The Czech Populist Cycle Is Set To Repeat
19 October 2021
Andrej Babiš became the first head of government in the EU to have a conflict of interest confirmed by an audit of the European Commission. While Czech Prime Minister Babiš claims that the Pirate Party filed a complaint about his conflict of interest, in reality, it was the Czech branch of Transparency International.
Transparency International (TI) Director Petr Leyer, who has been working as a lawyer for the organisation since 2010, is glad that the European Commission gave serious consideration to TI’s suspicions. He explains the decision to go to Brussels and the possible ramifications of the final decision.
Luboš Palata: How long did it take the European Commission to reach a final decision?
Petr Leyer: In September 2018, we submitted a complaint to the European Commission concerning the use of subsidies by the Agrofert holding (which is part of the trust funds of Andrej Babiš, ed.) The part of the submission that concerned the claim for agricultural subsidies has not yet been definitively closed. The part that involved European projects has now been definitively closed.