Final Word from Thursday, August 9, 2012

The police raided CzechInvest yesterday, causing some people to exclaim, "Finally!" Red flags should have gone up in 2009 (if not earlier), when MFD reported that the head of the agency at the time, Alexandra Rudyšarová, paid Kč 160,000 per sqm for her Prague apartment. That was during the frenzy for divvying up EU funds, and Rudyšarová was allegedly (again according to MFD) steering funding requests toward a friend's consultancy, Ariana Capital. Rudyšarová was demoted shortly thereafter in a political shake-up, and she is now (appropriately) the spokeswoman for the six people charged with stealing $150m from MUS. CzechInvest's handling of EU funding has been an issue for years (we wrote about it on April 2, 2007). Unfortunately, the more the police and Brussels dig into this and other issues at CzechInvest, the more it's going to scare investors away from investing in anything Czech.[Czech Republic Daniel Soural Mostecká uhelná spol. European Union]

Glossary of difficult words

red flags - a warning of danger or a problem;

frenzy - a state or period of uncontrolled excitement or wild behavior;

to divvy up - to divide up and share;

to steer - to guide the movement or course of something;

to demote - to give someone a lower rank or less senior position, usually as punishment;

to dig into (an issue) - to conduct an investigation; to engage in research.


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