Czech Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek (TOP 09) lambasted the proposal put forward on Wednesday by José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, to introduce a European-wide tax on all financial transactions. Kalousek described Barroso’s call for banks and financial institutions to be made to pay back their debt to the taxpayers as “beautiful populism.”
Emerging from the meeting of EU finance ministers in Luxemburg on Monday, Czech Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek (TOP 09) told reporters that as a part of the European Financial Stability Mechanism (EFSM), of which all the EU member states are members, the Czech Republic may be obliged to contribute Kč 3.5 billion towards guarantees for a second Greek bailout package.
TOP 09 parliamentary group chairman Petr Gazdík and others within the party have called on Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra (Civic Democrats, ODS) to resign in order to salvage trust in the coalition government. Vondra is under fire for his role in allegedly excessive payments to the audiovisual firm ProMoPro during the Czech EU Presidency and for the recent Military Police raid on Czech Television.
The Ministry of Finance has filed a criminal complaint against conference service company ProMoPro for allegedly embezzling money during the Czech Republic’s European Union presidency. The government department responsible that issued the contract without a tender was headed by Alexandr Vondra (ODS), now minister of defense. Vondra denies any responsibility for the deal.