“Autumn is slowly coming, the temperatures outside are dropping, and with the heating season approaching, many of you may give in to skepticism about how we can handle the coming winter. So I would today (Sunday – Editor’s note) He relieved these fears himself and at the same time turned to you with one important request,” Fiala began his extraordinary speech.
The prime minister outlined two measures the government wants to use to combat price hikes. The first is an energy price cap, which the House of Representatives approved in emergency mode on Friday.
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According to Fayala, the price cap decision was not easy, because the state has to pay the price difference to energy distributors from the state budget. It is in the order of more than 100 billion kroner.
We don’t want to borrow that money again, as governments before us did. The state’s indebtedness is one of the causes of inflation, that is, the rise in prices that we are facing now. That is why we want the maximum energy price to be paid from the increase in profits generated from the stake in state-owned enterprises, including the special economic zone, as well as from the extraordinary profits of some companies that benefit from the current energy crisis and price hikes. Viale described the planned steps.
The second measure is an umbrella program against high prices, which the government began promoting with a media campaign this week. According to Fiala, this assistance is aimed at those who find themselves in a difficult economic situation due to energy prices or inflation and the high cost of living.
“Please take advantage of this information campaign and see if this help applies to you. We are in an exceptional situation and shame is inappropriate.”
Russian price manipulation
According to Viala, the mentioned measures give the citizens of the Czech Republic the certainty that they will survive the heating and winter season. However, it does not solve the main cause of the energy crisis, which, according to the prime minister, was caused by the war in Ukraine.
“While Russia attacks Ukraine with weapons, it uses energy price manipulation against the rest of Europe. Its goal is to threaten social security for the residents of European countries, undermine their economy, undermine citizens’ trust in the state and democracy itself, and pit individual European states against each other.”
According to Viala, the government’s goal is to make the Czech Republic a sovereign state in the field of energy, which of course cannot be achieved quickly. According to him, it takes years to change the Czech economy, but the government has been working hard on this since this spring, for example by building oil pipelines and new sources of energy or completing the construction of Dukovan.
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At the end of the speech, Fayala stressed the need for the participation of every citizen. According to the prime minister, the fact that the state has gas reserves and set prices does not mean that it is time to ease.
“In the coming weeks and months, government, government institutions and businesses, as well as households, must think carefully about whether they are managing energy properly, where they can save, or at least how not to waste it,” Philae added.
Reasonable energy management should not only provide for private financial resources, but also provide for the entire state budget. At the end of his speech, Fayala promised that the state and its institutions would set an example for citizens in saving.
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