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Anti-corruption measures

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If we genuinely want to effectively fight to eradicate corruption in society, it will be necessary to choose steps that are not only high quality and well thought through, but primarily long-term. This is because the fight against corruption cannot be fought through empty sound bites, populist exclamations and grand gestures. The solution lies in hard work on component legislative and executive steps.

The systematic measures taken by the state directed towards the greatest possible prevention of corrupt behaviour will in the future be positively reflected not only in society, but also in a reduction in the public budget deficit, a strengthening of economic growth and, generally speaking, the international competitiveness of the Czech Republic.

The elimination of corruption is a very deliberate goal. It is therefore declared not only in the government’s statement of policy, but in particular the Government Anti-corruption Strategy document, which is something of a binding list of the changes that must be made within the framework of the fight against corruption, including stipulated deadlines. In addition, its fulfilment will be regularly and thoroughly monitored.

Selected measures

  • All information about public procurement must be published on the internet. Legislation stipulates the obligation to publish all information relating to specific tenders on the internet.
  • Only transparent companies will be able to take part in public tenders. If a contractor is a joint-stock company, it must demonstrate its ownership structure.
  • Evaluation commissions for important public tenders must have at least 9 members. One of them, including a single replacement, must be selected by lot by the contracting authority from a list of evaluators maintained by the Ministry of Regional Development.
  • The clickable budget will help uncover unnecessary expenditure. Financial leaks will be more difficult thanks to the possibility of easily discovering individual income and expenditure items.
  • The state’s operating expenses will be cut to only what is essential. Public expenditure has been cut by 10 per cent. This will reduce the opportunities for possible corruption.
  • Electronic auctions will provide savings during the purchase of energy, services and material. So far millions of crowns have been saved in public tenders.
  • Monitoring has been increased in terms of the sale of public assets. The obligation has been established to declare, on official servers, all considered or planned sales of public assets above a certain value a sufficient time in advance. This has resulted in increased transparency and an increased number of parties interested in purchasing assets.
  • Monitoring of public functionaries has been increased. The establishment of a central register of record-keeping bodies will help prevent conflicts of interest and simplify public access to information.
  • Public functionaries must guarantee their transparent and honest behaviour in their own ethical codex. Both elected representatives and public administration employees will be obligated to prepare and publish a codex. This means that people will be able to demand the promised behaviour from representatives.
  • Some public functionaries will also have to undergo a “Reliability Test”. In addition to police officers, some other persons active in public administration will also be obligated to undergo this test.
  • Punishments for corruption will be more severe. Sanctions will increase for bribery, scheming to defraud in public tenders or vote buying. Officials will face up to ten years in prison for corrupt behaviour.
  • Criminal liability will be introduced for legal entities. Legislation will define corruption crimes by legal entities and the relevant sanctions. This will lead companies to be more responsible for their behaviour.
  • Corruption whistle-blowers should have increased protection. If an employee draws attention to corrupt behaviour at his place of work, he will be provided with more legal protection than has been the case so far.
  • People who suspect corrupt behaviour can use a special telephone number ‘199’. This line will provide legal aid to people who have been exposed to corrupt behaviour.
  • The institute of police ombudsman has been established. Police officers can contact him if they have suspicions of misconduct inside the police force.
  • The General Inspectorate of Security Services will enable independent control of the police. This inspection body is completely independent of the relevant ministries and security services. It will thus effectively prevent corruption in the police force, the customs administration and the prison service.
  • Punishment may be waived for the accused if he helps to uncover corruption. The conditions under which it will not be possible to impose punishments on the accused if he cooperates will be further elaborated.
  • The conditions for the use of wiretapping and agent provocateur will be defined. A range of corruption-type crimes for which investigators will be able to use these practices will be defined in the Criminal Procedure Code.
  • Undesirable ties between investigators and public functionaries will be limited. Special court senates and special sections of the public prosecutor’s office will be established for the fight against corruption and financial criminality.
  • Access for investigators to information from tax proceedings will be improved. Easier access for criminal authorities will facilitate the fight against economic corruption as well as organised crime. A specialised police section will therefore be established.
  • Town hall periodicals will no longer be abused. Readers will thus be objectively informed about events in municipalities. One-sided propaganda will be reduced through the obligatory provision of space for more parties or the introduction of control mechanisms.

Measures targets

  1. reduction of the scope for corruption
  2. more transparent procurement
  3. stricter penalties for corruption
  4. better protection for corruption whistleblowers
  5. tighter rules for disposition of public property
  6. more effective investigation of corruption

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