The Czech Republic may not increase defence spending from the current 1.3% to 2% of GDP in 2024, as Prague has promised NATO, according to the prime minister and interior minister. “If we were to have 2% today, it would be around CZK130 billion [USD5.7 billion]. Of course, this is not possible and the Ministry of Defence [MoD] is not in a position to spend this amount,” said Prime Minister Andrej Babiš during a visit to Israel on 22–23 January.
This was confirmed by his deputy, Interior Minister Jan Hamáček. “Two percent of GDP for the army is not reasonable at the moment.