Connecting Prague and Dresden by high-speed rail, deepening cooperation in preparing and securing funding for key transport projects and joint Czech-Saxon applied research projects in smart and alternative mobility. These were the main topics of the meeting between transport ministers Martin Kupka and Saxon state minister Martin Dulig, which took place today in Prague.
The Open Day at the Ministry of Transport, thematically devoted to the events of August 1968, was attended by 523 people. They had the opportunity to see the current premises of the Ministry of Transport, which served as the headquarters of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia during the August events and hosted important political meetings. In front of the ministry building visitors saw an authentic infantry fighting vehicle of the occupation troops. The event also included a live recording of a new episode of the popular podcast Rewrite History.
During tomorrow's meeting of the COREPER I Permanent Representatives Committee, the Czech Republic will present its reservations to the current draft EURO 7 emission standard to the representatives of Spain, which holds the EU Council Presidency since 1 July. This is the next step in the negotiations to change the wording of this standard. The Czech Republic has long sought to postpone the effect date of the emission standard and to significantly modify its key parameters. More member states are on its side.
The loan from the European Investment Bank will provide up to CZK 24 billion for co-financing railway construction this year. Thanks to obtaining the alternative source of finance, the Ministry of Transport, together with the Ministry of Finance, will hereby fill the record budget of the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure with CZK 150.9 billion.
The tender for the selection of a railway undertaking to provide transport services from 2027 for a period of 15 years on the rail link between Prague and Munich has been officially launched today by publication in the Official Journal of the EU. The aim are faster and better trains and higher quality of service on board.
The amendment to the Road Traffic Act simplifies the points system and tightens penalties for the most serious offences. It also introduces a mandatory prevention programme for fresh drivers who commit serious traffic offences. The proposal, which was approved by the parliament in its third reading, also allows people as young as 17 to drive a car under the supervision of a mentor. The amendment will now go to the senate for further consideration. If passed here and signed by the president, the act will be effective from 2024.