Deputies will start the regular September meeting of the Chamber this afternoon

Deputies will start the regular September meeting of the Chamber this afternoon
Deputies will start the regular September meeting of the Chamber this afternoon

Prague – This afternoon, MPs will begin the regular September meeting of the Chamber of Deputies. They will begin to deal with it, for example, the proposed change to this year’s state budget, which deepens the deficit by 50 billion to 330 billion crowns. Today, however, they could focus on other documents in the first reading. According to the Speaker of the House Markéta Pekarová Adamová (TOP 09), a more precise program will be known only after the morning meeting of the lower chamber’s wider leadership. Deputies should also re-discuss the amendment against the counterfeiting of plant protection products, which the Senate amended.

Before the initial round of discussions, there are also some government or coalition proposals that are causing controversy. These include the tightening of the ban on media ownership and the acceptance of subsidies and investment incentives in an apparently stricter conflict of interest law. For example, politicians should not transfer the media to a close person or to a trust fund. ANO MPs have so far blocked the discussion of this amendment. The tightening of media ownership is apparently also aimed at the movement’s chairman and former prime minister, Andrej Babiš.

The opposition ANO and especially the SPD also do not like the government’s proposal, which newly involves senators in the election of members of the boards of Czech Television and Czech Radio. The SPD is not represented in the upper chamber, ANO has, in contrast to the largest club in the House of Representatives, one of the numerically weakest senatorial clubs.

Plant protection products for professional growers should be protected from fakes according to the amendment on plant health care by labeling them with bar codes. In the bill, the senators are pushing for an amendment that concerns the procedure for recognizing preparations authorized under directly applicable regulations in other European Union states.

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