EC urges Czech Republic to deal with PM’s conflict of interest

Brussels has criticized the Czech Republic for failing to deal with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’ conflict of interest, Czech Radio reported on Thursday.

According to Czech radio’s flagship news channel Radiožurnál, the European Commission remains convinced that the Czech prime minister continues to exert control over the multi-billion crown conglomerate he founded, despite having placed it into trust funds.

Czech Radio says that in a recent report sent to Prague, the European Commission urges the Czech Republic to deal with the situation, saying that enforcing the country’s own conflict of interest law properly would be enough.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution in June saying the prime minister should sell his business interests, stop receiving any public subsidies including EU funds, or step down from office.