New Czech govt withdraws nine bills of previous cabinet


03.02.2014 14:39

Prague - The new Czech coalition government of Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) has withdrawn nine of some 40 bills approved by the previous caretaker cabinet of Jiri Rusnok from the legislative process in the Chamber of Deputies, Sobotka told reporters today.


Ministr školství, mládeže a tělovýchovy Marcel Chládek (vlevo) a premiér Bohuslav Sobotka před jednáním vlády 3. února v Praze. ČTK Šimánek Vít

The withdrawn bills include a draft amendment to the civil service law, a bill on the armed forces and a bill re-introducing patients´ hospital fees.

The ministers were mainly discussing the legislation that they had inherited from the previous government, Sobotka said after the second meeting of his cabinet of the CSSD, the ANO movement and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL).

"Particular ministers assessed the legislation at the weekend, and we have agreed that nine of the bills will be withdrawn," Sobotka said.

"In view of that the second reading of none of these bills has been completed, the government can withdraw them," Jiri Dienstbier (CSSD), head of the government´s legislative council, said.

He said it suffices if Sobotka informs Chamber of Deputies head Jan Hamacek (CSSD) of the government´s decision.

One of the most significant bills which the ministers unanimously opposed is a draft amendment to the civil service law drafted by the Rusnok cabinet.

Consequently, the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of parliament, will continuer dealing only with the civil service bill submitted last year by a group of CSSD deputies, Sobotka added.

The Chamber of Deputies passed this draft amendment in the first reading at the end of January. This was President Milos Zeman´s condition for the appointment of Sobotka´s government.

Dienstbier said the bill will be fully changed in the Chamber of Deputies to be in consistence with the parameters of the rest of the legal order.

He also said the government did not take a stand against the remaining legislation of Rusnok´s government for three reasons.

A big part of the bills obligatorily takes over European law. Some bills only introduce technical changes while others, where the government does not fully agree with their content, can be modified with a proposed changed, Dienstbier said.

Sobotka said the bill on the reservists´ service would also be withdrawn from the lower house.

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