The House has suspended the debate on biomass, now it is about health care

Updates: 04.05.2022 00:37

Prague – The Chamber of Deputies decided on Tuesday, shortly before midnight, at the suggestion of the governing coalition, to suspend the discussion of the first item of its extraordinary meeting. It is a parliamentary amendment regulating the administration of documenting the sustainability conditions for biomass. Instead, MPs began discussing the government’s controversial proposal to reduce payments for state health insured from mid-year. This decision was preceded by a debate on whether the chair of the meeting should encourage Members to speak. Deputies will debate from Tuesday 10:00. It took them five hours to approve the agenda.

The chairman of the KDU-ČSL club, Marek Výborný, made a proposal to suspend the point. He justified it by saying that the amendment provoked controversy, although it was also signed by representatives of the opposition clubs ANO and SPD. It was therefore assumed that there was agreement on the proposal. “The consensus is obviously not here,” he said.

The amendment was presented by six deputies from six coalition and opposition clubs. The proposal adds biomass fuel producers, importers and suppliers to the mandatory entities to demonstrate sustainability criteria. It is also intended to enable them to prove compliance with the conditions by a solemn declaration and to apply a transitional period during which compliance with the criteria can be considered by the end of 2022.

The chairman of ANO, Andrej Babiš, also spoke on the proposal, speaking for over two hours, among other things about the history of biofuel support. Jakub Michálek, the chairman of the Pirates’ Club, reacted critically to his more than two-hour performance. He said that he had not yet experienced in the Chamber of Deputies that the former prime minister would spend so much time reading from the magazine to comment on the proposal, which has a page and a half. “What we are experiencing here is obstructive talk, it’s blabbering,” he said, accusing the YES movement of blocking its own meeting with its own points. coalition.

YES MP Marek Novák spoke after Babiš. He spoke, among other things, about blackouts and problems in the transmission of electricity in transmission networks. After his speech, the Committee of Výborný said that, according to the colleagues consulted, not a single sentence from Novák’s speech concerned the current proposal, which is the support of renewable energy sources and biomass. He stated that he was dismayed by the chairman’s approach. The meeting was chaired at that time by the Deputy Speaker of the Chamber, Karel Havlíček (YES).

The House then adjourned the sitting and the leadership of the Chamber met for a meeting. It was agreed that the presidents would encourage Members to speak on the matter. If they do not listen and do not speak on the matter, as required by the Rules of Procedure, the President shall take the floor.

Deputies are to return to the parliamentary amendment to the Act on Supported Energy Sources only after discussing the government’s proposal to abolish electronic records of sales. This is the third point of the meeting. It is not clear when this will happen.

Source: České noviny – hlavní události by

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