Illustrative photo – Prime Minister Petr Fiala inaugurated Minister of Culture Martin Baxa (pictured), who took over from Lubomír Zaorálk, on December 18, 2021 in Prague.
Prague – This afternoon, Prime Minister Petr Fiala will meet with Minister of Culture Martin Baxa (both ODS) during another of the Prime Minister's series of balance visits to individual ministries. The topic of the meeting will be, for example, the fulfillment of the program statement of the cabinet and sources of funding in culture.
According to the information provided by the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, Fiala will also deal with Baxa on the legislation being prepared by the Ministry of Culture and planned large investment events. In this year's legislative plan, according to government materials, the Ministry of Culture has, for example, an amendment to the legislation on heritage care, a draft law on public cultural institutions, an amendment to the law on certain types of cultural support or a draft amendment to the law on libraries.
Investment actions that today the prime minister and the minister will discuss, for example, the Monument of Silence at Prague's Bubny railway station, which is supposed to commemorate the deportation of Jews under the protectorate, or the Holocaust Memorial of Roma and Sinti. It is being built on the site of a former piggery in Lety na Píseck, where there was a Roma work camp during the Second World War.
According to the latest information, the Monument of Silence project is in the stage of preparing the documents for the construction. The Ministry of Culture approved 300 million crowns for the reconstruction. According to information from the end of January, the Roma and Sinti Holocaust Memorial in Lety should be completed within a year. The construction cost is 98.6 million. The winner of the competition for the indoor and outdoor exhibition of the monument should be announced in February, which will require additional investment. The Museum of Roma Culture, which takes care of the area, would like to open the memorial in 2024.