Construction of apartments – illustrative photo.
Prague – Deputies will meet again today for the continuation of their meeting to mainly discuss the government's proposal to abolish the Supreme Building Authority and the subordinate system of regional building authorities. They will meet after a two-day break. They ended the previous negotiations on Saturday, when after a demanding debate lasting several days, they approved a lower increase in pensions. Today's meeting is to be filled with a debate on construction law and the related draft of a new law, which is supposed to replace the issuing of opinions in construction proceedings according to nine valid laws.
Deputies are to discuss both proposals in the second reading, when they can present their amendments. The amendment to the Construction Act cancels the model of purely state construction administration approved the year before, when construction authorities were supposed to come under the state. Building authorities should continue to be in municipalities. The proposal, on the other hand, is maintained by the Specialized and Appeals Building Authority, which will primarily be in charge of strategic constructions, such as highways or power plants. According to the Ministry of Regional Development, the blueprint will create a clear, modern and predictable environment for builders and designers.
According to the Ministry of the Environment, the unified environmental statement will include requirements for environmental impact assessments under up to nine applicable laws. The change is supposed to bring greater clarity and comprehensibility for builders and investors and to speed up permitting processes.