Týden: government drops intention to sell Štiřín Chateau
The Czech weekly Týden has reported that the government no longer intends to sell the state-owned Štiřín Chateau (outside of the Czech capital). Under the previous government, the Foreign Ministry ordered expert assessment of the property at the cost of 600 thousand crowns, the weekly noted. The property is valued at 650 million crowns (around 38 million US dollars). Foreign Ministry spokesman Jiří Beneš told Týden that the sale of the property was no longer a priority, following the economic downturn. If the government opts to sell at a later date, a new assessment will be needed, an expert told the weekly.