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ANO MP: Gov't coalition violated Chamber order of procedure

ČTK |
15 February 2016

Prague, Feb 14 (CTK) - The Czech government coalition of the Social Democrats (CSSD), ANO and Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) violated the lower house order of procedure when pushing through the bill on electronic registration of sales (EET), lower house deputy head Jaroslava Jermanova (ANO) admitted on TV on Sunday.

The right-wing opposition plans to file a complaint with the Constitutional Court over the process of approving the bill as well as its content.

The opposition Communists (KSCM) agree that the government has violated the order of procedure, but they say they will not join the complaint since it has a low chance to succeed.

The government coalition pushed through the vote on the EET in the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of parliament, last week, in spite of the opposition's obstructions. The bill was supported by the government MPS, some deputies from the group of Dawn-National Coalition and three unaffiliated lawmakers. The Communists abstained from the vote.

The government expects the EET to help reduce tax evasion. Hotels and restaurants will be the first to join the system, probably in November.

The right-wing opposition says the law will harm small tradespeople and businesspeople and that the data gathered may be abused.

"We were pushed into the situation where we could do nothing else since the order of procedure became outdated. There are many holes in it that can be used and abused and in this case it is being abused," Jermanova said in the Questions of Vaclav Moravec discussion programme on public Czech Television (CT).

"We got the right to rule this country from voters, we are trying to do so and a minority is preventing us from it," Jermanova said, being asked how citizens can respect law if lawmakers themselves violate it as the Chamber of Deputies order of procedure is a law.

Jermanova said she perceived it as an exceptional measure since obstructions had also been abused in an exceptional manner.

The EET is a technical rule and it does not give the opposition so immense spence to abuse obstructions, she said.

Jermanova added that she had prepared a change in the Chamber of Deputies order of procedure that she had presented to the coalition council.

KSCM deputy chairwoman Miloslava Vostra said the lower house order of procedure was not being abused, but used.

The bill on electronic registration of sales is yet to be passed by the Senate, the upper house, and signed by President Milos Zeman. However, the government coalition has a majority in the Senate and Zeman previously supported the EET.

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