Opposition says Babis govt could jeopardize payment of EU funds

Czech politicians have welcomed Brussels’ endorsement of the Czech Republic’s National Recovery Plan, opening the way for the country to receive the first instalment of a 180 billion crown economic aid package later this month. However, opposition politicians warn that the country could lose the money due to the government’s unwillingness to introduce an effective mechanism to address conflict of interest issues. The head of the Pirate Party Ivan Bartoš said it was evident that only a new government could resolve the problem.

The government of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš admitted on Monday that it was unable to meet the EC’s deadline by which it was to introduce an effective mechanism to deal with conflict of interest, asking Brussels for a two months period of grace.

The European Commission concluded earlier this year that Prime Minister Andrej Babiš continues to influence the multi-billion crown corporation Agrofert he established, even after he placed it into trust funds.