Commercial UAV Expo Roundtable

The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, CzechInvest and the American Embassy Prague have joined forces to recruit a trade mission to The Commercial UAV Expo Americas, Las Vegas, October 28-30, 2019. The event is North America’s leading trade show and conference focused on commercial drone integration and operation. U.S. Ambassador Stephen King invited mission participants, leading ... Read More»

Some Like it Hopped

The Foreign Agricultural Service at the U.S. Embassy in the Czech Republic, in cooperation with the Hop Growers of America, and Beer Academy Czech Republic, will contribute to centennial celebrations of U.S. – Czech diplomatic relations with an American hops and craft beer workshop, “Some Like it Hopped.” The topic, equally popular with Americans and ... Read More»

Commercial Service To Introduce American Publishers at Book World Prague 2018

Commercial Service Prague will introduce American publishers to the Czech market at Book World Prague 2018 on May 10—13. The U.S. companies are seeking Czech partners interested in publishing the American books in the Czech language. Representatives from CS Prague will be available at the Fair’s Business Center for business discussions. List of participating American ... Read More»

Ambassador King Celebrates Earth Day By Planting Linden Tree

Ambassador Stephen King was pleased to recognize Earth Day, on Sunday, April 22nd, by helping plant a linden tree at the Kapral Mill Scout Environmental Education Center in Moravian Karst near Brno. The linden tree is one of hundreds of the so-called Trees of Liberty being planted with U.S. Embassy support around the Czech Republic ... Read More»

Commercial Service to Introduce U.S. Pet Products at FOR PETS Fair in Prague

U.S. Embassy Commercial Service Prague Specialist Veronika Novakova will introduce new trends in the U.S. pet products market at the FOR PETS fair at Prague Letnany. The presentation is targeted at Czech importers and distributors. U.S. companies seeking partners for the Czech market will also be introduced during the presentation. To register for the presentation ... Read More»

The Embassy Hosts the Annual IVLP Alumni Reunion

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Joann Lockard hosted the International Visitor Leadership Program/ IVLP Alumni reception at the Chief of Mission Residence on September 13. The annual event reunites alumni of IVLP programs and future participants. IVLP Club President Ivana Sabatova highlighted the successful U.S. Embassy-IVLP Alumni Club Young Entrepreneur Fellowship Program launched last year ... Read More»

Soldiers from Nebraska National Guard Train with Czech Partners

Soldiers from the Nebraska Army National Guard spent a great week with the 31st CBRN Regiment in Liberec the end of June. The soldiers were hosted by Regimental Command Sergeant Major Dolozim and his Senior Non-Commissioned Officers. They discussed and shared tactics, techniques and procedures for site exploitation, decontamination operations, equipment incorporation and NCO development. Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Hosts Iftar Dinner

Members of the Czech Muslim community along with Czech NGO and government representatives attended an Iftar on June 19 hosted by Charge d’Affaires Kelly Adams-Smith in honor of Ramadan, a time which is sacred to more than a billion Muslims all around the world. Guests discussed religious tolerance, the significance of Ramadan, and the need ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Kelly Adams-Smith Visits Brno

On May 18—19, Chargé d’Affaires Kelly Adams-Smith paid an official visit to Brno. Her two-day trip started at the Matyas Lerch Gymnasium where she addressed more than 100 students in an interactive presentation on U.S.-Czech relations, human rights issues, security and economic partnership between the two countries. She then met over lunch with Deputy Supreme ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Announces Anti-Corruption Special Grant Competition

April 26 – As a part of its grants program, the U.S. Embassy in Prague is proud to announce a special competition to provide support for anti-corruption projects which aim to promote good governance, citizen activism, transparency, and in general work towards ending corruption in the Czech Republic. The Embassy is soliciting proposals with outstanding merit ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Kelly Adams-Smith Visits the Václav Havel Library

Chargé d’Affaires Kelly Adams-Smith visited the Václav Havel Library and met with its Director Michael Žantovský on March 7. They discussed the library’s work in promoting the legacy of Václav Havel, its programming and role in contemporary Czech society, as well as plans for the centennial celebration of the founding of Czechoslovakia. Read More»

U.S. Embassy Prague Announces 2nd Annual Women’s Empowerment Grant

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the U.S. Embassy is proud to announce our second grant competition focusing on advancing women’s progress toward becoming full and equal participants in society. The Embassy is soliciting proposals with outstanding merit that aim to promote gender equality, remove barriers to leadership opportunities and combat stereotypes, including by ... Read More»

Czech and U.S. Officials Launch Defense Acquisition Management Course

Deputy Minister Daniel Koštoval, Head of Armaments and Acquisition Division, Ministry of Defense, and LTC Mike Cushwa, Office of Defense Cooperation, U.S. Embassy in Prague were present at the beginning of Principles of Defense Acquisition Management Course. The two weeks course organized by International Defense Acquisition Resource Management (IDARM ) was launched today at American ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy Prague Joins the “Short Trousers For Václav Havel”

The staff at U.S. Embassy, Prague, again proudly join Vaclav Havel Day, marking the death of the first Czech President on December 18, 2011. This year we honor Vaclav Havel’s legacy by remembering his words, which express the values that we Americans share with the Czechs. The “Short Trousers For Václav Havel” initiative marks the ... Read More»

The Embassy Opens New e-Auction of Used Property

The U.S. Embassy Property team would like to announce that another e-Auction of surplus property (office and residential furniture, equipment, appliances, etc.) has started. The e-Auction will end on Friday, December 9. All money should be sent within December 12-14, 2016 and items collected on December 19 (9-12 a.m.) and December 20 (1-3 p.m.). Only ... Read More»

U.S. and Czech Soldiers Practice Together the Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield

National Guard soldiers from Nebraska and Texas spent time recently with the 4th Rapid Deployable Brigade in Zatec to exchange tactics, techniques and procedures for the Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield or IPB. Soldiers from the Brigade and subordinate battalion S2, or intelligence offices, discussed the steps in the IPB process and conducted practical exercises ... Read More»

The Embassy Hosts Dialogue Erbil-Prague

Young people from the Czech Republic and Iraq exchanged ideas during a virtual dialogue hosted by U.S. Embassy Prague, together with the Association of International Affairs (AMO) on November 1.  The two groups discussed topics including culture and architecture, the future of Iraq, the movement of refugees and the shared responsibility of young people in ... Read More»

The State of Czech-U.S. Relations Twenty-Five Years after the Velvet Revolution

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6 PM Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Mirror Hall, Loretánské nám. 5, Praha 1 As delivered Dobrý večer (Good evening) to everyone! I want to thank Daniel Lošťák for his introductory remarks; and I want to say great minds think alike, because I’m going to be echoing some ... Read More»

Are You a Community Leader? Apply Now for Community Solutions Program!

Are you working to improve your local community by addressing global challenges – from gender discrimination, to climate change, to corruption, to youth employability? If so, apply now to the Community Solutions Program, a fully funded four-month fellowship, giving an opportunity to improve your leadership and management skills through online coursework, face-to-face training, and hands-on ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Hosts Reception for Major Cooper and Czech LGBTI Leaders

U.S. Visitor Major Clarke Cooper met with Czech LGBTI leaders and described how the US military changed to give LGBTI soldiers full and equal rights. Great discussion about the recent Czech Constitutional Court decision expanding adoption rights, changes in public attitudes, and next steps in the effort to end discrimination. Read More»

U.S. and Czech Soldiers Conduct Training On CBRN Response Procedures

Four soldiers of the Texas Army National Guard, the 436th Chemical Company based in Laredo, participated in a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Site Response exchange with the Czech Republic’s 31st CBRN Regiment, headquartered in Liberec, at the Vyskov Military Training Academy on July 18—22. Over the course of a week the two units ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro and U.S. Embassy Team Celebrate Prague Pride Festival

The U.S. Embassy in Prague was proud to support the Prague Pride Festival again this year, which took place August 8-14 throughout the city. This year’s theme was “love,” and the Pride Festival’s objective was to combat prejudice against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons and other minorities. The U.S. Embassy organized several ... Read More»

The Embassy Announces America Through Your Eyes Photo Contest

The U.S. Embassy Prague announces America Through Your Eyes Photo Contest to engage with young audiences visiting the U.S. How to participate: To participate in the competition, contestants will send one photo by October 31, 2016 together with the registration form to PraguePhoto@state.gov . Minimum acceptable dimensions are 1.500 pixels width or height. Maximum acceptable dimensions ... Read More»

Czech Soldiers Complete MRAP Training at the U.S. Training Area in Germany

Twenty-Four (24) soldiers from the Czech Land Forces completed the CATC Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) 101 Course in Hohenfels Germany from 11-15 July 2016. Soldiers received classroom and hands-on instruction on basic vehicle operation, vehicle controls and indicators, vehicle troubleshooting, and vehicle maintenance. The soldiers also participated in vehicle rollover training utilizing the HMMWV ... Read More»

The U.S. Airmen Share Experiences in Military Fire and Rescue Domain

The Office of Defense Cooperation and the Czech Logistics Agency held in June an exchange to open cooperation within the Military Fire and Rescue domain. The three day exchange was held at Kbely Air Base but also included a trip to Pardubice to observe the “show me what you can” military fire fighter competition. The ... Read More»

U.S. Army Cadets Take Training in the Czech Republic

28 U.S. Army Cadets from across the United States to include Guam and Puerto Rico completed on June 25 a three week exchange with the Czech Land Forces for the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) program. U.S. Army Cadet Command states that the Army recognizes the need for young leaders to develop more cultural ... Read More»

Texas Guardsmen Partner with Czech Engineer Regiment

14 Czech Land Forces engineers from the 15th Engineer Regiment in Bechyne traveled to Fort Hood Texas and partnered with the Texas Army National Guard ’s 551st Multi-Role Bridge Company from El Campo Texas and the 20th Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division to execute a combined Wet Gap Crossing on Lake Belton on June 21. Czech soldiers were able ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro’s 240th Independence Day Remarks

Prague, June 29, 2016 Speaker Hamáček, Cabinet members, distinguished colleagues and guests, vítám vás všechny. Welcome to you all. Tamar and I are so happy to have you here to celebrate Independence Day. Before we start, I want to acknowledge the terrible events in Istanbul over the last 24 hours. Our sympathies are with all those ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Prague Celebrates 240th Independence Day

On Wednesday June 29, Ambassador Andrew H. Schapiro and his wife Tamar Newberger hosted a reception marking America’s Independence Day on July 4. Among the distinguished guests was the president of the lower parliamentary chamber, Jan Hamacek, Vice Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, Chief Foreign Affairs Advisor to the President Hynek Kmonicek, diplomats, and many others. ... Read More»

Young Czech IT Specialist Attends Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley

