Gigafactory: Data missing for impact study
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The automotive concern is still considering locations in Poland and Hungary. The verdict will probably come at the end of the year. “We don’t have input data at all yet. We lack data on what production will look like. It is estimated that there will be four to five thousand employees. We need to know the details regarding the content of production, for example which risk categories the jobs will fall into,” outlined Špoták.

Ministry: Already in the next few days

According to the government, the construction of the gigafactory is a key investment for the Czech Republic, the project will cost approximately 120 billion crowns.

“To date, we have not received documents from the Ministry of Industry and Trade. We assume that he will wait for Volkswagen’s decision, whether it will be positive or negative. I understand that the department will not invest in an impact study if there is no industrial zone in the Czech Republic after all,” added the governor.

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The spokesman of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MPO), Vojtěch Srnka, wrote to the newspaper Právo on Monday that they are ready to provide the necessary data to the representatives of the region in the coming days.

The documentary is to evaluate how the giant factory will affect transport, the environment, housing, education and the social system. The mayors of the surrounding municipalities have been calling for him for many months. They haven’t made it yet. “We officially made this request on the first of June. Originally, the study could have served to answer whether the territory could support such a project and whether it could afford it. This will no longer be dealt with, the time has passed, it is a great pity,” said the mayor of Dobřan, Martin Sobotka (Aktivní Dobřany).

Bernard: It won’t work without an agreement with the municipalities

In his opinion, it is essential that a high-quality document be created now, which includes all affected municipalities, defines all impacts and also determines compensation. Regional Deputy for Environment and Agriculture Josef Bernard (STAN) added that the main finger on the trigger is still held by the municipalities that own part of the land at the airport. “If there is no agreement with the municipalities, the project will not happen,” he pointed out.

At the same time, he said that he believes in robust legal systems, a series of regulations and permitting processes that will not allow any abuse. Hynek Brom, the government representative and project coordinator for the MPO, told Práv some time ago that the impact study is not a condition for the concern. “The government’s resolutions are key,” he said.

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