Prague - Bavaria will open its representation in Prague this year, Bavarian Minister-President Horst Seehofer said after meeting Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka in Prague today.
Premiér Bohuslav Sobotka (vlevo) přijal 3. července v Praze bavorského premiéra Horsta Seehofera. ČTK Šimánek Vít
Bavarian European Affairs Minister Beate Merk told CTK that the representation will be seated in the historical centre of the city near Old Town Square.
Seehofer said the date of the opening is not yet known as the building must yet be reconstructed.
Sobotka said the new Bavarian centre will help intensify the relations between the two neighbouring countries, which were tense for many years over different views of the postwar history and the transfer of Sudeten Germans, and help coordinate cooperation of Bavarian and Czech institutions.
He said he believed it may also be a platform where business companies would meet.
Bavaria will be the second German federal state bordering on the Czech Republic to have its official representation in Prague. Saxony opened its representation two years ago.
Seehofer and Sobotka are to open the Bavarian representation together.
Bavaria and the Czech Republic today signed a declaration on closer cooperation in education, science and research.
Seehofer and Sobotka talked of the need to improve the train connection between Prague, Munich and Nuremberg.
They also discussed fight against organised crime, especially in the production and distribution of drugs, and the plan of a joint land exhibition focusing on Bavarians and Czechs living together for centuries in the region, which would be organised in 2016-2017.