Ambassador King Meets the IVLP Exchange Program Alumni

On September 19, Ambassador Stephen B. King invited alumni of the  International Visitor Leadership Program  (IVLP) exchange program to his residence for a gala meeting. At this annual event, graduates meet with those who take part in the IVLP programs in the following year. The opening speech by Ambassador King, was followed by address of the chairwoman of the ...
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U.S.A. Special Partner Nation of 18th NATO Days in Ostrava

The United States was a special partner nation of the 18th year of the NATO Days in Ostrava on September 14-15, which reflected the Centennial of the Czech-American relations.  The media reported that as many as 220,000 people visited the air show, a near-record attendance. General Richard Clark, the Deputy Commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and ...
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Ambassador King Visits Zlin Region

U.S. Ambassador Stephen King, on September 4-5, was pleased to make his first official visit to the southeast Moravian region of Zlin. Ambassador King plans to visit all fourteen regions of the Czech Republic during his tenure, and has instituted an embassy program for diplomats and staff to do the same by regularly traveling “Beyond ...
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Ambassador King: Open Letter to the Freedom and Liberty-Loving People of the Czech Republic

I had the honor this past Wednesday to attend the repatriation ceremony of three Czech heroes at the Prague airport.  This was my first such experience.  I was there not only in my official role as the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic, but also as a grateful father.  My son spent part of this ...
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Ambassador King Visits Friends Fest – Friendly Festival Full of America

On Saturday August 11, Ambassador King visited “Friends Fest – Friendly Festival Full of America” on the Pardubice racecourse. He liked examples of American attractions and traditions, a collection of Ford cars and Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. He appreciated that the organizers will use the Friends Fest admissions as a contribution to the collection to ...
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Ambassador King Co-Opens the 8th Prague Pride Festival

On August 6, Ambassador King attended the opening of the 8th Prague Pride Festival which belongs among the largest cultural events of Prague´s summer season.  The Ambassador said in his speech on Strelecky Island that he is „proud that the U.S. Embassy has supported the festival since its inception in 2011 … because LGBTI person ...
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Presidents Wilson and Masaryk Celebrated Independence Day in Prague

Prague, June 29  – U.S. and Czechoslovak Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (portrayed by actors from the Prague Shakespeare Company) celebrated the 242th anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America at a reception hosted at U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Prague. Presidents Wilson and Masaryk, accompanied by U.S. Ambassador Stephen King celebrated not only ...
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Johnson & Johnson New Offices Inauguration in Prague

On June 12, 2018, U.S. Ambassador Steven B. King delivered congratulatory remarks at the official opening of the new Johnson & Johnson office in Jinonice.  Ms. Erin Champlin, Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Global Services, was the featured speaker at the opening ceremony which attracted Czech and international officials, community representatives as well as Johnson ...
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Ambassador King Delivers Remarks at CEELI Meeting

Ambassador King delivered welcome remarks at the CEELI Institute’s Annual Meeting this morning.  The Institute’s Annual Meeting brings together board members, judges, lawyers and other experts to discuss rule of law issues and provides the Institute with an opportunity to review its efforts and programs.  This year the participants will also discuss threats to rule ...
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Keller Williams, a New U.S. Real Estate Company Enters the Czech Market

U.S. Ambassador Steve King participated in the launch of Keller Williams Czech Republic , a new U.S. real estate company entering the Czech market. Keller Williams Czech Republic is a master franchisor of Keller Williams International. Around 150 real estate professionals and other guests participated in the launch event that was held at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador ...
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The Embassy Commemorates the 76th Anniversary of Lidice Massacre

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 by Czech patriots in May, ...
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Ambassador King Visits Teplice

Visit to Gymnazium Teplice was a success – Ambassador King was impressed during his meeting with students and his visit to the school’s bio-park and the town of Teplice. On his way to Teplice, he visited SSI Technologies in Přestanov. The company is based in Ambassador King’s hometown in Janesville, Wisconsin and has been operating ...
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Ambassador King Visits Mlada Boleslav

