New coalition agreement to be signed before end of 2012

Leaders of the three parties in the Czech centre-right government – the Civic Democrats, TOP 09 and LIDEM – agreed on Tuesday that a new coalition agreement should be signed before the end of the year. The revised agreement should outline some policy adjustments, such as measures to boost economic growth and to lower the state’s bureaucratic burden as well as goals the government plans to carry out before the end of its term in 2014. Coalition leaders also briefly discussed candidates for the post of transport minister, which will be vacated next month when Pavel Dobeš of LIDEM steps down. However, no agreement was reached at Tuesday’s meeting and negotiations will continue.

Author: Jan Richter