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About the project

Impérium AB (Empire AB) is an emerging database of companies belonging to Andrej Babiš: companies which Andrej Babiš owned and later transferred to the trust funds AB private trust I and AB private trust II. Andrej Babiš moved his companies to the trust funds in 2017 during his term as Minister of Finance to comply with the Czech Act No. 14/2017 Coll.

The database also includes an overview of European subsidies these companies drew when Andrej Babiš owned them and a list of people active in these companies.

The Impérium AB project aims to show more transparently the business ties and interests that may affect the performance of Andrej Babiš's public office.

The project resulted from the Open-source Investigation and Intelligence seminar led by Josef Šlerka and Pavla Holcová (investigace.cz) during the summer semester 2019/2020 at Institute of Information Studies and Librarianship, Faculty of Arts, Charles University. The database was produced by 19 students, mostly from the master's program of the New Media Studies course.

Data sources

The seminar focused mostly on working with open sources. We worked with the business registers of individual states (Slovak, Czech, German etc.) and the relevant annual reports of respective companies if these were accessible. We also used aggregators of company data such as the Slovak Finstat, OpenCorporates or the Cribis database. Data on Czech companies were drawn from the Czech database Hlídač státu.

Data on subsidies from EU funds are drawn from public initiatives consolidating the European Union's subsidy data and from published lists of subsidy recipients by individual funds administrators. The public initiatives sources include:

  • Hlídač státu consolidates data on subsidies to Czech entities from both EU agricultural funds and other ESIF funds.
  • Farmsubsidy.org consolidates data on subsidies from the agricultural funds EAFRD and EAGF of all EU member states, currently contains information until 2013.
  • Subsidystories.eu publishes consolidated data concerning some recipients of subsidies from ESIF funds, mostly those from 2007-2013, from all EU member states.
  • Ekosystém.Slovensko.Digital processes, among other things, data from the ITMS2014+ system, i.e. data on subsidies to Slovak entities from ESIF funds from 2014-2020.

The contained data on subsidy recipients cover only limited periods depending on the country and the fund. For the Czech Republic and Slovakia, we have data on recipients until 2018 and 2020, respectively, except data on recipients of Slovak agricultural subsidies, which are so far available only until 2013. The Table of Subsidy Data gives an overview of the availability of data so far. Subsidies awarded outside the periods listed in the table are not yet in the database.

In the Persons section, the date of birth and the full address of residence is displayed only to registered users. To register, please send an email to Nina Kodhajová on nina@investigace.cz.

Overview of data in the database

Country Companies found Persons found Subsidies found Sum of subsidies (CZK)
Czech Republic 608 91 9060 3 273 668 206,34 View companies / View persons / View subsides
Slovakia 84 20 473 1 238 511 254,82 View companies / View persons / View subsides
Germany 15 0 9 12 194 761,46 View companies / View persons / View subsides
Hungary 27 0 40 183 310 246,42 View companies / View persons / View subsides
Poland 9 5 1 2 355 716,24 View companies / View persons / View subsides
Other 37 9 1 2 094 890,24 View companies / View persons / View subsides
Total 780 125 9584 18 587 031 305,87

Companies drawing the highest subsidies

 CountrySubsidies foundSum of subsidies (CZK)Amount from EU budget (CZK)
Lovochemie, a.s.CZ111 211 282 036,66672 270 425,70
Synthesia, a.s.CZ15896 303 708,47428 887 227,12
AGRO Jevišovice, a.s.CZ229414 698 060,02224 662 104,20
Pekárna Zelená louka, a.s.CZ1400 000 000,00400 000 000,00
Výzkumný ústav organických syntéz a.s.CZ17345 734 364,66261 954 898,32
DEZA, a.s.CZ5312 457 018,47145 404 109,08
ALIMEX NEZVĚSTICE a.s.CZ142276 025 391,71192 630 372,63
Fatra, a.s.CZ13238 460 278,33124 177 112,45
KLADRUBSKÁ a.s.CZ49217 331 376,86194 260 089,56
PRECHEZA a.s.CZ6213 703 154,11105 894 985,44
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Subsidies with the highest sums

 BeneficiaryCountryYearSubsidy amount (CZK)
EUFONDY-07-13-CZ.1.02/2.2.00/11.13121Lovochemie, a.s.CZ2013733 570 868,90
EUFONDY-07-13-CZ.1.02/2.2.00/11.13244Synthesia, a.s.CZ2014675 250 000,00
CEDR-CZ.1.02/2.2.00/11.13244Synthesia, a.s.CZ2014478 260 240,70
EUFONDY-14-20-2370213Pekárna Zelená louka, a.s.CZ2015400 000 000,00
EUFONDY-14-20-300907052Lovochemie, a.s.CZ2014-2020200 000 000,00
EUFONDY-07-13-CZ.1.02/2.2.00/12.15971DEZA, a.s.CZ2014198 577 829,32
EUFONDY-07-13-CZ.1.03/3.1.00/13.00618PRECHEZA a.s.CZ2012177 826 906,00
CEDR-TE01020022Centrum organické chemie s.r.o.CZ2012117 000 000,00
EUFONDY-14-20-30705241Wotan Forest, a.s.CZ2017111 560 296,00
CEDR-CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/15 014/0000516Pekárna Zelená louka, a.s.CZ2017100 000 000,00
…další výsledky

Table of Subsidy Data

Agricultural funds (EAGF & EAFRD) Other ESIF funds (ESF & ERDF)
Czech Republic 2014-2018 – data from The state agricultural intervention fund (https://www.szif.cz/en/) processed by Hlídač státu 2004-2018 – data from European Funds Portal (https://dotaceeu.cz/en/home-en) processed by Hlídač státu
Slovakia 2004-2013 – data from Farmsubsidy.org 2007-2013 – data from Subsidystories.eu, details here
2014-2020 – data from ITMS2014+ (https://www.itms2014.sk/) processed by Ekosystém.Slovensko.Digital
Germany 2002-2013 – data from Farmsubsidy.org 2007-2015 – data from Subsidystories.eu, definitely not complete, details here
Hungary 2008-2013 – data from Farmsubsidy.org 2000-2015 – data from Subsidystories.eu, details here
Poland 2004-2013 – data from Farmsubsidy.org 2007-2015 – data from Subsidystories.eu, details here
Other EU countries In worst case only 2008-2013, but often also earlier – data from Farmsubsidy.org Most often 2007-2015 – data from Subsidystories.eu, details here