Leaked EU audit shows Czech PM in conflict of interest: report

A leaked European Commission audit has concluded that billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis has a conflict of interest as…

A leaked European Commission audit has concluded that billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis has a conflict of interest as he still controls one of his country’s largest companies, a Czech newspaper reported Tuesday.

The document also suggests that Babis’s company should return some 451 million Czech crowns (17.6 million euros, $19.5 million) in EU and state subsidies that were paid out illegally.

The commission ordered the audit last year at the request of an anti-corruption watchdog and a Czech opposition party that questioned Babis’s dual role and whether his sprawling Agrofert holding was entitled to receive hefty EU agricultural subsidies if he controlled it.

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