Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) wants to have a solution to high energy prices ready by the end of September at the latest. Because of this, he convened a special group of experts who should prepare a proposal to cap the prices of electricity or gas at the level of the Czech Republic. The Prime Minister’s spokesman Václav Smolka told the Echo24 newspaper. Fiala thus wants to have a solution to the unbearable prices around the time when two anti-government demonstrations are to be held – one initiated by the organizers of the recent protest on Wenceslas Square, and one organized by trade unionists.
The solution to the energy crisis has already been proposed to Prime Minister Petar Fial by Minister of Justice Pavla Blažek (ODS). The daily Echo24 wanted to know the prime minister’s position on the plan of his party and government colleague. “The proposals of individual departments, including the proposal of Pavel Blažek’s group, are coordinated by the group for solving the national form of energy price capping, which was convened by Prime Minister Petr Fiala and is led by his chief adviser Jakub Kajzler,” said Fiala through his spokesman.
“The proposals of individual departments, including the proposal of Pavel Blažek’s group, are coordinated by the group for solving the national form of capping energy prices, convened by Prime Minister Petr Fiala and led by his chief adviser Jakub Kajzler. The group brings together not only experts from the state administration, but also energy suppliers and producers, and engaged the leading consulting companies Ernst&Young, KPMG and McKinsey. The coordination group will present a finished functional proposal for a national solution to high energy prices for citizens and companies by the end of September at the latest.”
According to Smolka, the group includes subjects from the state administration, consulting companies, but also energy providers. “The coordination group will present a finished functional proposal for a national solution to high energy prices for citizens and companies by the end of September at the latest,” said Fial’s spokesman Smolka.
Demonstrations and national solutions
It turns out that the option of a national energy solution, rather than a European one, is becoming more and more likely. “The search for a common solution at the European level is complicated by the different situations and the views of the member countries. Several states, the European Commission, its head Ursula Von der Leyen or, conversely, Czech Minister of Industry and Trade Jozef Síkela (STAN) offer solutions according to their “recipe”. In the meantime, not only abroad, but also in the Czech Republic, a version of the “national” plan was created to bring energy prices down. He is counting on the option that there will be no agreement at the EU level this week,” wrote the Echo24 newspaper on Monday.
Around the time the Prime Minister wants to have a national solution to the energy crisis ready, there will be anti-government demonstrations. The organizers of Sunday’s 70,000-strong demonstration on Wenceslas Square announced that if the government does not resign by September 25, they will announce new demands on September 28. The trade unionists of the Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions (ČMKOS) then convene their protest on October 8 in Prague at Wenceslas Square.
Minister Blažek did not want to be too specific about his proposal. “I will not comment on it until I discuss it at least with the Prime Minister. Thank you for your understanding,” he replied to Echo24.
Before that, he told the editors that he had found a legal solution to limit the margins of companies. “The goal of the proposal is to limit margins so that energy producers and distributors do not lose their entrepreneurial motivation, and at the same time energy prices do not ruin entrepreneurs and the population. And that it is a legal solution according to Czech and European law. Legitimate claims for compensation for damages (lost profit and the like) should not arise and the state should not have to endlessly increase subsidies and similar financially demanding policies,” Blažek explained his proposal to the editors.
The minister sent his proposal for energy price regulation to the Prime Minister on Friday in case the energy ministers from the EU member states do not agree on a joint procedure on Friday, September 9. A few days ago, Blažek gave an unprecedentedly sharp speech in the Chamber of Deputies, in which he made it clear that if the current energy crisis is not resolved, the country’s political system could be threatened and a revolution could occur.
The Extraordinary Ministerial Council for Energy was convened for this Friday by the Minister of Industry and Trade, Jozef Síkela (for STAN). According to him, the energy market has stopped working. According to him, Europe must separate gas prices from the price of electricity, the council will discuss a proposal to determine the maximum price of gas, which is used for electricity production.