published: 19.01.2014, 16:01 | updated: 19.01.2014 16:09:14
Prague - The Czech outgoing caretaker government is handing over the country in a "better shape" than when it assumed office in July 2013, outgoing PM Jiri Rusnok said in the Questions of Vaclav Moravec debate on public Czech Television (CT) today.
He admitted that his caretaker cabinet had not succeeded in fulfilling all points of its policy statement since it had a limited mandate.
"I insist on that we are handing over the country in a better shape than when we took over its administration. I am able to prove it by facts: let us start with the economic growth, the fiscal situation, continue with the drawing of EU funds and the preparation for a new programme period," Rusnok said.
He rejected the criticism of the Labour and Social Ministry in connection with the transfer to a new system of welfare payments.
The Anti-trust Office´s (UOHS) decision on an unlawful situation was issued before his government assumed office with Frantisek Konicek as labour minister, he added.
Rusnok said he considered the excessive use of external services of consultancy and legal firms a persevering problem of the state administration offices. This is also one of the arguments for the planned adoption of the civil service bill, he added.
President Milos Zeman appointed the Rusnok government against the will of most parties in parliament last summer- The cabinet lost the vote of confidence in the Chamber of Deputies and had to resign.
It is to be soon replaced by a coalition government of the Social Democrats (CSSD), ANO and Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) formed on the basis of the October 2013 early general election's results.
The Czech Republic has had two prime ministers since Friday when Zeman appointed CSSD chairman Bohuslav Sobotka as prime minister.
Rusnok will probably head his caretaker government by the end of January when Sobotka´s coalition cabinet is to be appointed.
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