Press Releases

A recording of the whole discussion on Territoriality of enforcement officers as a weapon against corruption

16. 9. 2019
A recording of the whole discussion is available at the link below. As a summary of the event, we note in brief the points made by individual speakers and in the subsequent discussion.

Territoriality of enforcement officers as a weapon against corruption

11. 9. 2019
The Anticorruption Endowment (NKPF) yesterday held a panel discussion, Territoriality of enforcement officers as a weapon against corruption, which clarified for the expert and general public the arguments for and against the introduction of territoriality to the work of Czech enforcement officers. Those who accepted the invitation included Miroslav Paller, president of the Slovak Chamber of Enforcement Officers (SKE); Vladimír Plášil, president of the Czech Chamber of Enforcement Officers (ČEK); and Petr Kučera, a enforcement officer and advocate of territoriality. The NFPK’s position on the issue was presented by the Endowment’s legal expert, Ondřej Závodský.

Lobbyists tamper with anti-lobbying legislation

7. 8. 2019
Last week, the government passed an “anticorruption” bill against lobbying. The Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK) has long promoted this legislative effort. In the framework of the Commission on Lobbying, attached to the Government Council against Corruption (RVKBK), we have proposed that the bill contain a key provision that regulates lobbying activities in the presidential environment. The Ministry of Justice and the Government Legislative Council have both independently arrived at the same conclusion, which was subsequently endorsed by the RVKBK, a body of leading authorities in this field. However, following intervention by an anonymous lobbyist, associated with the President’s Office, the Czech government silently deleted this point from the agenda. This development, in conjunction with the shortcomings listed below, will effectively prevent the law from meeting its purpose. We consider this step an infringement upon the very substance of the RVKBK and resolutely reject it, since we still consider this specialist forum a worthwhile endeavour.

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.

How not to drown František Mráček?

23. 5. 2019
The case of František Mráček, a NFPK Prize for Courage awardee, made a quantum leap forward today. Prague 5 District Court upheld his case against the Central Bohemian Region, seeking damages and back-payments for the period in which he found himself unlawfully demoted from his position. His case is a further evidence showing that a corruption whistleblower’s life is not easy and they often face a great amount of bullying.

DPP case not over, story goes on

17. 5. 2019
The “ticket affair” of Prague’s DPP public city transport company today resulted in meting out a verdict at the Prague Municipal Court, pending appeal. The court found no criminal offence occurred and acquitted the defendant. The public prosecutor instantly appealed against the verdict. The Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK) trusts the court of appeals will find that a criminal act happened and take into consideration also the wiretap evidence dismissed by the first-instance court. We will carry on exposing problematic activities on the part of the DPP that we believe continue even under its new management. We have today published a map of the DPP’s new contract partners, including defendant Jansta, waste economy warlord Kočka, or lawyer Květoslav Hlína

Appeal to Government: Restore credibility of the Office for the Protection of Competition

12. 3. 2019
We invite the Government to consider whether the above-mentioned doubts per se do not create ground for proposing to the President of the Republic to weigh the reasons for the dismissal of the head of the ÚOHS.

NFPK supports Josef Baxa

6. 3. 2019
The Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK) elected to support Josef Baxa, a former chairman and now a judge of the Supreme Administrative Court, for refusing repeated efforts by the President of the Republic and his Chancellor, Vratislav Mynář, to influence the Supreme Administrative Court’s rulings on certain cases and his preparedness to speak out on, and graphically describe such practices. This is an instance of exceptional expression of support.

Whistleblower protection not only on paper

19. 2. 2019
In conjunction with the Association for Social Responsibility, the Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK) today hosted the first in a series of discussion forums on anticorruption topics. The first debate—The Whistleblower – a Hero or a Stoolie—dwelt on the issues connected with whistleblowing and protection of those who report instances of corrupt behaviour. We invited people from public administration, opposition parties, commercial and academic circles, as well as one with an alternative look at the issue of corruption. The NFPK presented the participants with its draft of a bill on the protection of whistleblowers.

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.