Andrej Babis

Matt Atlas

Babis Pledges To Keep Migrants Out

The ANO movement wants to ensure an average pension of 20,000 crowns by 2025, increase the parental allowance and not increase taxes. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said today at the launch of the campaign in Ústí nad Labem. At the beginning of his speech, he stated that this year’s parliamentary elections are “the last chance to vote for Babiš”.

The average pension should be about 16,275 crowns next year, by 2025 ANO promises 20,000 crowns. The government movement wants to increase the salaries of teachers, doctors, nurses, soldiers, firefighters, and police officers. He wants to increase the parental allowance to 400,000 crowns, the current minority cabinet ANO with the CSSD has increased it to 300,000. According to the Ministry of Finance, the draft state budget for the Czech Republic for next year now counts on a deficit of 376.6 billion crowns, Babiš did not comment on it at the start of the campaign.

He said the ANO movement did not want to raise taxes. According to him, healthcare must remain free and accessible to all, at the same time ANO does not want to privatize Czech healthcare. In localities with missing dentists, ANO wants to create state-guaranteed urgent dental surgeries.

“As long as I am prime minister, we will never accept a single illegal migrant,” Babiš continued. ANO wants to maintain a discount on fares for seniors and students, start housing construction or invest in hospitals and digitize healthcare.

In terms of nature and landscape protection, the Babiš movement wants to reduce the Czech Republic’s dependence on coal, plant new trees, and fight bark beetles and drought. At the same time, it is against the European Commission’s proposal to end the sale of cars with internal combustion engines in 2035.

“We will protect our energy and industry from hasty green solutions. We will complete the new unit of the Dukovany Nuclear Power Plant, we will prepare the expansion of Temelín,” Babiš said. “We will not give lithium from Czech hands,” he added.

At the beginning of the speech, the Prime Minister criticized both opposition coalitions Together (ODS, KDU-ČSL, TOP 09) and Pirates and STAN, which according to him agreed on a joint government in exchange for surrendering the sovereignty of the Czech Republic and breaking up the Visegrad Group. “Five cowards have teamed up against one, because they do not dare on me and the ANO movement,” Babiš said.

The program of the ANO movement for the autumn elections is called Until the Body Tears !, which Babiš also used in his speech. The Coalition Together subsequently published a paper with a similar vision with the faces of the chairmen of the parties associated with it and with the same slogan. She also founded the website and ODS on their Facebook subsequently published several election posters with Babiš’s photo and slogans such as I will draw subsidies until the body is torn! or I will owe your children to the breaking of the body!

The Minister of Finance and the leader of the candidate in the South Moravian Region, Alena Schillerová, stated at the start of the campaign that the government supported the economy in connection with the coronavirus pandemic with 550 billion crowns.

According to the Ministry of Finance, total public debt should rise from 37.8 percent of GDP last year to 43.5 percent of GDP this year. “Thanks to advantageous pre-financing in the first quarter of this year, we will reduce debt by 120 billion by the end of September alone,” Schiller said.

The state budget deficit of 500 billion crowns is approved for this year. Last year, when the result was affected by the effects of the pandemic, the state budget ended in a deficit of 367.4 billion crowns. The Ministry of Finance is proposing a new deficit of 376.6 billion for next year.

The Minister of Industry and Transport and the leader in the Central Bohemian Region, Karel Havlíček, stated that in 2025, according to the movement, the D3 motorway to the border with Austria should be completed. In the same year, he wants to start the construction of a high-speed railway line.

According to the Minister for Regional Development Klára Dostalová, who is leading the candidate in the Hradec Králové Region, the next ANO government would start state housing construction and reconstruction of brownfields. “We will reduce the price of rents by guaranteeing loans as a state to housing cooperatives,” she said.

Babiš told reporters that ANO would be interested in applying for the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs if he was in government. It is currently under the responsibility of the CSSD. “We think that the resort has not been restructured. There is a lot of space, especially in this (Ústí nad Labem) region. It is necessary to address the excluded localities,” he noted.