Recently, concrete barriers were added around parts of the Old Town Square to prevent or block vehicles which could be used in a terrorist attack. There is no question about the prudence of the move but few would call the barriers “attractive”. The Prague Institute of Planning and Development is one of the bureaux looking for a better long-term solution.
Prague City Hall has installed large concrete barriers on the city’s Old
Town Square in the centre as a preventive measure against possible
The barricades are placed at the edge of the square at the entrance to Pařížská Street. The so-called city blocks were purchased by the city council and cost tens of thousands of crowns.
The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs has given a warning for visitors to several districts of the Danish capital, Copenhagen, to take special care after an escalation of gang violence there in recent weeks. The warning applies to the Norrebro, Bronshoj, Husum, and Tingbjerg districts. Copenhagen police introduced a stop and search regime in parts of the city in July with the area it applies to widened in August in response to the gang violence.
Andor Šándor, former head of the Czech Military Intelligence, is a respected security expert. In connection with the growing security threat he makes frequent appearances on radio and television and lectures on what to do in the event of a crisis. Mr. Šándor has just published a book sharing some of his know-how. In an interview for Radio Prague he explained what led him to do so.
A high-profile conference on strengthening common EU security and defence cooperation, hosted by the Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, is taking place at Prague’s Žofín palace on Friday. In his opening speech, the Czech Prime Minister said the European Union must be able to guarantee security on the continent.
The role of Czech police at the upcoming 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is to be the strongest in its history, the Czech News Agency reported on Friday citing information from regional police spokeswoman Zuzana Týřová. The aim, above all, is to heighten security at so-called ‘soft targets’. Private security is commissioned by the festival itself but organisers say they are working closely with Czech police; the official threat level is currently low. Municipal police also play a greater role during the festival, in traffic and other areas.
The European Union will itself have to be capable of guaranteeing security in the bloc in the future, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed at a joint-press conference in Prague Friday launching a conference on defence. Prime Minister Sobotka stressed that closer cooperation between member states on defence and security in no way was meant to supersede NATO, just the opposite, saying that the alliance stood to benefit. NATO has welcomed the idea of the European defence fund, saying it would allow greater effectivity. Mr Sobotka reminded attendees that one of the founding principles of the EU was to secure long-term peace in Europe, while Mr Juncker said it was not a question of whether the EU should improve its defence capabilities against potential threats but how quickly it could do so.
A European Defence and Security Conference got underway in Prague on Friday. The event, being held at Prague’s Žofín complex, was opened by the Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Among those due to speak are the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, and the secretary general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, as well as other top EU and NATO officials. In a joint article published in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week, Bohuslav Sobotka and Jean-Claude Juncker said Europe must take its defence into its own hands.
The terror attack in Manchester dominated news coverage in the Czech Republic on Tuesday with politicians and ordinary people expressing shock and condolences to the families of the victims. The Czech Foreign Ministry released an emergency help line for people who have friends and relatives in Great Britain and the Interior Ministry said security would be tightened at concerts and other events with a bigger congregation of people.
Prague’s Václav Havel Airport on Monday launched new random controls of baggage checked in for the presence of trace elements of explosives. The move, in compliance with EU legislation, is to increase security to limit the possibility of explosive substances ever making it into planes’ cargo holds, as part of a terrorist attack.
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