Prague, June 21 – The U.S. Embassy in Prague is pleased to announce that Dita Prikrylova will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which will take place June 22-24, 2016 in Palo Alto, California, the United States. She will be joining more than 700 entrepreneurs from around the world along with investors, speakers, and leaders ... Read More»

Ambassador and His Wife Host Iftar Dinner

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro and his wife Tamar Newberger hosted an Iftar dinner at the Ambassador’s Residence on the evening of June 20th to recognize and celebrate Ramadan, a time which is sacred to more than a billion Muslims all around the world. Ramadan is designed to bring self-purification through self-restraint and good deeds. Acts of ... Read More»

The Ambassador Discusses Integration of Refugees With Czech Officials

On June 20, on the occasion of World Refugee Day, U.S. Ambassador Schapiro met with Czech officials who traveled to the U.S. on the International Visitors Leadership Program(IVLP) project for V4 countries entitled Integrating Refugees through Community Outreach. The selected Czech participants included: Ministry of Interior officials Pavel Dymeš and Jan Kepka, Member of Parliament ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Schapiro on the Occasion of World Refugee Day

Prague, June 20 – World Refugee Day is a time when we reflect on the millions of men, women, and children around the world who have been displaced from their homes because of hardship. Today, we honor their resilience, their courage, and the dedication of those who come to their aid. As a child of ... Read More»

Embassy Marks World Refugee Day

The U.S. Embassy in Prague marks the World Refugee Day celebrated on June 20 to commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees around the world. As the largest refugee resettlement country in the world, the United States would like to highlight on this day that refugees have for many years positively contributed ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Representative Honors Legacy of Anthropoid Paratroopers

U.S. Embassy Prague Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation LTC Stephanie Bagley participated in a commemorative ceremony at the Church of Cyril and Methodius in Prague on June 18 commemorating the brave act of resistance by Czechoslovak paratroopers who assassinated Acting Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich in 1942. Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš, together with ... Read More»

Regional Military Police in Olomouc Learn From U.S. Partners Biometric Program Management

Members of the Czech Military Police and Army National Guard Soldiers from Texas and Nebraska shared from May 30th to June 3rd their experiences on Biometric devices recently at the Regional Military Police Command headquarters in Olomouc in a coordinated effort with the Office of Defense Cooperation, US European Command and US Army Europe. The ... Read More»

The Czech Fulbright Commission Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Fulbright Commission celebrated on June 10 its 25th anniversary with a conference entitled From Aid to Cooperation co-organized under the auspices of the Deputy Prime Minister Pavel Bělobrádek, Minister of Education Kateřina Valachová (represented by Deputy Minister Stanislav Štech) and Ambassador Andrew Schapiro. On the occassion of the anniversary, the Czech government officially announced ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Prague Launches a New Fund for Women’s Empowerment

Prague, June 10 – The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the launch of a new fund for women’s empowerment to promote the U.S. Government’s global goal of supporting women and their progress toward becoming full and equal participants in society. The Embassy is soliciting proposals with outstanding merit that aim to advance women’s political ... Read More»

Partners From Nebraska and Texas Share Methods For Army Recruiting

The Office of Defense Cooperation , through the State Partnership program with Nebraska and Texas, organized a seminar on methods for success in Army Recruitment. The seminar explored all aspects of recruitment, including marketing and recruiter management strategy. The event was hosted in Brno and included a visit to the Moravian and Prague Recruitment Centers, where the Czech military is ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Welcomes Czech Junior Ambassadors to the U.S. Embassy in Prague

The U.S. Embassy’s American Center in Prague organized an all-day Junior Ambassador Day event on June 8, in collaboration with the Rotary Club, featuring 20 Czech students and their senior Rotary sponsors. The selected participants spent a full day at the U.S. Embassy and the American Center meeting with various representatives from Embassy offices, including ... Read More»

U.S. Expert on Refugees Discusses Best Practices in Resettlement and Integration

Ali Al Sudani, Director of Refugee Services in Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, visited the Czech Republic from May 16-27. Mr. Al Sudani spoke to Czech NGOs, government officials, university students, and the Czech media about best practices in refugee resettlement and integration in the United States, and in Texas in particular. “… In the ... Read More»

Operational Planning Exchange Provides Czech Army Officers Knowledge of the U.S. Military

The Office of Defense Cooperation conducted a combined exchange for Operational Planning with Officers and Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) of the Czech Military in May. The event was hosted by the University of Defense in Brno and included instructors from the Marine Corp Command and Staff College as well as soldiers from Texas and Nebraska as part of the State Partnership ... Read More»

U.S. Army Convoy Crosses Czech Republic and Conducts Joint Training with Czech Army

The U.S. Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment (2CR) will participate in Saber Strike 16/Dragoon Ride II from May 27 through June 22, 2016. Soldiers with the Regiment will conduct Dragoon Ride II, a vehicle road march using Stryker Combat Vehicles and support vehicles from Rose Barracks, Germany, to Tapa, Estonia. The convoy demonstrates NATO member shared commitment to security, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy’s American Center Hosts “End of Season Party” Featuring Student Band ‘Trmi©kus’

The U.S. Embassy in Prague’s American Center hosted a concert on May 24 to celebrate the end of its programming season. “As we celebrate our accomplishments this season, I am pleased that the American Center and our American Spaces in Brno and Pilsen have been used extensively to promote cultural exchange, English language, mutual understanding and our ... Read More»

PlayWisely CEO Presents Unique Early Age Development Method in Prague

On May 19, Deputy Chief of Mission Steve Kashkett opened a seminar which featured PlayWisely’s early age child development system. Patty Hannan, PlayWisely founder and CEO, discussed the science behind the system with an audience of over fifty Czech pediatricians, teachers, patient groups’ representatives, and speech therapists. PlayWisely was introduced to the Czech market in ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro and His Wife Visit the Vysočina and South Moravia Regions

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro spoke with teachers and students of the Higher School and Secondary School of Veterinary, Agriculture and Nursing Třebíč, met with Mayor of Třebíč Pavel Janata and his colleagues and toured UNESCO historical sights May 17-18. The Ambassador also met with the South Moravian Community Foundation in Moravská Nová Ves with whom he ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Diplomat Pays Homage to Roma Victims in Lety Concentration Camp

U.S. Embassy Acting Deputy Chief of Mission James Merz participated on May 13 in the ceremony paying homage to Roma victims of the Lety concentration camp that existed during the Second World War in woods near the city of Pisek in South Bohemia. “Those people were sent to Lety and later to other concentration camps ... Read More»

U.S. Computer Engineer Speaks at Pilsen Talks

Tufts University Associate Dean and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Dr. Karen Panetta gave the keynote address at Pilsen Talks on May 12 on “Engineering Robotic Applications for Humanity.” During her two-day stay in the Czech Republic, Dr. Panetta also spoke with Czech women leaders about entrepreneurship and ways of attracting more women to ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Visits České Budějovice

On May 11th, Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visited České Budějovice , the capital of South Bohemia. With Deputy Mayors Petr Podhola and Jaromír Talíř, he discussed economic and transportation issues, but also culture and sports in the city. The Ambassador Schapiro also visited a traditional Czech producer of colored pencils – Koh-i-noor , where he said: “We all know ... Read More»

Embassy Participates in Liberation Commemorations in Western and Southern Bohemia

As every year since 1990, U.S. diplomats have been proud to participate in celebrations held by some fifty municipalities across the western and southern part of Bohemia commemorating the World War II liberation by the U.S. Third Army under the command of General George S. Patton. During the communist era, the U.S. role in the ... Read More»

World War II Liberation Commemorations Culminate in Pilsen

From May 5-8, the Liberation Festival in Pilsen celebrated the 71st anniversary of the liberation of the region from Nazi oppression by the U.S. Third Army under the command of General George Patton. On Friday, May 6, the commemorations culminated in Pilsen. U.S. and Belgian veterans, members of government, and local politicians, and other guests gathered at the General ... Read More»

Embassy Representatives Attend Liberation Events in Zhůří and Klatovy

Economic Officer Noah Woodiwiss and Political Specialist Helena Markusova delivered remarks to mark the 71st anniversary of the end of World War II in Zhůří and Klatovy on May 5th. Ten American soldiers from the 90th Infantry Division were killed in Zhuri in the last days of the war while liberating the Czechoslovak people and ... Read More»

U.S. Defense Attaché Attends Liberation Commemoration Events in Western Bohemia

On Saturday, April 23, Defense Attaché Mark A. Wootan visited liberation commemoration events in Cheb and in Pilsen-Křimice. In Cheb, he attended a ceremony dedicated to the memory of U.S. soldiers of the 97. Infantry Division of the U.S. Army who liberated the town. In Křimice, Col. Mark Wootan together with Mayor Vít Mojžíš participated ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Visits City of Kadan with Successful Roma Integration

U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro joined Minister for Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Jiri Dienstbier during a visit to the city of Kadan in Northwest Bohemia on April 22. Together with officials from the Agency for Social Inclusion, they met representatives of the local socially excluded area in Prunerov populated predominantly by Roma, and a vocational ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Hosts STEM Workshop Participants

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro hosted a reception for participants of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Study Abroad Capacity-Building Workshop organized by the Fulbright Commission on April 19.  The workshop, organized with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Study Abroad Branch, brought together 70 Czech and U.S. educators and staff focused on STEM with the goal ... Read More»

Czech Senior Non-Commissioned Officers discuss Professional Development with State Partners

From April 4-7, 2016, the Czech Military hosted Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) from their State Partners in Texas and Nebraska. The exchange discussed professional development, structured self-development, NCO leadership, management and military education . Over 30 senior NCOs from across the Czech Military attended seminars and exchanges over the three days. Additionally the team met ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Cleans Petrin Hill In Prague

In celebration of Earth Day, U.S. Embassy volunteers, led by Ambassador Andrew Schapiro, participated in the “Clean up the World, Clean up the Czech Republic” project on April 18. About 30 Embassy staff collected garbage of all kinds on a forested slope of Petrin Hill in central Prague. In the end, almost 50 bags were ... Read More»

Regulatory Compliance Associates Advises Czech Healthcare Companies

On April 13, 2016, Deputy Chief of Mission Steve Kashkett opened a seminar on regulatory and compliance procedures for Czech manufacturers presented by Regulatory Compliance Associates (RCA), and their partner company Eiikon LLC. Czech healthcare companies gained insights on how to navigate requirements for regulatory and FDA pathways and funding from EU initiatives as well ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Participates in Junior Achievement Event

Chargé d’Affaires Steve Kashkett participated on April 14 in the opening of a Junior Achievement (JA) event highlighting the efforts of hundreds of Czech student entrepreneurs who have created small business that produce innovative products. Deputy Cultural Affairs Officer Tony Jones also served as a “secret judge” in the competition for the best entry. This ... Read More»

