New Czech cabinet to assess Rusnok´s govt personnel steps - PM


19.01.2014 15:44

Prague - The new Czech cabinet will check it out whether personnel changes made by the ministers of the outgoing Jiri Rusnok government were not motivated rather by cronyism than the candidates´ professional qualities, new PM Bohuslav Sobotka told Prima TV today without elaborating.


Předseda ČSSD Bohuslav Sobotka. ČTK Šulová Kateřina

He also said he would like a personnel committee to be established within the Government Office to assess the nominations for supervisory and administrative boards of various state and semi-state firms.

Consequently, not only the respective sector´s minister would decide on them in the future.

Sobotka, who was appointed prime minister in Friday, is to head the left-centre coalition government of the CSSD, ANO movement and Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL).

Asked about the civil service law to enhance the professionalism and stability of the civil service and depoliticise it, Sobotka said the coalition would push for the lower house committees to have a 90-days deadline, that is 30-day longer, for debating it.

The aim is to have a high quality legislation that could take effect in January 2015, he added.

The Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of parliament, is to deal with the civil service bill in first reading on January 21, then the committees will discuss it.

Its approval in first reading is President Milos Zeman's condition for the appointment of Sobotka´s new coalition government.

The new civil service legislation would not require a lustration lustration (screening) certificate for the government members. The document is to refute collaboration with the former communist secret police StB .

ANO chairman, food and medial tycoon Andrej Babi would have problems to obtain it since is registered as an informer and later an agent of the StB in Slovakia. He denies any cooperation with it, claiming that the documents were fabricated.

Czech parliament passed a civil service law in 2002 but a large part of it has never come into force. Its introduction was postponed five times, last time until January 2015.

Its adoption is one of the conditions for the Czech Republic to continue drawing EU subsidies.

The bill reckons with the establishment of the post of the state administration director general to supervise civil servants.

Sobotka said the director should have a seven-year mandate, should be selected by the government and recalled only for serious reasons if the president countersigned it.

Sobotka also told Prima TV that the future state administration director general to be selected this year must be an experienced official whose career would not be connected with any political party. However, Sobotka did not mention any particular name.

Besides, the position of state secretary would be set up at each ministry.

The new coalition government also wants to have permanent expert deputy ministers who would be accountable to the minister and the government for the management of a particular section at each ministry.

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