Support for innovation and economic cooperation between Czech and U.S. companies was one of the main topics discussed during today’s meeting between Ambassador King and Mayor of Mlada Boleslav Raduan Nwelati. Ambassador King’s trip to Mlada Boleslav would not be complete without a visit to the ŠKODA AUTO Museum and Factory.
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Ambassador King Launches the Harley Davidson “Czech-American Challenge” Smart-Phone Application

Ambassador Stephen King participated in Harley-Davidson’s press conference to highlight the upcoming 115th H-D anniversary festival to take place in Prague in July. The conference also launched the “Czech-American Challenge” smart-phone application that U.S. Embassy Prague developed in conjunction with Harley Davidson Prague , which features information on locations in the Czech Republic of importance in the U.S.-Czech ...
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Ambassador King Commemorates Victims of Roma Holocaust in Lety

On Sunday, May 13, U.S. Ambassador Stephen King 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 Romani, ...
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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 ...
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Whitford Corporation Introduces Fluoropolymer Coatings to the Czech Market

On April 10, U.S. Ambassador Steve King opened a seminar organized by Whitford Corporation to introduce the company’s fluoropolymer coatings to the Czech market. The Ambassador also welcomed the company’s new collaborative venture with the University of West Bohemia. Whitford Corporation’s Stephen Butler, Global Business Director, and Petr Kavalíř, Vice Director, University of West Bohemia ...
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Czech Ice Hockey Hall of Fame Features NHL Exhibition Celebrating its 100th Birthday

Czech Ice Hockey Hall of Fame situated at Harfa Mall in Prague was officially expanded yesterday by a new exhibition celebrating the 100th birthday of NHL. The ceremony was attended by famous former and current Czech ice hockey players, including Dominik Hasek, Martin Rucinsky and Petr Nedved, and also U.S. Ambassador Steve King and Canadian ...
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U.S. Commercial Service brings business mission of U.S. “Smart Cities” companies

From March 14 – 16, 2018, U.S. Commercial Service Prague worked with the Business Council  for International Understanding (BCIU) to bring to Prague a unique business mission of  U.S. companies active in Smart Cities arena. Five U.S. companies – Mastercard, Microsoft, Viasat, Visa, Winncom Technologies – participated in the mission. Mission participants had an opportunity ...
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Embassy Collaborates with Harley Davidson on “Czech-American Challenge”

Klasik moto, the local licensee of the Harley Davidson company, collaborates with U.S. Embassy Prague on the upcoming “Czech-American Challenge” smart-phone app through a public-private partnership agreement signed on March 5 in Prague with Ambassador King. The interactive app will highlight the 100th anniversary of U.S.-Czech relations along with the 115th anniversary of Harley Davidson, ...
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Ambassador King Visits Brno

As a part of his mission to engage with the Czech people and learn more about the Czech Republic, Ambassador Stephen King made his first multi-day trip to the country’s second largest city, Brno. During his three day visit, the Ambassador met local technology companies, and spoke to students, civil society activists, and local politicians. ...
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Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

U.S. Ambassador Stephen King, Ukrainian Ambassador Yevhen Perebyinis, and Dutch Ambassador Kees Klompenhouwer (who served as Dutch Ambassador to Ukraine from 2013 – 2017) participated in a public event on the current situation in Ukraine at the American Center in Prague on February 16. The event featured a special screening of Winter on Fire (2015), an Oscar-nominated documentary ...
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GE Aviation and Czech Technical University Announce Enhanced Cooperation

On February 13, U.S. Ambassador Stephen King delivered remarks at a press conference celebrating the establishment of a new and cutting edge, collaborative agreement between GE Aviation and the Czech Technical University in Prague (ČVUT). The agreement between GE and ČVUT will support the Czech aviation industry and further U.S.-Czech business and educational ties. In ...
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Velvyslanec King Enjoys His First Trip to Brno

U.S. Ambassador Stephen King really enjoyed his first trip to Brno. He and Mrs. King attended the concert of Wynton Marsalis and his amazing big band, which was hosted by JazzFest Brno. Besides traditional jazz songs performed in modern arrangements, the Marsalis orchestra premiered a new piece based on Antonin Dvorak’s Humoresque in Brno, which ...
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Ambassador King Meets with Secretary of Commerce from the State of Indiana

