Ambassador Schapiro in front of photo portraits of the U.S. Ambassadors to the Czech Republic and Czechoslovakia at the U.S. Embassy Prague.

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 spent in this wonderful country,

Ambassador Schapiro Awards Media Prize at the 2016 Roma Spirit Awards

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 announcing the

2016 Alice Garrigue Masaryk Award

“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 presented for the dedication of

State Department/Doug Thompson

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 a day for everyone to

Winning picture by Adam Kahanek - Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan at night

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) and Selfies (Jan Berenda, Halo

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.

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 served were identical with those

Ambassador Schapiro met with the group of Iraqis at the Community Center on November 4, 2016.

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 also visited the newly reconstructed

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro speaks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic on October 30, 2014.

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 of the themes that Daniel

Čhavorenge choir at the Rudolfinum on October 7

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 U.S. Embassy co-funded Miret’s summer

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) .

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 the Nuclear Research Institute (UJV)

Ambassador Schapiro attended NATO Days 2016 at the airport in Ostrava.

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 were on public display. The

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 throughout the city,” said Ambassador

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 the only one to survive

Ambassador Schapiro accepted 2016 Personality of Prague 6 Award at a ceremony held in the Břevnov Monastery on September 2, 2016.

Ambassador Schapiro Accepts 2016 Personality of Prague 6 Award

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro accepted 2016 Personality of Prague 6 Award at a ceremony held in the Břevnov Monastery on September 2, 2016. On the occasion of the Prague 6 Day, he was recognized as the first foreign recipient of the Award for his outstanding cooperation with Prague 6 and for promoting U.S.-Czech relations. Along with Ambassador Schapiro, the same award

Ambassador Schapiro at the Tactical Simulation Center

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 was welcomed by the advisor

Ambassador Schapiro visited Antonín Čermák Elementary School in Prague 6, named for a Czech American who became the 44th Mayor of Chicago.

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 school. Ambassador Schapiro told the

the Embassy team led by Ambassador Andrew Schapiro and his wife Tamar Newberger took part in the Saturday parade, a highlight of the festival, which was attended by as many as 40,000 people.

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 Prague Pride-related events at the

Velvyslanec Schapiro při projevu ke Dni nezávislosti

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 who are affected. President Obama

Tonya Graves zpívá americkou národní hymnu.

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. “So we celebrate 240 years

Traditional dates and yogurt to break the fast for Iftar dinner at the U.S. Ambassadors' residence.

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 charity and compassion for those

On June 20, 2016, 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) .

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 Helena Langšádlová and Caritas’ Refugee

Syrian refugees (© AP Images)

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 a refugee, I know firsthand

Prague vigils honoring victims of the shooting in Orlando.

Thank You For Honoring Victims of Shooting in Orlando

Thank you to PROUD (The Platform for Equality, Recognition and Diversity) and all those who came out to honor the victims of the recent shooting in Orlando that targeted the LGBTI community. Gathering more than one hundred people, PROUD organized a candlelight vigil in front of the U.S. Embassy in Prague on June 13 commemorating the victims of not only

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.

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 the Marine Security Guard detachment.

Ambassador Schapiro Congratulates Czech Scientist

On June 7th, Ambassador Andrew Schapiro congratulated Professor Jan Svoboda of the Institute of Molecular Genetics on his election as a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. “Election of a Foreign Associate to our National Academy of Sciences is a very rare and high honor,“ said Ambassador Schapiro and added: „I’m really proud to see you as

Ambassador Schapiro and his wife Tamar Newberger visited Lednice-Valtice UNESCO protected area on May 17, 2016.

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 had a discussion about civil

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visits the Broumov monastery on May 13, 2016.

Ambassador Schapiro Visits East Bohemia  

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro traveled to East Bohemia on May 13 to the town of Nachod and participated in the opening of the Music Theater Festival for children of special schools of the Hradec Kralove Region and toured the town with students of a local gymnasium. At RGP CZ, a U.S. owned company, the Ambassador met local representatives, and learned about

Ambassador Schapiro tours the historic center of Ceske Budejovice with Deputy Mayor Jaromir Talir.

