Prague, Nov 2 (CTK) – The security checks system at Prague Castle is not optimal and investments are planned to facilitate people’s entry into the historical complex, Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky said on Wednesday, adding that his ministry has supported the plan financially.
Addressing members of the Chamber of Deputies’ security committee, Stropnicky (ANO) said the crowds of people coming to Prague Castle do pose a certain risk.
“I do not want to be anyone’s advocate, but on the other hand, I must say the concentration of people is huge there…and let us not delude ourselves that absolutely nothing can happen,” Stropnicky said.
He alluded to the system of checks which the Presidential Office, seated at Prague Castle, introduced at all entrances to the complex in August and which has met with a wave of criticism.
Stropnicky said it is wrong that long queues of tourists have appeared at the entrances as a result of the security measures.
He said the planned investments will help replace the outdated detection frames with modern ones that would markedly speed up the checks.
In reaction to criticism, the Presidential Office said it introduced the checks in reaction to security threats and in an effort to ensure the visitors’ safety.
Stropnicky said a debate has been underway on whether a special entrance to Prague Castle for elderly and disabled people and pregnant women should be introduced.