The government plans to introduce the possibility of keeping accounts and tax records in euros from January 2024. Depending on the type of company, whether exporting or not, it will have the possibility of using a tool that suits better at his particular activity. . “It just came to our knowledge at that time. Again, fundamental opponents blame us for this. It seems to me to be a good tool, ”commented Finance Minister Zbyněk Stanjura (ODS). Is it ” just” a good tool, or even a step towards the adoption of a common currency?
Why can’t the company charge whatever it wants? This is certainly a good thing for exporters, who have the vast majority of revenues and expenses in euros.
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I am very strongly opposed to the adoption of the euro, because I have many economic reasons – I affirm that the adoption of the euro would harm the whole Czech economy and impoverish it. But why the hell couldn’t the company charge whatever suits them, whether in kroner, euros or renminbi? In Europe, accounting mainly serves as a declaration allowing the state to collect taxes accordingly. So I don’t see why it should hurt anyone. This is an individual matter of each company in which it wishes to report on its activities.
Regarding high energy prices, the German government has decided to introduce a one-time tax benefit of 300 EUR (7,400 CZK) for everyone, to reduce fuel prices for three months and to promote public transport . Pirates are most active in this direction in the Czech Republic. The president of their parliamentary club, Jakub Michálek, proposed that the government introduce a so-called energy bonus in the range of 400 to 800 crowns per household per month on advance declarations or bills. He justified this by saying that the increase in the amount of energy comes back to a large part of the state in the form of an additional tax, but that the state certainly should not benefit from the cost and that at the otherwise, it should return some of these tax revenues to the people. How do you assess the German maneuver and the pirate plan?
I don’t understand the Czech logic at all – to collect taxes and then return them to the people. And, of course, much of that money will still be upended along the way, at least paying the officials who handle that tax collection and reporting. First the state will take the people, then there will be a good uncle who, with a big party, will kindly return part of what he took from him and want to thank him for it.
But I don’t understand the German logic either: how to promote public transport? This means taking action to get people to drive less and use public transport more. So we will decide for people what is best for them. And because we decide that public transport is better for people, we will favor public transport over this ugly private transport.
It’s so simple. I don’t understand what someone doesn’t understand. If we want to relieve people who have fuel or other expensive energy sources, we just don’t take the tax money and leave it to them! So let’s reduce the excise tax or other taxes. Simple, effective, targeted with precision.
Last December, the Coalition of Five decided to create 74 new positions in the civil service and has now approved, with effect from April 1, an amendment to the post and employment system, which will reduce the number of civil servants by 325. “We are fulfilling what we promised the voters,” boasted Prime Minister Petr Fiala. Is this a promising start for public administration downsizing?
Let’s face it, 325 jobs are spitting out in a country of ten million people. When the government lays off 10% or 20% of civil servants, or when we come back somewhere with the number of civil servants by the year 2000, then I will feel that it has gone all the way and that is a promising start.
Countries that Russia does not consider friends and which impose severe economic sanctions on it must start paying rubles for gas supplies, instead of euros or dollars. What consequences of this measure can be expected, can Russia succeed in supporting the ruble with this measure?
From a purely commercial, legal and factual point of view, Russia certainly has the right to take such a step. The motive is also quite certain: an attempt to support the ruble by demanding the ruble and strengthening the ruble. If all counterparties accepted it, the ruble would certainly support it. A stronger rouble, in turn, would help Russia pay off its public foreign debt better, so it could more easily avoid bankruptcy. This is actually a very smart move on Russia’s part. In a completely legal and non-violent way, it will force Western countries to neutralize their sanctions, which harm the rouble, and to strengthen it again. So it’s actually one thing now: the consistency and level of determination of Western countries.
If Western countries were really planning to crush Russia economically, they could do it, but they would have to be consistent. They really should disconnect Russia from SWIFT, which they were talking about earlier, but they didn’t (because what they did was more symbolic), they should stop take all their energy, let them stop accepting the ruble. The impact on Russia would then be devastating. However, today’s penalties are more of a nuisance to the public, so the feelings of the public are somehow appeased.
In response to the war in Ukraine, the International Energy Agency presented a ten-point plan to reduce the EU’s dependence on Russian gas earlier this month, and has now made proposals to reduce oil consumption. The plan includes, for example, reducing the maximum speed limit on motorways by at least 10 km / h, one Sunday a month in car-free cities, working from home up to three days a week when this is possible, the reduction of public transport, the promotion of cycling and walking or more use of the high-speed train instead of the plane. Does this seem like a sensible way to reduce tensions in the oil market at a time when large volumes of Russian supplies may stop getting there?
Something tells me that Russia has so far only been used as an excuse to push the Green Deal more aggressively. Of course, if the states and similar bodies didn’t dig into it, it would crystallize over time, for example, those who heat with gas would switch more to heat pumps or wood pellets for the price, transport would then spend more everything alone to CNG electromobility and so on. But it would take longer, it would be a spontaneous process driven by an economic decision.
If the pressure on alternative sources is not motivated by an individual economic decision, but by pressure above the state and it is such stupidity as speeding, then only Europe will weaken even more economically. And guess which country is best able to defend itself against external military aggression, poor or rich?
The European Commission is preparing to extend the obligation to provide proof of a covid passport by one year, until June 30, 2023. However, according to the Pro Libertate Institute, it is intended to be a permanent and global tool for control and movement tracking system, and therefore calls on citizens to comment or disagree with the extension of electronic certificates containing data on a negative test, vaccination or covid-19 disease. Can it really be perceived so dramatically that in the future the free movement of people could become a “privilege” only for the obedient who submit to the vaccine machinery?
Under the pretext of a cold, we banned movement in the zone, which was created on the basis of the free movement of people, as in the former Soviet bloc. Well done.
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