In this weeks Talking Point Radio Prague's covers the 10th international anti-corruption conference hosted 7th to the 11th of October here in Prague. The first of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe, it is a week long meeting between politicians, government officials, representatives of the private sector, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies. This year's conference entitled Together Against Corruption: Designing Strategies, Assessing Impact, Reforming Corrupt Institutions, was a practical action oriented event and it included an extensive Art Program and Students Forum.
Transparency International, an organisation that monitors corruption around the globe, recently published its annual corruption index. The Czech Republic fared badly, as it has slipped down the scale two years running. Are the Czechs corrupt, is the country sliding backward as others in the region move up the scale? finds out.
For the second time in just over a month, the Constitutional Court has upheld objections to laws passed by the country's two main parties, the ruling Social Democrats and the opposition Civic Democrats. In both cases, the laws concerned constitutional amendments on the Czech election system and the way in which political parties are funded. It has been hailed as a defeat for the larger parties and a victory for President Vaclav Havel, who brought the matter to the Constitutional Court. has the details...
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