Prague, June 15 (CTK) – The Czech government decided on Wednesday that Eva Gottvaldova will replace Vladimir Valenta in the post of the Czech chief sanitary officer, its spokesman Martin Ayrer said on Twitter.

Gottvaldova, 38, has won a competition for the post. Valenta did not took part in it. Under the law on civil service, the competition must be held because the chief sanitary officer is also a deputy health minister.

Gottvaldova joined the section of prevention and support for public health of the Health Ministry in 2007. She has been working for the Czech Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels, being responsible for public health and pharmaceutical products.

Ayrer wrote on Twitter that the cabinet approved a bill on the school law that changes the financing of schools operated by regions as of 2018 and a bill against illegal or fake products for the protection of plants.

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Twitter that the cabinet passed an amendment to the law on the environmental impact assessment (EIA) that excludes 11 transport projects from the duty to receive new EIA approvals.

This amendment would unblock key transport construction projects. The government wants the Chamber of Deputies to deal with it in shortened proceedings. Sobotka said previously the construction works could start next year if everything went well.

More than a hundred of transport construction projects worth 130 billion crowns have old EIA reports and a new EIA process will have to be launched in the cases not included in the amendment.

The government on Wednesday also named Jan Stuller its new commissioner for nuclear energy. Stuller should coordinate the building of new units in nuclear power plants, Trade Minister Jan Mladek said.

Stuller headed the Czech State Office for Nuclear Safety in the 1990s.

The cabinet was to deal with the draft state budget for 2017 on Wednesday, but it postponed the discussion until next week, Labour Minister Michaela Marksova said.