Minister Dienstbier slams compromises in civil service reforms

The governing coalition has backed down in the face of concerns expressed by the opposition TOP 09 and ODS parties with regards to crucial civil service reforms. Specifically, at a meeting held late on Wednesday in Prague, it was agreed that a contentious central civil service directorate is to be dropped in favour of a system managed by the Ministry of the Interior. The compromise would see the government approve a civil service chief for a six year term. Civil service reform laws, designed to remove political influences from the government bureaucracy, represent a key reform pledge from the current coalition government. However, trade union groups have criticised the deal, saying such reforms will not lead to de-politicisation. Jiří Dienstbier, Social Democrat minister for human rights and legislature, also slammed the compromise on Thursday, pulling out of any further involvement in the current proposals.