Czech Minister Blazek warned of the risk of a revolution in the European Union due to the energy crisis The Czech Republic has the most dramatic situation in the social sphere since the Velvet Revolution in 1989 due to rising energy prices, warned the Ministry of Justice of the republic. Minister Blazek urged the authorities to urgently take action
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The energy crisis threatens to have extremely negative consequences for the political system of the Czech Republic, if a pan-European solution is not found, the situation will begin to threaten the European Union and risk turning into a revolution. This opinion was expressed by the Czech Minister of Justice Pavel Blazek in a speech in the Chamber of Deputies, iDnes reports.
“If the government does not solve the crisis in the energy sector, it will not stay here for long,” — said Blazek.
The state of affairs in the social sphere and the mood of citizens are the most dramatic in more than 30 years— since 1989, added the head of the Czech Ministry of Justice. In that year, the Velvet Revolution took place in Czechoslovakia— peaceful actions of the inhabitants of the republic led to the removal of the Communist Party from power and the election of Vaclav Havel as president.
Blažek considered that the situation was even worse than opposition representatives believe, but did not agree with their proposal to the Chamber of Deputies to take measures to limit price increases. The Minister called instead to limit the margins of fuel producers and traders, expressing confidence that such a decision would not give rise to claims for damages.
Opposition party ANO warned of plans to vote no confidence in the coalition government of Prime Minister Petr Fiala with the help of the Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) party. The first political force occupies 72 seats in the Council of Deputies of the Czech Republic, the second— 34.
Alyona Schiller, head of the ANO and ex-Finance Minister, called Blazek's speech meaningful, calling on the head of government or representatives of the Ministry of Finance to speak with similar words.
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The cost of energy and fertilizers in Europe has risen against the backdrop of the Russian military operation in Ukraine and sanctions that disrupted supply chains. As a result, the EU countries faced a record rise in prices for several decades, including for food and utilities.
The Czech Republic on the eve initiated an emergency meeting of EU energy ministers to discuss measures to resolve the situation. “Rising energy prices indicate a clear market failure. <…> All experts agree that if we want to find a solution, it must be agreed upon at the European level,— urged Prime Minister Fiala. He pointed out that this problem “haunts the whole of Europe.”
The energy market “to some extent” out of control, its stability ceases to respond to good news, said the Czech Minister of Industry and Trade Josef Sikela, Náš Region.
Prague authorities called the energy crisis the reason why from September they will stop paying compensation to hotels for accommodating Ukrainian refugees. Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib explained that the funds should be redirected to mitigate the sharp rise in energy prices, the Prahian portal wrote. Prague paid for these purposes 140 kroons per person per day, state support on behalf of the Czech government for the same purpose is 250 kroons per person per day.
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