The Czech government approved on Monday (5 October) the first part of a planned canal system connecting the Danube river with the North Sea after the idea was first tabled in a memorandum signed in 2017 by Czech, Polish and Slovak ministers.
However, while environmentalists have criticised the plan because the canal’s construction could damage vulnerable natural areas, others have said the project is useless and expensive.
“It is not a megalomaniac project, it is an ordinary supranational project that will be partly financed with European funds. We will try to include in TEN-T projects,” said Trade, Industry and Transport Minister Karel Havlíček.
According to Havlíček, the project could support the economic development of Moravian-Silesian Region, Czech coal mining and heavy industrialized area bordering with Poland. (Aneta Zachová | EURACTIV.cz)