Speech at the 36th meeting of the Chamber of Deputies on September 2, 2022 – Discussion of the motion of no confidence in the government of the Czech Republic
Briefly to my colleague Peštová, orally or through the chairwoman, the chairperson. I don’t want to be sarcastic, it doesn’t lead anywhere and I don’t want to further escalate the debate, but let’s remember when the problem with emission allowances that you are talking about arose. It was created in 2018, when there was a revision of the EU ETS emission allowance trading system, and unfortunately or for God’s sake, I don’t know, at that time the government of Andrej Babiš was involved, which simply ignored, perhaps you want to tell me, to simply pass this sloppiness and were you are setting those conditions. Unfortunately, you didn’t do anything about it even in a situation where you were really repeatedly warned about it, including the aspects and consequences it would bring, and of course I can prove that at any time, because I repeatedly participated in those negotiations.
You didn’t do anything about it back then, and I’m glad that today we heard for the first time here from the mouth of Minister Síkela that our government wants to do something about emission allowances. So far, all we have heard is that there is simply not the will to do so at the European level. Of course, Spain, Poland, Hungary and other countries are against stopping the trading of emission allowances in its current form, and I would be very happy if we, as a presiding country, join this step. Without it, we can cap anything, we can make whatever tariffs we want, and the emission allowance will simply catch up with us. If we burn more coal, as my foreworder Kubíček said, then the price of coal will logically go up, and thus the price of the allowance, which means that in the final, we won’t earn anything at all.
And about those long-term contracts, Mr. Colleague. Well, nobody wanted them. We were simply told that trading on the spot is the most advantageous thing we can have, and long-term contracts were simply not dealt with by anyone. And if I want to be scathing again, the previous government didn’t deal with it either, as well as this one, and the current one, let’s say, openly (President Pekarová Adamová: Your time is up.) actually doesn’t deal with it either.