published: 10.02.2014, 17:46 | updated: 10.02.2014 17:56:18
Prague - The new Czech coalition government will focus on support to businesses and labour market, the civil service functioning and the preservation of social peace, it writes in its 16-page policy statement that CTK received from trustworthy sources today.
The government of the Social Democrats (CSSD), ANO and Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) in the document also promises to push through a long-term sustainable pension system and investments in education and create conditions for the euro adoption.
"The citizens and their families should feel free and satisfied in the country and be proud of it. The self-employed, businesspeople and firms should be running business safely and free, pay taxes and offer jobs," the almost final version of the policy statement says in the introduction.
It adds that the state will implement the law on civil service, improve services for citizens and it will respect tax-payers and prevent wasting of public finance from their taxes.
The government priorities also include the rationalisation of the state financial management, its property audit, the anti-corruption fight, the civic society development, law enforceability and the Czech Republic´s active EU and NATO membership.
Other parts of the policy statement specify the priorities of particular sectors, which ensue from the coalition agreement, more in detail.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (CSSD) handed a draft policy statement, which a group of the parties´ experts worked out on Saturday, to the government coalition partners´ heads, Andrej Babis (ANO) and Pavel Belobradek (KDU-CSL), today.
Belobradek told CTK today he did not expect this version to be changed much, except for formalities and small things.
The tripartite, comprising representatives of the government, trade unions and employers, will debate the government policy statement on Tuesday.
The cabinet is to approve it at its extraordinary meeting on Wednesday.
Govt says in statement wants to meet euro adoption criteria
The new Czech government of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) wants to comply with euro adoption criteria, above all with the 3 percent limit on the public finance deficit, for the entire term it will be in office, the cabinet has said in its policy statement.
The government also wants to change the law on budgetary rules and the rules for drawing money from EU funds, improve tax collection and raise taxes on revenues from gambling, it said in a section of the statement which concerns the Finance Ministry.
Most of the proposals were already contained in the coalition agreement.
When the government will be preparing the budget for next year, it wants to cut above all the costs of operation and restrict above all the outsourcing of legal, marketing and consulting services.
"Besides, it will be necessary to examine mandatory and quasi-mandatory expenses of the state budget," the document says.
Ministers also plan to amend the law on budgetary rules which addresses the creation, functions, revenue and expenditures of public budgets. According to the policy statement, the amendment should strengthen the role of the Finance Ministry in the management of the state's liquidity.
They will use the system of the State Treasury, among other things, to achieve this.
"Thorough integration of all state institutions into the state treasury will enable active, effective and transparent management of expenditures at a central level. We will make all data from the state treasury available to the public," the statement says.
Besides, the Finance Ministry wants to centrally register and administer all the state's assets, centralise purchases of goods and services and extend the scope of powers exercised by the Supreme Audit Office (NKU).
In the area of taxes, the government wants to increase taxes on revenues from gambling and take the necessary steps in legislation that will demand evidence of the origin of property in defined cases. It would also like to change tax regulations so as to reduce tax administration costs of honest taxpayers while maintaining the amount of tax revenues.
Apart from raising taxes on gambling, the government also wants to secure higher tax revenues from operation of lotteries and other similar games by making tax collection more effective and by preventing evasion of tax on illegal lotteries and online games.
The cabinet will also seek to collect sufficient tax revenues from lotteries and games operated on the Internet by Czech as well as foreign entities.
Although the cabinet wants to comply with the criteria required for euro adoption, its representatives said an entry into the euro zone is not the priority of the existing coalition.
Finance Minister Andrej Babis, for example, said that the adoption of the single European currency will be possible in six years at the earliest.
The new centre-left coalition government of Social Democrats, the ANO movement and Christian Democrats was appointed by President Milos Zeman on January 29. It replaced caretaker government of prime minister Jiri Rusnok.
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