Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) and, left, newly appointed Minister of the Environment Petr Hladík (KDU-ČSL) at a press conference, March 10, 2023, Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic, Prague.
Prague – Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) respects the intention of President Petr Pavel to communicate his position on the amendment on the lower valuation of pensions only next week after a meeting with the opposition movement ANO. Fiala believes the government's case for the regulation is strong enough. He said this to journalists during the introduction of Petr Hladík (KDU-ČSL) to the position of Minister of the Environment. The pension amendment was approved by the lower and upper parliamentary chambers. It must be signed by the president to take effect.
When approving the amendment, Pavel did not want to comment on how he would approach it, he promised to comment only after his presidential inauguration on Thursday. On Thursday, he told Czech Television (ČT) that he will publish the opinion after he meets with representatives of the opposition movement YES about the amendment next week on Wednesday.
Fiala respects that the president wants to make a statement only after negotiations with the opposition. “I believe that the arguments presented by us, for which we made this adjustment, are strong enough to convince the president. I leave it to the president to choose the date of the decision himself, otherwise it cannot be,” he added.
Pavel stated before approval in the Parliament that as a citizen he has doubts about some aspects of the amendment, which are also pointed out by experts. However, he did not want to interfere with the legislative process with his statements. On Thursday, he noted that it would not even be right for politicians to assess the constitutional aspects of the amendment, but it should be done by those to whom it belongs, i.e. the Constitutional Court. an average of 760 crowns. According to the currently valid legal rules, it would be 1770 crowns on average. The Cabinet justifies the reduction by efforts to stabilize public finances this year and in the following years.