"This is [a] small contribution that there is a permanent commitment, political commitment of my country to support Radio Free Europe, because the fight for democracy is [a] never-ending story," Svoboda said.
The Czech government has decided to relocate RFE/RL's headquarters from its location in the middle of the historic city to a less-exposed site, due to security concerns. The gift represents about 7 percent of the total costs of construction at a new site and relocation.
Paula Dobriansky, the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, praised the long-standing commitment of the Czech national and Prague city government to the Radios.
Svoboda predicted that he would also be present at the opening of the new headquarters in 2008.