PRAGUE, 16 Oct – PRIME. The Czech government has no plans to raise taxes on individuals and businesses due to the current energy crisis, Prime Minister Petr Fiala said on Sunday on Nova TV.
“We (the government) will not raise taxes on individuals and entrepreneurs. We will not, period,” the prime minister said, adding that a temporary tax on excess profits of companies involved in the energy sector could be introduced.
Fiala recalled the government’s recent decision to introduce a ceiling on gas and electricity prices for citizens and individual entrepreneurs. At the same time, the prime minister also named the cost of gas and electricity for his family.
“Our family pays 2,800 kroons (about $120) for electricity every month, and more than 10,000 kroons (about $415) for gas. At the same time, the gas price has risen several times for us this year. In general, our the family strives to save money. Not because we could not afford it (such expenses). We do it, among other things, because of neighbors and companies,” Fiala said.
After the start of a special military operation in Ukraine, the West stepped up sanctions pressure on Russia, which led to an increase in prices for electricity, fuel and food in Europe and the United States. At the same time, as Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed out, the policy of containing and weakening Russia is a long-term strategy of the West, and sanctions have dealt a serious blow to the entire global economy.