Meeting of the Chamber of Deputies – illustrative photo.
Prague – Deputies will hold an extraordinary meeting to discuss the availability of certain medicines and the proposal of the chairman of the ANO opposition movement Andrej Babiš to freeze the salaries of top politicians for five years. A pair of meetings was called today by the Speaker of the House Markéta Pekarová Adamová (TOP 09) at the initiative of ANO deputies, her spokesperson Martin Churavý informed ČTK. The date of their commencement will depend mainly on when the legislators will deal with the controversial government proposal to reduce the June valorization of pensions at another extraordinary meeting called at the initiative of coalition MPs.
The opposition will try to block the approval of the pension amendment, which the deputies will meet on Tuesday morning. She has already announced the most significant obstruction to date.
According to the invitation, the extraordinary meeting with the proposed program “shortage of medicines for citizens of the Czech Republic in hospitals and pharmacies” is to start after the end or interruption of the meeting on the pension proposal, at the latest on March 6 at 11:00 p.m. . After its end or interruption, no later than March 6 at 11:30 p.m., according to the invitation, deputies should start negotiations on Babiš's salary amendment.
The proposal of former Prime Minister Babiš has been in the lower chamber since November 2021. It is the same amendment, which was presented in the past by the former ANO and ČSSD government, and the House of Representatives approved it in 2021 shortly before the October elections to the lower house. But at the end of the same month, the Senate rejected it as a populist pre-election gesture. The new post-election House of Representatives could no longer override the senate's veto, so the draft fell under the table.