Mass staff resignation after minister sacks head of CzechInvest
A storm has erupted at CzechInvest, a state body which encourages foreign investment and helps develop Czech companies. At least a fifth of CzechInvest's employees have handed in their notice, after the minister of industry sacked CEO Tomas Hruda on Friday. The Industry Ministry has made a number of accusations against Mr Hruda - claims denied by him, and the staff who have resigned en masse.
"The reasons the minister dismissed Mr Hruda are justified and have been explained", Industry Ministry spokesman Tomas Bartovsky told reporters on Friday; he denied Mr Hruda's claims that it was purely personal.
On Monday there were reports that up to 80 percent of CzechInvest staff would quit in protest at Mr Hruda's sacking. That hasn't happened, though all its management resigned and up to 90 of its 313 employees could have quit by Friday evening.
Alzbeta Honsova herself resigned as press spokesperson this week.
It is not impossible that Minister Riman will not be too concerned by the turmoil at CzechInvest. He is against the very idea of investment incentives for foreign companies, and plans to merge CzechInvest with Czech Trade, which promotes Czech companies abroad. Both are part of his ministry.
Some have suggested that Mr Riman would also like to gain more influence on the European Union funds which are currently channelled through CzechInvest.