If I could personally decide on this, I would vote to withdraw from the Russian market at the very beginning of the conflict, says Helena Horská, chief economist and member of the supervisory board of Raiffeisenbank, which is criticized for still operating in Russia. According to her, the management of the bank in Vienna is looking for a solution to resolve the situation. “But believe me, it’s not easy for anyone,” he adds.
“If I could personally decide on this, I would vote to withdraw from the Russian market at the very beginning of the conflict,” says economist Helena Horská. | Video: Video
In an interview with Linda Bartošová, she also admits that she herself feels responsible for the fact that the bank operates in the country of the aggressor. “On the other hand, we also have to say that our group is not only active in Russia, but also in Ukraine. We personally helped our Ukrainian colleagues,” emphasizes Horská. According to her, the current situation is complicated for many reasons. “Be aware that the group employs thousands of people there. If we fired them now, that part of the male population would simply go to the front. So we also have a social responsibility,” he points out in the Spotlight program.
You can watch the entire interview in the video below or listen to it in your favorite podcast app. What were its main themes?
Spotlight Aktuálně.cz – Helena Horská | Video: Jakub Zuzánek
0:33 – 3:27 According to economist Helena Horská, what is the current state of the Czech economy?
3:27 – 8:57 According to her, what should the “recovery” of the Czech economy look like in the form of a consolidation package? What smart savings have experts proposed to the government and what does he see as the most effective combination of measures?
8:57 – 15:05 What do you think about the various proposals around increasing or merging different VAT rates? How would such changes in the tax system be reflected in the price of ordinary purchases at the pharmacy or food?
15:05 – 18:02 How does he view the proposal to tax scholarships or increase taxes for cultural events?
18:02 – 20:55 There is often talk about the introduction of a progressive tax, which already works here in a certain way. What would economist Horská suggest in this area? Do they see room for a more socially sensitive economy?
20:55 – 26:08 Horská has already said that she perceives blanket cuts as bad – which individual categories should and should not be cut in her opinion?
26:08 – 31:18 As the chief economist of Raiffeisenbank, how does she perceive the departure of some companies from the bank’s Czech branch because the parent company did not suspend its activities in Russia after Russia invaded Ukraine?
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