No more blockades at Czech-Austrian border

Austrian anti-nuclear activists have dropped plans to blockade Czech-Austrian border crossings at the weekend. This was the outcome of a meeting between anti-nuclear campaigners and Austrian politicians on Thursday. Nevertheless, they are still planning to organise demonstrations to protest against the Temelin nuclear power station in South Bohemia.

In December last year, after a series of border blockades, the Czech government promised Austria that it would conduct an independent environmental impact study at Temelin. Both parties have also committed themselves to ensuring the free movement of people and goods across the border. Renewed blockades on the Austrian side would allow the Czech Republic to withdraw from fulfilling the agreement.