While in the Czech Republic, according to Eurostat, an average of 7.85 CZK per kilowatt-hour was paid, in Austria it was 6.48 CZK, in Slovakia 4.62 CZK and in Poland only 4.33 CZK. German households paid an average of CZK 10.10.
In the entire EU, the Czech Republic finished in ninth place, i.e. in the third of the most expensive countries. Compared to the average, the Czechs paid roughly 70 shillings more per kilowatt-hour.
“This year is greatly distorted by how each country applied state support. It is known that the remaining countries of the Visegrad Four applied higher state support to households in the case of households than the Czech Republic,” ENA analyst Jiří Gavor told Práv.
The remaining countries of the Visegrad Four applied higher state support to households
For example, in Slovakia, according to him, the lower price is due to the fact that the local supplier Slovenská elektrárna has agreed with the state that the volume of electricity for households and small consumption will be sold significantly below the market price. For this, no additional taxes will be applied to the company and the state will significantly assist in the completion of the Mochovce nuclear power plant.
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Even last year, in the second half of the year, the Czech Republic was one of the more expensive countries according to Eurostat. European statisticians even gave him fourth place.
Their news that Czechs were paying over nine crowns per kilowatt-hour for electricity provoked a sharp reaction in April from government politicians and the largest supplier CEZ. Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) described it as confusing the public, ČEZ objected by saying that only 2.5 percent of its customers paid such a price, and the average household at that time cost almost half that – 4.85 CZK.
The catch was that Eurostat used prices from official price lists to compare, and not what people actually paid.
“The Czech Republic announced prices on the basis of price offers. These were significantly higher than the average prices, which always reflect the past. Old contracts, for example the fixation from 2021, have lower prices,” noted Gavor.
Czech statisticians have therefore already supplied their European colleagues with the prices that people really pay for the report for the first half of this year. “Prices in the Czech Republic are now only slightly above the European average,” Jan Cieslar, spokesman for the statistical office, told Práva.
He also published figures for the second half of last year, taking into account the prices actually paid and government support in the form of a savings tariff. In that case, the payment per kilowatt-hour of electricity at the most common distribution rate was CZK 4.21.
In the Union, according to Czech statistics, the price was the seventh lowest, of the neighboring countries, only Poland had it cheaper. Even if the energy-saving tariff with an average of CZK 4,000 per household was not taken into account, last year the price was about 50 pennies per kWh below the EU average.