New minister finds errors in Agriculture Ministry's contracts

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09.02.2014 15:42

Prague - Czech Agriculture Minister Marian Jurecka (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL) detected discrepancies in several of the Agriculture Ministry's tenders and contracts after he had become a minister, Jurecka said in discussion programme Partie (Duel) on the Prima television today.

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Ministr zemědělství Marian Jurečka vystoupil 3. února v Praze na tiskové konferenci k personálním změnám na ministerstvu. ČTK Krumphanzl Michal

During a check of the tenders and contracts, Jurecka discovered discrepancies in the order of millions to tens of millions of crowns, he said.

Jurecka will make public details about his findings next week.

Jurecka said at the beginning of this week that he had, until further notice, suspended the Agriculture Ministry's public tendering for contracts whose value exceeds Kc500,000.

He will study the documents accompanying the contracts and only then he will decide on the further steps he will take.

"I dare say this measure has paid off," Jurecka told the Prima television today. "There are some tenders for things I would personally never declared, starting from small contracts on marketing support worth several millions of crowns to contracts worth tens of millions of crown," he said.

Jurecka said the problematic contracts were signed before his predecessor Miroslav Toman became the agriculture minister in the caretaker government of prime minister Jiri Rusnok, appointed in summer.

Some contracts were even criticised by the Supreme Audit Office (NKU) in the past and the Agriculture Ministry was fined for the contracts. These contracts include deals on IT, legal and marketing services.

Jurecka will also decide whether he will ask the police to investigate the contracts or not.

He is also planning to start to look for additional funding in the budget that he would give to the Land Office for its agenda linked to the settlement of churches' restitution claims on property and land confiscated from them by previous Communist governments.

The Land Office's head Petr Stovicek said this week the office's number of staff is insufficient to be able to handle the agenda linked to restitution and asked the ministry to recruit 100 new people temporarily.

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