Politics & Policy|Energy & Green Biz
Martin Shabu|15.04.2011

Finance Ministry suspends EU fund license

Within days the EU Commission is to send a letter to Prague explaining why it is suspending funding for two operational projects in the Czech Republic in the areas of environment and regional development. Funding for business development and innovation, transport, and education is also in the balance.

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Martin Shabu|15.04.2011

Creation of anti-corruption czar could defuse crisis

The idea of Interior Minister Radek John (Public Affairs, VV) becoming the government’s new anti-corruption czar is one option being considered for solving the coalition crisis that threatens to topple the government.

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Politics & Policy|Economy
Martin Shabu|13.04.2011

FinMin seeks new EU investment protection deals

Backed by Brussels, the Ministry of Finance is pushing to cancel all bilateral investment protection agreements with EU countries because they disadvantage the Czech Republic. But some countries are unwilling to alter the status quo, and efforts to move forward have been hampered by tepid support from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

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HOT TOP|Politics & Policy
Martin Shabu|12.04.2011

Blažek: ODS must get Interior Ministry

Civic Democrats (ODS) vice chairman Pavel Blažek says the party, the largest in the current coalition government, will insist on taking control of the Interior Ministry in a reshuffled Cabinet. “If there is a two-party coalition between ODS and TOP 09 and TOP 09 will continue to control the Finance Ministry, then ODS must have the Interior Ministry,” he told Czech Position.

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Politics & Policy
Martin Shabu|11.04.2011

Brussels cuts off funds, Kocourek’s MPO fights back

The Ministry of Trade and Industry has a problem. It has to show Brussels that it hasn’t erred in its management and control of the Operational Programme Entrepreneurship and Innovation (OPEI), which should support the Czech Republic’s business environment to the tune of Kč 90 billion over the next seven years. If it can’t do so, projects paid for by EU money will not be renewed.

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Politics & Policy
Martin Shabu|11.04.2011

Bublan: BIS failed in the case of Bárta’s ABL

The state intelligence agency Security Information Service (BIS) has not sufficiently monitored the activities of the private security agency ABL, claims former Interior Minister František Bublan (ČSSD). As a result, the de facto leader of Public Affairs (VV) and ex-Transport Minister Vít Bárta — ABL’s founder — was able to systematically make use of his business for political objectives and vice versa.

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Politics & Policy|Economy|Foreign Affairs
Martin Shabu|07.04.2011

Czechs face uphill battle to cancel US investment treaty

Most Czechs agree that the current bilateral investment treaty with the US is tipped in favor of American investors and opens Prague up to expensive arbitration proceedings. But Ministry of Finance moves to cancel the current deal to get something better are running into opposition in the US and from US business interests here. Support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been tepid as well.

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HOT TOP|Politics & Policy
Martin Shabu|06.04.2011

MP Škárka submits evidence to prosecution service

The Jaroslav Škárka affair has formed a slippery slide into the depths of political oblivion. The question is who will end up there. After the parliamentary deputies of Public Affairs (VV) expelled him on Tuesday evening for breaking the party’s code of ethics and bringing the party into disrepute, Škárka announced he would present indisputable evidence back his claim that he had received cash payments from Transport Minister Vít Bárta, the VV first deputy chairman.

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Politics & Policy
Martin Shabu|30.03.2011

Gov’t approves military acquisition amendment

The government on Wednesday approved amendments to law No. 137/1994 tabled by Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra (Civic Democrats, ODS), which if passed will eliminate intermediaries from armament and equipment purchases by the Defense Ministry, and end the current practice where the ministry doesn’t usually communicate directly with suppliers.

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Politics & Policy
Martin Shabu|28.03.2011

Battlefield report: General Nečas lacks ammunition

The Civic Democrats (ODS), although the main partner in the coalition government, have two crucial problems: limited access to the levers of power and a weak party leader, Prime Minister Petr Nečas. Meanwhile, the powerful Ministry of the Interior, which deals with sensitive issues like the ProMoPro and Barták cases, is under the control of Public Affairs (VV) – the smallest party in the coalition.

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Greetings from Frankfurt

Ahoj Martine!

 

Just a quick note, to say that I was very sorry to read that czech position is ceasing its English publication. Since you told me about the site, I really enjoyed reading many of the articles.

 

I hope English publication will be able to resume at some point soon.

 

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Oscar