Czech govt not to privatise Ceska posta - PM Sobotka

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05.08.2014 14:08

Prague - The Czech government is not going to privatise postal services operator Ceska posta, but wants to enable the company to handle its assets freely, which it was prevented from doing by the transformation process, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said today.

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V Liberci se 30. června konal briefing ministra vnitra Milana Chovance (na snímku) a saského ministra vnitra Markuse Ulbiga po jednání o situaci v příhraničí především v souvislosti s drogovou kriminalitou. Poté společně odjeli na hraniční přechod Hrádek n. Nisou/Žitava, kde zhlédli praktickou ukázku postupu společné kontrolní hlídky. ČTK Zavoral Libor

The Interior Ministry, which owns Ceska posta, wants to take steps in the autumn to stop the company's transformation into a joint-stock company.

Sobotka, who met with Interior Minister Milan Chovanec (CSSD) today, said Ceska posta should maintain its network of outlets, above all in rural areas.

The loss-making network could be subsidised by regional governments, which also provide financial support to regional passenger rail transport, Sobotka said.

Ceska posta should also improve its business results as well as employees' working conditions, Sobotka added.

Chovanec said Ceska posta should ideally receive about Kc1bn a year from the state for the financing of the operation of loss-making outlets.

But he said he does not expect Ceska posta to get such an amount in the end. He will submit a proposal of the final amount in the autumn after the matter is discussed with the Finance Minister in the government coalition.

Ceska posta is now preparing for a tender for banking services. It is considering all options, including an acquisition of a banking licence, according to Chovanec.

Ceska posta operates almost 3,300 outlets. Most of the outlets are loss-making, Chovanec said.

The company generates a profit of about Kc300m and sales of Kc20bn a year.

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