Martin Koba, governor of South Bohemia and president of the Confederation of Regions, said in an interview with Denek that the year set by the government to put an end to energy prices is correct, even if somewhat late. “I have repeatedly said that the documents issued by the Ministry of Industry, along with proposals for individual solutions and their impact on legislation and public budgets, should have been much older. I stand by that,” he explained.
Hetman of South Bohemia and President of the Union of Regions of the Czech Republic Martin Koba
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He is convinced that energy security is a value that cannot be measured by money: “We cannot allow it energy prices They started in a way that someone wouldn’t be able to pay the bills at all and it would ruin someone’s business. Every business needs affordable resources to grow it.”
The gas bet did not work in Europe
He also talks about what, besides the war, led to the skyrocketing prices: “It is the sum of several factors. Europe has rightly decided to tackle the climatic dimension of energy, but it must be said that some political decisions in this direction were so rapid and radical that they limited or even stopped a number of energy sources. And it relied on the fact that Europe, especially Germany, could easily withstand a relatively long transition period from coal to clean gas sources. From this perspective, the war had reached its worst period. The Union said it no longer wanted coal and the Germans said they did not They come back want nuclear power. And there was an agreement to build renewable resources. Before that was achieved, gas-fired power plants were supposed to saturate them. And Putin’s war comes into it, when he unfortunately grabs the gas tap.”
Keep the alliance, but not at any cost
Martin Koba also reflects on Peter Fiala’s difficult position: “The prime minister has a priority to keep the five-member coalition together, because logically he sees no other governmental option that would be able to lead the Czech Republic in a pro-Western direction . at the same time , there are often people who have no experience in big politics. I knew from the start that this would be the Achilles heel of this government, and every seasoned politician must have seen it the same way.”
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Concerning the modus operandi of the government team, he adds: “The Five Alliance must learn Communicating with citizens, who did not vote for her and has a different view of the world, so the rhetoric must be different as well. But it won’t work unless the government team is exceptionally good at coming up with solutions that people will see work and align with. Then they would have no reason to go to demonstrations. They will know that they have a government that will do everything, they say, not perfectly, but safely, and they will not be in the streets. It is up to Peter Vial to strike a balance in maintaining the Alliance of Five, but again not at the cost of tolerating some poor performance by ministers and a lack of communication with the public. That would have ended him in the process anyway. The prime minister has to sign the peace and I believe he will be able to achieve that.”
And what do you think of the Ten Point Plan of Miroslav Kaluska and Merk Topolanek, which contains instructions for reducing structural deficits? What is the path of assistance and why did he choose for the citizens of the South Bohemia region? You can read about it in tomorrow’s print newspaper.