Politics & Policy|Society
Kateřina Menzelová|23.02.2012

‘Elite’ civil servants with clear criminal accountability sought

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. 

Politics & Policy|Society
Tom Jones|02.02.2012

Czech gov’t gets poor marks for anti-corruption efforts

Five NGOs, including Transparency International, say that overall the coalition’s conduct over the past six months in its declared mission to fight corruption has been satisfactory. Nevertheless, the government failed to score a top grade in any of the 11 areas marked; one area where it is deemed to have been particularly poor is combating conflicts of interest and making civil servants more accountable.

Politics & Policy
Lukáš Novotný|17.01.2012

FinMin Kalousek’s law which everyone ‘sh**s on’ heads to cabinet

Minister of Finance Miroslav Kalousek (TOP 09) has fulfilled one of the points of the coalition government’s strategy to fight corruption and on Wednesday the government will discuss the bill drawn up by his subordinates to introduce managerial responsibility and independent internal audits in the public sector . The proposed legislation has one “small” shortcoming: if passed, they will further complicate the already complex system of financial management and checks.

Expert files|Politics & Policy
Miloslav Kala|09.03.2011

Who fights for the state?

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?