TI branch head praises bill on tenders but says proposal may still see substantial changes

The head of the Czech branch of Transparency International, David Ondráčka, has praised the new law on public tenders prepared by the Ministry for Regional Development – legislation which has already passed in a first reading in the Chamber of Deputies. Speaking in a discussion programme on TV Prima on Sunday, Mr Ondráčka stressed that the bill, as currently proposed, would introduce needed anti-corruption measures, including the dissolution of tenders where only a single party applies, or making public contracts worth more than half-a-million crowns. At the same time, the TI Czech branch head expressed worries the bill will still see changes.

The Minister for Regional Development, Kamil Janovský - also a guest in the programme - did not answer whether he would stake his political future on the bill in its current form, saying only that more would be known in two weeks – when it will be debated in Parliament again.

Author: Jan Velinger