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Protest concerning PKO did not take place

THE PLANNED civic protest in front of Primate’s Palace in Bratislava, summoned for December 10 at 9:00 did not take place.

(Source: SME)

Meant to express dissatisfaction with the announced intention of Bratislava City Office to sell the PKO building to the Henbury Development company, it was not attended and the space was empty.

Activists planned to make a live chain and persevere in it until Bratislava councillors withdraw the point concerning the sale of two PKO buildings for symbolic 50 cents each from the day’s agenda – or until the session on this point ends.

The city office plans this deal as part of the mutual settlement of claims with Henbury Development. “While the city is to give up a real and incontestable claim amounting to €4.3 million, the other side offers in exchange a claim that is questionable – and still being decided upon by courts,” one of the organisers of the planned protest, Rastislav Tešovič of the Bratislava civic association, told the TASR newswire.

In the proposal, the investor gives up its claims from ongoing court trials amounting to €43 million on the conditions that the cultural attribute of the current PKO will be preserved and that the space will serve the public, Mayor Ivo Nesrovnal said.  

The building is owned by the city, but the plots under it belong to Henbury Development, with both sides being involved in a suit concerning the effectiveness of the contract on cooperation. Courts are deciding also on whether councillors, by selling the plots to the company, also decided on demolition of the buildings, and thus whether former mayor Andrej Ďurkovský could have concluded the contract with Henbury on cooperation when demolishing PKO without their consent.

On December 9, a dozen citizens appeared at the city council to show their disagreement with the sale of the buildings. 

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