Senate approves bills aimed at reducing state spending in 2011
The Czech Senate has approved a package of government bills aimed at significantly reducing state spending next year. It was the final session of the upper house in its current formation; the coalition parties will lose their majority when the winners of recent elections for one third of Senate seats are sworn in. Last week the government hurriedly pushed the amendments through the lower house under what is known as a state of legislative emergency, in order to allow the outgoing Senate to vote on them. The bills must now be signed by the president.