The government agreed to support companies that require high energy. These are not affected by the price ceiling approved on Monday. The compensation will be allocated 30 billion kroner, and companies will be able to apply for it from the beginning of November. The Federation of Industry and Transport welcomes the support, but fears that the assistance will not be enough for many companies.




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The compensation program was created on the basis of the so-called temporary crisis framework, which enables EU countries to support entrepreneurs as a result of anti-Russian sanctions and high energy prices. Minister of Industry and Trade Joseph Sekela (for the Stan Company) stated that Father Companies involved in agriculture and forestry and also in the mining or processing industry will be able to apply for this support.

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On the basis of the draft submitted by the European Regulation, small and medium-sized companies that need high or very high voltage should also receive additional assistance. “According to the current proposal, companies will be able to withdraw aid of up to 80 per cent of consumption over the past five years,” Prime Minister Peter Fiala (ODS) said at a press conference yesterday. The government plans to distribute another 30 billion kroner for this assistance.

The opposition strongly criticized the government’s decision. According to ANO Vice President Karel Havlíček, the aid is insufficient and has been delayed.

Industry welcomes help

The Confederation of Industry and Commerce welcomes the support, but has expressed concern about the insufficient assistance to large companies. In a press release, he also called on the Ministry of Industry and Trade to simplify the process as much as possible.

The Chamber of Commerce also acknowledges approved assistance, but does not yet have an accurate estimate of how long the funds will last. “Any kind of help is welcome, of course it will depend on how much that help and under what conditions he gets,” explains Radek Jakubský, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce.

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In addition, government measures have not yet led to more certainty for businesses.

The minister announced that there would be approximately eight thousand companies, but he did not mention any of them. There are approximately one and a half million business entities in the Czech Republic. It can be assumed that it will be the most demanding of energy, but it is not clear who will fall into it ”, explains Jakobsky. “The uncertainty is great here. It will lead to speculation.”

“We have to wait to see how the standards will be approved and how they will be judged. We have to see how many companies there are, and then we can make an estimate if the amount will be enough,” adds Jan Wiesner, president of the Federation of Employers and Trade Unions.

Electricity Market Review

As part of the Czech presidency, the government will also cooperate with the European Commission to lower energy prices and review the electricity market. Currently, there are large price discrepancies between individual markets in the European Union, which severely affects the competitiveness of companies.

“Conditions for small and high voltage customers will be different”


Radek Jakobsky

“The EU must find a solution to balance competitive conditions so that conditions are equal for all entrepreneurs in Europe,” says Jakobsky.

Paradoxically, a measure being prepared based on proposed European regulations exacerbates conditions.

“Conditions will be different for small, high voltage connected customers. In one area, there will be two competing companies, one connected to low voltage and one to high voltage,” Jakobsky explains. “There will be a huge disparity.”

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