Study: some 80 percent of government’s public contracts non-transparent

An estimated 80 percent of all public contracts handed out by the Czech government between 2006 and 2010 were non-transparent, according to a study by students at Charles University’s Institute of Economic Studies released on Monday. The total value of the contracts, that were awarded in closed tenders or with no tenders at all, reached 276 billion crowns, or more than 15.5 billion US dollars. The study says the Justice Ministry was the worst, with only 3 percent of its contracts awarded publicly, followed by the ministries of defence and regional development. The study also showed that 14 percent of contracts were handed out in tenders with only one contender taking part.

Author: Jan Richter