Counselor for Public Affairs Travels to South Bohemia

On April 6, Counselor for Public Affairs Ray Castillo traveled to South Bohemia to speak to about 150 high school students in Volyně and Tábor. Mr. Castillo toured the two schools and listened to students’ presentations. In Volyně, he also met with the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Ms. Maureen Heydt. Mr. Castillo’s presentations focused on ... Read More»

Embassy Supports Robotics Workshop for Kids

Klub Beztíže in Prague’s neighbourhood of Žižkov hosted a robotics workshop lead by Christian Gjørret, founder of the Prague’s Café Neu Romance robot performance festival. The idea of a robotics workshop for youth came from the US Embassy’s Public Affairs Section and the workshop was opened by Erin Kotheimer, the Cultural Attaché, and Noah Woodiwiss from its ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Celebrates International Roma Day

Prague, April 7 – On the occasion of International Roma Day on April 8, U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Andrew Schapiro joined three fellows participating in the Embassy-sponsored Roma Fellowship program, AraArt International Roma Day Events Coordinator David Tiser, and Slovo 21 Roma Fellowship Coordinator Denisa Horvathova in a video reaffirming our commitment to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Launches Roma Fellowship for Future Roma Leaders

Prague, March 11, 2016 — The U.S. Embassy Prague has launched 9-month fellowships for five Roma university students and graduates through the “Roma Fellowship” program. The program is being implemented by the NGO Slovo 21. The goal of the Roma Fellowship program is to give the fellows an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills ... Read More»

Counselor for Public Affairs Speaks at the Prague Student Summit

Counselor for Public Affairs Ray Castillo spoke on April 1 to over 400 students and distinguished guests at the opening ceremony of the 21st Prague Student Summit organized by the Association for International Affairs . In his remarks, Counselor Castillo said, “I commend the Association for International Affairs for bringing such an impressive group together to explore the intricacies ... Read More»

American Universities Fair 2016 Will Present Sixteen Universities in Prague

The U.S. Department of Commerce will be leading the education trade mission to Prague, April 18, 2016. The mission will explore opportunities for international student recruitment and partnerships with higher education institutions in the Czech Republic. Almost 800 students from the Czech Republic currently attend U.S. colleges and universities. “I’m excited to introduce representatives from a diverse selection of ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and the Environment

Prague, March 30 – The U.S. Embassy in Prague will undertake a number of projects and programming activities during the month of April focusing on science, technology, engineering, and the environment (STEM). In cooperation with local partners, the Embassy will present the following events during the month of April. March 30 – June Local NGO TEREZA will open ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro and His Wife Visit the Czech Technical University

On March 23, 2016, Ambassador Schapiro and Ms. Tamar Newberger visited the Department of Computer Science at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University. During the visit, Professor Michal Pěchouček and members of the individual research teams presented their research projects and their results, including intelligent data analysis, robotics and intelligent transportation ... Read More»

Czech Technical University To Cooperate With University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Cultural Attaché Erin Kotheimer attended the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Czech Technical University on March 21, 2016. The MOU signed by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman and Rector of Czech Technical University Petr Konvalinka will include cooperation in water science and engineering and enable ... Read More»

An Evening with the Theatre Presents New Playwrights

Four new Prague-based playwrights presented their new short plays in English on March 17 following a seven week playwriting course taught by U.S. Embassy Cultural Attaché Erin Kotheimer. Artistic Director of the Prague Shakespeare company Guy Roberts and Company Manager & Co-CEO Jessica Boone, as well as Public Affairs Counsellor Ray Castillo and Assistant Cultural ... Read More»

Study in the U.S. Advice now available in Brno and Pilsen

Prague, March 18 — The U.S. Embassy in Prague, in partnership with the Moravian Land Library in Brno and the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, is proud to announce the opening of two EducationUSA Reference contact points at the InfoUSA (Brno) and U.S. Point (Pilsen). EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State-supported network of ... Read More»

U.S. Air Force Europe Conducts Training in Brno

The U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation coordinated the Inter-European Air Forces Academy (IEAFA) conducted by the U.S. Air Forces Europe . The two-week course was hosted by the University of Defense in Brno and its mission was to support the Czech Air Force and the military education development of their officers and Non-Commissioned Officers. The graduation of 21 airmen from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Visits Brno

During his two-day visit to Brno on March 9 and 10, Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visited the Brno Mosque and met with members of the local Muslim community, including the Chairman of the Centre of Muslim Communities, Muneeb Alrawi. The two discussed the importance of tolerance, inclusiveness, and building bridges of mutual understanding among faith communities. Ambassador Schapiro ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Wife Visits Honeywell CZ Laboratories in Brno

Tamar Newberger, wife of U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro, visited Honeywell CZ laboratories in Brno (HTS) on March 7. As a software expert, scientist, and promoter of science and technology among young women, Ms. Newberger spoke about her career as a software engineer. She shared her experience of working with large corporations as well as with ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Visits the Brno Mosque To Express Support for the Muslim Community

U.S. Ambassador Andrew H. Schapiro met with Muneeb Al Rawi, Head of the Islamic Foundation of Brno, to express U.S. support and solidarity for the Muslim community here and around the world. The two discussed the importance of tolerance, inclusiveness, and building bridges of mutual understanding among faith communities. Ambassador Schapiro said “”I received a ... Read More»

U.S. Expert Discusses in Prague and Brno Women in the Electoral Process

U.S. Embassy Prague invited expert on American elections Jessica N. Grounds to Prague and Brno for eight presentations focused on women’s political participation and the U.S. presidential election process held on March 1-4 in Brno and Prague. In Brno, Jessica Grounds spoke with students from Masaryk University about her experience in developing grassroots campaigns while ... Read More»

New SpaRitual Showroom Opens in Prague

On February 11, 2016, SpaRitual held the opening ceremony for their new showroom at the hotel Smaragd in Prague 5. U.S. Commercial Service representatives participated in the opening in support of the American company. “Slow Beauty for a Fast World” is the SpaRitual company philosophy behind their luxury range of multi-purpose vegan spa products and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Prague Co-organizes Conference on Topical Security Issues

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, the U. S. Embassy in the Czech Republic, and the Prague IIR Institute conducted a seminar “Euro-Atlantic Security: A Pre-Warsaw Assessment” in Prague 29 February-1 March. Over 60 senior security officials and experts from the Czech Republic, ... Read More»

Good Governance at the Municipal Level and Transparent and Accountable Institutions

Members of the International Visitor Alumni Club organized a panel discussion entitled Good Governance at the Municipal Level and Transparent and Accountable Institutions at the American Center on February 29. The speakers discussed methods employed by government to encourage transparency and ensure responsibility to the public, as well as the important the role played by ... Read More»

Counselor for Public Affairs Ray Castillo Visits Pilsen

Counselor for Public Affairs (PAO) Ray Castillo traveled to Pilsen February 25.  He spoke to a group of 80 high school students in their sophomore and junior year.  Afterwards,  PAO Castillo visited the University of West Bohemia to speak with 40 students studying science and technology about his previous background working as a public affairs ... Read More»

Try U.S. Cosmetics at the World of Beauty and Spa Fair in Prague!

U.S. Commercial Service Prague inaugurated the U.S. Beauty Brands Club in the Czech Republic at the Fall 2015 World of Beauty and Spa Fair. Information and short videos highlighting participating cosmetics brands can be found on U.S.Commercial Service Prague website . Are you interested in trying new and established U.S. beauty products? Visit the World of Beauty and Spa Prague Fair, at Letnany Fair Ground from March 11 – ... Read More»

U.S. Diplomats Visit Center for Visually Impaired in České Budějovice

On February 17, political officer of the U.S. Embassy Alex Barrasso visited Tyflokabinet, a non-profit organization for visually impaired in Ceske Budejovice. The organization provides social services designed to improve lives of the visually impaired and increase their independence by special trainings, selecting adequate equipment and helping clients to secure funding for the equipment. The ... Read More»

U.S. Experts Share Experiences Combating Corruption with Czech Prosecutors

At the request of the Czech Prosecutor General, the U.S. Embassy Prague brought four U.S. experts to the Czech Republic to share U.S. experiences combating corruption and exchange information and views on our different legal systems. Over 120 Czech and Slovak prosecutors, police, and judges participated in the program at the Judicial Academy in Kromeriz ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Wife Visits Burn Center in Prague

While visiting the Vinohrady Hospital Burn Center, Tamar Newberger, Ambassador Schapiro’s wife, discussed the high quality of health care provided by the facility. She said: “This state-of-the-art Burn Center, staffed by caring professionals, is a perfect example of the technological capabilities of the Czech Republic and the extraordinary dedication that Czechs bring to the work ... Read More»

Czech TV Reports from USS Harry S. Truman Aircraft Carrier

The Czech Television Middle East crew visited on February 13 and 14 the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier deployed in the Persian Gulf.  The 333 meter-long vessel is the flag carrier of the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet and a key element of the Inherent Resolve operation. The television crew had a unique opportunity to cover the ongoing air strikes against ... Read More»

U.S. Fulbright Scholar Meets Romani Musicians in Brno

Deputy Cultural Attaché Tony Jones and U.S. Fulbright Scholar Derrais Carter visited the Roma Museum in Brno and met with a group of talented Romani musicians working with Mr. Gejza Horváth. Dr. Carter discussed the the influence of African-American music during a Black History Month program at the Roma Museum. In the United States, February ... Read More»

The United States Is the Partner Country at Hannover Messe 2016

The United States is the Official Partner Country at Hannover Messe 2016 , the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology. Due to the importance of this show, U.S. President Barack Obama will participate in the Opening Ceremonies with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. On this exceptional occasion, U.S. Embassy Prague’s Commercial Service will offer special business facilitation assistance to Czech businesses visiting ... Read More»

The Moravian Land Library and the U.S. Embassy to Continue their Cooperation

On February 8, Deputy Cultural Attaché Tony Jones signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Moravian Land Library representatives in Brno, Czech Republic. The MOU agreement extends the cooperation between the Moravian Land Library and the U.S. Embassy in Prague until 2018. The U.S. Embassy in Prague will continue to bring more interesting American ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations February 6, 2016

U.S. Embassy Prague informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place in Prague on Saturday, February 6, 2016, from approximately 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. We anticipate the size of the protests to be approximately 300 to 2,000 people. Various groups will be demonstrating with the stated purpose of protesting against a variety ... Read More»

