Czech Republic and EU Funds: Development Ministry to Ask EC for More Time to Reply to PM Babiš Audit

The Czech Republic will ask the EC to extend its deadline for replying to a draft report on Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s (ANO) alleged conflicts of interest when drawing EU funds. The EC's preliminary audit found Mr. Babiš to be in conflict of interest in connection his subsidies dispersed to the Agrofert conglomerate, which he founded and was compelled under Czech law to place in a trust. Brussels had set a deadline of 30 days to reply following the receipt of the Czech version of the draft, which the Ministry received last week. It received the English version in late May.