Rent conditions change

The security fence surrounding the US Embassy in downtown Bratislava will not disappear for at least another three years.

The US Embassy is often criticised for its fence. The US Embassy is often criticised for its fence. (Source: SME)

The city councillors agreed on prolonging the rental of the plots under the embassy on Hviezdoslavovo Square until August 15, 2019. The condition, however, is that the embassy will pay €1 per square metre per day, up from the current €0.03 per year. Since it rents some 1,300 square metres, the income to the city coffers may increase by €481,000 a year, the TASR newswire reported.

The current lease, signed in 2005, will expire in mid-August, 2016. Though the embassy revealed its plans to move to new premises in spring 2014 as the current buildings do not meet the security criteria, it still has not found a new locality. It said at the time that the process may last several years, the SITA newswire wrote. 

The embassy originally asked the city council to prolong the current lease until 2021, with the possibility to extend it by an additional five years. It now has 60 days to sign the new amendment to the deal; otherwise it will not be valid. Part of the new agreement is that it may prolong the lease by another two years, but only if the embassy submits a valid construction permit to build the new premises at least two months before the lease expires. In such case the embassy will pay the original €0.03, TASR wrote.

During the discussion about prolonging the rental agreement, some councillors criticised the embassy for the security fence surrounding it, saying it harms the image of the whole historical square, while others reproached it for insufficient activity regarding relocation.

The embassy, however, already has some six sites where it may consider moving, said US Chargé d’Affaires Liam Wasley.

“On one hand we are very grateful for prolonging the lease,” Wasley said, as quoted by TASR. “On the other hand, we were surprised by the new rent as currently our budget does not count with this sum.”

 

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Theme: Foreigners in Slovakia


This article is also related to other trending topics: Bratislava

Top stories

Massive gatherings remember Kuciak and Kušnírová: We did not forget!

One year after the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak, large protests took place around Slovakia.

Protest gathering in Bratislava, February 21, 2019.

Owls indicate spring is coming

Male owls lured by bird calls fly in to take a look at the intruder.

Long-eared owl

Murder of journalist: We need to see indictments of masterminds soon

International journalists’ organisations are “cautiously optimistic” after meeting investigators of the Kuciak murder.

Ján Kuciak

Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová were murdered one year ago (timeline)

These are the notable moments of the first year since the murder.

Paying tribute to Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová.