Hořice (Jičínsko) – According to Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS), the Czech Republic will have a national solution to high energy prices, which will complement or replace the European solution. According to him, it will depend on what agreement is reached at the European level. Fiala told ČTK today in Hořice in Jičínsk, where he was campaigning before the municipal elections.
On Friday, an extraordinary European Council for Energy is being held, which was convened in Brussels by the Czech Republic as the country holding the EU presidency. “On Friday, we will see what we can achieve at the European level. This will be followed by the presentation of a national solution that will supplement or replace the European one,” said the Prime Minister.
Fiala communicates with the prime ministers of other countries about the situation. “I am finding more and more support for achieving a European solution, which was not here a month ago. The situation in Europe is moving significantly thanks to our activities,” he said, adding that according to the agreement at the European level, the Czechia will choose the option of a national solution. “The goal is clear, so that citizens and companies have enough energy at affordable prices,” said Fiala.
Minister of Industry and Trade Jozef Síkela (for STAN) said today that the European Council will deal with two proposals. One envisages separating the price of gas from the price of the final power plant, which determines electricity prices. The second proposal wants to establish maximum prices for all other electricity productions except gas. At the same time, according to Síkela, the Czech Republic is continuing negotiations on solving the energy crisis at the national level.
Fiala said that he has created a coordination group at the Government Office that deals with proposals to solve high energy prices. The server lidovky.cz, referring to the government spokesman, said that the team includes consulting companies Ernst & Young, KPMG and McKinsey, as well as energy suppliers and producers. The government office will pay Ernst & Young 301,895 crowns including tax for the processing of the analysis, which is to be completed by September 10, the server said.
“Of course, we need to be as sure as possible that the measures we take will have the right impact. That’s why we also asked renowned foreign companies to prepare an analysis for us, which will show whether the planned measures will really fulfill the goals from them we promise. We will inform the public about the details,” said Fiala.
He rejected criticism from the opposition that the government was coming late with a solution. According to him, criticism is based on ignorance of the matter. “The whole of Europe has started to face catastrophic energy prices in the last 14 days, which completely defy common sense and analysts’ expectations,” he said. According to him, the government did not sleep on the work on solutions that would bring reasonable energy and gas prices. “But we’re dealing with skyrocketing (prices) now, we’re dealing with a market failure. We have to act in a matter of days here, and we’re dealing in a matter of days,” he said.
Former Minister of Economy Karel Havlíček (ANO) na twitter he called the government’s actions in solving energy prices a “Colombian telenovela, a government parody, an economic Waterloo and an energy farce”. “The Minister of Industry gave up on solving energy prices in the form of capping, he did not solve it until the end of August, and now he is hastily trying to figure out how to get out of it,” said Havlíček.
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