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 these colored pencils but

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, 2016.

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 school in downtown Kadan that

Director of the Fulbright Commission in the Czech Republic Hana Ripkova opens the reception hosted by Ambassador Schapiro and his wife Tamar Newberger. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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 of attracting greater

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.

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 filled and handed to the

Roma Flag

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 the inclusion and equal treatment

Ambassador Schapiro and Ms. Tamar Newberger visited the Department of Computer Science at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University.

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 systems, to name just a

Ambassador Schapiro visited FEI Czech Republic s.r.o., a world leader in electron optics and nanotechnologies.

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 also visited FEI

Ambassador’s wife Tamar Newberger visited Honeywell CZ laboratories in Brno (HTS) on March 7.

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 start-ups. She also visited “Human

Velvyslanec USA v CR Andrew H. Schapiro se setkal s předsedou Islámské nadace v Brně panem Muneeb Alrawim.

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 warm welcome at the Brno

U.S. Ambassador Schapiro at the Euro-Atlantic Security: A Pre-Warsaw Assessment Conference.

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, many other European countries and

Tamar Newberger, Ambassador’s wife, visits the Vinohrady Hospital Burn Center in Prague on February 18, 2016.

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 they do.”

Ambassador Schapiro with awardees and partners of the Via Bona Award for philanthropy.

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 Donors Registry, as

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 Gejdosova and her picture “Now.” The

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro gives an interview to the Czech TV at the unveiling ceremony of Jan Palach Memorial in Prague.

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 invasion of his homeland in

Ambassador Schapiro participates in ribbon cutting ceremony at the Prague Vaclav Havel Airport

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 daily flights to Prague throughout

Ambassadors of the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, Norway and South Korea

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

Freescoot with Ambassador Schapiro

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 Schapiro on hover boards.

The U.S. Embassy Prague joins the "Short Trousers For Václav Havel" iniciative to honor his legacy on December 18, 2015.

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,

Roma Spirit 2015 (photo Michaela Čejková)

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 inclusion of Roma went to

Romano Suno (Romani Dream) contest poster

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 space

Ambassador Schapiro presents the Alice Garrigue Masaryk Award to Marie Gottfriedová.

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 director of the Trmice elementary

2015 Theme: Break the corruption chain

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 is a global challenge that

Ambassador Schapiro takes a selfie with students of the Technical University in Liberec. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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 Pardubice and Hradec Králové, and

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visits Pfizer Financial Center. Photo U.S. Embassy Prague

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 five such center throughout

Ambassador Schapiro shows Johnson & Johnson products. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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 Johnson & Johnson employees in

Judges tasting nineteen pies. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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 each pie – after the

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro speaks at the opening of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, the major event of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015 in Prague. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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 Ambassador Schapiro stressed was: “A

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro and U.S. Embassy's Political Officer Alex Barrasso at the opening of conference on integration of people with visual impairments into the workforce. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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 greater diversity but expands the

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visited the South Moravian capital Brno on April 14, 2015.

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 of the country. I’ve learned

The U.S. Ambassador Hosts the Annual IVLP Alumni Reunion

On September 24, 2015 the 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. In his remarks, Ambassador said he was excited to meet Czechs from so many diverse professional fields and said that he was impressed with the variety of people who have

The U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro and Chef of MAKRO Academy at the Taste of America. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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 event and

Ambassador Schapiro standing in front of the U.S. strategic bomber B-52H

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 one of the biggest events

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 and other skills test. U.S.

