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PM: Gov't respects court verdict

28 November 2012

Prague, Nov 27 (CTK) - The Czech government respects yesterday's ruling of the Constitutional Court (US) that deleted some clauses from a package of reform laws passed in November 2011, Prime Minister Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) told journalists.

"I respect the decision of the Constitutional Court, though I cannot and need not agree with everything," he said.

The US dealt with the reform package based on a complaint filed by the opposition Social Democrats (CSSD) who demanded the abolition of all 14 laws over the procedure in which they were passed in the Chamber of Deputies. The US ruled that the government coalition's steps were in contradiction with the Chamber's order of procedure, but they did not violate the basic constitutional principles.

Necas said the government would study the court's reasoning and then make possible particular changes to the respective laws.

The US deleted the compulsory community service for the unemployed, saying it is at variance with the ban on forced labour and some fundamental rights. The court also deleted some other clauses, especially in the law on health services.

Most of the legislation is part of the social, health and pension reforms, including the introduction of the second pillar of the pension system.

The Social Democrats complained about the way the group of laws was passed. They wanted the legislation to be abolished as a whole. The CSSD argued that when passing the legislation, the government violated the opposition's rights.

After the laws were rejected by the left-dominated Senate, Necas's government decided to merge the debate on all laws and limited the length of lawmakers' speeches to twice ten minutes in reaction to filibustering.

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