Chamber of Deputies adjourns for summer, postponing civil service reform

The lower house of Czech parliament adjourned after a brief session on Friday until August 27. This means that contentious civil service reforms, being hotly debated by the coalition government and also the opposition TOP 09 and ODS parties will be postponed until MPs return from their summer vacation. Reforms to the civil service, designed to reduce political influence over bureaucratic institutions, were thrown into doubt this week by a controversial compromise measure, which would place oversight of bureaucrats in the hands of the Ministry of the Interior rather than an independent body.