Friday’s session of the Chamber of Deputies ended in a dispute between coalition MPs. The People voted together with the ANO movement for the opposition proposal, which is particularly disliked by the Starosts. In addition, the vote was accompanied by confusion.
The dispute arose over the amendment proposed by the member of the ANO movement, Josef Kotto. During the discussion of the amendment to the Energy Act, he proposed that the state introduce operational energy support for new electricity production plants using biogas.
The proposer of the amendment to the law, Minister of Industry Jozef Síkela (STAN) was against it.
MP Kotta’s proposal was finally passed thanks to the votes of ANO, SPD and several people’s representatives. According to information from Seznam Zpráv, after the vote there was an exchange of views between the government members. But the whole thing doesn’t have to end there.
“We are upset and disappointed. We will definitely want to solve it in the coalition. It can be understood as a violation of the coalition agreement,” responded the first vice-chairman of STAN Lukáš Vlček. Nauzal is also trying to contact the People’s Party MPs who voted for the law, but so far without success.
Minister of Agriculture Marek Výborný (KDU-ČSL) was not at Friday’s meeting, but according to him the proposal as such makes sense. “We and the Ministry of Industry and Trade have been having a long-term debate about this. Yes, not quite successfully,” admitted Výborný.
Síkel called Kotto’s proposal unconceptual. According to him, it can complicate the government’s efforts to start more biomethane production.
“The provision of operational support for the production of electricity for the owners of biogas stations is completely against the introduction of technologies for the production of biomethane. If operational support for the production of electricity in biogas stations is provided, it will significantly reduce the motivation of the operators of these facilities to invest in advanced technologies for the production of biomethane,” criticized Síkel’s proposal at the plenary session.
Vlček then emphasized that the operation of biogas stations requires a large amount of corn, which is not ecological. “It is a problem to feed biogas, we often transport corn tens and tens of kilometers. In addition, it is a crop that has a strong erosive effect on the field,” added Vlček.
Excellent: It’s a misunderstanding
According to Výborný, on the contrary, the proposal will appropriately support the diversification of energy sources. “Corn is not burned in biogas, the process looks a little different there after all. Maybe it’s a misunderstanding of colleagues from STAN about what was approved,” said Výborný.
The vote itself on the amendment proposed by Deputy Kotto then took place rather confusedly. At first, the proposal was passed thanks to three votes of deputies for the ODS and four votes of the People’s Party. However, KDU-ČSL MP Pavel Bělobrádek immediately questioned the vote.
In the following vote, the ODS MPs did not vote in favor, but this time seven supporters were found among the People’s Party and the proposal was approved. Apart from them, only Michal Kučera from TOP 09 supported the proposal from the coalition.