Prime Minister Eduard Heger (OĽaNO) still believes that in the next week of negotiations, on Friday, when the coalition is supposed to meet again in order to resolve the government crisis, SaS will react to what he considers a fair and accommodating offer of changes in the functioning of the coalition and back down from its ultimatum. Although he would prefer to avoid this, on the other hand, Heger is also willing to change the chairs of the ministers, and Igor Matovič could thus become the Minister of the Economy. He promises that during the week the ministers will deal not only with themselves, but also with measures to cope with the winter at the time of the energy crisis.
You did not agree on a solution to the coalition crisis today, you are supposed to meet again on Friday. But SaS insists on the departure of Igor Matovič from the government, you on his stay. It looks like if you really want to keep SaS in the coalition, you will have to back down and allow the finance minister to leave the government.
I don’t think so, because the offer I brought to the coalition council is very fair. It is a big step towards SaS. If SaS would like to react adequately, it will withdraw from its ultimatum and proceed to negotiations on these points and proceed to an agreement. I think this is the natural consequence that should occur and for which I have created considerable space. Based on the election result, no coalition party should have such large powers and should not be given such large concessions. So I believe that my colleagues in SaS will think about this proposal, consult it, that we will be able to discuss it next week and we will move towards an agreement.
You came up with proposals that imply that Igor Matovič will change his behavior under the threat of sanctions. Why should we believe it? Why do you believe that?
It’s not just about Igor Matovič. There are also other ministers who provoke each other in this way, so it would apply to all members of the government and the coalition. I think that this is such a significant shift that it could bring responsible and professional cooperation.Read more Hard heads in the coalition: Matovič and Sulík will not back down. We are going to a minority government, the OĽaNO leader admitted
One of your proposals is also about the exchange of ministries. Do you consider the members of the government to be so universal that, for example, Igor Matovič could be a capable minister of the economy?
I put this there as a step that shows how far, even together with OľANO, we can go, because we care about cooperation. That’s a clear step towards SaS, but I’d like it if we didn’t have to go for it in the end, because the ones before are also very strong. But if it were to happen, we can also discuss this exchange. I believe this will not necessarily be necessary.
Richard Sulík openly offered his position if Igor Matovič would take the same step. So he made a welcoming gesture. You have said several times that you will do everything to maintain this coalition. Everything includes the dismissal of Igor Matovič. Although Sulík says that you are not in a strong enough position to be able to do this, but you have the constitutional powers.
Yes. The dispute, which was caused here by the SaS at the beginning of the summer, which gave itself an ultimatum, could perhaps be resolved. But look at it from the point of view of the prime minister, who has the ministers to face all the challenges Slovakia is currently facing. We are heading into the biggest energy crisis. Why is it a good idea to appoint new people to these key ministries? That’s like shooting yourself in both feet. Not a good suggestion for me anyway. Because I’m sitting in the Prime Minister’s chair and I need to have a well-rounded team. I’m not going to replace key players, even more so if there’s the biggest energy crisis since World War II.Read more Matovič’s last chance
If you mention the energy crisis, Juraj Šeliga (For the People) said after the negotiations that when it came to the difficult period that awaits us and the government’s readiness to respond to it, there was a moment of silence in the room during the coalition negotiations. So an insider says that you as a government are not prepared for what lies ahead. And the public is definitely more worried about that than your arguments.
Juraj Šeliga is a member of parliament, so he cannot see into the government’s negotiations. On Monday there will be another big meeting of several ministers that I have called. It will be under the leadership of the Ministry of Economy, because they play a direct role in the preparation of all measures. We will review the schedule for fall, winter and spring. I don’t want to spread any panic, because we are very honestly preparing for it, but yes, Juraj Šeliga is very right about one thing. The energy crisis, into which not only Slovakia, but also the whole of Europe is plunging, is the biggest since the Second World War. Unfortunately, this is the result of the decision of Moscow and Vladimir Putin, who started a hybrid war with Europe and it only shows that Europe underestimated the relationship with him. He is abusing his position and the unpreparedness of Europe to keep us in check, but I am convinced that we can do it together.
So, in the course of the week, will the public see any proposals regarding what awaits us and how we will operate through the winter?
Definitely. We have already presented some proposals and measures. Remember the measures regarding electricity for households or gas, which solve part of the problem. We will discuss the others on Monday, and gradually, when we approve some documents at the government, we will also present them to the public.
Source: Pravda – Správy by spravy.pravda.sk.
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