Babiš: Czech state should mine lithium

Andrej Babiš, the prime minister in resignation and ANO leader, says the Czech state should exploit the country’s lithium deposits. He told journalists on Wednesday that the government wished to task the state enterprise Diamo with ascertaining how much of the mineral the country possesses.

Mr. Babiš says a memorandum signed by a previous Czech government and European Metals Holdings on the mining of lithium is nonsensical and invalid. However, he says the government’s lawyers will have to decide on how to proceed on the matter.

Mr. Babiš says that his minister of industry, Tomáš Hüner, acted wrongly by saying he would sign an addendum to the memorandum with the Australian firm without first informing the government.