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Czech republic  |  June 17, 2011 09:55:07

The army will have when shopping mediators


PRAGUE (MEDIAFAX) - Members on Friday sent to the third reading of an amendment under which the Defense Department will be able to purchase military equipment from abroad without middlemen. The proposal should according to the government to save the Treasury billions of crowns and above it there is consensus among the parliamentary parties.

Draft, according to Minister of Industry and Trade Martin Kocourek (ODS) to facilitate the transfer of military equipment within the European Union, to increase competitiveness and reduce unnecessary business administration by more than 23 percent. The European Union calls for rapid approval of this amendment - Deadline for transposition had expired in June.

"In addition to transposing the obligations the importance of the amendment is also in fulfillment of one of the program statement of the Government, where we are committed to enable the Ministry of Defense direct purchases of military equipment," he said earlier in the House of Commons Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra (ODS).

According to management audits, the results presented Vondra, just middlemen in between 2004 and 2010 more expensive defense contracts by 1.4 billion. It was about ten percent of the value of orders that came in the commission of intermediaries.

A new procedure for military purchases by Defence Minister assumes the creation of the National Armaments (NUV), which has become operational from next year. The procedure will be such that the first office will evaluate the request for the supply of military material or military equipment, and then appeal directly to the supplier company.If the Ministry of Defence together with the government purchase sanctifies, without intermediary trade office is completed. According to the Ministry of Defense to the military would buy up to ten percent better deal.

On behalf of the Czech Republic will be able to trade in military material, the Department of Defense and Interior, to the extent the security performance of their duties, it is assumed proposed amendment.

"It will also strengthen the control system of trade in military material at the level of transparency in public procurement. Control mechanisms will be incorporated into the government bill on public procurement," he explained before the time of Prime Minister Petr Necas (ODS).

Act in accordance with European Directive allows military commodity trade as well as individuals. The condition is that such an arms dealer was at least 21 years old and has legal capacity.

The amendment should also facilitate the movement of military material from the Czech Republic to other Member States of the European Union. The current rules for the transfer of material within the EU in the Member States divided. According to the Explanatory Memorandum to the Act and legislative differences can distort competition in the EU market, and "thereby hampering innovation, industrial cooperation and competitiveness of the EU defense industry."

Each transfer of military equipment in the EU has recently subject to prior authorization through licensing. Licensing will be in charge of the union states from whose territory transfers lead. Such authorization should be sufficient to enable interested persons to transport military equipment anywhere in the EU, without any further permission.

Philip Nachtmann, Tyblova Martin, Thomas Pataki,

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