The ANO movement will appeal to the Constitutional Court (ÚS) after the New Year regarding the government’s consolidation package. Radek Vondráček, the vice-chairman of the movement, said this on Sunday’s Partie program on CNN Prima News. Among other things, he criticized the way the amendment was adopted in the Chamber of Deputies. According to Minister of Justice Pavel Blažek (ODS), it is not right to bring political disputes before the courts.
The consolidation package, which is supposed to help the government improve the state budget in the next two years by a total of up to 150 billion crowns, was signed by President Petr Pavel last week. The bill is intended to contribute to the consolidation of public finances and reduce the structural deficit of the state budget. Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) has previously described the growth rate of the state’s indebtedness as threatening. Representatives of the ANO movement asked the president at a meeting at the end of November to consider signing the package, and the SPD had previously called on him to veto the package.
According to Vondráček, the package disrupts the competitiveness of the Czech Republic and burdens Czech households. He also criticized the manner in which the amendment was adopted in the House of Representatives, when dozens of MPs could not comment on the package due to a fixed voting date. He mentioned that the Constitutional Court previously declared another adopted norm illegal due to a similar situation, although it did not cancel it then. But Blažek pointed out that the composition of the Constitutional Court changes regularly and it is therefore not certain whether the court will make the same decision as in the past.
The ANO movement already filed a complaint with the ÚS in May about the government’s amendment, which shortened the June valorization of pensions. According to them, the reduction of the extraordinary valuation was retroactive and violated the legitimate expectations of pensioners. The parliamentary opposition also questioned the way the amendment was discussed in a state of legislative emergency and with an alleged impermissible limitation of the parliamentary debate.
The court will discuss the proposal to cancel the amendment publicly on January 10, summoning the Minister of Finance Zbyňek Stanjura (ODS) and the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Marian Jurečka (KDU-ČSL) as witnesses, and also requested the opinions of experts.