Preparation of Prague Congress Centre for the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU 2022
How did the Prague Congress Centre prepare for the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU?
It has already been two months since the Czech government took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU. During this time, thousands of leaders from the world of politics and economics have visited the Czech Republic. The day before the start of yet another of many EU ministerial summits, journalists from Czech media visited the Prague Congress Centre. Together, they looked behind the scenes of the preparations including the pyrotechnical inspection with a specially trained dog, the installation of AV equipment, viewing the fire brigade facilities, technical control room, catering, or security of the building guarded by nearly 500 police officers.
A great advantage of the Prague Congress Centre is that the building is divided into three parts and has a total of 11 entrances. It is thus relatively easy to separate the EU presidential events from the other parts of the building to ensure security. Nothing is left to chance. Everything is under close control, including the amount of carbon dioxide in the halls, and firefighting assistance is available on site. Technicians have wired up kilometers of cables, installed dozens of televisions and interpretation booths for translation into English, German, Spanish, French and Czech. These are specialized interpreters who already know the procedural requirements and are also familiar with how such meetings are conducted.
In total, 65 events will take place at the Prague Congress Centre this year as part of the Czech EU Presidency and thousands of people will attend. For most of them, security, accommodation and catering must be provided.