Czech University Representatives Discuss Business Incubation

The U.S.-Czech Republic University Incubator Alliance met at the American Center on February 1 to exchange views and discuss ways of further promoting innovation and business incubation within Czech Universities. U.S. Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Electrical Engineering Martin Margala led the discussion, which also focused on the Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education conference  to take place at the University of  Massachusetts Lowell in ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Discusses Philanthropy and Civic Engagement in the Czech Republic

Ambassador Schapiro discussed on January 27 further development of philanthropy and civic engagement in the Czech Republic with awardees and partners  of the Via Bona Award for philanthropy. Among the guests there were Via Bona awardees such as Mr. Vojtěch Sedláček, the initiator of the Roof First project or Mrs. Zdenka Wasserbauerová from the Czech National Marrow ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Prague Announces Winners of “America Through Your Eyes” Photo Contest

On January 26, U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro presented awards for the three winning photographs of the U.S. Embassy’s “America Through Your Eyes” photo contest. First place was awarded to Pavel Mares for his picture “Nebraska Sunset; ”second place was awarded to Tomas Vaverka for his photograph “In the Sky,” and third place was awarded to Iva ... Read More»

Military Maintenance Operations Exchange Program Increases Czech-U.S. Defense Cooperation

The Czech 14th Logistics Regiment, 142nd Maintenance Battalion and the U.S. Army Europe 21st Theater Support Command, conducted a Unit Maintenance Operations Workshop in Klatovy, Czech Republic at the Garrison of the 142nd Maintenance Battalion from 19 to 21 January, 2015. The exchange was coordinated by the U.S. Embassy Prague Office of Defense Cooperation to increase cooperation with the ... Read More»

Deputy Assistant Secretary Lerner Discusses Exchange Programs with Young Czechs

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange Robin Lerner met with young people at the American Center on January 22 during her visit to Prague to discuss the State Department’s Exchange Visitor Program (EVP), which annually brings more than 3,700 Czech citizens to the United States to work, study and teach. Participants discussed their experiences ... Read More»

Winners of the SPUSA Essay Contest Awarded at the American Center

Deputy Cultural Attaché Tony Jones welcomed to the American Center in Prague the winners of the 23rd Annual English-Language Essay Contest organized by the Society of Friends of the USA (SPUSA) Education Center. For more than 20 years, the SPUSA Education Center has organized a creative writing contest in English on a particular theme in the Czech Republic. This year’s theme ... Read More»

U.S. Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

WASHINGTON, January 21, 2016 — The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Attends Unveiling of Jan Palach Memorial

On January 16, Ambassador Schapiro attended unveiling of Jan Palach Memorial designed by U.S. architect with Czech roots John Hejduk, who was inspired by David Shapiro’s poem “The Funeral of Jan Palach”. The new monument in memory of Jan Palach, the student who set himself on fire in protest against public apathy to the Soviet-led ... Read More»

UPS Cargo Flights Shows Potential Benefits of Mutual Czech-U.S. Trade

U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro attended United Parcel Services’ (UPS) inauguration ceremony at Vaclav Havel Airport Prague on January 12, 2016, to mark the global logistics, freight, and supply chain services provider’s now daily cargo flights from Prague to its hub in Cologne, Germany. The Ambassador noted that “UPS is the first U.S. airline that operates ... Read More»

Transparency and Accountability Social Media Campaign

January 21, 2016 — Today, the Embassies of Canada , Korea , Norway , the United Kingdom , and the United States are launching a six week social media campaign on transparency and accountability. This campaign continues our long term joint efforts on transparency and accountability . Our goal is to share our countries’ experiences in combating corruption. Each week will be dedicated to a different corruption-related theme. ... Read More»

President Obama To Deliver His Final State of the Union Address

On Tuesday night January 12th, President Obama will give his final State of the Union address from the Capitol. He’ll talk about where we find ourselves as a nation and lay out his agenda for the year ahead. Come to WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU on Tuesday, January 12 at 9 pm EST (in Prague on January 13 at 3 am). ... Read More»

Toys for Tots Make Christmas Wishes Come True

Marines from the U.S. Embassy in Prague Detachment distributed Toys for Tots  at the community center of the NGO Společnou cestou in Prague-Chodov on December 23rd. 29 boys and girls, aged several months to 16 years who live with their parents in safe housing received new toys from the U.S. Embassy Prague personnel. The U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots program began in 1947 ... Read More»

Czech YouTuber Documents Ambassador’s Day

Young Czech YouTuber Freescoot spent the day with Ambassador Andrew Schapiro to learn about the Ambassador’s daily routine at home and at work. Freescoot shares this experience with you on YouTube in his latest vlog, where he describes what he thinks of the Ambassador’s job, shows unique shots from the Ambassador’s residence and raced with Ambassador ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy Prague Joins “Short Trousers For Vaclav Havel”

The U.S. Embassy Prague joins the “Short Trousers For Václav Havel” initiative to honor his legacy on December 18, 2015. “Short Trousers For Václav Havel” initiative marks the anniversary of the death of Václav Havel (December 18, 2011), the country’s first post-communist president, by rolling their pants up to remember Václav Havel’s first inauguration to the presidency in December 1989, when ... Read More»

U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Visits the 73rd Tank Battalion in Praslavice

U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Sheryl Lyon met with the 73rd Tank Battalion in Praslavice, Czech Republic. She was hosted by CSM Petr Kruzik, Czech Land Forces Command Sergeant Major. Overall purpose of the visit was to understand how their military operates and how she can help if necessary with any initiatives their military may ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Supports the 5th Roma Spirit Award

The 5th annual Roma Spirit Award ceremony which took place to mark International Human Rights Day on 10th December to recognize and support advocates of improvement of the situation of Roma in the Czech Republic, awarded individuals and institutions in five categories. The first place in the category Company-Employer supporting projects on social assistance and ... Read More»

The American Center Hosts Romano Suno (Romani Dream) Award Ceremony

The American Center hosted the the Romano Suno (Romani Dream) contest award ceremony on December 10th. The literary and art contest has been organized by the NGO Nová škola (New School) since 1997 to motivate Roma children and teenagers to express their experience of the world around them in their native language, which is rarely ... Read More»

Marie Gottfriedová Receives Alice Garrigue Masaryk Award for Human Rights

On the occasion of the anniversary of International Human Rights Day (December 10), U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Andrew H. Schapiro presented on December 9 the Alice Garrigue Masaryk Award to Marie Gottfriedová, Director of the elementary school in Trmice, for successfully implementing and advocating for inclusive education in the Czech Republic. “As the ... Read More»

Joint Press Statement Marking “World Anti-Corruption Day”

December 9 marks International Anti-Corruption Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of corruption and commemorating the adoption of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. This year’s theme is “breaking down barriers – promoting civil society’s role in anti-corruption.” For the second consecutive year, we are issuing a joint statement to mark this occasion. Corruption ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Visits Czech Universities

Between November 19 and December 4, Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visited six Czech universities and spoke to more than one thousand students and teachers across the Czech Republic. The visits included the Czech Technical University, the Technical University in Liberec, students of the Department of International Relations of the University of Economics in Prague, Universities in ... Read More»

Pfizer’s Financial Center in Prague Celebrates First Anniversary

American company Pfizer celebrated the first anniversary of the opening of its Global Financial Solution Centre in Prague. The company invested more than CZK 180 million in the center, where it currently employs 45 financial and accounting experts who provide services for five countries, namely the Czech Republic, Russia, Hungary, Poland and Greece. Pfizer has only ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Visits Johnson & Johnson Global Business Solutions Center

On October 27, 2015, Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visited Johnson & Johnson GBS Center in Prague. The Center supports finance, IT, HR and procurement functions for the EMEA region and it is one of only five Johnson & Johnson centers worldwide. It was founded in 2006 and employs almost 400 people, more than half of total ... Read More»

The Embassy Celebrates Thanksgiving Day with Pecan Pie Cooking Contest

The U.S. Embassy conducted a Thanksgiving Pecan Pie Cooking contest on November 24th at the American Center. Nineteen bakers participated in the contest, competing for the “Best Pie” and “Most Creative Pie” awards. Diana-Company provided 300 grams of pecans free of charge to each contest participant. Seven judges, including famous Czech Chef Ondřej Slanina, tasted ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Opens Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro opened the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, the major event of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015, organized in the Czech Republic by the European Leadership and Academic Institute (ELAI) on November 19. The Summit is titled “From Survivors to Winners,” and is focused on entrepreneurs, startups, policy experts, and others. One of the things that ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Visits Procter & Gamble Rakona in Rakovnik

On November 20, 2015, Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visited Procter & Gamble Rakona in Rakovnik. The Ambassador was briefed on Procter & Gamble’s operations in the Czech Republic and had an opportunity to tour the factory. Procter & Gamble was one of the first U.S. companies to invest in the Czech Republic in 1991. With 550 ... Read More»

Statement by the U.S. Embassy on the 26th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

Prague, November 17, 2015 Today, we remember the men and women who rose up 26 years ago peacefully to demand their freedom during the Velvet Revolution. United by their common desire for liberty, they joined thousands across Central and Eastern Europe who yearned for a better life for themselves and for their children. The American ... Read More»

NGO Handbook in Czech For Download Right Here!

A Czech translation of the NGO Handbook is available for download on this page. The handbook was released in 2012 by the United States Department of State Bureau of International Information Programs. It offers an insight into the principles which are key when setting up an NGO: how to formulate well the vision and mission of ... Read More»

Do You Know Everything about Employment of People with Visual Impairments?

