CEZ chairman Jaroslav Mil, who took over the top position in July, yesterday spoke in favor of swifter privatization of CEZ. According to a long-standing government schedule, a final decision on CEZ privatization should be made by 2002. Mil would like to see CEZ privatized in 2001. He also mentioned — though this is known — that the Cabinet should discuss CEZ privatization sometime in September (In fact, on the agenda is not any conclusive decision on CEZ privatization, but a decision on whether to launch a tender for a privatization adviser or not. A decision to hold a tender for the adviser would be a modest but tangible step toward eventually privatizing CEZ). The CEZ chairman’s stated preference for faster privatization is certainly encouraging (though the ultimate decision rests with Cabinet).