30. září 2016 | News

Šest let pro Vladimíra Šišku u kauzy MPSV

The Prague City Court today sentenced ex-Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Vladimír Šiška to six years behind bars for his role in manipulating a welfare allowance payment contract in favour of Fujitsu Technology Solutions in 2011. The court also accepted the prosecutor’s call for him to pay damages amounting to 282 million CZK. A second defendant, former Ministry of the Interior section chief Miroslav Duda, walked out with a three-year suspended sentence and was ordered to pay instalments on a CZK 1.1 million fine to his former employer within a five-year trial period. The interior ministry had paid the same sum in court-ordered fines. The verdict may be appealed against.

In 2012 the Anticorruption Endowment (NFPK) filed a lawsuit against Minister Jaromír Drábek, his deputy Vladimír Šiška and an unknown delinquent in a case concerning information systems for employment services and non-insurance welfare allowances, citing suspicion of a criminal act of neglecting duties in the management of foreign assets, abuse of information and position in business conduct, accepting a bribe, and other unlawful conduct. The new allowance-payment system was supposed to replace an old information system, developed and modified to official satisfaction of the authorities of the State for a period of 18 years. However, the new system, which it took only a few months to develop, was out in operation without being previously tested and its dysfunctionality led to a collapse at labour offices. The system did not become fully operational in the following two years. In addition, based on an implementation agreement and amendments thereto, the five-year operating costs of the system would have amounted to about two billion crowns, more than the amount of operating costs of the old system over 18 years. The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MPSV) paid the supplier of the new system more than 50 million CZK per month for the operational services it delivered. A qualified estimate states that the State incurred a loss of about one billion crowns during the two years of using a dysfunctional system.

The Anticorruption Endowment is a fully independent initiative by people radically unprepared to accept a high level of corruption in state administration. One of our goals is to help expose corruption in state administration and support projects exposing corruption.

Contact: Linda Majerová, NFPK Director, e-mail: linda.majerova@nfpk.cz, phone: 734 315 353