On Monday, November 9, Ambassador Andrew Schapiro opened a conference on integration of people with visual impairments into the workforce through the use of modern technologies. “This conference demonstrates how private companies, government offices, NGOs, and even embassies like mine can include people with various special needs in the workforce. This process not only promotes ... Read More»

Counselor for Public Affairs Ray Castillo traveled to Brno, Prostějov and Olomouc

Counselor for Public Affairs Ray Castillo traveled to Brno, Prostějov and Olomouc from November 3-6.  He spoke to students at an elementary school in Brno and visited a total of three high schools while in Brno, Olomouc, and Prostejov. He also gave a lecture on U.S. foreign policy at Brno’s Masaryk University with students studying ... Read More»

Similarities and Differences in Czech and American Entrepreneurial Cultures

Two prominent Czech economists – Pavel Kohout and Aleš Michl – presented a discussion on entrepreneurship on November 4 at the American Center, in coordination with the Czech IVLP Alumni Club. The two compared Czech and American Entrepreneurial Cultures and discussed economic trends driving new business. During the interactive and lively discussion they discussed legal ... Read More»

Brookings Expert Pifer Discusses Ukraine and Russia in Prague

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine and Senior Fellow at the  Brookings Institution Steven Pifer discussed Ukraine and U.S. – Russia relations on a U.S. Embassy –sponsored Speaker Program from October 18-20 in Prague. While in Prague, Pifer held various discussions with Czech think tanks, Russian/Ukraine experts, and journalists covering Russia/Ukraine in the Czech Republic.  Additionally,  he spoke ... Read More»

USA Pavilions Present U.S. Food Products at Anuga Show 2015

The Foreign Agricultural Service representative at the U.S. Embassy in Prague participated in the world’s biggest food and beverage show “Anuga” in Cologne, Germany from October 10-13, 2015. Over 165 U.S. companies participated in seven USA Pavilions. USA Pavilions at Anuga featured a wide range of food products from across the United States, including nuts, dried beans and lentils, ... Read More»

T-TIP

In June 2013, President Obama, European Council President Van Rompuy and European Commission President Barroso announced  that the United States and the European Union (EU) would launch negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) agreement. The T-TIP is intended to be an ambitious and comprehensive trade agreement that significantly expands trade and investment between the United States and the EU, increases economic growth, jobs, and international competitiveness, and addresses ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Participation in the President Wilson Monument Handover Ceremony

Deputy Chief of Mission Steven Kashkett participated on October 7th at a ceremony to transfer custody of the Woodrow Wilson Monument to the City of Prague. At the ceremony organized by the American Friends of the Czech Republic (AFoCR), Lord Mayor Adriana Krnáčová accepted the monument on behalf of the City. Deputy Chief of Mission ... Read More»

U.S. and Czech Teams Commemorate 1945 American Football Match in Cesky Krumlov

In Cesky Krumlov, Americans and Czechs commemorated an American football match played in the town at the end of World War II.  In September 1945, two U.S. Army units played; last Saturday, Czech national champions – the Prague Black Panthers – fought with the team of the U.S. Army Dragoons on the playing field. Several ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Participates in the IIR’s 7th Annual Czech Foreign Policy Symposium

Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Steven Kashkett delivered the keynote address for the Institute of International Relations’ (IIR) conference on “Czech Foreign Policy: The Future of the Global Order,” at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’s Czernin Palace on September 23. In his remarks, DCM Kashkett underlined our strong bilateral cooperation with the Czech Republic in ... Read More»

The Embassy Organizes “Taste of America” Promotion of U.S. High Value Products

The Agricultural Office of the U.S. Embassy held along with Makro Cash and Carry the “Taste of America”, a promotion of U.S. high value products (beef, scallops, barbecue sauces, wine, bourbon, and dried fruit and nuts) “ at a newly opened MAKRO Academy in Prague 5 – Stodulky on September 21, 2015. The U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro opened the ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Attends NATO Days

On Saturday September 19, Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visited the NATO and Czech Air Force Days in Ostrava. This year’s NATO Days drew a record crowd of fans in one day and over 220,000 people during the whole weekend. One of its major attractions was the U.S. B-52H Stratofortress strategic bomber. This military show, which is ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Continues to Cooperate with University of West Bohemia

On September 14, U.S. Embassy Cultural Attaché Erin Kotheimer and Vice Rector of University of West Bohemia Ladislav Čepička renewed the Memorandum of Understanding to continue cooperation to maintain the U.S. Point at the University. The U.S. Point opened in 2013 and offers printed and electronic resources, English language programs and educational advising to students, as well as ... Read More»

Manhattan Rescuers Memorial Competition Commemorates 9/11

The Manhattan Rescuers Memorial competition held annually in Liberec honors the first responders who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York in 2001. On Saturday, September 12, forty two-member teams of Czech firefighters, policemen and paramedic rescuers participated in the competition, which included a climb to the top of the building ... Read More»

U.S. Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment Meets NATO Secretary General in Prague

As part of U.S. Army Europe’s Dragoon Crossing, troops from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Prague. Stoltenberg, on an official visit to the capital, was accompanied by Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Defense Minister Martin Stropnicky and U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Andrew ... Read More»

U.S. Products Attract Strong Interest at World of Beauty and Spa Prague

On September 4—5,  the U.S. Commercial Service organized its fourth catalog fair at the World of Beauty and Spa (WOBS) Prague. Six U.S. companies, representing ten brands, were seeking Czech distributors/partners.  Commercial Service Prague shared pavilion space with U.S. company Sybaritic that exhibited with their new Czech partner Rovite and introduced their products to the Czech market. ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Visits Jihlava

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visited Jihlava on September 2, 2015. The program included a discussion with Mayor Rudolf Chloupek and his deputies at the historical Town Hall, a tour of the famous Jihlava Underground, and a working lunch with regional leaders. Ambassador Schapiro also met with groups of young people and their parents at ERKO club, ... Read More»

The U.S. and the Czech Republic Cooperate in Nanotechnologies

On September 2nd, Deputy Chief of Mission Steve Kashkett hosted a special ceremony in Prague for the signing of a collaborative agreement between The Nonwovens Institute, North Carolina State University, and the Institute for Nanomaterials, Technical University of Liberec. The agreement provides for a formal cooperative relationship between the two institutions in the areas of ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro’s Statement on Kevin Dahlgren

The United States and the Czech Republic cooperate closely on judicial matters and our law enforcement authorities coordinate on processing legal requests. A U.S. District Court found Kevin Dahlgren extraditable to stand trial on murder charges in the Czech Republic. We refer you to Czech judicial authorities and the U.S. Department of Justice for further ... Read More»

Press Attaché Daniel Ernst Lectures at Summer School of Journalism

On Saturday, August 22, Press Attaché Daniel Ernst discussed transatlantic relations in the 21st century with students from the Summer School of Journalism in Havlickuv Brod, Vysocina Region. Mr. Ernst discussed current opportunities and challenges in U.S. – European transatlantic ties, as well as U.S.-Czech bilateral relations and current events around the world. The Summer ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy’s Political Officer Nathan Webber Paid Homage to Roma Victims at the Hodonin Concentration Camp

On Sunday, August 23rd, Moravian Roma community members, including several Roma holocaust survivors, gathered at a memorial at Hodonín u Kunštátu to commemorate Roma who died at the Nazi internment camp in 1942 and 1943. Romani men, women, and children suffered inhumane conditions in the camp while waiting to be transported to Auschwitz. Only a ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Supported Prague Pride Festival

For the fifth year in a row, the U.S. Embassy in Prague was proud to support Prague Pride. The Festival encourages the integration of the LGBT community into broader society while also combatting prejudices against minorities. On August 15, members of the U.S. Embassy community joined thousands in the annual Prague Pride Parade. The parade ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Celebrates 239th Independence Day

On Tuesday, June 30, Ambassador Andrew H. Schapiro and his wife Tamar Newberger hosted a reception marking America’s Independence Day on July 4. Among the distinguished guests were the presidents of both parliamentary chambers, Milan Stech and Jan Hamacek, Chief Foreign Affairs Advisor to the President Hynek Kmonicek, ministers, diplomats, and many others. “Americans and ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro’s 239th Independence Day Remarks

June 30, 2015 U.S. Ambassadors’ residence Prague Vítám Vás na oslavě našeho státního svátku [Welcome to the celebration of our national holiday]. Senate President Štěch, Ambassador Kmoníček, government ministers, fellow diplomats and distinguished guests… My wife Tamar and I are so pleased to welcome you all to this celebration marking the 239th year since the ... Read More»

The Embassy Supports “240 Miles to Freedom” Ride along the Demarcation Line

The U.S. Embassy Prague participated in the 240 MILES TO FREEDOM ride of U.S. historical military vehicles, which commemorates the Demarcation Line — the border that delineated how far east the Allied forces and how far west the Soviet forces went during the liberation of Czechoslovakia from Nazi occupation. On June 24, Major Adam Knox, ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Steve Kashkett Kicks Off Prague Baseball Week 2015

On June 23,  Chargé d’Affaires Steven Kashkett was the honored guest at the Eagles Stadium in Prague 4 where he threw out the first pitch for the 34th Prague Baseball Week. Jan Bagin, the tournament founder welcomed Kashkett and the Deputy Mayor of Prague 4 Zdeněk Kovářík to the field for brief remarks before the ... Read More»

The Embassy Commemorates Victims of Lezaky Massacre

U.S. Embassy Prague representatives attended a commemorative event held on Sunday, June 21, for the victims of Ležáky. Political Officer of the U.S. Embassy Prague Alex Barraso, his wife Brenda and daughter Valeria laid a wreath at a monument to all inhabitants of the village, who were executed by Nazis after the assassination of leading ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary of State Nuland Visits Prague for Strategic Dialogue

On June 18, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland visited Prague, met with senior Czech officials and civil society representatives, and led the U.S. side in the U.S.-Czech Strategic Dialogue, an annual meeting to discuss a broad range of bilateral and regional issues, including NATO issues, the situation with Russia, support of the Ukraine, TTIP, ... Read More»

The Embassy Commemorates the 73rd Anniversary of Lidice Massacre

As we do every year, the U.S. Embassy participated in the annual commemoration of one of the most brutal incidents of World War II: the Nazi annihilation of the Czech village of Lidice and the summary execution of most of its inhabitants in collective retaliation for the assassination of the senior German officer in Prague ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Visits Prostějov

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visited the combined Elementary and High School in Prostějov which is currently hosting a young American English Teaching Assistant Trishia Mudd. He visited at the invitation of Headmaster Rostislav Halaš, who was one of several Czech representatives in a Fulbright exchange for school administrators several years ago. Under his leadership, and thanks ... Read More»

U.S. Commercial Service Supports Central and Eastern European Healthcare Conference on e-Health

On June 8, Commercial Counselor Helen Peterson opened the Central and Eastern European Conference on e-health “Better Care, Connected Care!” in Prague. The conference was organized by U.S. company InterSystems. Key speakers from the United States included Paul Grabscheid, Intersystems Vice President for Strategic Planning; John P. Hoyt, HIMSS Analytics Vice President; and Harold Wolf ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Visits Czech Forces in Afghanistan

U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visited Czech forces in Afghanistan together with Chief of General Staff Josef Becvar on June 2nd. The Czech military has started using the ScanEagle drones donated by the U.S. The ten drones, worth about CZK 200 million, have been deployed for the surveillance and protection of allied forces at the Bagram ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Visits Rockwell Automation in Prague

On May 28, Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visited the Prague headquarters of Rockwell Automation including the Rockwell Research & Development (R&D) Center.  The Prague headquarters is responsible for the company’s business in the “Czech Cluster” (Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) and “South East Europe” (Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Macedonia and Serbia). During his visit, the Ambassador ... Read More»

MSD Opens 1.5 Billion CZK Innovation Center in Prague

U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro participated in the grand opening of the MSD IT Global Innovation Center building in Prague on May 20. The Center, which intends to bring digital innovation to health care, will ultimately have several hundred highly qualified IT specialists, economists, biologists and doctors of medicine working there. The total amount invested in ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Commemorates Victims of Lety Concentration Camp

