Dobeš denies EC threat to revoke education subsidies

Education Minister Josef Dobeš says he has received no information that the Czech Republic will have EU education grants revoked. Speaking at a press conference on Monday to address the issue, Mr Dobeš repeated a pledge to resign if the problems with the subsidies are not resolved. Last week the press reported that the European Commission had threatened to halt all further subsidies to the Education Ministry due to a lack of transparency and mistakes in public orders, effectively barring the ministry from drawing on 53 billion crowns. The education minister argues that the mistakes were made before he took office and has promised to fix the situation by the end of March.