< /p> Outgoing President Miloš Zeman (left) met with Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) for a working dinner on March 6, 2023 at the chateau in Lány.
Prague – At the last meeting with Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) before leaving office, President Miloš Zeman took stock of his political journey and new “post-presidential” role. We had an extraordinary toast with a glass of wine, the Prime Minister described today's dinner in Lány at a press conference. He appreciated that a year ago, after the Russian aggression against Ukraine, the Czech Republic was able to speak with one voice thanks to the change of opinion of the president.
According to Fiala, this contributed to the prestige of the Czech Republic abroad. He recalled the agreement on the appointment of 42 ambassadors and the fact that during more than a year of operation of Fial's cabinet, the president vetoed only three laws. In this direction, according to Fiala, the regular dialogue with the politician, who often held different opinions than the cabinet, paid off.
According to Fiala, the last of the regular meetings between the prime minister and the president at the castle in Lány had a human touch in that they also addressed the change that awaits Zeman after the end of his mandate on Wednesday. When asked whether the prime minister had also discussed the controversial amendment to the valorization of pensions with Zeman, Fiala said that the outgoing president repeated that he did not support the government's move. Zeman's successor, Petr Pavel, will decide on the amendment, which is supposed to reduce the statutory June valuation of pensions by an average of one thousand crowns.
Fiala told Czech Radio Radiožurnál last week that he believes in simplifying relations between the government and the president after the inauguration of Petr Pavel. According to him, however, he managed to maintain correct relations with Zeman as well. Pavel ran with an effort to calm relations in society, which Fiala considers important.
Zeman's second term ends on Wednesday. At regular meetings with roughly monthly intervals, Fiala also agreed with Pavle.