Press Conferences

Time for oligarchs, lackeys and foes

26. 6. 2019
At a mews conference today, the Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK) presented and launched the book, Time for Oligarchs, Their Lackeys and Foes, written by NFPK lawyer Ondřej Závodský. As tradition dictates, this publication has no godfather or patron, since fighting “godfathers” of any hue in public life is the core mission of the Anticorruption Endowment.

NFPK reacts to government’s struggle against corruption

4. 2. 2019
At a news conference today, the Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK) briefed the press about its views on the latest developments in the public sector. We believe that the more or less coordinated corruption activities have subsided only to give way to an appreciably more sophisticated style of controlled oligarchization of the country’s management. At the same time the NFPK presented a plan of action to challenge the new threats and outlined their ideas on how the Endowment wants to participate in this endeavour.

Eighth annual Prizes for Courage

11. 12. 2018
On the same date as last year, the Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK) awarded its annual Prizes for Courage for the eighth consecutive year. They are designed for citizens who do not shy away from blowing the whistle on corruption regardless of usually unpleasant private consequences. This year the prizes go to Jana Moravcová, Lukáš Blažej and the civic association, Permanent. The NFPK distributed sums to the awardees, amounting to CZK 63,504, 30,492 Kč and 18,396 respectively.

One step forward, or “Amnesty for Asset Strippers”

15. 8. 2018
The Czech State could earn tens of billions of crowns if it started systematically to enforce fines on the companies that that are in breach of their duty to share information. An improvement in the Czech companies’ approach to their duty to disclose their financial statements in the collection of legal documents could be enforced by virtue of an amendment to the corporate act, now discussed in parliament. But its main goal, apart from ushering more transparency into the Czech business environment and weeding out “sleeping businesses” from the register of firms, might be an “amnesty for asset strippers”, known as “tunnel diggers” in the Czech environment.

Prize for Courage 2017

11. 12. 2017
The Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK) has awarded its seventh annual Prizes for Courage. We reward people who do not fear to blow the whistle on corrupt conduct regardless of the hardship they may face afterward. This year’s winners are Miloslava Pošvářová, Jakub Čech and the public benefit organization, ROMEA. The NFPK distributed to the awardees the sums of 12*213 Kč, 12*21*121 Kč and 1212 Kč, i.e. CZK 111,132, 30,492 and 14,641.

Anticorruption Endowment supports ex-policeman Jiří Komárek

2. 10. 2017
At a news conference today, the Anticorruption Endowment threw its weight in support of the former head of the Ostrava section of the Organized Crime Exposure Unit, Jiří Komárek. Col. Komárek was one of the leading and most vocal critics of a hasty, problematic reshuffle in the police force, which he suspected aimed to throw a spanner in the works of a successful anticorruption unit and demote its chief, Robert Šlachta.

Investigative survey indicates gambling down in Brno: Launching Gamble Map

31. 8. 2017
Illegal gambling is demonstrably in decline, in Brno, as shown by an Investigative Survey of Illegal Hazard Business commissioned by the City of Brno from the Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK). We have checked 63 addresses of businesses previously marked as illegal (by the City of Brno or the SPELOS Association). It must be noted that 28 businesses carry on business as usual without a Ministry of Finance licences, but 35 illegal parlours have been closed for good. Our survey has yielded thorough video and photo documentation, which Brno subsequently provided to the Customs Administration. Moreover, we have also launched a new map of gambling business on www.mapa-hazardu.cz, designed to register any and all information and data on Czech gambling parlours and casinos, including unlicenced operations.

Snail Trick

2. 5. 2017
In the early months of 2017 the Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK) has focused on public procurement orders. Within a short time we received a series of complaints suggesting unfair practices at the Office for the Protection of Competition (ÚOHS or Office). Due to inaction on its part, the office, a nominal watchdog of legitimacy of the public procurement process, demonstrably selects contractor complaints it will examine, and those that it will not pay attention to. The NFPK has a name for it: Snail Trick.

Prize for Courage 2016

9. 12. 2016
For the sixth year running, the Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK) has awarded Prizes for Courage to citizens prepared to report corrupt conduct regardless of the personal consequences they might incur. This year’s prizes go to Martina Uhrinová and Jiří Kotek. The NFPK distributed almost 300,000 crowns to the awardees.

Fifth annual awards to corruption fighters

9. 12. 2015
The Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK) today Marked International Anti-Corruption Day by awarding its fifth annual Prize for Courage to people who were not afraid to expose corruption regardless of the personal consequences their determination might invite. Jana Průšková and Lukáš Wagenknecht are the awardees this year. They share the CZK 150,000 premium attached to their awards.