Just days ahead of a scheduled EU summit on migration, Prague has announced the launch of a Visegrad group project to strengthen Libyan border protection and improve the plight of refugees in the country. The Czech Republic, which now faces a lawsuit over its failure to take in refugees, is pushing the view that the crisis needs to be resolved outside of Europe.
Members of the proposed minority government led by Andrej Babiš have
continued to meet individually with the head of state, Miloš Zeman, ahead
of the government’s official naming next week.
Alena Schillerová, set to helm the Finance Ministry, told journalists priorities for her were to simplify the tax code and to balance the state budget.
Lubomír Metnar, a fellow member of ANO who is set to be the next Interior Minister, who also met with the president at Lány Chateau on Friday, stressed the aim of keeping the Czech Republic one of the safest countries.
The new government is to be named on December 13.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has said he does not agree with the idea that
the Czech Embassy in Tel Aviv could be moved to Jerusalem. President Miloš
Zeman brought up the possibility after expressing backing for US President
Donald Trump who officially recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital this
Prime Minister Babiš told Czech Radio’s flagship station Radiožurnál that it was important not to create new conflicts in the Middle East, saying that the Czech Republic was a “small country which should try and work for peace”.
The European Commission has announced it is suing the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary in the bloc’s top court for their refusal to take in asylum seekers in line with the Commission’s mandatory re-distribution mechanism. Prague says it will not change its stand and warns that a court case will only further undermine public trust in EU institutions.
The broader leadership of the Communist Party is meeting on Friday to
assess how its negotiation team, led by outgoing chairman Vojětch Filip,
has handled post-election talks and how to approach the next rounds. This
week ANO’s Andrej Babiš was named prime minister and next week his
minority government will officially be named and will have 30 days to get
backing in a confidence vote.
The Communists are the only party so far which has said it would be willing to tolerate an ANO government (including unaffiliated ministers) under certain circumstances, namely an agreement on a list of demands, including taxation of church restitution funds.
Prime Minister Babiš has said he will begin negotiations with parties in the lower house beginning on the 18th of December.
The Czech Republic’s newly appointed Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš, has one week to put together his new Cabinet team. Mr Babiš is planning to draw on ANO party’s former government members as well as a number of incoming experts. But how likely will the new Cabinet get a majority in the first confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies?
President Miloš Zeman appointed ANO chairman Andrej Babiš as prime
minister of the Czech Republic. The move is the first step toward the
formation of a government to replace the outgoing cabinet headed by
At a ceremony at Prague Castle on Wednesday, Mr Babiš highlighted the country’s role in the fight of illegal migration, saying that the government needs to take a more active approach in dealing with illegal migrant smuggling.
Mr. Babiš is planning to form a minority government that also includes a number of non-ANO members. Five of the party’s ministers in the previous government are to remain there in the new formation.
President Zeman plans to hold talks with Mr. Babiš’s new ministerial nominees before appointing the new government in a week’s time. It will then have to undergo a vote of confidence in the Chamber of Deputies within 30 days.
At present only the Communist Party have said they will, under certain conditions, tolerate a minority ANO cabinet
Several non-governmental organisations have called on ANO party leader and
future Prime Minister Andrej Babiš not to scrap the post of minister for
human rights and minorities in his new government.
Abolishing the post would complicate enforcement of equal opportunities and fight against discrimination. The organisation representatives made the appeal on Wednesday during an event at the Milada Horáková monument in Prague.
Mr Babiš has made clear he didn’t want to keep the post of human rights minister in his cabinet. It is not yet clear who will be in charge of the human rights and minorities agenda.