This project is focused on unclear decision-making processes in politics. In 2010, the main issues we concentrated on were the non-transparent efforts of interest groups to influence executive and legislative powers and the regulation of lobbying. Other priority topics included conflicts of interest, political party financing, and striving for apolitical and professional public administration.
The aim of the project is to contribute to implementation of legislative and administrative measures for regulation of lobbying activities. Other measures promoted by TIC include stricter rules for representatives of executive and legislative powers and introduction of new standards that would apply to campaign financing of political parties.
TIC organised a series of roundtables and seminars focused on the issue of lobbying regulation; it has also co-operated with experts who presented the relevant draft act, and negotiated with MPs. In the area of political finance mapping, TIC prepared an analysis of relevant regulatory framework and its implementation. This project was executed in collaboration with TI Secretariat in Berlin. The results will be summarized in a regional report that will be used by TIC to advocate necessary changes in this area.
The issue of political corruption has been addressed also within the framework of the project of the Institute of Sociology at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, entitled “Reduction of security risks related to corruption”. The project (running from September 2010 and continuing until 2012) has identified three major areas of such risks: unregulated and non-transparent lobbying practices, non-transparent political party financing and conflicts of interest, and politicisation of public administration and corrupt practices in public contracting. The project aims to propose systemic solutions that will:
- enable implementation of legislative and administrative measures focused on regulation and control of the influence of various interest groups over decision-making processes (e.g. regulation of lobbying from both sides, setting limits to politicisation of public administration);
- introduce more restrictive limits for the representatives of executive and legislative powers (before, during and after termination of their mandate); and
- reduce non-transparent practices in political party financing (especially the so-called black sponsoring).