“Many companies and entrepreneurs are threatened with collapse, industrial production moving abroad and layoffs,” write representatives of the industry, which has no chance of doing without energy. Among the signatories of the open letter to Prime Minister Petar Fial (ODS) are, among others, the Association of Entrepreneurs in the Construction Industry, the Brick Association of Bohemia and Moravia, the Steel Union and the Chemical Industry Association.
They propose six measures that, according to them, will help solve the causes or mitigate the consequences of the current extreme energy prices.
First of all, they called for the fastest possible ceiling on energy prices and the start of a European debate on the suspension or modification of the emission allowance trading system. Preliminary activation of short-term work should also help in the event that production stops, for example, due to a sudden interruption of natural gas supplies.
The state should motivate large consumers to save natural gas by offering them financial compensation for voluntary reductions in consumption, for example through auctions, so that more natural gas is available for households or hospitals and schools, industry representatives write. They also call for greater support for the “technological and climate transformation of Czech industry, including the transition to alternative fuels”.
Six proposals to manage the energy crisis
1) Capping energy prices as quickly as possible. The ceiling can be applied in different ways and the cost of it can be spread over time if necessary.
2) Introducing an incentive element for large consumers to save natural gas by offering them financial compensation for a voluntary reduction in consumption.
3) Initiation of the European debate on the suspension or modification of the emission allowance trading system.
4) Approval of the program to help companies according to the temporary EU state support framework. Help should also be available to companies that are not yet in an operating loss, but this situation essentially threatens them.
5) Preliminary activation of kursarbeit in the event that production stops, for example due to a sudden interruption of natural gas supplies.
6) Intensification of support for the technological and climate transformation of Czech industry, including the transition to alternative fuels.
Source: Open letter from representatives of Czech industry (edited abridged)
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