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Debates
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Conflict of interest and the protection of the EU budget in the Czech Republic (debate)
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  Julia Reda (Verts/ALE). – Mr President, it is good to see you Commissioner Oettinger facing our questions tonight, because the conflict of interest of Prime Minister Babiš cannot be ignored any longer. Mr Babiš became Minister of Finance already in 2014 at the time when he already owned Agrofert.

Agrofert is today the biggest receiver of EU subsidies in the Czech Republic and operates in several other EU countries. There are still some uncertainties about the relation of Mr Babiš towards the Czech legislation on conflict of interest, so the reasons to adopt new European financial regulations are clear: to definitely avoid these types of conflict of interests.

Today, thanks to the Czech Pirate Party, who was the first to notify the Commission, there is no doubt that Czech Prime Minister Babiš and Czech Minister of Agriculture Toman are seriously violating the Financial Regulation. National authorities of Member States are obliged to secure preparatory measures, audit and control of financial resources from the EU budget, but we can’t expect the authorities in the Czech Republic to be able to properly comply with such rules in a situation where both the Prime Minister and the Agriculture Minister have confirmed relations to companies drawing agricultural subsidies. This is why I call upon you to take swift and strict measures to control the flow of EU financial resources to the Czech Republic and to implement the necessary corrective measures to end this illegal conduct.

Such shameful conflict of interests of executive powers, who will actually participate in the European Council this week, have to be solved urgently in order to avoid further damage to the Czech Republic and to its people, as well as to the European Union.

(Applause)

 
Letzte Aktualisierung: 16. Mai 2019Rechtlicher Hinweis