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March 21, 2018 5:25 pm | FILED UNDER: politics

Social Democrats (CSSD) Optimistic: Progress In Cabinet Talks With ANO

By ČTK Andrej Babis Jan Hamacek

Prague, March 21 (CTK) – There is the will to find agreement on the part of both Prime Minister Andrej Babis’s ANO and the Czech Social Democrats (CSSD), Social Democrat leader Jan Hamacek said after their representatives’ talks about taxes and finances, which may result in the creation of a new government, today.

 

Personnel issues are not yet being dealt with and participants in the experts talks need not be necessarily ministers, Hamacek said.

 

On Friday Social Democrat expert teams will meet to sum up the moot points and the talks will be pushed onto the political level, he added.

 

Hamacek said in some spheres agreement had been found fairly quickly.

 

However, he declined to elaborate, only admitting that there were the biggest discrepancies in the sphere of taxes and finances between the two negotiating parties.

 

“We have agreed not to comment on specifically the shifts, but it is true that there is a big will to look for agreement,” Hamacek said.

 

Disputes are also in sphere of pensions and the discussion of the educational sector also continues, he added.

 

ANO and the CSSD are conducting talks on the creation of a minority government which is to gain confidence in the Chamber of Deputies thanks to Communist votes.

 

If the two negotiating teams find agreement, the coalition is yet to be approved by the Social Democrat congress in early April and most probably by the party’s internal referendum.

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