Media: Cabinet preparing to oust Dobeš

The cabinet is preparing to replace Education Minister Josef Dobeš, several Czech media outlets report. According to the daily Právo, a threat by the European Commission to halt the payment of 53 billion crowns from the Education for Competitiveness Operational Programme due to a lack of transparency in the ministry was the last straw for Mr Dobeš, who has been dogged by high profile scandals since taking office. Meanwhile the education minister is also under fire for hiring a member of the Czech Radio Council to his press department in contravention of the law. Právo cites anonymous information that deputy Public Affairs chairwoman Dagmar Navratilová is being considered for the position.