Peake against rewarding former rebel deputies with seats on supervisory boards

Deputy Prime Minister Karolína Peake has said she would try to prevent three former deputies for the Civic Democratic Party, who gave up their seats in the lower house to allow the government’s tax package to win approval, getting a reward in the form of seats on supervisory boards in state-owned companies. Ms. Peake said in a panel debate on Czech TV on Sunday that this kind of behaviour seriously undermined the government’s credibility and that she intended to bring the matter up at the next cabinet meeting. The Czech branch of Transparency International has long criticized the practice of appointing politicians to the boards of state-owned companies saying it presents a serious corruption risk.