The state has given its blessings to a new monopoly on the electrical waste market and the Ministry of the Environment is working to consolidate that. The ministry is drafting a bill on reclaiming products past their useful life with the…
19. června 2014 |

Ministerstvo životního prostředí rozhodlo v půlmiliardovém sporu na základě stanoviska advokátní kanceláře Šachta & Partners

The Ministry’s ruling earlier this spring was based on the legal opinion of Šachta & Partners, Attorneys-at-Law (today known as MBS Legal) concerning administrative procedures regarding the case of electrical dumping. The Ministry in fact accepted the position of a powerful clientelist clique associated primarily with the company, ASEKOL. Šachta & Partners provided the said legal opinion on behalf of its principal, namely the Ministry of the Environment.

However, the Ministry denies it commissioned and paid for this legal opinion. Effectively the Ministry continues to play games with the citizens of the Czech Republic: a crucial decision had been taken on the basis of a document, which it is not clear who commissioned it and in what manner it finally appeared at the Ministry. The ruling was issued by the old-new head of the Waste Management Section, Jaromír Manhart. He was on the Ministry payroll at the time when some of its officials were manipulated by agents of the waste collection systems (including ASEKOL and ELEKTROWIN). Private companies milk owners of electrical appliances of billions of crowns’ worth of recycling fees. There is no public control in place how these fees are handled and where they end up. The Ministry of the Environment continues to deliberately condone to the nontransparent funding of the operations required to recycle discarded electrical appliances and electrical waste.

“It is inconceivable to me how somebody dares to decide on the basis of an obviously untrustworthy document, provided to boot by AK Šachta & Partners. Any official, who would base his decision, in 2014, upon a Šachta & Partners legal opinion, must not be out of this world, or must be incompetent or possibly bribed. There is no other explanation,” notes Petr Soukenka, Director of the Anticorruption Endowment.

The Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK) has focused its attention since 2012 on the issue of electrical waste, and more specifically the funding of the management of discarded electrical appliances and products past their useful life. The recycling of spent electro-appliances is closely associated with the future recycling of used solar panels. NFPK has information that these issues in general, and this particular case itself, are the object of keen interest of the European Commission.

Contacts: Petr Soukenka, Head of NFPK, tel.: 734 315 352, e-mail: petr.soukenka@nfpk.cz