published: 25.09.2012, 00:05 | updated: 25.09.2012 06:46:49
Prague - All Czech papers comment on President Vaclav Klaus's having vetoed the pension reform drafted by Prime Minister Petr Necas's centre-right government, arguing that the required consensus had not been found for it.
Klaus is shooting at Necas, Martin Komarek writes in Mlada fronta Dnes.
As an experienced politician, Klaus knows that no such a thing as consensus can ever occur in essential social affairs, Komarek writes.
Obviously, Klaus does not bear in mind the reform. Worse still, he does not bear in mind national stability and prosperity, he adds.
For the reasons that are only clear to him, Klaus is trying to destroy Necas's government, Komarek writes.
It may have lots of defects, but in the basic thing, which is pursuing national economic and foreign political interests, the Necas government has executed a good work, he adds.
Klaus is acting either for the sake of his own glory or for the sake of some foreign interest, Komarek writes.
The pension reform was a compromise that was made within the coalition government and it has lots of weak points, but it still should be launched in the form of voluntary savings, Jiri Leschtina writes in the financial paper Hospodarske noviny.
It should serve as a basis upon which one can build, Leschtina writes.
For next governments it should serve as a challenge as they should correct it and react to the problems that cannot be calculated now and sometimes even guessed, he adds.
The state can be reformed in a responsible fashion only in this way, Leschtina writes.
In the situation in which we know that the pension system is irresistibly moving towards a huge deficit, it is extremely adventurous not to do anything, he adds.
This was exactly the approach adopted by Klaus when he was the prime minister and after him, by a number of his successors, Leschtina writes.
The broad consensus demanded by Klaus is a wonderful idea, but he forgets that at least two are needed for every agreement, which means the coalition government and the opposition, Petr Kambersky writes in Lidove noviny.
When the opposition used to resolutely criticised the compulsory participation in the second pillar of the scheme, the coalition cancelled the duty in order to install a broad consensus, Kambersky writes.
It should be also stressed that Klaus himself was much less successful when he looked for a consensus than his successors, he adds.
Furthermore, Klaus knows that if the reform is to be "harmonised" even more with the opposition, nothing would be left from it, Kambersky writes.
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