On January 29, U.S. Ambassador Stephen King met with Secretary of Commerce from the State of Indiana Jim Schellinger during the Secretary’s visit to Prague. Indiana Commerce Secretary Schellinger was visiting the Czech Republic to build closer relations with the Czech government and business community through increased trade and investment. Ambassador King welcomed Indiana’s interest ...
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Four Companies Collaborate with the Embassy on the Baruv Fellowship Program

The U.S. Embassy on January 24 entered into four Public-Private Partnerships with The International School of Prague, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Czech, Red Hat Czech, and Vodafone Czech Republic to collaborate on the Baruv Fellowship Program, a program that since 2015 has provided placements in private companies, non-profit organizations and government for talented university students with ties ...
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Ambassador King Opens the U.S.-Czech Conference on Advanced Nanotechnology and Chemistry

American Center, February 17, 2018 As prepared Dobre rano, damy a panove. Good morning, and welcome to the American Center. I am excited to be here today to open the U.S.-Czech Conference on Advanced Nanotechnology and Chemistry. The Embassy is proud to be a sponsor of this conference as we kickoff our celebration of 100 ...
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U.S. Ambassador King Visits Bell Helicopter, Affirms Support for Offer of Bell Helicopters

U.S. Ambassador Steve King conducted his first official visit to a U.S. company in the Czech Republic by touring Bell Helicopter’s Customization and Delivery Center at the Václav Havel Airport in Prague today. Ambassador King remarked that Bell’s commitment to providing economic opportunities for both the Czech Republic as well as the United States is ...
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Join U.S. Embassy Prague’s New Youth Advisory Board!

Ambassador Stephen B. King is pleased to announce the inauguration of U.S. Embassy Prague’s Youth Advisory Board. We are launching this important new advisory board as we commence our celebration of the Centennial of U.S.-Czech diplomatic relations in 2018. U.S. Embassy Prague seeks to recruit up to 15 youth members to serve one-year volunteer terms ...
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Celebrating One Hundred Years of U.S.-Czech Relations

In 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Prague will celebrate one hundred years of bilateral relations between the United States and the Czech Republic. It was U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and his administration that proved instrumental to Tomas Garrigue Masaryk’s project to form a new and independent Czechoslovak state in 1918. Masaryk and other prominent Czechs ...
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Ambassador King Decorates Czech Baseball Teams

Ambassador Stephen King hosted a reception in his residence to celebrate the achievements and development of Czech baseball. Young athletes, along with their families and friends, were the main guests at the event. At the ceremony, the Ambassador and representatives of Czech baseball and University Sports Associations acknowledged the successes of the “under 12” team ...
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Ambassador Schapiro’s Farewell

As I’m getting ready to finish my time as the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic, I want to reach out and thank each and everyone of you who have sent nice comments, letters, photographs and even songs to me and to my family. We will always remember and treasure the time that we have ...
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Ambassador Schapiro Awards Media Prize at the 2016 Roma Spirit Awards

U.S. Ambassador Schapiro attended the 2016 Roma Spirit Awards on December 10, where he awarded the media prize to Czech Television reporter Richard Samko. In his remarks, Ambassador Schapiro emphasized: “When the media cover cases of exclusion and discrimination, exposing these human rights violations, it increases awareness and understanding from the public, decreasing tolerance for these practices.” Before ...
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“Czech Refugee Help” Receives A. G. Masaryk Award for Human Rights

On the occasion 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 Pomáháme lidem na útěku (The Czech Refugee Help or PLNU) organization which supports, helps, and coordinates Czech volunteers working along the Balkan refugee route. “The award was ...
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2016 Prague Inter-Embassy Anti-Corruption Day Statement

Prague, December 8 – On the occasion of Anti-Corruption Day, the Ambassadors of the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada to the Czech Republic release the following statement: “We come together again for a third year to renew our countries’ commitment to fighting corruption in all its forms. December 9, International Anti-Corruption Day, is ...
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The Embassy Awards the Winners of the “America Through Your Eyes” Photo Contest

