>> President Petr Pavel (right) appointed Petr Hladík (KDU-ČSL) as Minister of the Environment, March 10, 2023, Prague.
Prague – Today, the day after assuming the post of head of state, President Petr Pavel appointed KDU-ČSL vice-chairman Petr Hladík as Minister of the Environment. The previous president, Miloš Zeman, rejected the appointment at the beginning of the year, which the People's Party described as unconstitutional. The government has not been complete since the beginning of November, when Anna Hubáčková (for KDU-ČSL) left the Ministry of the Environment (MŽP) for health reasons.
The People's Party proposed Hladík as minister last October, and they stuck with his nomination even after the police intervened in Hladík's office in the case of the allocation of city apartments in Brno. Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) waited until the end of last year with the proposal in view of a possible shift in the case, but the police did not accuse Hladík of anything. Since November, Labor Minister Marian Jurečka (KDU-ČSL) has been in charge of managing the MoE..
During the ceremony at Prague Castle, Pavel appreciated that he could take a similar work step the day after the inauguration. “And to end the long period of various conjectures and reservations. From what I had the opportunity to find out, they were empty,” said Pavel. In addition to the Brno case, Zeman blamed Hladík for his lack of education in the field. He was also bothered by the fact that he had published an advertisement in the party press looking for a deputy and collaborators for his future team at the ministry, although he had not yet been appointed.
According to Pavel, the appointment will enable Hladík, who was previously a deputy at the ministry, to fully work. He also frees Jureček's hands. “The role of the Ministry of the Environment is extremely important these days, I would also like to appreciate the department's role in the successful presidency of the (EU Council),” said Pavel.
The tasks of the Ministry are important not only for the environment, but also for structural affected regions, said Pavel. “It will be very important that the resources allocated to help these regions are used with maximum efficiency,” he emphasized. Hladík considers water protection, the agricultural law, the nature protection law, as well as the issue of waste and recycling to be another of Hladík's tasks.