The U.S. Embassy Prague Marines donated gifts in Toys for Tots program

On December 21st Marines from the U.S. Embassy in Prague Detachment donated a gift of Toys for Tots at the Safehouse of St. Joseph for mothers/fathers in need with children in Lochovice near Beroun in the Central Bohemian Region. Thirty-three children altogether will enjoy their new toys at Christmas – both kids at the safehouse and in families in the

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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 a day for everyone to

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro gave closing remarks to conclude the conference.

American Center Holds “Entreprelooza” In Support Of “Global Entrepreneurship Week”

U.S. Embassy’s American Center held its second all day “Entreprelooza” conference in support of “Global Entrepreneurship Week” on November 15 in Prague. During the conference, some of the topics included: the role of women entrepreneurs and innovators in academia, and the experience of immigrant entrepreneurs, as well as their role as drivers of innovation and job creation. Representatives of organizations

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

The U.S. Embassy Prague Commemorated 9/11

The U.S. Embassy in Prague illuminated the Embassy’s Glorietta pavilion with two columns of light to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. The two beams was lit up on Sunday, September 11 at 9.00 p.m. The illumination was inspired by the Tribute in Light, placed next to the site of the World Trade Center

U.S. Embassy Supports Prague Pride Festival 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Prague is proud to support the Prague Pride Festival again this year, which will take place August 8-14 throughout the city. This year’s theme is “love,” and the Pride Festival’s objective is to combat prejudice against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons and other minorities. 130 events are planned in Prague as part of

U.S. Embassy hosted a panel discussion “Central European Gas Markets"

U.S. Embassy Hosts Panel Discussion on Central European Gas Markets

On Monday, July 25, the Political-Economic and Public Affairs Sections of the U.S. Embassy hosted a panel discussion “Central European Gas Markets.” The panel was comprised of Jitka Holubcová of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Michael Kehr of Net4Gas, and Martin Jirušek of International Relations and Energy Security Program at Masaryk University. The discussion was moderated by energy specialist Jan

U.S. Embassy hosted a panel discussion “The Path to a Sustainable Energy Future”

U.S. Embassy Hosts Panel Discussion “The Path to a Sustainable Energy Future”

On Wednesday July 27, the Political-Economic and Public Affairs Sections of the U.S. Embassy hosted a panel discussion “The Path to a Sustainable Energy Future.” The panel was comprised of Miroslav Kundrata of the Partnership Alliance, Simona Kalvoda of the Czech Green Building Council, Pavel Zamyslicky of the Ministry of Environment, and Marek Lang of the Alliance for Energy Self-Sufficiency.

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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 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

Cuban family found new home in New York.

Embassy Marks World Refugee Day

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

U.S. Embassy Acting Deputy Chief of Mission James Merz participated on May 13 in the ceremony paying homage to Roma victims of the Lety concentration camp.

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

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

Tiskový atašé Daniel Ernst se zúčastnil oslav 71. výročí konce 2. světové války v Sušici.

Embassy Participates in Liberation Commemorations in Western and Southern Bohemia

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

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro attended the WWII liberation commemorative events in Pilsen on May 6, 2016.

World War II Liberation Commemorations Culminate in Pilsen

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

Economic Officer Noah Woodiwiss and Political Specialist Helena Markusova delivered remarks to mark the 71st anniversary of the end of World War II in Zhůří.

Embassy Representatives Attend Liberation Events in Zhůří and Klatovy

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

Convoy of Liberty 2016

The U.S. Embassy Prague Hosts the Convoy of Liberty 2016

Marking the 71st anniversary of the end of World War Two, the U.S. Embassy Prague hosted the Convoy of Liberty on Friday, April 29.  The Convoy is the traditional tour of Bohemia by the military history clubs in authentic, refurbished vehicles from World War II; this tradition began eleven years ago. The convoy is a tribute to the U.S. army

Major Mark White of the Office of Defense Cooperation represented the U.S. Embassy Prague at a commemoration event in Krupka, northern Bohemia.

U.S. Honors Fallen Czechs and Americans in Last Days of WWII

On April 28, Major Mark White of the Office of Defense Cooperation represented the U.S. Embassy Prague at a commemoration event in Krupka, northern Bohemia, marking the 71st anniversary of the death of 313 concentration camp prisoners who passed away during a death march in April of 1945 near Krupka. Major White also honored on this day in Pilsen-Litice twelve fallen

Major Adam Knox represented the U.S. Embassy at the commemoration event that took place near the Konopistě Chateau in the Benešov District.

U.S. Embassy Commemorates U.S. Air Force WWII Pilots

Major Adam Knox represented the U.S. Embassy at the commemoration event that took place near the Konopistě Chateau in the Benešov District on Friday, April 22nd. The event honored nine U.S. Air Force pilots who were shot down during their mission over then Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia and who the Nazi’s subsequently executed without a trial on April 19,

Mark Wootan together with Mayor Vít Mojžíš participated in a ceremony of naming a new street after Lt. Clair W. Evans in Pilsen-Křimice on April 25, 2016.