The winners of our annual photo contest “America Through Your Eyes” were awarded by Ambassador Andrew Schapiro at the American Center on November 30. The Ambassador presented certificates and prizes to winners of three categories: National Parks (Michal Hynek, Denali National Park, Alaska), Cities (Adam Kahánek, Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan at night, New York City) ...
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U.S. Representatives Attend Dinner Marking Thanksgiving of 1945 in Cesky Krumlov

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro and U.S. military commander in Europe Ben Hodges attended a dinner in Cesky Krumlov on November 21 in remembrance of the U.S. army’s Thanksgiving Day dinner in 1945. The dinner was served in the Ruze (Rose) hotel, which also hosted the dinner for the U.S. liberators on November 22, 1945. The meals ...
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U.S. Ambassador Visits the Olomouc and Moravian-Silesian Regions

U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visited the Olomouc and Moravian-Silesian Regions on November 3-4, 2016. He spoke to students at Palacky University Law School, Jiri Wolker Gymnazium in Prostějov and at the University of Ostrava. Students were interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy priorities, as well as the U.S. presidential election process. Ambassador Schapiro ...
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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 ...
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Ambassador Schapiro Meets the Čhavorenge Choir

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro attended a performance of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the Čhavorenge choir at the Rudolfinum on October 7. The Ambassador greeted the members of the choir and the choirmistress Ida Kelarová after the concert. The members of Čhavorenge come from Roma communities in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. A grant of the ...
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Czech-U.S. Nuclear Cooperation at Rez Nuclear Research Institute

U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro participated at a September 27 event presenting the results of a test of molten salts in the nuclear reactor in the Rez Nuclear Research Institute (UJV) just outside Prague city limits. The test was conducted under a memorandum of understanding for scientific cooperation between Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and ...
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U.S. Strategic Bombers Top Attraction at NATO Days in Ostrava

U.S. strategic bombers B-1 Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress belonged among the top attractions at this year’s NATO Days at the Ostrava International Airport this past weekend. U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro, who visited the air show together with U.S. Embassy Defense Attaché Mark Wootan on Saturday, greeted crews of the bombers and several other aircraft that ...
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U.S. Embassy Commemorates Victims of 9/11 at Prague Monument to NYC Firefighters

U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro joined Prague firefighters, Prague 1 Mayor Oldrich Lomecky, other officials and the public in Kampa in downtown Prague on September 11 to remember the thousands of victims of the terrorist attacks, including 343 firefighters who died while trying to save lives. “I remember the memorials that popped up at every firehouse ...
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U.S. Embassy Honors Family for Saving Life of U.S. Airman at the end of the World War II

On September 7 in Tochovice near Pribram in Central Bohemia, U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro presented a memorial plaque to the relatives of Josef Parizek who saved U.S. pilot Newton T. Parker from certain death near the end of World War II. Germans shot down Parker’s bomber in April 1945 in the Sedlcany region. Parker was ...
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Ambassador Schapiro Visits the Pardubice Airfield

On August 31, U.S. Ambassador to the CR Andrew Schapiro, Czech Ambassador to the U.S. Petr Gandalovic, Deputy Defense Minister Jakub Landovsky and other guests visited the airfield in Pardubice. The main goal of the visit were the joint exercises of our and foreign soldiers that have been taking places at the base. The delegation ...
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Ambassador Schapiro Visits Antonín Čermák Elementary School in Prague 6

On September 1, Ambassador Schapiro visited Antonín Čermák Elementary School in Prague 6, named for a Czech American who became the 44th Mayor of Chicago. Along with school Principal Petr Karvánek and Prague 6 Mayor Ondřej Kolář, Ambassador Schapiro greeted the new first graders and their families as they arrived for their first day of ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 used in the public ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Ambassador Schapiro’s First Year in the Czech Republic

September 30, 2015 “Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to travel all across the Czech Republic, meeting not only with government officials, but also with students and educators, faith leaders, civil society groups, businesspeople, and representatives of the Czech military. I’m happy to say that I have now been to all fourteen regions ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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