Czech press survey - June 11


11.06.2014 07:36

Prague - The senior ruling Social Democrats (CSSD) should respect that the Czech state may live and work without their government from time to time, Jana Bendova writes in daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.


Předseda vlády Bohuslav Sobotka. ČTK Doležal Michal

She comments on the CSSD´s effort to abolish or at least restrict all that the previous centre-right cabinets pushed through.

Bendova recalls that the Social Democrats governed until 2006 with PM Jiri Paroubek and they returned to power this year with their chairman Bohuslav Sobotka as head of government.

In the meantime, the parliament passed a number of things which the Social Democrats dislike and they wold like to thwart it. This is why Sobotka´s government is abolishing patients´ regulatory fees in health care and the second pension pillar, but it has failed in the case of the restitution law on the return of the churches´ property confiscated under the communist regime, Bendova says.

She adds that the state must meet its commitments.

The Social Democrats will at least try to extend the deadline for the state to release the churches´ property. Nevertheless, the deadline for the churches to ask for its return was not extended either. The current government should respect it if the state and citizens are really equal, Bendova writes in MfD.

Czech politicians have finally realised that parenthood is "a necessary condition for the continuation of our civilisation, and consequently also for the pay-as-you-go pension system," Martin Zverina writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today, hinting at the new pension commission´s talks.

He points out that the commission is at least to agree on that the pension system should take children´s upbringing into consideration. It is right as parents not only raise "new tax payers," which is costly, but they also lose many opportunities to earn money.

However, the renewal of respect for the family and mainly mothers should be more comprehensive and thorough and reflected in other areas, too, not only in pensions, Zverina notes.

It is strange that people in the Czech Republic still blindly trust the state and reject the method that has proved successful for tens of thousands of years - to secure their old age with children, Zverina points out.

"Birth rate and pensions are seemingly not interconnected but this seems to us only because our pension system has been working so far," he writes.

The Czech Republic should offer more than its cheap labour force to foreign investors, Julie Hrstkova writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.

She reminds of the outflow of profits of the firms seated abroad that operate in the Czech Republic.

The country is considering measures to prevent it, but so far in vain. It is true that it is also trying to support science and research, for instance, but the support is chaotic like in the case of education and infrastructure.

It would be great if the Czech Republic managed to attract firms that employ a lot of people and at the same time produce sophisticated products, Hrstkova says.

The Czech Republic may introduce sector taxes and various restrictions to prevent the outflow of profits. But it would be much better if it had more to offer - apart from education and infrastructure, also easy conditions for starting a business and new opportunities for investments, Hrstkova writes in conclusion.

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