Former Czech President Miloš Zeman’s Office Under Investigation for Zoning Violation

The office of former Czech President Miloš Zeman is currently under investigation by the Prague 6 city council for operating in a residential apartment without proper commercial usage approval. If it is determined that the office violates zoning regulations, fines of up to 500,000 Czech koruna (approximately USD 22,000) may be imposed.

Zeman’s office began its operations in April 2023 and is situated in a residential building, appearing as a regular apartment. The Friends of Miloš Zeman association, which played a significant role in Zeman’s political career and supported his presidential campaign, leased the space from XPlace Alfa, a real estate firm associated with the Prague Archdiocese.

The city council’s building department has requested documentation from the building owner regarding the designated purpose of the apartment units. If the office is found to be in violation of zoning regulations, the council may require the owner or tenant to take corrective action, such as applying for a change in building usage. However, obtaining approval for such a change may prove challenging since the building on Jaselská Street is not divided into individual units.

In the event that the office is deemed to violate zoning regulations, fines may be imposed on anyone utilizing the space without the necessary permit or building approval. It is important to note that while the former President is entitled to an office and an assistant’s salary of 50,000 Czech korun (approximately USD 2,200) per month, the space must be approved for commercial use.

This investigation underscores the significance of adhering to zoning regulations and obtaining proper permits and approvals prior to utilizing a space for commercial purposes. The Prague 6 city council is treating this matter seriously and will continue its investigation to ensure compliance with the law.

Miloš Zeman served as the President of the Czech Republic from 2013 to 2023, a tenure marked by controversy and criticism due to his pro-Russian and Eurosceptic views. He was succeeded by President-elect Jan Hamáček on March 8, 2023.

Prague 6, located in the northwest of the city, is one of the municipal districts of Prague. Renowned for its historical landmarks and cultural attractions, including Prague Castle and the Strahov Monastery, Prague 6 attracts visitors from around the world.

Article by Prague Forum

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