Monthly Archives: March 2013

Yet another roof collapse

plazaPilsenYet another developer/property owner has dodged a bullet, after no one was killed in the latest roof collapse. This one took place in a multiplex theater in Pilsen at the Plaza shopping center. Five people were injured in the accident, with one woman requiring hospital care after, but thankfully, luckily, no one was killed. It’s hard not to think back to another shopping center in Poland last year that saw a roof cave in, and to the the stunning collapse of a roof in Bratislava, without asking just what’s going wrong?

These days it’s popular to scoff at the endless due diligence process going on, and brush off complaints about CEE developers/ construction companies / investors skimping on quality. This kind of near-disaster, though, is a stark reminder of just how much is at stake. Waiting for the police to complete their usual 8 month investigation that turns up nothing specific is an effective PR strategy, because the shock wears off and people forget. But it’s certainly not good enough.


Romanians to keep waiting for passport-free travel

In something of a kick in the teeth, the European Union has told Romanians and Bulgarians to keep waiting in line, when it comes to joining the Schengen zone of passport-free travel. Several countries had “reservations“, according to AFP. Perhaps concerned that such wordings were too diplomatic, the House of Lords in London said Romania shouldn’t have been admitted to the EU in the first place.

“The last six years indicate that post-accession conditionality achieves only slow progress. In future accessions, every effort must be made to ensure that all reforms are irreversible prior to accession, as post-accession mechanisms are both undesirable and unlikely to prove effective.”