However, the endless tug-of-war over whether the company Agrofert, which Prime Minister Andrej Babiš invested in the trust fund, drew European or Czech subsidies legitimately and whether or not it will return something will bring you back to the real and majority reality of the Czech Republic. And while many Czechs in recent days have read with bated breath interviews with the Vlčeks about what led them to donate such considerable funds to charity, for a change, Agrofert bought full-page advertisements in selected newspapers in which he announced that the company would not return any subsidies, because there is no reason to do so, and the reader is referred to a holding website, where he tries to refute everything with his own style.
In an interview, Katarína and Ondřej Vlček explain why they donated 1.5 billion to their charitable foundation:
Much has been written about Babiš’s relationship with Agrofert in recent years. Various media or non-profit organizations have already brought countless reports that, despite public proclamations, Babiš is still the real owner of Agrofert. The last time this was done, for example, was by Transparency International, which stated that the German register of beneficial owners of companies registers Babiš as a shareholder and a covenant at SKW Stickstoffwerke Piesteritz, which is part of the Agrofert Group. Babiš counters these and similar reports by stating that everything is nonsense, a campaign and that nothing will return. And above all, Agrofert does not control and control. Probably everyone understands that the prime minister has to say that, because otherwise he would not hold his position politically. However, it is clear that even if this were true, Babiš will undoubtedly return to the head of Agrofert after the end of his political engagement and will benefit from everything that has accumulated in this society in recent years.
Let’s look at the reports about the Vlček Foundation and the subsidy for Agrofert in a different way. Ondřej Vlček is a successful and capable manager and is the CEO of Avast with a global reach. Until recently, only insiders or economic journalists knew about him when they compiled rankings of successful and mobile Czechs. In other words, Ondřej Vlček did not talk much about himself, did not pull out what he has and what he can do (and at the same time he could do quite well), and then he did this.
Andrej Babiš is the opposite. He presents himself everywhere as the best of the best, without which we would almost all be hungry and dirty. He must be at everything and speak into everything. It shows how big a company he has built. Now, of course, he claims that he has nothing to do with it, because he has complied with the pressure of traditional parties and put it in a trust fund. I think the number of people who believe him is shrinking considerably. Agrofert writes on its website that it does not live on subsidies, it is not dependent on them, but because they are here, it draws them. From the many economic analytical texts published in recent years, it is clear that subsidies of all kinds are an important source of income for Agrofert, to the extent that their total amount in some years was higher than the income tax, which Agrofert paid to the state budget. Perhaps everyone understands what this finding means.
But back to the point. Ondřej Vlček and his wife donate their own money here to help others. They see in it the meaning of their lives, but also the responsibility they have towards society. At the same time, Agrofert and therefore Andrej Babiš are beating their breasts here that Agrofert will not return anything and the drawing of subsidies was and is fine. At the same time, it is clear that neither the Czech Republic nor its sick or otherwise needy citizens will benefit from the money drawn in this way, but (perhaps only in the future) only one person. It is more than an eloquent picture of today. It is the front and back of the Czech Republic.
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