On Wednesday, May 13, U.S. Ambassador Andrew H. Schapiro attended the annual commemoration ceremony for the Romani victims of Nazism at the Lety Memorial. The gathering is traditionally organized by the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust in the Czech Republic (VPORH), which brings together former prisoners of Nazi concentration camps who are ... Read More»

U.S. Commercial Service Supports Pet Nutrition Seminar with Rob Downey, President of Annamaet Petfoods

Rob Downey, President of U.S. company Annamaet Petfoods and author of numerous articles on improving the nutritional health and well-being of dog and cat companions, was the featured speaker at the Samohyl seminar on Pet Nutrition on May 13 in Prague. In his presentation, Mr. Downey presented information on the latest trends in pet food ... Read More»

Anti-Corruption Grant Competition Awarded

The U.S. Embassy in Prague is pleased to announce Open Society “Otevřená společnost” as the awardee of the anti-corruption grant competition. This special competition, launched in January 2015, sought proposals for projects that would promote good governance, citizen activism, transparency, and anti-corruption initiatives in the Czech Republic. Open Society’s project aims to detect corrupt conduct ... Read More»

Liberation Festival in Pilsen Culminates with Commemoration at Thank You America! Memorial

The commemorative event at the Thank You America! Memorial was the peak of the Liberation Festival in Pilsen that started last Friday, May 1. Twenty-one American and Belgian veterans joined the local commemorative event marking the liberation of this region of the Czech Republic from Nazi oppression 70 years ago. U.S. Ambassador to the Czech ... Read More»

U.S. Diplomats Participate in Liberation Commemorations

On Saturday, May 2nd, Deputy Chief of Mission Steve Kashkett opened the concert of the U.S. Army Europe Dixieland band “Rhine River Ramblers,” held in Pilsen’s main square as part of the annual Liberation Festival. The Festival, marking the U.S. Army’s liberation of Pilsen and the surrounding villages from Nazi occupation, is attended annually by ... Read More»

American Center Hosts Conference “Compatibility of the Position of a Judge with other Activities”

On 28th April, 2015, the American Center of the U.S. Embassy in Prague hosted a conference “Compatibility of the Position of a Judge with Other Activities” organized by the Union of Judges of the Czech Republic. The conference was opened by Ambassador Andrew Schapiro together with Minister of Justice Robert Pelikan and President of the ... Read More»

Convoy of Liberty Arrives at the Embassy

To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the U.S. Embassy in Prague hosted the Convoy of Liberty on Friday, April 24. The Embassy employees welcomed the Convoy dressed in historical costumes from the 1940’s, enhancing the festive atmosphere of the commemorative event. See the pictures on Flickr . A convoy of thirty historical vehicles, which ... Read More»

CS Prague Features U.S. Pet and Veterinary Import Market at FOR PETS Trade Fair in Prague

Almost thirty Czech importers and distributors attended the Commercial Service Prague presentation on the U.S. Pet and Veterinary Import Market at the FOR PETS Prague trade fair on April 9, 2015. The presentation included an update on current trends in the U.S. pet and veterinary sectors, information on the U.S. Commercial Service products and services ... Read More»

Embassy Cyclists Retrace General Patton’s Journey to Plzen

A dozen U.S. Embassy Prague cyclists spent April 22 retracing the route that General Patton’s Third Army Division took when liberating the region seventy years ago. The group visited the towns of Domazlice, Horsovsky Tyn, Holysov and Dobrany, and finished their ride at the “Thank You, America” monument in Plzen. American Center Director Nick von ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Prague Commemorates 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of then Czechoslovakia at the end of World War II, U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visited the town of Benešov and the Konopiště chateau on April 17. The Ambassador participated in commemoration ceremonies honoring the U.S. flyers who lost their lives near the Konopiště chateau close to Benešov ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Tours GE Aviation Czech

On April 16, Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visited GE Aviation in Prague-Letňany, the only place outside of the United States where GE Aviation builds aircraft engines. The Ambassador was among the guests invited to GE Aviation Czech to celebrate a successful 2014, marking production and sales growth of 30% compared to 2013. Last year, GEAC was also awarded “Exporter ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Opens Renovated InfoUSA in Brno

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visited the South Moravian capital Brno on April 14. He began his visit by opening the renovated American Space called “InfoUSA” at the Moravian Land Library. The event marked the 10th anniversary of the space that currently contains more than 1500 books, magazines and a multimedia collection. “A principal objective of the ... Read More»

U.S. and Czech Soldiers Discuss Collection Management

The Czech Republic 53rd Electronic Warfare and Reconnaissance Regiment hosted Soldiers from across the Czech Republic at their Headquarters in Opava from April 1-2 to discuss Collection Management. Two U.S. Army Soldiers from the 66th M.I. Brigade stationed in Germany discussed multiple topics as they related to collection management and the multiple ways to use ... Read More»

CS Prague Featured U.S. Cosmetics Market at World of Beauty and Spa fair in Prague

CS Prague presented to an audience of almost forty Czech importers and distributors at the World of Beauty and Spa Prague on March 13, 2015. The presentation provided an update on current trends in the U.S. cosmetics and beauty market, information on the U.S. Commercial Service services and on U.S. trade fairs in the sector. ... Read More»

Roma Inclusion Special Grant Competition

To mark International Roma Day, the United States Embassy in Prague is proud to announce a special grant competition to support Roma inclusion in the Czech Republic. The goal of this call for proposals is to elicit projects with outstanding merit that support the U.S. Government’s goals of promoting education, activism, citizenship and inclusion. Preference ... Read More»

Meeting Literature Project Presents Contemporary American Literature in Plzeň

The Scientific Library of the Plzen Region, the U.S. Embassy, and the U.S. Point at University of West Bohemia co-organized a literary evening on March 24, exploring the contemporary trends in American Literature as perceived both in the U.S., and the Czech Republic. Richard Olehla, American Studies expert, university teacher and journalist, examined the main ... Read More»

Californian Wineries Present Wide Range of Wines in Prague

The Embassy’s Agriculture Section and the Wine Institute of California brought together 34 American companies presenting 500 wine labels of Californian wine at a unique wine tasting event held on March 18 at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence. “You are standing in the middle of the largest collection of Californian wine in Europe right now,” said ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Hosts Dinner for Women Leaders in STEM

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro and his wife Tamar Newberger hosted the first dinner ever at the residence for women leaders in science and technology on March 16 in honor of Women’s History Month. During the dinner they discussed how to attract more women to the STEM fields (Science-technology-engineering-mathematics); work life balance; and the importance of education. ... Read More»

Czech Military Police Familiarize with New Biometrics Terminals

The Czech Military Police and the U.S. European Command spent the week of March 9-13 during a tactical Biometrics terminal familiarization. The Czech MPs are in the process of using the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program to procure tactical Biometric terminals. The familiarization this week included hands on education of the terminals and how to ... Read More»

U.S., UK and Norwegian Ambassadors on Fact-Finding “Social Inclusion” Trip to Trmice

U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro, British Ambassador Jan Thompson, and Norwegian Ambassador Siri Ellen Sletner visited the town of Trmice on the outskirts of Usti nad Labem, the capital of North Bohemia on March 4, to learn more about inclusive education programs of Roma and non-Roma students. They were impressed by the level of social inclusion ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Visits Ústí nad Labem

On February 26, Ambassador Schapiro continued his regional tour of the Czech Republic, stopping in Ústí nad Labem. He was welcomed by the new political representation at the town hall –Lord Mayor Josef Zikmund and deputies Jana Bohuňková, Martin Hausenblas, and Martin Mata. Ambassador Schapiro delivered a donation of ten Kindle e-book readers to the ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Continues His Travels in CR by Touring Olomouc and Ostrava

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro and his wife Tamar Newberger visited Central and North Moravia on February 24 and 25. They started their tour in Olomouc, where they met with Palacky University Rector Jaroslav Miller and debated with university students life and politics in the U.S. and the Czech Republic; after that they visited Olomouc Mayor Antonin ... Read More»

American Soprano Celebrates African-American History Month in Prague

On February 17, American soprano Nicole Taylor performed at the Church of Saint Lawrence in Malá Strana in Prague on the occasion of her European tour celebrating African-American History Month. Her performance with piano accompaniment by Daniel Ernst, Press Attache of the U.S. Embassy, continues a musical tradition begun five years ago, when Nicole first ... Read More»

The American Center Hosts Discussion on President Havel’s Visit to the U.S.

On February 12, the American Center hosted a panel discussion on the 25th anniversary of the first visit of President Havel in the U.S. The event was opened by Ambassador Andrew Schapiro who reminded in his opening remarks the great response that President Havel’s speech had in the U.S. Congress and the U.S. media. Marta Smolíková, Director of ... Read More»

Ambassasor Schapiro Congratulates Norma Comrada on the Karel Čapek Medal

Ambassasor Andrew Schapiro congratulated Norma Bean Comrada, U.S. translator and promoter of popular Czech writer Karel Čapek, on the Karel Čapek Medal for Lifetime Achievement which she received on January 31 in Prague from the Čapek Brothers Society. Ms. Comrada is a devoted researcher of Karel Čapek’s work and life. For Catbird Press she translated ... Read More»

Professor Barbara Slusher Presents U.S.-Czech Drug Discovery Project

Ambassador Andrew H. Schapiro opened the lecture “Drug Discovery Goes Back to School” given by Barbara S. Slusher, PhD, MAS, who is Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience, and Director, Brain Science Institute Drug Discovery Program, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The lecture took place on February 5 at the American Center. Deputy Minister of ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Meets Cardinal Dominik Duka (February 3)

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro and Deputy Chief Mission Steve Kashkett paid a courtesy call on Cardinal Dominik Duka, the Archbishop of Prague, on February 3, and had a wide-ranging discussion of issues surrounding church and state in the Czech Republic as well as attitudes among the Czech people towards religious and ethnic minorities. After the meeting, ... Read More»

2015 State of the Union Speech, Implications for Czech Republic

U.S. Embassy Prague’s American Center hosted a discussion looking in detail at the content of President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Speech. The panel of experts included Kryštof Kozák of the Department of American Studies FSV UK, Jiří Schneider of Prague Security Studies Institute, journalist Kateřina Šafaříková of Lidové noviny and Alexandr Vondra of ... Read More»

The Embassy Launches On-line Auction of Used Property

The U.S. Embassy in Prague has begun using an online auction system to conduct property sales. The online auction will be open to the public and only items that are functioning or repairable will be sold (office and residential furniture, equipment, appliances, etc.). Appliances and IT equipment with unknown problems or that are irreparable, will ... Read More»

