Czech press survey - August 6


06.08.2014 07:41

Prague - The planned Czech civil service law may unbalance the gravity centre of power again, Petr Pesek writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.


Premiér Bohuslav Sobotka (na snímku) navrhl 7. července na setkání s filmovými producenty v Karlových Varech navázat příjmy Státního fondu kinematografie (SFK) na výběr některé daně, aby fond získal pravidelný roční příjem. ČTK Němeček Pavel

He recalls that the controversial legislation has stirred up squabbles in the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of parliament, that is now debating it.

Maybe especially the opposition deputies have started to fear that if they return to power, there will not be much of it left after the law takes effect, Pesek adds, hinting at the bill´s provisions introducing state secretaries appointed for seven years who would select some deputy ministers, as well as the Civil Service General Directorate whose head would have immense power.

However, the Monday meeting between PM Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) and the actual opposition head, TOP 09 first deputy chairman Miroslav Kalousek, to deal with the civil service bill indicated some changes that might be advantageous for both sides, Pesek says.

He adds that Kalousek can show his constructive face instead of permanent attacks on the government, which suits him before the autumn local and Senate elections, and Sobotka may gain support outside the government in case of his coalition´s disunity.

Last but not least, the civil service bill alone raises doubts, Pesek indicates.

"Do we really want to have another, almost autonomous power centre in the civil service, apart from the two houses of parliament, the sometimes too active Constitutional Court and a more self-confident president thanks to the direct election?" Pesek asks.

The professional career of Czech women now resembles driving on a motorway that is under reconstruction and the Czech state should help remove obstacles preventing its "fluency," Jana Bendova writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.

She recalls that there are 40 percent more unemployed women than men in the Czech Republic, which is a record in the EU, while the share of unemployed mothers of small kids is the lowest in the Union. In addition, Czech women over 50 have problems to find jobs.

In short - at the beginning a woman is too young and above all with small children to look after and at the end of her career she is too old and not flexible, Bendova says.

If the state "untied this Gordian knot," it would help itself as well as women, she notes.

The smarter employers already know that exactly women-mothers are perfectly fit for their working life. They can organise work for themselves and the others and they do not care for their own success only, Bendova concludes.

The Czech central bank (CNB) is preparing for a crisis that officially does not exist, Julie Hrstkova writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.

She comments on the fact that after the Finance Ministry, the CNB, too, has decided to form a special expert team of "watchdogs."

The formation or strengthening of a certain "bank police" means actually the preparation for another crisis in the financial sector, a crisis that has officially not existed for long and that no one will admit in the future either, Hrstkova points out.

However, this crisis still requires a few dozens of additional experts to be on the safe side, Hrstkova concludes.

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