New Chamber of Deputies: The lower house has already received the first laws

The government presented the budget to the deputies again with the same deficit as she proposed before the election, and that is 376.6 billion crowns. According to current information, the new Chamber of Deputies will probably return the state budget to the government for completion. ODS chairman and future prime minister Petr Fiala he said back in October that The emerging coalition government wants to draw up a new budget with a deficit of up to 300 billion crowns, which the current finance minister Alena Schillerová (YES) considers unrealistic. If the Chamber of Deputies did not approve the budget by the end of the year, the Czechia would enter 2022 with a provisional budget. Candidate for Minister of Finance Zbyněk Stanjura (ODS) in the forthcoming government of the Spolu coalitions (ODS, KDU-ČSL, TOP 09) and Pirates said to the Czech Television on Sunday that it assumes that The Czech Republic will manage in a provisional budget until the end of March next year. According to him, it takes about six weeks to revise the draft budget.

MEPs also received a re-enactment of the class action lawsuit. It was approved by the government in connection with the closure of the energy company Bohemia Energy (BE). “The company deceived thousands of citizens who were misled and believed that the company would supply them with energy at the agreed price, which did not happen.” said the prime minister at the time Andrej Babiš (YES). Class actions allow different people to make the same or similar claims in a single proceeding. The introduction of a class action now has the support of the People’s Party (ODS, KDU-ČSL, TOP 09) and the Pirates, according to which it is a modern type of court proceedings. The proposal in the form now being discussed by the incumbent government will probably not find majority support in the new lower house.

Under the accelerated regime, deputies could, according to the government’s proposal to approve an amendment to the Value Added Tax Act, which will exempt electricity and gas from VAT for next year. The government wants to reduce the current pressure on commodity prices for customers. Electricity and gas are now subject to a 21 percent VAT rate. The approval of the European Commission is required to reduce VAT to zero. At the same time, the government is aware that until the exemption is granted, it will be an adjustment that will be in breach of the EU VAT Directive.

The government has already succeeded in submitting to the deputies an amendment to the Crisis Management Act, a draft law on the import and entry of certain cultural goods or a draft law on the services of video-sharing platforms. The deputies have already received to discuss the draft budget of the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure for next year or a report on the migration situation last year.

MEPs are due to meet again on Tuesday, 23 November, when the second meeting of the new parliamentary term is due to begin. The deputies will primarily decide on the composition of parliamentary bodies. They will probably get to the draft laws and other drafts only after that.

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