The host Terezie Tománková first returned to the machete attack on a teacher which was to be committed by a 19-year-old student.
“I firmly believe that Czech schools have not ceased to be safe. This is an extremely sad event, but I fear that it cannot be completely avoided,” Kupka remarked. According to him, the debate on this case will undoubtedly be successful.” After all, I have a teacher at home myself and we are also discussing it,” he added.
Havlíček spoke in a similar spirit.
The moderator then launched a discussion on energy dependence on Russia.
Kupka stressed that the EU should not give in to pressure from Russia. “It is all the more important that we get rid of our energy dependence on Russia as quickly as possible,” Kupka stressed.
Havlíček sounded the alarm. “I would not be as calm as the government, but positive at first. I am glad that this government continues to develop nuclear energy in the Czech Republic, ”the YES vice-president began. Immediately afterwards, he accused the government not to buy more gas for supply.” We now had 11% in the tanks. If it happens that Putin turns off the gas on Friday, we don’t have supplies today,” Havlíček said.
Kupka counterattacked. “If we bought the shares at the prices at the time, we were throwing $3 billion out the window,” Kupka warned. And he recalled with a breath that the government of Andrej Babiš (ANO), already at the end of its life, in which Havlíček also sat, could have done more, but did nothing. The same government has also tried to involve Russian Rosatom in the tender for the completion of nuclear units in the Czech Republic, and we see the consequences of what this could bring, according to Kupka today.
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Havlíček immediately retorted that Kupka was only distracting from the fundamental problem – that Czechia could be left without gas.
But Kupka insisted. He pointed out that we have gas reserves for about 26 days, and if another supply was purchased about a month ago, according to Kupka, it would be disproportionately expensive gas in the volume of 200 million cubic meters of gas, which would be enough about 10 to 14 days. In addition, the government would endeavor to obtain gas from elsewhere. “It’s a clear message for President Putin that the EU will not be blackmailed,” Kupka stressed, adding that the whole EU decides how to do without Russian gas.
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“It just occurred to me. And I find it completely insane for you to say that buying gas at full price would be pointless when there was a threat of a major energy crisis. You didn’t to shop for 10 days, but for a month, for two, for three And what would we do if Putin’s gas really stopped? be without gas. What would you do?” Havlíček raged.
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Kupka reiterated that Czechia has gas reserves for about a month and if it really happens that President Putin cuts the gas supply, the government will solve the situation in cooperation with other EU partners. STAN Industry Minister Jozef Síkela would act on all fronts.
Martin Kupka and Karel Havlicek. (PHOTO: Terezie Tománková’s party on CNN Prima News)
Tománková asked what these gentlemen thought about the chancellor of the castle Vratislav Mynář visiting Qatar. However, Kupka revealed in this regard that the government is going to send a trade delegation to Qatar. Havlíček acknowledged that it was a good idea, but immediately warned that there might not be enough capacity to carry liquefied gas.
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Kupka assured the audience that the government was not forgetting this dimension of the crisis and was debating how to get gas to the Czech Republic. “Another option is railroads, even if that means buying new cars that can do it,” Kupka said.
There was also mercy for Minář’s subordinate, Miloš Balák from the Lány Forestry Administration. He was supposed to get 3 years in prison for influencing public procurement, but President Zeman pardoned him. These gentlemen agreed that this was a very bad signal for the Czech public, but they also agreed that the budget of the Office of the President of the Republic could not be reduced further, since this institution also deals with certain monuments and must have Resources available.
You threw 15% of the poorest overboard, shouted Havlíček
Moderator Terezie Tománková then introduced the subject of financial difficulties of Czech citizens.
Kupka immediately pointed out that the government of Petr Fiala (ODS) helps Czech citizens. It decided to increase the subsistence and subsistence minimum, from which other benefits flow, and also extended the housing allowance. “The previous government gave money to covid programs to people who didn’t need it. For example, 200 million casinos. We try to avoid that,” Kupka recalled.
“Of course, today we have to help not only low-income people, but also middle-income people. Today you are in a situation where you are only helping 5% of people, but you are ignoring completely 15% of low-income people. You threw them overboard. And you also ignore the middle class,” Havlíček said angrily.
And he immediately recommended that CEZ make a profit of between 38 and 42 billion crowns. According to Havlíček, part of this profit was to be used by the government to help the Czechs. He added in a breath that the government of Babiš was helping as much as it could in times of covid, and the opposition at the time wanted to help even more.
Kupka warned that if the Czech government did not act reasonably, which could happen today in Hungary, where police stand at some gas stations and check how many people are filling up. “We would never want to put the Czech Republic in this situation,” Kupka stressed.
“Today you are pushing 15% of people into poverty, throwing them overboard and still arrogantly mocking them!” Havlíček told Kupka.
“I reject that,” Kupka said immediately, stressing that the Czech government was helping Czech citizens, but at the same time it had to work with the state of public finances left behind by the previous government of Andrej Babiš.
But Havlíček insisted that the government’s wrong actions would eventually turn into popular anger against the Ukrainian refugees, even if they were not responsible for the wrong actions of the Czech government.
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