Anti-Corruption Special Grant Competition

PRAGUE, January 26, 2015 — As part of its grants program, the U.S. Embassy in Prague is pleased to announce a special competition to provide support for anti-corruption projects whose aim is to promote good governance, citizen activism, transparency, and in general work towards ending corruption in the Czech Republic. The Embassy is soliciting proposals ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Participates in Opening of Pilsen-2015 European City of Culture

Ambassador Andrew H. Schapiro participated in the day-long festivities in Pilsen, Czech Republic on Saturday, January 17th as the city celebrated the opening of their year as the European Capital of Culture for 2015. American Cultural Attaché Sherry Keneson-Hall joined Ambassador Schapiro and 16 other Ambassadors, Senior Czech government officials, and thousands of visitors for ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Visits Hradec Kralove

U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visited Hradec Kralove, the capital of East Bohemia, on January 14. He started his trip at the ZVU POTEZ Company, a large local employer that exports a significant portion of its chemical technology and equipment products to the U.S. The Ambassador then continued to Bozena Nemcova Gymnasium to discuss with students ... Read More»

Christmas Comes to Kids at the Litoměřice Children’s Home

On December 16, 2014 community members from the U.S. Embassy distributed holiday gifts at the Litoměřice Children’s Home outside of Prague. Since 1958 the Children’s Home has provided care for orphans and children whose families cannot care for them. For the past several years the U.S. Embassy has worked with the home’s staff to determine ... Read More»

Romano Suno Award Ceremony in American Center

American Center hosted the Award Ceremony of the 17th Romano Suno (Romani Dream) Contest on December 11th, 2014. The literary and art contest is organized by the NGO Nová škola (New School) and one of its main aims is to motivate Roma kids and teenagers to express themselves, their experience of the world around them ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Congratulates Winners of the 2014 Roma Spirit Awards

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro was one of the presenters of the Roma Spirit Awards, an annual ceremony held yesterday on International Human Rights Day. The awards recognizing efforts to improve the situation of Czech Roma were given to the Slovo 21 group; the municipality of Zlutice; Romany studies scholar Eva Davidova; charity worker Pavlina Huzevkova; and ... Read More»

Joint Press Statement marking UN’s World Anti-corruption Day

December 9 marks the UN’s World Anti-Corruption Day, a day for raising awareness of corruption and highlighting the role of the UN’s Convention against Corruption. Corruption is a global challenge that reduces our prosperity by 5% of global GDP every year ($2.6 trillion – World Economic Forum). Corruption also undermines the stability of societies, and ... Read More»

Klára Kalibová Receives Alice Garrigue Masaryk Award for Human Rights

On the occasion of the anniversary of International Human Rights Day (December 10), U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Andrew H. Schapiro presented on December 8 the Alice Garrigue Masaryk Award to Klára Kalibová, Director and founder of In IUSTITIA, for providing legal assistance to individuals exposed to hate violence. “Klara facilitates these victims’ access ... Read More»

Under Secretary Gottemoeller Delivers Remarks at the Prague Agenda 2014 Conference in Prague

The Vision of Prague Endures The Prague Agenda 2014 Czernin Palace Ministry of Foreign Affairs Prague, Czech Republic December 4, 2014 9:45am As Delivered Good Morning and thank you, Petr, for that introduction.  Thank you to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Institute for International Relations Prague and other partners for hosting this conference and ... Read More»

3M Presents Smart Cities Solutions in Prague

3M Czech Republic and the Embassy’s Commercial Service organized a “Smart Cities” seminar followed by a networking reception at the Residence of the U.S. Ambassador on December 2, 2014. 3M presented a wide variety of technical solutions for the public sector, including electronic monitoring and tolls systems, and personal communicators.  U.S. Ambassador Andrew H. Shapiro, ... Read More»

The U.S. Center at Lima Climate Change Conference COP 20

For the next two weeks, diplomats from 195 countries are gathering for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, in order to draft a new agreement stop the global rise of planet-warming greenhouse gases. U.S. State Department opened the U.S. Center in Lima, where outreach program by multiple U.S. government agencies, academic institutions, ... Read More»

Readout of the Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Czech Prime Minister Sobotka

Vice President Joe Biden met on November 18, 2014 with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka to discuss bilateral relations, the crisis in Ukraine, and European energy security. The Vice President expressed appreciation for the Czech Republic’s contributions to international security in Afghanistan and Iraq, and discussed the importance of strengthening the NATO Alliance to respond ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson November 13, 2014 Twenty-five years ago, the people of Czechoslovakia rose up to peacefully demand their freedom during the Velvet Revolution. Those students, artists, and union workers led by Vaclav Havel helped usher in the historic wave of freedom that swept across Central and Eastern Europe liberating ... Read More»

Framchise Day 2014 Introduces Six U.S. Franchise Brands

Framchise Day 2014 introduced six U.S. franchise brands that are interested in entering the Czech market through a master license: Denny’s Ranked #1 in family dining by Entrepreneur Magazine Ranked #8 of all USA franchises by Entrepreneur magazine ~2,000 restaurants open in 15 countries Average annual single international restaurant revenue is US$2,200,000 Breakfast, lunch, dinner ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Visits the Temelin Nuclear Power Plant

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro together with Industry Minister Jan Mladek visited the Temelin nuclear power plant on November 8. The Ambassador assessed the U.S.-Czech cooperation in this field: “Temelin plays an important role in energy security for both the Czech Republic and Central Europe. Czechs have become leaders in the safe use of civilian nuclear technology ... Read More»

Current Trends in Czech and U.S. Healthcare Discussed at FedEx Healthcare Seminar

Commercial Service Prague worked with FedEx Healthcare to launch a sixth joint seminar on healthcare on November 7, 2014. The seminar focused on current trends in Czech and U.S. healthcare. Presenters included Deputy Minister of Health Josef Vymazal, Director of Jihlava Hospital Lukas Velev, FedEx Healthcare Global Sales Manager Toby Hay, and Matej Lejsal, Director ... Read More»

Under Secretary Stengel’s Travel to the Czech Republic

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson October 31, 2014 Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel will travel to Prague, November 3–5.  The Under Secretary will speak at the opening of TechCamp Prague, tour the headquarters of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), and meet with media executives and ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Visits Plzen

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visited the Plzensky Region on November 3 in what was his second official trip outside of Prague.  The city of Plzen is often regarded as the most pro-American city in the Czech Republic because it was liberated by General Patton’s Army at the end of World War II, an event commemorated every year in ... Read More»

Community Solutions Program 2015 – Call for Applications

ECA and IREX are happy to announce that the 2015 application for the Community Solutions Program officially opened on September 19, 2014!  This is the fifth year of the Community Solutions Program, a professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders working in Environmental Issues, Tolerance and Conflict Resolution, Transparency and Accountability, ... Read More»

A Warning About Email Scams

U.S. Embassy Prague takes this opportunity to remind the public of the following notice concerning internet and email scams: Internet users are frequently the victims of internet scams, where fraudsters attempt to collect money or personal information from other unsuspecting users either by posing as themselves or as well-to-do nationals of other countries.  The following ... Read More»

Contract to Build Top-class Laser System for ELI Beamlines Awarded

Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic has awarded contract for development and delivery of top-class 10-PW laser system to a US-European consortium led by National Energetics (USA), in partnership with EKSPLA (Lithuania), and with major subcontractors being Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (USA) and Schott (Germany-USA). Signing ceremony was held ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Visits Brno

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro went for his first official trip outside of Prague to Brno on October 7 and 8. He loved the “wonderful combination of the old and new, the beautiful historic buildings as well as the vibrant tech sector, and lively universities.” The visit to the Museum of Roma Culture and discussions with the ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Schapiro Hosts Czech Patient Organizations

Ambassador  Andrew Schapiro hosted the first alumni meeting of the Academy of Patient Organizations (APO) at his Residence in Prague on October 2, 2014. Organized by the U.S. Embassy’s Commercial Service and the Association of Innovative Pharmaceutical Industry (AIFP), the event was attended by over fifty alumni of the Academy of Patient Organizations, Deputy Minister ... Read More»

Via Bona Back at the Ambassador’s Residence

U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro hosted on October 1st an award ceremony for the Via Bona Awards for Philanthropy at his residence in Bubeneč. The Via Bona Award is a prestigious award that goes to both individuals and corporations in acknowledgement of their charitable efforts in the Czech Republic. It annually highlights inspiring examples of donating, ... Read More»

The new U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Hosts the Annual IVLP Alumni Reunion

On September 29 the new U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Andrew Schapiro hosted a reception for the Alumni of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in the Czech Republic. It was Ambassador’s first meeting with the Czech Alumni community.  Before the reception, the Ambassador met with the Board Members of the Czech IVLP Alumni ... Read More»

DynEd Celebrates 4th Anniversary on Czech Market

DynEd, the leader in Computer-Assisted English Language Learning, whose courseware has been successfully used by tens of millions of both young and adult students all over the world, has celebrated its fourth anniversary of operating in the Czech Republic. On September 23, 2014 at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence, Mr.  Lance Knowles, President and cofounder of ... Read More»

Statement by U.S. Embassy Spokesperson Daniel Ernst on Election of General Petr Pavel as Chairman of NATO Military Committee

PRAGUE, September 22 — We welcome the election of General Petr Pavel as the new Chairman of the NATO Military Committee. The election by his peers, who are commanders of each NATO nation’s forces, is testament to General Pavel’s distinguished career and is a recognition of the important role the Czech Republic plays as a ... Read More»

Kids Helped Out Harvesting Vegetables at the Embassy’s People’s Garden

A group of children from the Pruhonice Pre-school joined us for the fruit and vegetable garden harvest on September 9, 2014.  While enjoying the hands-on experience, children had a chance to learn the names of various fruits and vegetables and some basic details about planting and harvesting techniques.  After they were done harvesting, the children had an ... Read More»

American Company DynEd introduces a unique English language learning solution for schools

The world leader in Computer Assisted Language Learning, American company DynEd , is celebrating its 4th anniversary in the Czech Republic.  DynEd offers unique language courses that are being used by millions of students across the Globe. On this occasion DynEd will introduce a new and unique English language learning solution for schools on Wednesday, September ... Read More»

Transcript of Ambassador Fried’s call with Czech journalists‏

Ambassador Daniel Fried Coordinator for Sanctions Policy Conference Call with Czech Journalists Moderated by the U.S.-European Media Hub September 17, 2014 Moderator:  Good morning or good afternoon everybody.  Greetings from the State Department’s Media Hub in Brussels.  I’d like to thank all of you who are calling in or participating from the Czech Republic.  We’re ... Read More»