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

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

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

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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 the inclusion and equal treatment

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American Universities Fair 2016 Will Present Sixteen Universities in Prague

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

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

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

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,

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

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

A young man holds Czechoslovak flag at the Wenceslas Square where gathered thousands of people in November 1989. Photo: David Turnley/CORBIS

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

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

Deputy Chief of Mission Steven Kashkett speaks at a ceremony to transfer custody of the Woodrow Wilson Monument to the City of Prague. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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

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

Chargé d’Affaires Kashkett meets with the team before the game. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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

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

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

U.S. Embassy Cultural Attaché Erin Kotheimer and Vice Rector of University of West Bohemia Ladislav Čepička sign the Memorandum of Understanding to continue cooperation to maintain the U.S. Point at the University. (photo University of West Bohemia)

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

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

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 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

Press Attaché Daniel Ernst discusses transatlantic relations in the 21st century with students from the Summer School of Journalism in Havlickuv Brod.

Press Attaché Daniel Ernst Lectures at Summer School of Journalism

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

U.S. Embassy’s Political Officer Nathan Webber lays wreath at a memorial at Hodonín u Kunštátu on August 24, 2015. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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

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

The US Embassy team participated in the Prague Pride Parade.

U.S. Embassy Supported Prague Pride Festival

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

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

Maj. Adam Knox of the Embassy's Office of Defense Cooperation participated in the ride 240 MILES TO FREEDOM of U.S. historcal military vehicals commemorating the Demarcation Line on June 24, 2015. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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

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

Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland led the 6th US-Czech Strategic Dialogue hosted by the Czech MFA on June 18, 2015. (photo MFA)

Assistant Secretary of State Nuland Visits Prague for Strategic Dialogue

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

Chargé d’Affaires Steve Kashkett lays a wreath at the common grave in Lidice to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of Lidice massacre, June 13, 2015. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

The Embassy Commemorates the 73rd Anniversary of Lidice Massacre

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

The U.S. Army Europe Dixieland band “Rhine River Ramblers” plays in Pilsen’s main square. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

U.S. Diplomats Participate in Liberation Commemorations

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

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

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

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

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

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

Embassy Cyclists Retrace General Patton’s Journey to Plzen

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

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 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

U.S. and Czech Soldiers Discuss Collection Management

U.S. and Czech Soldiers Discuss Collection Management

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

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

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

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

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Roma Inclusion Special Grant Competition

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

Chargé d'Affaires Steve Kashkett and Skechers’ Managing Partner Marvin Bernstein (right) at the grand opening of the Skechers first store in Prague.

Skechers Opens Its First Store in CR

Skechers USA, Inc., one of the global leaders in the lifestyle and performance footwear industry, opened its first store in the Czech Republic on April 8. The store is located in the Flora Shopping Mall in Prague’s Vinohrady district, with more stores planned around the Czech Republic. The company offers two distinct footwear categories: a lifestyle division that includes the

Routes of the Dragoon Ride in the Czech Republic.

The U.S. Embassy in Prague Appreciates Czech Support to “Dragoon Ride”

The U.S. Embassy in Prague deeply appreciates the support to the “Dragoon Ride” convoy that Czechs have expresssed on social media and in organizing welcoming events on the convoy’s route. We are thankful for this support! Further information about the convoy will be published once it is available. You will also find it on the Embassy’s website and social media

Richard Olehla lectures about the contemporary trends in American Literature at the Gallery of the European House in Pilsen.

Meeting Literature Project Presents Contemporary American Literature in Plzeň

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

Czech CIS (Communications and Information Systems Agency) and members of the Nebraska and Texas Air and Army National Guard (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

Cyber Defense Exchange Strengthens Czech-U.S. Cooperation

On 17-19 March the Czech CIS (Communications and Information Systems Agency) and members of the Nebraska and Texas Air and Army National Guard conducted a Cyber Defense Exchange at the Hotel DAP. This exchange was a part of the State Partnership Program which has been going on in the Czech Republic since 1993. The Czechs and Americans exchanged Tactics, Techniques,

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

Czech military police work with new biometrics terminals.

Czech Military Police Familiarize with New Biometrics Terminals

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

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

The United States Army Europe Band & Chorus perform in the concert hall Peklo in Pilsen.

U.S. Army Band Earns Standing Ovations at Concert in Pilsen

On Friday, February 27, the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus, based in Germany, performed in the concert hall Peklo in Pilsen. During their program “Sounds of America”, they introduced a selection of the best of American music for large orchestras. The band performed Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin with a piano solo by U.S. Army Specialist Josef Vacula,

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

American soprano Nicole Taylor performs with piano accompaniment by Daniel Ernst at the Church of Saint Lawrence in Malá Strana.

