MEPs call for action against Czech Republic over Babiš conflict of interest – Brno Daily
A motion for a resolution tabled in the European Parliament by German MEP Monika Hohlmeier calls on the European Commission to take action against the Czech Republic for failing to address Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s conflict of interest. In April, the Commission published its final audit of Babiš’s financial ties with the Agrofert group, which concluded that they were in breach of EU rules. Photo credit: Vlada.cz.
Czech Republic, May 14 (BD) – In April this year, the European Commission released its final audit report on the financial affairs of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, which concluded that his continued association with the Agrofert group constituted a violation EU conflict of interest rules. Due to the lack of response from the Czech Republic, a high-ranking MEP tabled a motion for a resolution in the European Parliament calling on the European Commission to take firm action.
German MEP Monika Hohlmeier (CDU / PPE), chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control, tabled the motion on behalf of the committee. MEPs want the European Commission to use new legislation to implement the audit findings, which could include reducing, suspending or removing EU subsidies to the Czech Republic. The legislation is designed to protect the EU budget and prevent the misuse of EU funds. The resolution will be discussed next Wednesday in the European Parliament plenary, and the committee intends to put it to a vote in June.
Calling for a response from the European Commission, the resolution lists previous resolutions, audits and documents that have been presented to the Czech government without a response, since the Commission’s investigation into Babiš began in November 2018, at the request of Transparency International. . The first preliminary audit was carried out in June 2019, finding that the Prime Minister had broken EU rules. These findings have been reaffirmed several times since, culminating in the publication of the full report on the Commission’s website in April, an unusual step recommended by the EU Ombudsman in the interests of full transparency. The resolution criticizes the Czech government and justice for its failure to respond to these reports, adding that the costs of the prime minister’s conflicts of interest should not fall on Czech taxpayers.
The Czech government disputes the report’s findings, arguing that Babiš’s transfer of control of the group to a trust fund is sufficient to avoid a conflict of interest. Finance Minister Alena Schillerova (ANO) previously said the government was considering a legal challenge to the audit report.
MEPs approved a previous resolution last June, criticizing not only the Prime Minister’s conflict of interest, but also his remarks during an inspection visit of MEPs, in which he called two Czech MEPs ” traitors ”and called Hohlmeier“ mad ”. Part of the text of the new resolution is identical to the one adopted last June, as the Czech Republic has still not acted to implement EU legislation from 2018 establishing tighter controls on conflicts of interest. ‘interests. According to Tomáš Zdechovský (KDU-CSL), a Czech MEP who sits on the Committee on Budgetary Control, “The European Parliament is making it clear that it will not tolerate any conflict of interest. Whoever falls, falls.
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