“Pandemic law will make it easier to function without a state of emergency. The Minister of Health will present it promptly and the government will discuss it, “said Prime Minister Babiš on Sunday. It was a concession imposed on him by the Central Bohemian governor Petra Pecková (STAN), and was later included as the second point in the resolution of the Association of Regions.
“The state of emergency is an exceptional tool for crisis management, which is why the Association of Regions calls on the government to discuss the draft of a new pandemic law as soon as possible,” the resolution said. The governors conditioned his request for declaring a state of emergency for another two weeks, which Babiš wanted for them.
“I cannot evaluate what is recorded in the legislative system other than as an absolute trip. But maybe the government will still approve some changes, “Jakub Michálek, the head of the Pirate Party deputies, told the E15.cz server, stating that it is practically the same version submitted last spring by the then Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch (YES). The Chamber of Deputies rejected the draft and the government subsequently withdrew it.
“The proposal of ex-minister Vojtěch had and still has practically zero confidence in the Chamber of Deputies,” Michálek added. “I do not understand why the government has negotiated with us four times since the beginning of the year, so that in the end it does not reflect any of our proposals in the draft,” he said.
Vojtěch was most criticized for declaring a state of emergency under a special pandemic law that could no longer be controlled by the Chamber of Deputies. Another point of contention, according to the opposition, was insufficient compensation for sole proprietors and companies.
“The proposal also does not address mandatory testing. In addition, it is not clear how the emergency would end. There are also risks of a conflict with the constitution. In its current form, it is completely unacceptable, the government has not worked on almost anything since January, “said Michálek. The only novelty is the enactment of the e-veil system and the possibility of concluding public contracts for the purchase of medical supplies.
The chairman of the pirate deputies assumes that possible modifications to the proposal will be the subject of tomorrow’s meeting of Prime Minister Babiš with the opposition. “However, I do not expect the government to get enough votes in the Chamber of Deputies to strengthen the powers of the Minister of Health at the expense of the rights and freedoms of citizens. The state would have to say clearly how it will compensate entrepreneurs for closed operations so that they do not go bankrupt and lose savings, “said Michálek.
Legislative inaction is blamed on the YES and CSSD cabinet, as well as by the Communists, who rejected his request to extend the state of emergency a week ago. However, the tolerance patent has not yet been terminated. “In connection with the COVID-19 disease, we have long demanded the submission of certain laws. I am very disappointed with the government’s action, “said Communist leader Vojtech Filip during the debate in the Chamber.
He commented mainly on the inaction of the Ministry of the Interior. This was precisely the place of strengthening the powers of the Minister of Health to come up with an amendment to the Constitutional Act on Security, which remembered the measures in the event of an epidemic.
“It must be admitted that our legal system did not remember such a large-scale epidemic. Changing only an ordinary law, such as the standard on the protection of public health, is insufficient and in the future it would not allow the state to effectively face pandemic crises, “said Jan Hamáček (CSSD), head of the Ministry of the Interior, last May.
What was proposed by the former Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch:
– Restrict production, retail or services and set conditions for them
– Interfere with fundamental human rights and freedoms without parliamentary scrutiny
– Prohibit collection without a lower limit for determining the number of participants
– Fine up to three million crowns without defining the facts of the error
– Inform citizens more about confidence-building measures
– Strengthen the government’s responsibility for nationwide anti-epidemic measures by the Ministry of Health
Source: E15.cz by www.e15.cz.
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