Reps of Czech CSSD, ANO and KDU-CSL sign coalition agreement


06.01.2014 14:38

Prague - Representatives of the Czech Social Democrats (CSSD), ANO and Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) signed today a document describing the programme and principles of the emerging three-party coalition´s cooperation that CSSD head Bohuslav Sobotka will submit to President Milos Zeman.


Zleva místopředseda hnutí ANO Jaroslav Faltýnek, předseda ANO Andrej Babiš. předseda posaneckého klubu ČSSD Roman Sklenák, předseda ČSSD Bohuslav Sobotka a předseda KDU-ČSL Pavel Bělobrádek podepsali 6. ledna v Praze koaliční smlouvu. ČTK Doležal Michal

Zeman should then appoint Sobotka prime minister.

The new government is to have 17 seats, including the prime minister and two ministers without a portfolio.

The CSSD will fill in eight seats, ANO six and the KDU-CSL three.

The party leaders should also release a list of candidates for ministers today.

The 50-page document contains the programme on which the coalition reached agreement before Christmas.

The future government promises to raise pensions, minimal wages and reliefs for a second and every other child.

The government will abolish health-care fees that were introduced in 2008 under the centre-right government of Mirek Topolanek (Civic Democrats, ODS).

The coalition plans to reduce VAT on medicines, books, child nourishment and napkins as from 2015.

It wants to keep the state budget deficit at 3 percent through a better collection of taxes and search for savings in the state administration.

Another part of the document describes the proportion of representation of particular parties in the government and the principles of their cooperation.

The CSSD is to head the interior, industry, foreign affairs, labour and health care ministries. ANO will be in charge of finance, transport, justice and defence.

The KDU-CSL is to lead the agriculture and culture ministries and hold the post of deputy prime minister for science.

Sobotka presented a preliminary list of candidates for ministers to Zeman in Lany chateau on Friday already.

It is speculated about that Zeman could have a problem with appointing some of them.

Sobotka said, however, the coalition will stand by the final list of nominees.

The government must ask the Chamber of Deputies for a vote of confidence within a month of its appointment, which could be sometime in February.

The CSSD, ANO and KDU-CSL now have a 111 majority of votes in the 200-seat lower house of parliament.

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