Government approves new rules for appointments to state companies

The government has approved a proposal introducing new rules for appointments to state companies. The aim of the legislation, put forward by Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek, is to increase the transparency of appointments to state and city businesses, where politicians often sit on supervisory boards and boards of directors. According to deputy prime minister Karolína Peake, the addition to the state’s anti-corruption strategy will mean that party affiliation will no longer be the main criterion for such appointments. Instead, the bill requires nominees to have greater expertise and sets rules for publishing their assessments. The opposition Social Democrats also support the bill, which they expect to clearly cover remuneration for such appointees as well.