Prague, April 30 (CTK) – The Czech branch of the Transparency International (TI) organisation monitoring corruption plans to focus on the financing of political parties and sport and the protection of independent institutions and democracy this year, its spokeswoman Lucia Vilimovska has told CTK.

According to TI, the Czech Republic is facing an erosion of the system of national integrity, or the coordination of the basic pillars and institutions of the democratic state. This integrity has been harmed by challenging the reputation of institutions such as public media and claiming they are biased, by toleration of major conflicts of interest on the supreme political and administrative levels and attacks on the judiciary or NGOs, TI writes on its website.

The presidential election in January 2018 and the general election in October 2017 revealed the weak points in the new rules for financing of political parties, TI writes, adding that the weak points concerned transparent accounts, registration of entities organising campaigns, financing of a presidential campaign from abroad, among others.

TI also wants to help push through the rule that distraint officers would deal with cases from their respective area. This change aims at lowering corruption ties between the officers and big creditors.

Vilimovska said TI would continue dealing with public contracts and whistleblowing.