published: 09.10.2013, 07:18 | updated: 09.10.2013 07:31:28
Prague - Metrostav is not the first Czech firm to face criminal charges under the new law on companies´ criminal liability but it is the first really big firm to do so, and this may theoretically lead to the dissolution of the Social Democrats (CSSD), Petr Kambersky writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.
He reacts to the accusations the police have levelled against Metrostav in connection with the extensive case of suspected corruption of former CSSD regional governor David Rath and other persons.
The law on criminal liability of companies has a ambiguous potential effect. Theoretically, it is one of the sharpest anti-corruption instruments, but in practice it could lead to the liquidation of businesses if criminal steps of particular employees were ascribed to whole companies, Kambersky writes.
The law in fact does not mention criminal responsibility of companies but of legal entities, from which only the Czech Republic and self-rule regions are exempted.
If the police and state attorneys found out and proved that Rath´s suspicious millions of crowns flowed not only to his private caches but also to the CSSD´s coffers, it would be logical to prosecute the CSSD as well. If so, the party would face a range of punishments, including the toughest one - dissolution, Kambersky writes.
The ongoing investigations of the MUS´s mining company´s privatisation and of the corruption case linked to former Social Democrat (CSSD) MP and governor David Rath, and also the troubles of the OKD coal mining company, these all are problems endangering the CSSD´s comfortable victory in the October 25-26 general election, Vaclav Dolejsi writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).
Instead of stepping up its self-promotion within the hot phase of the election campaign, the CSSD sees its old controversial steps surfacing and backfiring at it, Dolejsi writes.
The CSSD´s goal to win at least one-third of the vote remains remote. CSSD chairman Bohuslav Sobotka knows that the gain of "a mere" 25 percent would mean his end as the party head and potential prime minister. In such case he would probably step down without waiting for being swept off by his opponent, CSSD deputy chairman and President Milos Zeman´s puppet Michal Hasek, Dolejsi writes.
The CSSD´s above mentioned "sins" may really strip it of a crucial portion of election votes that is decisive for its election success, Dolejsi writes.
In daily Lidove noviny (LN), Martin Zverina hails the results of a fresh OECD survey showing that mental skills of Czechs stand above the average of the 24 countries surveyed.
The survey, nevertheless, showed a relatively strong and growing dependence of Czech adults´ knowledge on their family environment. Czech sociologists, too, have been confirming for many years now that children usually reach the same education level as their parents, a phenomenon that all post-1989 education ministers vowed to eliminate, Zverina writes.
The Czech Republic should take over the education model applied by some European countries, the Scandinavian ones, for example. First, however, Prague would have to admit that apart from pupils who are in disadvantage [over their mental or physical handicap or unfavourable family environment], there are also extraordinarily talented pupils whom the present system totally ignores, Zverina adds.
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