Minister of Agriculture Marek Výborný, whose office is preparing the application, explained in the program that the project is in the consideration stage. Nor did he explain how it would differ from existing price comparison apps and portals. However, he confirmed that the application is in no way intended to be transactional and that he is not supposed to go shopping through it.
Excellent when presenting the idea of the application, he cited Greece as an example, where, according to him, 220,000 people downloaded a similar application in the first week, and in connection with its introduction there was a dramatic drop in food prices.
However, Prouza claimed that the real reason for the mentioned price drop was that the Greek government ordered the participating traders to give customers a five percent discount. He also pointed out the negative effects of the application, especially that it caused the outflow of customers of smaller shops.
Prouza gave an evasive answer to the moderator’s question as to whether the retail chains would cooperate with the Department of Agriculture and whether they would provide information on prices for the application. He pointed out that there would be an increase in the administrative burden on traders, contrary to government proclamations.
According to Minister Výborny, the application could be in operation during the first half of 2024.