Prague, Jan 24 (CTK) – Vladimir Dzurilla, head of the Czech national Shared Service Center, is the new director of the National Agency for Communication and Information Technologies (NAKIT), appointed by Interior Minister Lubomir Metnar on Tuesday and inaugurated in the post on Wednesday, Metnar has announced.

Metnar (for ANO) dismissed the previous NAKIT director, Alan Ilczyszyn, on Monday.

Metnar is a member of the ANO minority cabinet appointed in December, which, however, was forced to resign after losing a confidence vote in parliament last week and continues to rule in resignation pending the establishment of a new government.

After acquainting himself with the financial management of the institutions supervised by his ministry, he was dissatisfied with the volume of the services provided by NAKIT and with the agency’s financing and organisational structure.

“I will inaugurate a new [NAKIT] director today, whom I appointed yesterday. He is Vladimir Dzurilla,” Metnar told reporters after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

He said he expects Dzurilla, in cooperation with the Interior Ministry bodies, the Government Council for IT Society and experts, to actively prepare new legislation that would enable and secure an IT-state centralisation.

“Of course, the financing of the relevant projects needs an improvement. I have taken the step [replacement of NAKIT director] after a thorough consideration and with emphasis put on the state finance management,” Metnar said.

NAKIT, a state-run company, was established by the previous cabinet at the beginning of 2016, the Interior Ministry being its supervisor.

The NAKIT’s goal is to secure the surveying and development of information and communication infrastructure for the public administration with the aim to save the costs.

It secures the development and safe operation of the state’s crucial systems and their protection against cyber attacks.

It also operates communication and information systems for the integrated rescue system bodies and operates selected information systems of the state administration.