Ambassador Schapiro welcomed the U.S. military convoy crossing the Czech Republic to Ruzyně-Prague with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnický on September 8, 2015. (photo U.S. Embassy)

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 Schapiro. The delegation met with

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro gets the traditional Pardubice gingerbread from Mayor Martin Charvát at the historical Town Hall of Pardubice on September 8, 2018. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

Ambassador Schapiro’s Visit to Pardubice

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro visited Pardubice on September 8, 2015. The program included a guided tour of the Green Gate (located in the historic center of the town and connected to a high tower standing at 60 meters), a discussion with Mayor Martin Charvát and his deputies at the historical Town Hall, a tour of the grand Pardubice Steeplechase racetrack, and

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro meets the children from underprivileged backgrounds at the ERKO club during his trip to Jihlava on September 2, 2015. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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, funded by Caritas Jihlava and

Great Seal of the United States

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 information.

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro and his wife Tamar Newberger listen to the U.S. national anthem sang by the Oakland Symphony Chorus at a reception marking America’s Independence Day, June 30, 2015. (photo Ondrej Nemec)

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 Czechs fought for their freedom

Great Seal of the United States

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 United States declared itself an

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro watches a chemical experiment at the combined Elementary and High School in Prostějov on June 11, 2015. (photo Lukáš Andrýsek)

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 to the consistent support of

Ambassador Schapiro shakes hand with Chief of General Staff Josef Becvar at the Bagram base in Afghanistan.

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 base since the beginning of

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro and Jan Bezdicek, Director of the company Rockwell Automation in the CR (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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 was briefed on Rockwell Automation’s

U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro participated in the grand opening of the MSD IT Global Innovation Center building in Prague on May 20, 2015. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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 the Center’s operation between 2014

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro speaks at the commemoration ceremony at the Lety Memorial on May 13, 2015. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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 Romani, and their relatives, many

Ambassador Schapiro participated in the Liberation Festival in Pilsen on May 6th along with the U.S. veterans who liberated Pilsen in 1945.

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 Republic, Andrew Schapiro, said he

In picture from left: Ambassador Andrew Schapiro, President of the Union of Judges Daniela Zemanova, Minister of Justice Robert Pelikan and MP Jeroným Tejc.

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 Union of Judges Daniela Zemanova.

The Embassy employees welcomed the the Convoy of Liberty dressed in historical costumes from the 1940’s. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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 were used

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro raises a glass of apple cider to toast International Earth Day with fifth-graders from the local school. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

Ambassador Celebrates Earth Day in White Carpathians

On April 22, Ambassador Andrew Schapiro celebrated International Earth Day with a group of children at Hostetin, a model eco village at the foot of the White Carpathian Mountains in the Zlín Region. The Ambassador saw the first passive house built in the CR, a biomass heating plant, a cider house and many other local environmental projects. “We consider the

Ambassador Schapiro discusses key policy and economic issues with students of T. Bata University in Zlin. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

Ambassador Discusses Current Affairs at University in Zlin

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro discussed current affairs at Tomas Bata University in Zlin. Most questions related to the crisis in Ukraine and one of the students summarized her impression from the debate: “He [Schapiro] aptly expressed the key to success in today’s world, which is to stay united.” The students were also interested in the negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro attends at a commemoration ceremony honoring the U.S. flyers who lost their lives near the Konopiště chateau close to Benešov.

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 in Central Bohemia. Shortly before

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro (left) and Jim Stoker (center right), CEO of GE Aviation Czech at GE Aviation Czech on April 16, 2015. (photo GE Aviation Czech)

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 of the

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro and Director of the Moravian Land Library Tomáš Kubíček participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open renovated American Space called “InfoUSA”.

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 U.S. Embassy is expanding people-to-people

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro tastes one of the Californian wine labels.

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 Ambassador Andrew Schapiro in his

Ambassador Schapiro and his wife Tamar Newberger hosted the first dinner ever at the residence for women leaders in science and technology on March 16. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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. All guests agreed that companies

U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro, British Ambassador Jan Thompson, and Norwegian Ambassador Siri Ellen Sletner visits the elementary school in Trmice.

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 in the elementary school in

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro speaks to the students of the Faculty of Education of J. E. Purkyně University.

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 Pedagogical Faculty of J. E.

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro and his wife Tamar Newberger in Olomouc on February 24, 2015.

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 Stanek to discuss new possibilities

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