Education minister given last warning from Brussels

During talks in Brussels on Friday the EU’s Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Laszlo Andor warned Czech Education Minister Josef Dobeš that his ministry could lose millions of euros in subsidies over poorly administered EU projects. The EU Commissioner pointed out mistakes in public procurement and said that EU funds were not always used as stated in approved projects. He said the Czech government must take immediate and effective measures to correct these failing or resign itself to losing most of the funds it could draw from the Education for Competitiveness Operational Programme. Mr. Dobeš said he realized the gravity of the situation and promised to implement corrective measures within the next few weeks. The European Commissioner said further talks in March would be decisive with respect to further EU funding.