The government is preparing a package of thirteen measures, some of which have not yet been announced. According to Minister Síkely, these were steps related to cost compensation or notifications. “We have not published those concerning strategic security.” According to Minister Síkel, the measures concerning energy security will only be published once the government is able to publish them.
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Jakub Železný mainly asked about inflation, which is said to be reaching “galactic heights”. According to Síkela, inflation has three scenarios. The more crisis-focused expect a rapid breakdown in Russian oil and gas. “The situation is very unpredictable and the markets are very unstable,” he explained.
But the most likely scenario, according to Sikela, is that Europe quickly cuts itself off from Russia’s energy supply. “We must quickly prepare a series of measures that will have the least possible impact on the population,” he explained.
“Our strategy is to tackle the weaker groups first,” Sikella explained. The government was therefore the first to promote the housing allowance and the subsistence minimum.
And where will the government get it? According to Síkela, he always works within the approved budget.
The ANO movement proposes to increase the level of subsistence by 15%, Jakub Železný has invented a lot while inflation is only 11%. Karel Havlíček explained that another significant increase in inflation is expected in March due to rising energy prices.
“The state must be able to save, but it must also be able to react to the situation it finds itself in,” he replied to Jakub Železný when asked if the state should save more now.
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He recalled that CEZ, for example, will have a profit of 42 billion this year, last year it was 21 billion. About 30 billion of this amount can be used immediately.
Sikela argued with him that the third highest inflation in Europe was caused by the behavior of the previous government, that it distributed consumers’ money to everyone. “The former government keeps saying we should help. But it’s a word that robs it of its original meaning, because helping is giving them money,” he lamented. .
According to Sikela, the current government does not want to distribute money for consumption. “If we have to choose to offset or invest, and we have an agreement there with a number of business entities, then we will invest the money,” he said for Fial’s cabinet.
Jakub Železný then argued with Karel Havlíček over the terms “Violet’s dear” and “Putin’s dear” and Minister Sikel returned to the debate by recounting his experience with fuel prices.
“On March 10, I received an SMS that I was dealing with my relatives, it was Friday morning, and I say, do you know what that means? It means that we will have queues at the pump around noon,” he said. It is said that there were price calculations in the text.
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Minister Sikel did not respond how it went with the SMS, but he thinks fuel is not the biggest issue today. “Although the opposition claims that prices are very high, we have had on average 50% more consumption at petrol stations than usual over the same period,” he explained. So people panicked, bought stocks and pushed fuel prices even higher.
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The moderator of the theory that prices were over fifty crowns a liter because people were buying a lot was a little surprised. Síkela explained that the current price of oil on the stock exchange causes a partial fluctuation, but the behavior of Czech motorists is in trouble.
According to him, the government showed wisdom at that time by not interfering in any way in the prices. “If I did what Mr. Havlíček advised me, I would hit the fuel prices, then we had queues at the pumps this weekend and even higher prices from Monday. We have stabilized by introducing margin controls, taking other measures, calming prices and reducing consumption,” he said. In other countries, he said, they l did wrong.
Message from the Minister of Industry. Dear motorists, if you haven’t filled up like you’ve been ripped off the chain, we don’t have high fuel prices today. pic.twitter.com/gspZ3hJJ09
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“The minister is trying to convince us that the situation is extremely excellent,” Deputy Prime Minister Havlíček said. Twenty-four EU member states have taken one form or another of general measures to deal with the situation at petrol stations, and the ex-minister does not understand how we are better.
“You, Mr. Havlíček, with your 24 countries, always choose only what suits you,” Minister Sikel said, and began testing his predecessor to find out which country had the highest fuel VAT in the EU. EU. “It was your Hungary that started to regulate prices and it ended up in huge queues at the pumps, it ended up being nationalized petrol stations and it ended up having to introduce regulated prices only for Hungarian number plates, which is against European Union regulations,” he says happily.
“And how do you explain that to those who fill up ten crowns more expensive than in Hungary or Poland?” asked Havlíček. In his view, reducing excise duties was the absolute minimum the government could do.
“You didn’t do anything, you just filed reports,” the ex-minister said.
“We did a lot,” disagreed Sikel, and instead of listing the measures he started explaining that we were a transport country and that there were a lot of foreign trucks that would refuel more at home. only at foreign prices.
The debate then moved from gas stations to households, and Karel Havlíček confirmed that twenty percent of Czech households are now in poverty. Government measures are not working (Jakub Železný argued that they are just beginning and have to start working) and concern about 5% of households.
At the same time, half of the EU has already relieved households by reducing VAT. Another option is to finally stop paying the solar barons on their 2010 bargains.
“It is not a question of resources, it is a question of concept. We say that we will not take comprehensive measures, this is our economic concept, ”insisted Minister Sikel. Then he rejected the remarks from Jakub Železný that it was political rather than economic arguments and began to explain that the war was raging a few hundred kilometers from us.
“There is an energy war between the Russian Federation and Europe, so we cannot afford to hand out money to someone who does not need it,” he concluded with firmness. However, it is possible that there will be changes in social benefits later. According to him, the increase in the subsistence minimum approved by the government will really help the most needy, and partly the middle class. And all this will be bought for 1.8 billion crowns.
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