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24. 2. 201620:22

Prime Minister Sobotka: Building a high-speed rail between Prague and Dresden is a priority for the Czech Republic and Saxony

On Wednesday 24 February 2016, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka hosted Stanislaw Tillich at Straka Academy. The Minister-President of Saxony had come to Prague at the invitation of the President of the Czech Parliament’s Senate, Milan Štěch. They discussed the development of cross-border transport infrastructure, Czech-German scientific and investment cooperation, and Czech-German strategic dialogue.

A key priority is closer cooperation in the realm of transport infrastructure, especially the rail link from Prague to Dresden and then on to Berlin and Hamburg. This route will see the Czech Republic hooked up to the West European rail network and give Central Europe better access to the ports in the north of Germany.

“Minister-President Tillich and I have long been working towards high-speed rail between Prague and Dresden, opening up the high-speed rail network in Western Europe to the Czech Republic,” said Prime Minister Sobotka at a press conference.

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka views Czech-German relations as a foreign-policy priority for the Czech Government. Czech-German Strategic Dialogue, encompassing specific cooperation activities and projects, was officially launched in 2015.

“I am convinced that top-notch communication in Czech-German relations is a vehicle for efficient cooperation and solutions to topical issues of European-wide significance, especially the migration crisis,” said Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka after the meeting.

Stanislaw Tillich, the Minister-President of Saxony, is the incumbent President of the Bundesrat, having assumed the annual tenure on 1 November 2015. The President of the Bundesrat is the fourth highest constitutional post in Germany. Bohuslav Sobotka has met Stanislaw Tillich on several occasions, most recently during a working visit to Saxony last June.