanová (TOP 09), the former defense minister, to be prosecuted on abuse of office and other charges for her role in the 2009 purchase of CASA transport aircraft. But whether she can even be held liable for the ‘deliberately overpriced’ CASA contract is a matter of contention.
Preparations were announced last week for a new law on the Czech civil service, which according to Prime Minister Petr Nečas will result in the state, regional, and local government administrations being depoliticized. However, the PM failed to spell out the planned law's role in the government’s wider anti-corruption strategy.
A Prague court this week upheld a suspended prison sentence on Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) head František Dohnal for refusing MPs access to its books, and now he’s out. Politicians — despite public denials — long ago began working to ensure their favorites get on the short list of candidates to replace him; sources tell Czech Position they inlcude the PM’s chief advisor Martin Říman and MP Zdeňka Horníková (both ODS) and Miroslav Vaněk of the ÚZSVM.
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.
The case involving the Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) headquarters has taken a new turn, with a complaint was lodged against an unknown culprit on the suspicion that there was an infringement of trust when administering property. The complaint apparently came from NKÚ Vice President Miloslav Kala. Questions about the pricey lease for the headquarters surfaced in January.
The Czech politicians and authorities have systematically failed to address serious allegations of corruption, Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) vice president Miloslav Kala said in an interview. The solution is not to further analyze the situation but rather to implement anti-corruption policies long under discussion — including extending the NKÚ’s powers, he says.