Anticorruption barometer

Monitoring the progress of anticorruption measures in Czech Republic.

Total current anticorruption measures effectiveness


Last update: 01/2018

Observation of Vladimíra Dvořáková

What happened in February? Compared to the politically hot month of January February was by contrast almost ice cold. The statement of the chairman of the Lower Chamber of the Parliament (ANO), Mr.Vondráček, that the anticorruption efforts could now have a break is very surprising, in particular, when it comes from a person which was elected to the Parliament thanks to a campaign based on corruption bashing. The reality is, however, much worse since the care-taking government which failed the vote of confidence has put forward important personal changes and signalled that other would come in the near future. That means not only an end of any serious anticorruption efforts, but a direct opening of corruption space allowing again possible drains on public resources without efficient institutional oversight. An effective control of removals of high-level public servants realised by the current care-taking government in a way which, at least on the basis of publicly available information, are not in compliance with the Civil Service Act, will have to be exercised by the judiciary. Recalled high public officials have already filed court actions. Another wave of dismissals of directors of public enterprises and institutions by the care-taking government highlights the missing regulation of appointments of persons to supervisory and management boards of those public enterprises and institutions. If it does not make much sense that public enterprises ensuring public services are supervised by "experts" only, these enterprises cannot become a prey of politicians from single political party. In this, context, apparently, we have not taken a lesson from the past. At the end of February, a new political crisis caused by the attempt of the prosecuted prime minister to dismiss the director of the General Inspection of Police Corps (GIBS) supposed to control police activities further exacerbated the problem of prime minister's conflict of interest: this problem stems from the fact that the prime minister, as a top public official and at the same time a person under a criminal charge in the Stork Nest case, can via the management of GIBS put pressure on police investigators which in this case prosecute him, his family and his close collaborators. Thus, through a time carrousel we are starting to return back to the period of five to fifteen years ago when such practices of misuse of public power in private interest generated a high dissatisfaction with the governance of the state. Last but not least, Transparency International issued its regular annual evaluation - corruption perception index (CPI) -in which the Czech Republic moved up from 47th to 42nd place out of 180 countries.

What is coming up in March? The atmosphere on the Czech political scene will grow thicker as long as the president and the prime minister of the care-taking government take steps which go against the logic of the Constitution and the longer they will delay the appointment of the new government with a potential of winning a vote of confidence in the Lower Chamber of the Parliament. Unfortunately, more waiting games of these two supreme constitutional representants are highly probable. The president already announced that he would give to the prime minister time until the summer to establish the new government. This is clearly at variance with the constitutional requirement demanding the president or act "without undue delay" in such situation. Also, the prime minister "in abdication", who received from the president a mandate for a second try to build a government, does not seem, as it appears from his public statements, to be in a big hurry with fulfilling his constitutional duties. Since due to the obligatory abdication of the government which failed to gain confidence in the Lower Chamber of the Parliament the programme of this failed government became void and neither a new government nor its new programme exists, we are getting into the state of considerable unpredictability and legal uncertainty. On the one hand, absent an existing government programme, we do not know what the strategy, policy and future steps of the government in the mid- and the long-term will be. On the other hand, in the short-term the government and MPs are poised to submit to the legislative process a number of hastily prepared proposals and amendments to the existing laws. These proposals could very significantly decrease the effectiveness of the few systemic and very hardly won anticorruption measures adopted by the previous Parliament in the last election term. The announced proposals are difficult to evaluate since it is not clear which of those announcements should only attract media attention and which will really be tabled in the chamber. In March the details of the sale by the state-owned electricity enterprise ČEZ of its Bulgarian subsidiaries to companies with a non-transparent ownership structure will further unfold. The affair can not only endanger security of the Bulgarian electricity sector, but it can also backfire and lead to even deeper destabilisation of the already weakened Czech political landscape.

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Areas of interest – current state

1. Control of politicians


2. Transparent financing of political parties


3. Non-corrupt and professional public administration


4. Transparent and effective public investment


5. Abolition of anonymous ownership


Number of articles about corruption in the Anticorruption barometer

Total: 5910
Last month: 187

Areas of interest – over time

Latest articles

2018-03-20 Z Česka se nelegálně vyvádí 50 miliard korun ročně a často se k tomu zneužívají advokátní služby, obhajuje pirát Michálek, proč prolomit mlčenlivost advokátů
(Kateřina Frouzová, Ihned.cz)
2018-03-19 Cestu Mynáře a Nejedlého do Číny budou řešit poslanci. Kdo ji platil, ptají se Hradu
(Lukáš Prchal, Aktualne.cz)
2018-03-19 Majetek politiků by měl zůstat tajný, tvrdí Levová z SPD
(Barbora Zpěváčková, Novinky, Novinky.cz)
2018-03-19 Na podporu bydlení dalo MPSV za pět let skoro 60 miliard korun. Problém sociálního vyloučení se však prohluboval
(NKU, nku.cz)
2018-03-19 Stát dal na podporu bydlení skoro 60 miliard korun, sociálně vyloučených lokalit i tak stále přibývá, zjistil NKÚ
(ČTK, Ihned.cz)
2018-03-18 Piráti: Prolomení mlčenlivosti advokátů omezí daňové úniky
(Jiří Novotný, Právo, Novinky.cz)
2018-03-16 Změny na ministerstvech byly účelové, tvrdí odborníci. Nový zákon vyhazování úředníků ještě usnadní
(Radek Dragoun, Aktualne.cz)
2018-03-14 Analýza: Jak Praha přiděluje dotace a proplácí faktury anonymním firmám
(Lukáš Wagenknecht, Neovlivni.cz)
2018-03-14 Babiš: Ve státních firmách se přes omezení vyplácejí zlaté padáky
(ČTK, Ceskenoviny.cz)
2018-03-14 Finanční správa se nejspíš dostane k údajům klientů bank, advokátů a daňových poradců. Návrh pirátů podpořil rozpočtový výbor
(Jan Prokeš, Ihned.cz)

Latest parameters changes

01/2018   #132 Wire transfers of shares
The Act on public registers introduces as of 1 January 2018 the obligation for legal persons to register information about its beneficial owner(s) to the register of beneficial owners, however, this information cannot be verified and are is public.

01/2018   #133 Abolition of Trust Funds
The Act on public registers introduces as of 1 January 2018 the obligation for trustfunds to register them as well as information about their beneficial owner(s) to the register of trustfunds, however, this information cannot be verified and ais not public.

10/2017   #41 Limitation of monetary donations for elections and from natural persons only

10/2017   #42 Monetary donations from account to account (transparent)
The Act on elections to the Lower Chamber of the Parliament, as amended as of 1 January 2017, obliges political parties to keep a special transparent account for the purpose of the electoral campaign and pay electoral expenses from this account. The Act does not allow provision of funds and other benefits for the purpose of electoral campaign from trust funds nor from foreign legal persons.

10/2017   #43 Identification of natural persons directly covering the costs of electoral advertisements
The Act on elections to the Lower Chamber of the Parliament, as amended as of 1 January 2017, requires that the electoral advertising and also electoral billboards identified the person who commissioned it, prepared it as well as the political parties or independent candidates.

10/2017   #44 Online disclosure of contracts and invoices for electoral advertisements
The Act on elections to the Lower Chamber of the Parliament, as amended as of 1 January 2017, obliges political parties to publish on their internet website the overview of financial transactions registered on the special transparent electoral account, however, these published information about the transactions registered on the account will not enable the identification of individual services, for example, the payment for a billboard in a specific locality, which were paid from this special transparent account.