Pavel Antonin Stehlik, Commissioner-General of the Czech Pavilion — slightly less angry now, but still not completely happy
The angry email by the Commissioner General of the Czech pavilion to the Steering Committee of Expo 2010 that was leaked out to Shanghaiist yesterday has been making a splash across the Czech media and blogosphere. Due to our limited (read: non-existent) Czech, we can’t quite make out what people in the Czech Republic are saying about the saga, but we did find this report by the English-language Prague Daily Monitor.
In the report, Pavel Antonín Stehlík, the Commissioner-General of the pavilion, reveals that his staff have finally received their long-awaited visas but that “obstacles to the pavilion’s smooth operation persist”:
Stehlik said in the morning the pavilions’ staff have to wait in long, often up-to-hour-long queues before entering the exhibition complex where they work for another up to 12 hours.
Stehlik says he understands the organisers’ effort to ensure security but he calls for the entrance procedure to be sped up.
On entry, everyone undergoes a tough check, including a personal search. Bringing in beverages from outside is not permitted, Stehlik said.
Supplies can be transferred to pavilions only at night, which requires the presence of the pavilion staff, in addition to their excessive work burden during the opening hours.
The Czech staff’s cars, like the cars of their counterparts from other national pavilions, can park at the pavilion only at night. “However, I stay in the pavilion during days,” Stehlik objected.
“I received signs of dissatisfaction also from other pavilions. As a member of the committee I’ve written the letter, therefore,” Stehlik said.
In his letter he also points to the lack of rules concerning urgent repairs in individual pavilions.
Another interesting tidbit from the report regarding outstanding issues in Sino-Czech relations:
Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer was considering attending the Czech Day at Expo on Monday, but he dropped the plan. According to daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD), Chinese leaders did not want to meet Fischer due to his active approach to the Czech parliament’s previous resolution criticising China for violating human rights in Tibet.
Czech government spokesman Roman Prorok told CTK that Fischer was considering visiting Expo if bilateral negotiations were staged. This did not happen, therefore he scrapped the plan, Prorok said.