Senate meeting – illustrative photo.
Prague – The next meeting of the Senate, which will be held on March 30, will be attended by incoming president Petr Pavel. This was announced to the senators at the end of the first meeting in March by Tomáš Czernin (TOP 09), the deputy chairman of the upper parliamentary chamber. Pavlo's predecessor Miloš Zeman, whose mandate ended today, was not in the Senate for nine years.
Pavel promised to visit the upper parliamentary chamber during a meeting with Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) and Speakers of the Senate and House of Representatives, Miloš Vystrčil (ODS) and Markéta Pekarová Adamová (TOP 09), which took place in early February. Vystrčil then spoke about the fact that Pavel will meet with the senators on March 29.
Zeman last visited the senators at their meeting in May 2014. He spoke of the Senate as a useless constitutional institution that could be starved, i.e. cancel its financing from the state budget. In recent years, the Senate has criticized Zeman for his controversial statements and positions. In 2019, he approved a draft of a constitutional lawsuit against Zeman due to a gross violation of the constitution, but the House of Representatives, in its composition at the time, did not attach the necessary approval to the draft.