The government is not solving the energy crisis, businessmen are starting to panic, hoteliers claim

According to AHR President Václav Starek, the very hesitant approach of the government in solving the energy crisis is a big disappointment. “We sent the first letter with a proposal to cap energy prices together with other organizations representing employers back in April, and we sent the last one to AHR in mid-August. We have not yet received a response to either,” he said.

The Association of Hotels and Restaurants has also long wanted the government to use the temporary crisis framework presented by the European Commission at the end of March in connection with the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. It would allow Member States to support companies immediately. In view of the high deficit of the state budget, however, the ministers have so far refused such targeted help, professional organizations said earlier.

Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) said on Friday that it is necessary to move towards capping energy prices. However, according to him, the solution should be reached at the European level. However, the adoption of an EU-wide solution will still be a rather lengthy process, the AHR further stated. According to her, entrepreneurs need quick and effective measures, at the same time it is possible to negotiate a procedure within the entire European Union.

According to AHR, the situation when electricity prices are ten times higher than last year cannot be called a market environment, but a liquidation of business. “The state is watching without a clear and vigorous reaction. In this situation, the government will be responsible for the consequences, which will be the closing of operations, the dismissal of employees and, in the final stage, the impact on public budgets,” added the association.

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