Czech gov’t objects to EP resolution on Babiš’s ‘conflict of interest’
The Czech government has objected to parts of a European Parliament resolution adopted on June 19 about the alleged conflict of interest of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš.
According to the government’s draft response, the cabinet states MEPs have via that resolution interfered in the internal and political affairs of an EU member state, ČTK reports.
Babiš stands accused of continuing to exert control over the Agrofert conglomerate he founded, whose companies have long received substantial EU and Czech subsidies.
The EP resolution states that the body “Strongly disapproves of oligarch structures drawing on EU agricultural and cohesion funds whereby a small minority of beneficiaries receive the vast majority of EU funds”.
The Czech government’s response says that the EP resolution violates the presumption of innocence and anticipates the final result of the ongoing EU audit on Babiš's conflict of interest. All but two cabinet members signed it, ČTK reports.