published: 07.10.2013, 07:27 | updated: 07.10.2013 08:04:54
Prague - The government of maximal arbitrariness, this is how the Czech outgoing caretaker cabinet of Jiri Rusnok can be called, Martin Zverina writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today, adding that the ministers each pursue their election campaign for state money, which Rusnok is watching passively.
On Sunday, Rusnok promised that the government will submit a bill to reintroduce patients´ fees for stay in hospital. It might be reintroduced as from March and only for selected categories of patients. The cabinet, however, would not bother to seek ways to compensate hospitals for the financial gap, Zverina writes.
Rusnok also said he does not like the personnel purges carried out by Transport Minister Zdenek Zak, but he would do nothing about it, Zverina writes.
After all, Rusnok would never dare to sack any of his ministers, many of whom - including Zak - are regional election leaders of the Party of Citizens´ Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ), which is close to President Milos Zeman, Zverina says.
The group of people who are in control of ministries now is the first post-1989 government that rules while being totally uncontrolled itself. It failed to win parliament´s confidence [in August], but he who would expect it to rule cautiously and with restraint must wonder [at its tough practices], Zverina writes.
Czech population is starting to die out due to politicians´ unwillingness to look in the future and ponder on measures to raise the country´s birth rate, Petr Honzejk writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).
A genuine politician can be easily recognised by showing foresight and, for example, creating conditions for a sufficient number of children to be born, who would later pay taxes and contribute to the pension system, Honzejk says.
In the Czech Republic, politicians on both the left and the right wings of the political spectrum have failed in this respect. Nursery schools, kindergartens and part-time jobs for mothers with small children - nothing of that works appropriately, Honzejk writes.
Norway, where women with children work slightly less than childless women, enjoys a natural population growth of 1.3 percent. Bulgaria, where the system of part-time jobs is the least widespread, is dying out the fastest of all, Honzejk writes.
The Czechs, too, will continue dying out if the local policy remains closer to Bulgaria´s than Norway´s, Honzejk writes.
The ANO movement of billionaire Andrej Babis promotes a modified version of the second pillar of the pension system, which was introduced in the Czech Republic by the former government of Petr Necas in spite of its previous failure elsewhere in Europe, Jan Keller writes in Pravo.
The Czech Republic was one of the last countries to launch an experiment into which the World Bank forced a number of Latin American and later East European countries, such as Poland, from the early 1990s. The system binds employees to send a part of their pension insurance contributions, otherwise paid to the state, to private funds, Keller writes.
Even before the Czech Necas cabinet came to power in 2010, the dubious system was dropped by five Eastern and Central European countries as it was evident that donating state money to private pension funds is expensive, ineffective and too risky, Keller writes.
The more surprising is that ANO proposes that all people entering the labour market be automatically a part of the pension system, which they can eventually leave if they want to. As if ANO wanted speculators from the pension funds to profit from young workforce for some time at least and as long as possible, Keller writes.
ANO´s plan is the more absurd now that the Polish government officially scrapped the second pillar by deciding to nationalise the private pension funds, Keller concludes.
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