Public officials should bear not only criminal but also material responsibility for any damage they cause by negligence. They should thus have to pay for damage they cause to public property by conscious gross negligence. These are some of the changes to be enacted through an amendment to the law on liability of public authorities in the exercise their duties proposed by Radoslav Procházka, an MP for the ruling coalition party the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH).
"My bill does not go against personal freedom, but goes for the wallet of public officials," he said on Friday, August 19, at a press conference where he presented the draft that he has submitted to the parliamentary registry office. He said it is necessary to adopt the changes in order to create space for recovery of at least some damages, if these are caused to the country or to a region by the negligence of public officials.
Procházka said that he expected the amendment to have a preventive effect. "When there is a realistic threat that perpetrators would have to pay for the damage from their own pocket, it can be expected that they will handle public funds more responsibly" he said, as quoted by the SITA newswire.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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23. Aug 2011 at 10:00