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Brussels is now involved in library dispute

26. 3. 2008 17:00
European Commission asked about legal terms

Brno - Conflicts over the new National Library project in Prague, as proposed by Jan Kaplický,  have reached an international level.

The Office for the Protection of Competition (ÚOHS) that is now reviewing the issue for the third time has appealed to the European Commission (EC) in Brussels.

The Czech Ministry of Culture has asked the anti-monopoly authority whether it is possible to grant a state commission for the building of the National Library based on the results of an international architectonic competition.

The office now wants the EC to decide whether a legal exception can be granted in this case.

The ÚOHS has also requested an international law expertise.

A year of delays

A National Library team, which is authorized to decide whether the library will be built and if it will be located in Letná or somewhere else, is also awaiting the decision from Brussels

The team was supposed to give its ruling at the beginning of March, however it has postponed the decision due to the appeal of the Ministry of Culture to the Office for the Protection of Competition.

Having lost his patience, the Kaplický, the project's mastermind, threatened to sue Prague in an international court.

It has been more than a year sincce Kaplický has won the international architectonic competition for his proposal of the new National Library building in Prague.

autor: Tomáš Fránek | 26. 3. 2008 17:00

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