Prague, Feb 8 (CTK) – The Czech government coalition has found agreement on a quicker granting of work visas to Ukrainianas, Jan Bartosek, deputy chairman of the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), said last night.

Roman Sklenak, chairman of the senior government Social Democrats’ (CSSD) deputy group, said a working group comprised of representatives from the labour and social affairs, the interior and industry ministries will meet to discuss the issue and submit a relevant proposal.

Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) criticised in the past the fact that some firms have to wait for months before their workers form Ukraine are granted visas, which does not allow them to fill in vacancies.

Bartoska said the government coalition has made “progress” on the matter.

He said the government coalition would like the granting of the visas to be flexible and quick. A the same time, the workers who lose their jobs should return to Ukraine.

Bartoska said the Labour and Social Affairs Ministry should aim at the Czechs who do not want to take jobs should be made to work and that an eye should be kept out for illicit work.

“This means, we want to employ Czechs in the first place,” he said.

According to the statistical data released on Monday, employers in the Czech Republic with a population of 10.5 million offered 107,779 vacancies January, the highest number since 2008.