- Hans Weber
- January 30, 2023
Fiala: Energy prices exceed the worst expectations
President Miloš Zeman and Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) agreed that the development of energy prices exceeded the worst expectations. To ensure energy for Czech companies and citizens at acceptable prices, steps are needed at the European and national level.
Fiala told journalists after a regular meeting he had with the president at the chateau in Lány. Other topics of the meeting included the situation of the head of civilian intelligence, Petr Mlejenko, and foreign policy.
“We talked in great detail about the situation with energy prices and energy policy both in the Czech Republic and in Europe. We agreed that the development of electricity prices – especially in the last few days – exceeds all, even the worst expectations,” he said premier.
“We talked about the setting of an austerity tariff, about what the government has already done, and what can be done in the future. We will try to initiate some European joint solution, which of course would be the most effective. At the beginning of next week, I will talk about it with by (German) Chancellor (Olaf) Scholz during his visit to Prague and, of course, with other representatives of European states,” FIala described.
Fiala expects that experts will come up with suggestions for solving the situation at tonight’s meeting of the National Economic Council of the Government. “We have to find ways to deal with it quickly, so that our companies and households can handle the situation,” he added.
According to the prime minister, Zeman and Fiala also confirmed to each other that there is agreement between the government and the president on the basic direction and positions of foreign policy – including support for Ukraine and condemnation of Russian aggression.
Article by Prague Forum