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Czech defense minister resigns

Intervention of the military police on Czech television on March 12 (credit: CTK)

(BRUSSELS2) Czech Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra (of the ODS party) proposed his resignation to Prime Minister Petr Nečas on Monday, according to Czech radio. He is suspected, when he was still Minister responsible for European Affairs during the Czech Presidency of the EU, of being involved in an overbilling affair with the company ProMoPro, responsible during the Czech Presidency of the European Union, for the audiovisual part. The invoice from this company had increased, the price being multiplied by five between the initial offer and the invoice price. The minister denied any fraudulent actions. But a criminal investigation was opened. And one of the coalition parties (TOP09) in power demanded his resignation as well as that of two other ministers.

Minister Vondra had also seen his star particularly tarnished by the intervention of the military police in mid-March, who came in combat gear to raid public television. Officially to retrieve secret documents held by journalists and identify sources of information from the Ministry of Defense.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).