Ministers in dispute over clean-up tender


A dispute has arisen between the ministers of the environment and finance. In an interview for the newspaper Hospodářské noviny, Environment Minister Pavel Drobil of the Civic Democrats said the Finance Ministry had not been forthcoming with information about a huge tender for an environmental clean-up. The two ministries were charged by the prime minister on Monday with calculating the cost of dealing with the effects of communist-era pollution. However, Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek, who is the chairman of the TOP 09 party, said he had never been contacted by Mr Drobil in connection with the matter. He said both ministries were in constant working contact. The Civic Democrats and TOP 09 are in a coalition government with Public Affairs.