The army wants to keep the entire Líně airport near Pilsen, where the Volkswagen concern will not build a factory for batteries for electric cars. The soldiers don’t want any industry there. After today’s meeting with Deputy Minister of Defense Daniel Blažkovec and Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Army of the Czech Republic Miroslav Hlaváč, Pilsen Region Governor Rudolf Špoták (Pirates) told ČTK. A statement from the ministry and the army is awaited.
“The army will keep the entire area. They don’t want industrial production there in any way, not even in part. (The Army) will have a reserve military airfield there, just like they have there now. With the fact that we are now negotiating to ensure that there is maximum use for the civilian airport as well,” said the governor. According to him, the Ministry of Defense and the army are inclined to have civilian traffic, but the conditions and scope are yet to be determined.
According to the government’s original resolution, a strategic business park with a gigafactory was to be created in Líní for 120 billion crowns. But the concern announced on November 1 that it does not yet want another gigafactory in Europe.
According to the governor, the region will fight to ensure that civil traffic at the airport is in the maximum possible mode and that all entities that are currently operating there can remain there – i.e. flight schools, paratroopers and private pilots. According to the governor, the army will probably want to build a base of active reserves there. “So we will probably be making a new change in the zoning policy, and most likely there will be no more industrial zoned space,” he said.
Next week, probably on December 13, representatives of the Ministry of Defense and the Army should meet with the mayors of the surrounding municipalities and deputies and senators for the region.