The export orientation of the Czech economy and its location in the centre of Europe contribute to the fact that the Czech Republic is part of important transport routes in Europe. Thanks to the electronic toll, long-distance road freight transport can be efficiently routed, so that foreign carriers use mainly motorways in the Czech Republic instead of category I roads.
The government approved the Transport Programme DOPRAVA 2030 to support applied research and innovation in the field of transport. This new programme will provide support for applied research crucial to the further development of the entire transport sector for the years 2023 to 2030. Research will focus primarily on innovations in the areas of low-emission mobility, automation and digitisation and on cross-cutting themes of sustainability and accessibility of transport and services.
Construction of the motorway backbone network continues, bypasses are built on category I roads and some railway closures are coming to an end. The Ministry of Transport is also preparing a new Transport Portal which will help reduce visits to the authorities when dealing with the transport agenda.
State-of-the-art headquarters for the EU Space Programme Agency (EUSPA) will be built in the Palmovka district in Prague. The new location has been agreed after six months of negotiations between the Prague City Council and the Ministry of Finance and also following consultations with EUSPA. The future lease agreement was signed by finance minister Zbyněk Stanjura and Prague mayor Zdeněk Hřib.
Improvement of the main railway corridor between Děčín and Bad Schandau, a high-speed line from Prague to Dresden and improvement of regional connections. These were the main topics of the meeting between Czech transport minister Martin Kupka and his Saxon counterpart Martin Dulig in Königstein near Dresden. The two ministers also discussed the ongoing Czech Presidency of the EU Council and cooperation in introducing innovations in the field of transport.
The European Commission will help refugees from Ukraine through its regulation effective from 27 July, temporarily recognising their driving licences and professional qualification as professional drivers of trucks and buses in its member states. This measure applies to Ukrainian citizens who are granted temporary protection in EU countries and is valid for the duration of this protection.