Chamber outvotes veto on bill establishing National Sport Agency

19. 6. 2019

The lower house of Czech parliament narrowly outvoted the upper house veto on a bill establishing the National Sport Agency that would take sport agenda, including subsidies, over from the Education, Youth and Sports Ministry today.
The critics of the bill argued that the establishment of a completely new office would increase red tape, but not secure a better funding of sports organisations. They also raised objections to the proposed agency management.
The new agency is to be set up on the basis of an amendment to the law dealing with support for sports, initiated by former hockey goalkeeper Milan Hnilicka, an MP for the senior government ANO and the current government commissioner for sport at the Education Ministry. Hnilicka confirmed that he would run for the agency chairman.
The main task of the agency, which is to have 80 employees, 30 of whom will come from the Education Ministry, is to create a new system of state support for sports.
According to the data of the Czech Sports Union, most of about 7,500 sports clubs and associations in the country lack finances for their activities, recruitment of children and qualified coaches. Moreover, the clubs have problems with applications for support due to the complicated subsidy programmes.

This year, seven billion crowns were earmarked for sport from the Education Ministry's budget, which is 1.5 billion crowns more than in 2018. ($1= 22.752 crowns)

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