Following a vote on September 29, MPs for the capital decided not to extend the rental contract for the security fence around the US Embassy to Slovakia in Bratislava’s Hviezdoslavovo Square. Back in June, MPs decided to rent the area under the fence for the next three years, with the US Embassy paying €1 for 1 square meter per day. In one year this would bring around €481,000 to the city coffers. The amendment to the original contract stated that the agreement would only be valid under the condition that the Embassy signed it within 60 days after it was approved by MPs. The US Embassy delivered the signed document in time but it was after August 15 when the original rental contract had already expired. On September 29, MPs were discussing the possibility of extending the rental contract but eventually the majority of them voted against it, the SITA newswire reported. “From this day on, the fence is an illegal construction,” Bratislava’s MP Martin Borguľa stated, as quoted by SITA.
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