Meeting of the Chamber of Deputies – illustrative photo.
Prague – The Chamber of Deputies will hold an extraordinary meeting this morning on the controversial government proposal to reduce the June valuation of pensions. The opposition has already announced the largest obstruction to date, and MPs are likely to expect night meetings as well. Controversy is also fueled by the fact that the lower house, at the government's request, is supposed to discuss the limitation of pension growth at an accelerated rate in a state of legislative emergency. If the draft is accepted, it will probably end up at the Constitutional Court. The parties of the government coalition have enough votes in the House of Representatives to enforce it.
According to the government, slowing down the June and thus the subsequent valorization of pensions is necessary for the stabilization of public finances. Opposition politicians from ANO and SPD, on the other hand, talk about an antisocial step and about “robbing” or “begging” pensioners. According to the amendment, the average monthly pension will increase from June by 760 crowns instead of the expected 1,770 crowns. According to the explanatory report, the state will save 19.4 billion crowns this year and 33 billion crowns next year.
SPD MPs submitted a hundred amendments to the amendment to the parliamentary system. They want to increase the merit-based part of the pension by 2.3 percent, i.e. the same as the government. While the cabinet wants to add 400 kroner to each pensioner on top of that, according to SPD MPs, this fixed amount should be roughly one thousand kroner higher. Each of their adjustments assumes a different amount with crown differences. The ANO movement says that the obstructions will last at least until Friday.
According to the parliamentarian, three dozen MPs signed up in writing for the debate on the confirmation of the state of legislative emergency alone. A similar number of members of the lower house want to speak before the vote on whether the House of Representatives will consider the amendment in a so-called shortened procedure, i.e. with the omission of the first reading. coalition representatives in the upper chamber, in which the government camp has a significant advantage. Doubts in the same spirit have already been expressed by Petr Pavel, who should get the amendment signed as the new president. But he will comment on her only after he takes the oath and assumes the position of head of state.