Government calls for cost cutting measures to be fast tracked through parliament


The centre-right government of Prime Minister Petr Nečas on Tuesday called at a special meeting for four key budget cutting measures to be fast tracked through parliament under a state of legislative emergency. The prime minister said the step was necessary to avoid them getting bogged down in parliamentary debate and to ensure that that they take effect from January 1, 2011. The demand will be put to the speaker of the lower house with the government’s lower house majority expected to back it. The lower house of parliament began discussions Tuesday on the government’s budget deficit cutting package aimed at curbing next year’s deficit to 135 billion crowns. It had called for the package to be voted on as a whole but that idea was been opposed by the left-wing opposition, the Social Democrats. They have also attacked the fast track legislative emergency saying the conditions for such an exceptional step were not met.