Czech press survey - August 26


26.08.2014 08:07

Prague - The Czech Republic will definitely have a new civil service law but it is also certain that the legislation will need to be amended soon, David Klimes writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.


Ilustrační foto - Poslanecká sněmovna začala 30. července v Praze projednávat v závěrečném kole spornou celkovou novelu neúčinného služebního zákona. ČTK Krumphanzl Michal

The effect of the civil service law had been postponed for years. Then it took six months to rewrite it and at the end its final version was worked out in ten days. Consequently, it cannot be perfect, Klimes writes.

Apart from big political disputes about the establishment of the General Directorate of the Civil Service, which the government coalition deleted from the draft eventually to meet the opposition´s request, there will certainly appear a lot of "devils in the detail" in the bill, Klimes says.

This is why it is high time to start thinking about future amendments to the legislation. In this respect, Czechs should try to find inspiration in some functioning civil service systems in other countries, he adds.

But above all, a bit of its reform sense should return to the legislation again, Klimes concludes.

The Czech state should help its exporters harmed by the Russian sanctions as quickly a possible, Julie Hrstkova writes elsewhere in Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.

An expert commission has concluded that "kurzarbeit" (German word for "short-work" or "reduced working hours"), along with the establishment of "agriculture diplomats" at embassies in Moscow, Kiev, Riyadh, Beijing and Belgrade, state investment purchases and money from Brussels are to help the Czech industry and agriculture cope with the consequences of the Russian sanctions, Hrstkova writes.

It has turned out that they will have a much stronger negative impact on the Czech industry than originally expected, she adds.

The sanctions should last for a year (and/or) until the conflict is resolved. However, looking at the Russian-Ukrainian situation, a quick solution that would end the economic war does not seem to be on the horizon, Hrstkova notes.

This is why it is apparent that reactions to the sanctions must be both short-term ones (direct subsidies to farmers, state purchases of raw material) and long-term, including the aid of state agencies to redirect Czech export to new markets as well as a more efficient form of kurzarbeit, Hrstkova points out.

But even long-term support should come as soon as possible since exactly in this case it is true that a quick help means a double help, Hrstkova concludes.

President Milos Zeman intentionally covers the author of the controversial amnesty of his predecessor Vaclav Klaus, Martin Zverina writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today.

He recalls that the Presidential Office will have to apologise to its lawyer Pavel Hasenkopf for having claimed that he, along with Klaus´s close aides Ladislav Jakl and Petr Hajek, wrote the amnesty.

However, the president´s team has scored one victory - the public may never know who the real author of the amnesty is. This was probably the main aim of the Presidential Office´s lie and a reciprocal service for Klaus for his support to Zeman in the presidential election, Zverina writes.

Zeman´s manoeuvring was not to discredit fabricated authors of the amnesty but to cover up the real one, Zverina says.


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