On January 10, the Constitutional Court will publicly discuss the proposal of 71 ANO deputies to cancel the government amendment that shortened the June valorization of pensions. It will be the first public meeting of the plenary under the new chairman Josef Baxa. The court called the Minister of Finance Zbyňek Stanjura (ODS) and the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Marian Jurečka (KDU-ČSL) as witnesses, and also requested opinions from experts. The date of the meeting was announced by the court on the website.
ANO MPs, represented by Alena Schillerová, submitted the proposal in May. According to them, the reduction of the extraordinary valuation was retroactive and shattered the pensioners’ expectations. The parliamentary opposition also questioned the way the amendment was discussed in a state of legislative emergency and with the alleged impermissible limitation of the parliamentary debate.
Public meetings of the plenum, i.e. the body of all constitutional judges, used to be frequent ten or more years ago. However, only a few were held in the second presidential term of Pavel Rychetský, i.e. between 2013 and 2023. The plenum debated most of the proposals for annulment of laws in private and then only announced the result.