Czech governor rebuffs PM over government dividend

Jiří Rusnok
CNB governor Jiří Rusnok

The governor of the Czech Republic’s central bank has rebuffed a suggestion from the prime minister that it should pay the government a dividend this year.

Prime minister Andrej Babiš said publicly on March 22 that the Czech National Bank should pay the government a share of its profits for 2020, Czech media reports. The next day, CNB governor Jiří Rusnok issued a firmly worded statement addressed to the prime minister saying the central bank would not do so.

Rusnok said that the CNB’s board

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