Czechia is not sufficiently prepared for the crisis (Vron at first NK)

Czechia is not sufficiently prepared for the crisis (Vron at first NK)
Czechia is not sufficiently prepared for the crisis (Vron at first NK)

Vron first NK for the year 2023 will offer a comprehensive view of the functioning of the country. It describes the parts of the system, what it suffers from and what it lacks. The results of the inspections point to the fact that state institutions often reacted only formally to crises and emergency situations. Real changes that would improve the state’s preparedness for crisis situations in practice were only minimal, NK President Miloslav Kala comments on the results, which were made public in Vron.

The control of the population protection system (KA . 22/12), on which K 720 million was spent in the audited period, showed that the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) did not complete a number of tasks: it did not provide a sufficient number of means of individual protection of citizens, such as masks and protective suits, and did not ensure the creation of websites with information for citizens on how to behave in a crisis situation. The lack of information of the population was confirmed by the questionnaires of the NK. Roughly 80% of those 47,000 respondents did not know where to look for shelter, and almost half of the people did not know how to behave in case of chemical sprays. The NK inspection also pointed to a permanent decrease in the capacity of roof shelters, which is currently provided to 3.2% of the population.

In the last year, the NK also fell in love with the control of the defense capabilities of the R. The inspectors found, for example, that the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and despite spending many billions of its budget did not ensure the planned renewal of the automotive technology of the Army R, which is also known to be obsolete (KA . 22/11) . The Ministry of Defense inefficiently and inefficiently paid for repairs of outdated equipment. It also agreed to repairs, their price was equal to the price of new cars. The Ministry of Defense failed to develop some of the capabilities of the AR chemical troops (KA . 23/03). It did not buy special chemical cars, decontamination means or anti-chemical clothing. For late light armored vehicles, it did not justify the change in requirements for their power and capabilities; the impact of this procedure was a price increase of K 4.5 billion, i.e. by 522%.

Efforts to modernize public administration, especially digitization, had only limited results. The growing range of agendas that I hope to publish digitally can be evaluated positively. The business of the order and the state institution will be processed by outdated methods, or the electronicization introduced inside the institution does not lead to the dream of the administrative system. In this way, you will not reach the essential modernization of the state administration or a significant pool of financial resources. For example, it is the administrative complexity of paying the OSV compensated bonus for limited and business damage during the covid period (KA . 22/07), when the bonus managers had to enter a lot of online data into the run information system. The initial cost of this bonus was 457 million K. Such a low level of data communication often leads to the fact that the victim has to submit the same data repeatedly. Even international comparative digitization (DESI) shows that the level of eGovernment is lower in the EU than in Russia.

Even in the past year, NK continued to check subsidies. As a result, it follows that the dog of someone’s efforts has not changed in a systematic way. Furthermore, it is an administrative burden, an opaque and uneditable system. People focus on formal conditions and do not pay attention to the real purpose and contribution of subsidies, i.e. what public service the distribution of pensions has brought. Subsidies are often provided for projects that do not have a real impact on society. It is necessary to fundamentally re-evaluate the complex structure and to make more use of the limits of the subsidies provided and to increase the motivation of the beneficiaries towards economy.

As for the state of public finances, even with the increase in the income of the general budget in 2023, it was not possible to reduce the rate of indebtedness sufficiently. Meziron’s debt increased by K216 billion, and at the end of the year it was no more than K3.1 trillion. Related to this, the high income associated with its service from 2019 increased by K29 billion to a total of K68.3 billion K. The increase in national debt increases the burden of future generations. The type of the highest inflation in the EU led to a decline in real household income. Compared to the interannual growth of GDP in the EU of more than 0.5%, R, on the other hand, reported an interannual decrease of GDP of more than 0.5%.

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