Election 2021: Slow down the green frenzy, business is urging the emerging government

“The Together coalition won the election. Above all, the new government must respond immediately to energy issues and the impact of Škoda Auto’s difficulties on industry. The government must negotiate with the carmaker. We do not know for how long the Škoda will be closed, “says the president of the Chamber of Commerce, Vladimír Dlouhý.

It will be crucial for the automotive industry as the engine of the Czech economy whether and in what form the European Commission’s proposal known as Fit for 55 will pass. It envisages a ban on the sale of cars with internal combustion engines from 2035.

“Czech industry would be fundamentally damaged by the approval of the proposal. The new government must negotiate more favorable conditions for the Czechia, ie a slower exit from internal combustion engines and a slower pace at which electric cars are to be introduced, “says Petr Novák, planning director of the JTEKT Europe Group, which also includes the Czech Koyo Bearings plant. The group produces bearings or control systems for the automotive industry.

The owner of the Tábor company Brisk, Mojmír Čapka, is glad that the Pirates have almost dropped out of the Chamber. “In relation to our industry, they had more extreme ideas such as electromobility,” said Čapka. Brisk manufactures spark plugs and sensors that affect fuel injection into the engine.

Finding a compromise between “green fanaticism” and the rejection of new technologies will not be easy. “Volkswagen has made electromobility its flagship policy and the Czechia must not lose investment in this area. If the new government does not support the construction of, for example, charging infrastructure, large investments by car manufacturers and other players will go elsewhere than to the Czech Republic, “warns Dlouhý.

The new government should also use the forthcoming presidency of the European Council for the benefit of the Czech Republic from July next year. “It must insist on changes to the Fit for 55 package and negotiate compensation for highly industrialized countries that will pay for the green transformation,” adds Novák. Employers would also welcome a loosening of labor market conditions, ie an easier increase in the number of employees by “importing” them from abroad, or, conversely, their more flexible redundancies.

“The expansion of workshops in primary schools, greater interconnection of practical and theoretical teaching in secondary schools and the introduction of master’s exams, which have not yet been approved, would also help,” adds Novák.

In addition to the fight for the future of internal combustion engines and electric motors, the emphasis on energy policy and the development of energy prices will also be crucial.

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“I recommend that we change the nuclear laws to make modular nuclear reactors in each region. This would lighten the transmission network, if we also take into account the storage of hydrogen or electricity. In part, this would help with rising energy prices, “believes Pavel Juříček, vice-chairman of the economic committee, owner of the Brano car parts company and one of the richest Czechs.

The Chamber of Commerce also considers it important for the government to fight for the taxonomic recognition of gas as a transitional energy source.

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According to Juříček, the way in which 180 billion crowns from the European recovery plan will be used will also be crucial. “I criticized Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlíček (for YES) for spending money on all areas of the economy instead of setting priorities. Although the government has already said where the money will go, now the question is how to do it. The new government still has room for maneuver here, “says Juříček.

The time until the creation of a new cabinet plays a crucial role, not only in relation to the billions in the recovery plan, but also in relation to the management of the state budget. Kvido Štěpánek, the owner of the Isolit-Bravo company from Jablonné nad Orlicí, a company that manufactures electrical appliances and products for the automotive industry, expects a more responsible policy in this regard.

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“Party ended. Together comes a more responsible economic policy. The way of dealing with subsidies should also be straightened out – see mafia relations, EU subsidies, Agrofert. I would cancel them completely. Once they are here, they should be made more transparent. The state must also be wary of the critical situation in the car industry, I have not experienced worse. We do not know what will happen next, see what is happening at Škoda Auto, “explains Štěpánek.

The new government should primarily invest, not only in industry, but also in pandemics of very hard-hit tourism, says Viliam Sivek, president of the Czech Tourism Union and adviser to the Minister for Regional Development Klára Dostálová (for YES).

“A lot of people have left tourism. You will not find a chef, receptionist or waiter. These people have found that in the hotel industry it is much easier not to work on holidays, at night or on shifts. The government must help the regions with investments, “says Sivek. It also calls for a tourism law. “It should address financial subsidies, the economy, regional procedures, the management system,” he adds.

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As a right-wing voter, Miloslav Kamiš, CEO of Viscofan CZ, which manufactures artificial casings for the food industry in České Budějovice, welcomes the election result. “I see it as a change and I hope it will bring a new moral setting and principles to all functioning,” he said. He described the Green Deal, setting the state budget, reducing the official burden and missing workers in the market as tasks for the new government.

The owner of Rhea holding, Josef Kolář, wants support from larger agricultural companies from the Spolu and PirSTAN coalitions. “I would like them to be able to look at agriculture from a different perspective than the way they have presented it so far. This means that they do not neglect larger agricultural entities, which produce food to a significant extent, take care of the landscape. , agrobaron and so that they do not throw us overboard when planning agricultural policy, because no one has it easy, “said the owner of the holding, which manages 21,000 hectares in the Czech Republic, Moravia and Slovakia.

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