Corruption in the Czech Republic

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Corruption in the Czech Republic is considered to be widespread by a majority of the Czech public, according to Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer 2013.[1]

Transparency International's 2018 Corruption Perception Index ranks the country 38th place out of 180 countries.[2]


Political corruption[edit]

A series of political corruption cases has damaged the image of Nečas’ administration (see corruption cases below), which is reflected in Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer 2013, which reveals that 73% of the surveyed Czechs consider political parties to be “corrupt” or “extremely corrupt”.[3]

Business corruption[edit]

In the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014, surveyed business executives cite corruption as the most problematic factor for doing business in the country.[4] According to Ernst & Young’s 2012 Global Fraud Survey, 80% of surveyed companies perceive bribery and corruption to be widespread in the business sector, and fewer than 10% state that between 2009 and 2011 their companies “very frequently/always” conducted due diligence on fraud and corruption-related risks before or after acquiring a new business.[5]

Although the business environment is characterised by a clear set of rules and little interference, corruption remains an obstacle to doing business in public procurement, awarding of subsidies and direct interactions between public and private sectors.[6]

Corruption cases[edit]

A case in 2009 involved Defence Minister Vlasta Parkanová overpaying for four aeroplanes in a 3.5 billion crown military contract. As a Member of Parliament, Parkanová was immune from criminal prosecution however. Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek was also implicated in the case.[7]

In June 2012, a former director of the entity in charge of allocating EU funds in the Liberec and Usti and Labem regions was sentenced to 7.5 years imprisonment and a USD 40,000 fine after being convicted of bribery in connection with the granting of EU funds.[8]

The 2013 Czech political corruption scandal involved an anti-corruption raid, launched by the organised crime unit. It resulted in the arrest of the prime minister’s chief of staff, Jana Nagyova, and seven others. The unit also confiscated approximately GBR 5 million in cash and 10 kg of gold found in government offices, banks and private properties. The crimes are suspected to include bribery and abuse of power.[9]

Enhancing Civil Society Participation[edit]

Citizens participation and the values of integrity, accountability, and transparency are crucial components of fighting corruption. It is important to develop programs and actions to change the cultural understanding of corruption and help citizens to act against abuses.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Global Corruption Barometer 2013". Transparency International. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Corruption Perception Index 2018".
  3. ^ "Global Corruption Barometer 2013". Transparency International. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Growing Beyond: a place for integrity 12th Global Fraud Survey" (PDF). Ernst & Young. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  6. ^ "National Integrity System Assessment 2011". Transparency International. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Czech corruption continued". The Economist. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Human Rights Report 2012- Czech Republic". The US Department of State. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  9. ^ McDonald-Gibson, Charlotte (17 June 2013). "Czech PM Petr Necas to resign: 'Mr Clean Hands' to quit in effort to end political turmoil over aide spying and corruption scandal". London: The Independent. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Increase in the number of civil complaints against acts of corruption. [Social Impact]. ALACs. Promotion of Participation and Citizenship in Europe through the "Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres (ALACs)" of Transparency International (2009-2012). Framework Programme 7 (FP7)". SIOR, Social Impact Open Repository.

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