ODS nominates Jan Skopeček for deputy chairman
Today, the ODS parliamentary club nominated its vice-president and party economic expert Jan Skopeček (41) as a candidate for the vice-president of the Chamber of Deputies. This was announced at a press conference by the chairman of the parliamentary club, Zbyněk Stanjura. The Civic Democrats are the second largest club in the House with 34 deputies. The Speaker and Vice-Speakers of the House will be elected by the deputies at the inaugural meeting, which will begin on Monday.
The House is to have six new Vice-Presidents. Today, the YES movement club nominated the current Speaker of the House, Radek Vondráček, and the former President of the Karlovy Vary Region, Jana Mračková Vildumetzová. Stanjura did not want to comment at the press conference on whether these names were acceptable to his party. He just said that he would now deal with the YES movement and want to discuss it with him. The STAN movement has previously proposed its deputy chairwoman, Věra Kovářová, and Pirates also nominated party deputy chairwoman, Olga Richterová. This week he will deal with the nomination of his deputy to the leadership of the lower house of KDU-ČSL. The SPD movement should not be represented on the House presidency.
The vice-president of the club, Jana Černochová, informed that the ODS should obtain the position of three chairmen of parliamentary committees. Pavel Žáček is to become the chairman of the security committee, the former mayor of Prague Bohuslav Svoboda is the chairman of the health care committee, and the mayor of Trutnov, the mayor of Ivan Adamec, is the chairman of the economic committee. The coalition, which is made up of the ODS, KDU-ČSL and TOP 09, should have a total of six committee chairmen, the Pirates and STAN coalition three chairmen and the opposition party eight committees, she said.
Skopeček told reporters that he valued the nominations. “By no means do I want to be the passive vice-president of the Chamber of Deputies, who will only chair the meetings, but I want to contribute to passing laws quickly through the Chamber, because there will be a number of them,” he assured. He wants to use his role in the economic and foreign policy agenda. “The European presidency awaits us. I think that a greater role for the leadership of the Chamber of Deputies will be expected there,” he added. Stanjura said that the parliamentary group had received all the information important for the inaugural meeting of the House.