"The bill was prepared in a very short time, not transparent and without proper discussion with the professional community," says an open letter to Radiožurnál. The authors also believe that the Act weakens the position of the National Institute for the Protection of Monuments, neglects archeology or excessively complicates the process of renovation of monuments.
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Rectors of art schools and other management representatives of the Charles University are signed under the letter. One of the authors of the letter is Richard Biegel, director of the Institute of Art History of the Charles University.
"We are concerned that the bill was not discussed as it should. It was prepared without much consultation with the professional community, which is absurd, because the Ministry has been preparing the bill for a long time. Now it has disappeared and the one that is different in many respects and in our opinion threatens the preservation of monuments has appeared – he explained.
According to experts, care for monuments is weakened by this law in favor of builders.
"In principle, the Institute of Monuments could not comment on the renovation of monuments, it would be invited only occasionally. This would mean that an institution that is essentially about to protect the professional quality of heritage protection would not have access to the root causes and problems, "he says. "It is non-systematic and liquidation to preserve heritage," he adds.
According to his spokeswoman Marta Häckl, the Ministry of Culture has not yet received the letter, so she does not want to comment on it yet.