UPDATED: 5. APR 2016, AT 14:50

Trams will avoid historical centre during presidency

The tram stops on Jesenského and Mostová streets in Bratislava will be scrapped between June and mid-October 2016.

The renovated Reduta building will host many events of the EU presidencyThe renovated Reduta building will host many events of the EU presidency (Source: Sme)

Since Slovakia will preside over the Council of the European Union in the second half of the year and Bratislava will become one of the EU capitals, the city will have to adopt several security measures. One of them will be the temporarily cancellation of the tram stops at Jesenského and Mostová streets, the Imhd.sk website reported.

This will affect trams number 1 (in direction to the main railway station), 4 (both directions) and 6 (both directions).

“The Reduta building will be a main spot for ministerial meetings and conferences during the Slovak presidency,” the Foreign Affairs Ministry explained.

There will be altogether 20 top-level meetings, attended by EU ministers, top representatives of EU institutions, ministers from partner countries and representatives of the international agencies and institutions. Moreover, also the press centre for domestic and foreign media will be located in Reduta, the Foreign Affairs Ministry added.

In addition, the nearby Ľ. Štúra Square will be used as parking place for vehicles of domestic and foreign television staff, Imhd.sk wrote.

The security questions are more pressing following the March terrorist attacks in Brussels, but the exclusion of trams was planned even before these events.

“The security forces decide about the character of limitations,” the Foreign Affairs Ministry explained, as quoted by Imhd.sk. “They, however, will be implemented in a way not to limit the life in the city centre.”

It is not clear yet how the trams will be redirected. There is also a question whether the planned connections to the Petržalka borough, and especially the tram line on Štúrova Street, will be launched before the changes, the website wrote.

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