TAB Board Expands from Prague to Other Regions

The Board TAB, an exclusive membership organization that helps business owners to achieve greater profitability, productivity and self-fulfilment, officially entered the Czech market today.  The first boards are currently active in Prague, but the company is expanding to other regions.  Šimon Mastný is the new CEO for the Czech Republic. The official announcement concerning the ... Read More»

A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections to Increase European Presence

POMPANO BEACH, Florida – A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections (ABCHI) will soon be knocking on the doors of many more homeowners seeking its services throughout Europe. The Pompano Beach-based franchisor, recognized as the world’s most professional home inspection company, announced today that it has signed an agreement to launch an aggressive European expansion strategy that ... Read More»

Important Changes to Consular Fees

Prague, September 4 — Beginning on September 12, 2014, the fees for some consular services will change.  Amendments to the Schedule of Consular Fees include the following: Nonimmigrant Visa Processing Fees Type of Visa Previous Fee New Fee Treaty Investor and Trader visas (E) $270 $205 Fiancé(e) visas (K) $240 $265 Border Crossing Card (under ... Read More»

Cultural Attaché Attends Events Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Air Battle Over White Carpathian Mountains

Cultural Attaché Sherry Keneson-Hall represented the U.S. Embassy at events in the Zlin Region on August 30, commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the air battle over White Carpathian Mountains, during which 10 American planes were downed and 41 U.S. airmen lost their lives.  This battle belongs to the most important WWII events in the region. ... Read More»

Prague Burgerfest 2014

American restaurants Bejzment, James Dean Prague, Joe’s American Grill, New York Burger , Texas Steak House, TGI Friday, and U nezbedného bakaláře will present themselves at Burgerfest 2014. On September 5 – 7, 2014, the third annual Prague Burgerfest will return with a bigger location, new attractions and activities and even more burger vendors. Following ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Steve Kashkett signed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Steve Kashkett and Czech Deputy Minister of Finance Mrs. Simona Hornochová signed an intergovernmental agreement to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) to promote transparency between the two nations on tax matters.  This reciprocal agreement underscores the growing international cooperation to end tax evasion everywhere. Read More»

U.S. Embassy Prague Supports Prague Pride Festival

For the fourth year in a row, the U.S. Embassy in Prague was a supporter of Prague Pride, which took place the week of August 11-17.  The theme of this year’s Pride was “East Meets West.” The goal was to give people from countries less open to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community ... Read More»

The Embassy Celebrates Independence Day

Ambassador Norman Eisen hosted the traditional Independence Day reception at the Ambassador’s residence in Prague on July 2, where he welcomed hundreds of respected guests from all walks of life. “Our nations’ great friendship is clearly evident in our work with you bilaterally and multilaterally on the security of Europe and the world,” said the ... Read More»

Press Attaché Daniel Ernst in East Bohemia Visits Schools, Regional Media

Discussions at local schools and meeting regional media outlets were the main items on the agenda of  U.S. Embassy Prague Press Attaché Daniel Ernst’s visit to East Bohemia on June 25—26. Against the backdrop of students’ musical performances at the Pardubice Conservatory, Mr. Ernst shared his experience with pursuing a musical career as well as ... Read More»

The First Burger King Drive-Thru Opens in Prague 4

You can order your favorite Burger King product from the first Burger King Drive-Thru which was opened on June 23 in Prague 4, Michelská Street 3. You can also enjoy coffee and cakes at the Burger King Café,  the only one in the Czech Republic. The Burger King Drive-Thru will be open  around the clock ... Read More»

U.S. Historian Lipstadt Highlights Individual Stories of Holocaust Victims

Prominent U.S. historian Deborah Lipstadt visited the Czech Republic on June 13—19 to conduct lectures and debates with Czech academics, students and members of the Czech Jewish community. Dr. Lipstadt, who wrote the books “Denying the Holocaust” and “The Eichmann Trial”, participated in a commemoration event at the Terezin concentration camp and spoke at the ... Read More»

New American Franchise The Alternative Board Enters the Czech Market

The Alternative Board (TAB Board) is an exclusive, membership-based organization that helps business owners achieve more profitability and productivity. The concept of TAB Board is based on an unmatched combination of advisory boards, individual coaching and the use of proprietary tools, and resources that connect business owners to thousands of their colleagues around the world. ... Read More»

The Embassy’s Conference Presents Best Practices in Minority Integration

Over 100 people gathered at the Lichtenstein Palace in Prague on June 2, to participate in a conference focusing on sharing best practices to integrate minorities. Ministers, mayors, civil servants, activists from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and foreign diplomats met to share their experiences to bring communities together. Chargé d’Affaires of the United States ... Read More»

Taste of America Seminar Offers U.S. Food and Beverages

Czech buyers, representatives of hotels, restaurants and media had a great opportunity to tantalize their taste-buds with U.S. high quality beef, fish and seafood, sweet potatoes, cranberries, nuts and desserts, wine, beer, chips and dips.  On Thursday, May 22, the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Embassy and co-sponsors hosted “Taste of America” event in ... Read More»

Czech and Slovak Dermatologists Were Presented HydraFacial Treatment

On May 20th, the U.S. Embassy in Prague, in cooperation with the American company Edge Systems and its Czech representative Datura, organized a seminar featuring the HydraFacial system. This equipment provides a therapy that combines cleansing exfoliation, chemical peal, extractions, and fusions of antioxidants and Hyaluronic acid. The seminar took place at the residence of ... Read More»

Ambassador Eisen Commemorates Victims of Lety Concentration Camp

Ambassador Norman Eisen joined Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Human Rights Minister Jiri Dienstbier, Minister of Culture Daniel Herman, ambassadors, other officials, and Roma and Sinti representatives at the commemoration ceremony in Lety u Pisku. They joined several dozen visitors to pay tribute to the Roma and Sinti victims held at the concentration camp during the ... Read More»

The Europa House Gallery in Pilsen Features Photo Exhibition by Michael Borek

The Europa House Gallery in Pilsen is featuring a photography exhibition by Michael Borek, a photographer and interpreter based in Washington, D.C. who is originally from Prague. The Pilsen exhibition introduces works from his projects Wide Asleep/Half Awake, Urbania, Scranton Lace, and What Would Sudek Do? which were shown at the American Center in Prague ... Read More»

Nicholas Kralev Discusses Diplomacy and Offers a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the State Department

American journalist and author Nicholas Kralev, an expert on U.S. diplomacy and the inner workings of the State Department, visited Prague from April 28-29. During his two-day visit, Kralev met with students of the Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy, Charles University’s American Studies Department, and the University of Economics. His visit was covered by local media ... Read More»

Chargé d‘Affaires Steven Kashkett Visits Brno

On April 28th and 29th, Chargé d’Affaires Steven Kashkett traveled to Brno on an official visit. While in the Czech Republic’s second largest city he met with Mayor Roman Onderka to discuss cooperation with the city. The trip was divided between Science and Human rights programs. On the science front, he planted a tree in ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary of State Hosts the 2014 U.S.-Czech Strategic Dialogue

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson April 10, 2014 On April 10, 2014, the U.S. Department of State, led by Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland, hosted the 2014 U.S.-Czech Strategic Dialogue.  Petr Drulak, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, led the Czech delegation. The year’s Dialogue focused ... Read More»

American Universities Fair Presents Many U.S. Universities

The U.S. Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassies Prague in cooperation with EducationUSA and the Fulbright Commission, organized educational fair on April 11. The fair took place on the premises of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Around 300 students that attended the event had a chance to learn all they needed to know ... Read More»

The Exhibition “America Is Not Just Burgers” Now Displaying at the American Center

On March 28, Deputy Chief of Mission Steven Kashkett opened the exhibition “America Is Not Just Burgers” at the American Center displaying artwork by students from Obrnice Primary School. The students created pictures of U.S. landscapes, cities and nature under the guidance of Hana Matuštíková, Obrnice Art Teacher. The Obrnice Primary School is significant for ... Read More»

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Visits Prague

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz visited Prague on March 26, 2014 to meet with Czech government officials and advance our dialogue on energy security issues. During his visit, Secretary Moniz opened the joint Civil Nuclear Cooperation Center at the Czech Technical University, where he said: “Nuclear energy is an important part of energy security, and ... Read More»

Bodyography Launches Its Products Through U.S. Pavilion at World of Beauty & Spa

Bodyography brand is finally available in the Czech market. Since it’s founding in the early ’90s, Bodyography Professional Cosmetics has become a leading source of professional mineral based products for some of today’s biggest names in makeup artistry. Bodyography products are not only professional quality, but filled with skin benefiting vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that ... Read More»

President Obama Announces His Intent to Nominate Andrew Schapiro as the Next U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic

Ambassador Eisen congratulates his friend and fellow Czech-American Andy Schapiro on the White House’s announcement of intent to nominate Mr. Schapiro as the next U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic. Ambassador Eisen remains fully engaged in his duties as U.S. Ambassador. We refer you to the White House for additional information on the ambassadorial nomination process. Read More»

Moravian Land Library Brings American Experience in Brno

On February 26, Director of the American Center Nicholas Von Mertens and Moravian Land Library Director Tomáš Gec signed a Memorandum of Understanding on continuing cooperation and support for InfoUSA, the American Corner in Brno. This cooperation helps bring information about the United States closer to you! Come to InfoUSA at the Moravian Land Library ... Read More»

Woodrow Wilson Freedom Award Goes to Miloš Calda

U.S. Ambassador Norman Eisen presented today the  Woodrow Wilson Freedom Award for Promoting U.S.—Czech Relations and Mutual Understanding to Dr. Miloš Calda , former Department Chair of American Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague (1999-2012). Miloš Calda was instrumental in turning the new American studies program into a well-established and unique ... Read More»

Remembering Ambassador Shirley Temple Black

U.S. Ambassador Shirley Temple Black was an icon.  She upheld the highest standards of poise and class, and will be missed. By the time Ambassador Black was assigned to serve in Czechoslovakia in 1989, she was already a seasoned diplomat who had worked in Ghana and as the State Department’s Chief of Protocol.  Here she ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland Visits the Czech Republic

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland visited the Czech Republic to meet with government officials and members of civil society. During her visit, Assistant Secretary Nuland reaffirmed the United States’ deep, vital, important alliance with the Czech Republic and held productive discussions with anti-corruption activists and NGO leaders about Czech ... Read More»

American Center Hosts the 27th International Youth Leadership Conference

On January 7, 2014, the American Center hosted sessions of the 27th International Youth Leadership Conference. Over 50 university students from around the world attended. The International Youth Leadership Conference is a weeklong forum on world politics, international relations, law, media, business and global economy and is coordinated by Civic Concepts International. It brings together ... Read More»
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