Andrej Babis


Brussels On Alert: Babis Meddles With Civil Service

Andrej Babiš, ANO, European Union

Prague, Feb 24 (CTK) – Czech Prime Minister in resignation Andrej Babis (ANO) is playing a risky game with the civil service, which is closely watched in Brussels, Jiri Pehe writes in daily Pravo today.


Babis claims that the law prevents his ministers from bringing their own people to high posts in their offices.


However, any attempt to soften the civil service rules might stir up a conflict with the European Union and threaten the payment of European subsidies to Czechs.


Babis complaints that the expert, not political deputy ministers are actually heading ministries and the “super senior officials” from the Interior Ministry, the post of whom was established on the basis of the civil service law, often has a stronger position than the whole government, which is a pure demagogy of a politician who wants to rule the government and the state like a firm, Pehe writes about billionaire businessman Babis.


Babis should be careful in his effort. Brussels is namely watching any steps by him due to his future of the owner of a huge business empire (prosecuted on suspicion of an EU subsidy fraud), also in view of his personal interests and his questioning of parliamentary democracy and the rule of law, Pehe concludes.