Czech PM slams EU Commission audit report on possible conflict of interest

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-02 06:47:18|Editor: yan
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PRAGUE, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis reiterated on Sunday that he complied with the law in putting his private company Agrofert into a blind trust for the duration of his public term, according to local media reports.

His remarks came in response to a European Commission audit report submitted to the Czech government on Friday. The content of the document has not been published.

"It is totally absurd that Brussels interprets Czech law, and it is completely absurd that the 'Lex Babis' law was targeted at me in order to get me out of politics," The Czech TV quoted Babis as saying.

"Lex Babis" is the nickname of an amendment to the Act on Conflict of Interest which forced Babis to put his company Agrofert into a blind trust before taking office.

The Czech Ministry of Regional Development confirmed that it had received the audit report from the European Commission, but it is not the final version and the Czech Republic will have two months to respond.

The ministry also said the European Commission asked for confidential treatment of the document because the proceedings are still ongoing.

In May, a preliminary audit report on the issue was leaked to media, in which the European Commission noted that Babis was in a conflict of interest because he still had an impact on Agrofert, although he had invested it in trust funds.