American Soprano Celebrates African-American History Month in Prague

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

Vaclav Havel Library Director Marta Smolíková welcomed participants of a panel discussion on first visit of President Havel in the U.S.

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

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

Become an EGLI - Atlas Corps Fellow like Karuna from India.

Apply for the Emerging Global Leaders Initiative (EGLI) Atlas Corps Fellowship

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a special opportunity for emerging civil society leaders to participate in a 6- to 18-month professional fellowship in the United States. All Fellows will be placed at a leading social change organization in the United States. Individuals in the nonprofit/NGO sectors with 2 to 10 years of experience, a college degree,

Ambassasor Andrew Schapiro speaks with translator Norma Bean Comrada at the American Center.

Ambassasor Schapiro Congratulates Norma Comrada on the Karel Čapek Medal

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

Professor Barbara S. Slusher gives a lecture at the American Center on February 5, 2015.

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

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

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro and Cardinal Dominik Duka, the Archbishop of Prague, talk on rooftop of the Prague Archdiocese.

Ambassador Schapiro Meets Cardinal Dominik Duka (February 3)

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

Panelists from the left: Kryštof Kozák of the Department of American Studies FSV UK; Jiří Schneider of Prague Security Studies Institute; journalist Kateřina Šafaříková; and Alexandr Vonda of Center of Transatlantic Relations (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

2015 State of the Union Speech, Implications for Czech Republic

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

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The Embassy Launches On-line Auction of Used Property

The U.S. Embassy in Prague has begun using an online auction system to conduct property sales. The online auction will be open to the public and only items that are functioning or repairable will be sold (office and residential furniture, equipment, appliances, etc.). Appliances and IT equipment with unknown problems or that are irreparable, will be disposed of and not

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro and Pilsen Mayor Martin Zrzavecký in the famous Pilsner brewery at the opening of Pilsen — 2015 European Capital of Culture on January 17, 2015. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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

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

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro speaks to the Czech Radio during his visit to Hradec Králové on January 15, 2015.

Ambassador Schapiro Visits Hradec Kralove

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

Kids open gifts from the Embassy community members.

Christmas Comes to Kids at the Litoměřice Children’s Home

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

American Center hosted the Award Ceremony of the 17th Romano Suno (Romani Dream) Contest.

Romano Suno Award Ceremony in American Center

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

The Roma Spirit awards recognize efforts to improve the situation of Czech Roma.

Ambassador Schapiro Congratulates Winners of the 2014 Roma Spirit Awards

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

December 9 marks the UN’s World Anti-Corruption Day, a day for raising awareness of corruption and highlighting the role of the UN’s Convention against Corruption. Corruption is a global challenge that reduces our prosperity by 5% of global GDP every year ($2.6 trillion - World Economic Forum). Corruption also undermines the stability of societies, and governments’ ability to meet the needs of their citizens. Our governments are committed to battling corruption in all its forms at home and abroad. We applaud the current Czech government’s commitment to combating corruption, as embodied in the Coalition agreement which established legislative priorities to limit opportunities for corruption. We also applaud the Czech government for its 2013 ratification of the UN Convention against Corruption, and look forward to timely and vigorous application of the Convention’s provisions. 25 years after the end of Communism, the Czech Republic is an established democracy with a liberal open market economy. Yet, just as in all countries, there is still room for further improvement. According to the latest Corruption Perception Index published by Transparency International the Czech Republic has seen a slight improvement in the worldwide ranking, but still remains one of the lowest performing countries in Europe. In order to address this challenge, we urge the Czech government to step up its efforts to implement its commitments, both under the Coalition agreement and under the framework of Open Government Partnership. Civil society and the business community have a crucial role to play in this effort, and we call upon the Czech government to intensify its co-operation with these stakeholders. Our Embassies stand ready to continue assisting the Czech Republic in its goal for greater openness and transparency. H.E. Jan Thompson, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland H.E. Andrew Schapiro, Ambassador of the United States of America H.E. Siri Ellen Sletner, Ambassador of Norway H.E. Hayong Moon, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea H.E. Otto Jelinek, Ambassador of Canada

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

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

U.S. Ambassador Andrew H. Schapiro presents the Alice Garrigue Masaryk Award to Klára Kalibová, Director and founder of In IUSTITIA, December 8, 2014. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

Klára Kalibová Receives Alice Garrigue Masaryk Award for Human Rights

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

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

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

3M representative presents technical solutions for the public sector at the seminar.

3M Presents Smart Cities Solutions in Prague

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

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

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

Vice President Joe Biden meets with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka at the White House.

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

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

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

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

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Framchise Day 2014 Introduces Six U.S. Franchise Brands

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

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro and Czech Industry Minister Jan Mladek tour the Temelin nuclear power plant on November 8, 2014. (photo CEZ)

Ambassador Schapiro Visits the Temelin Nuclear Power Plant

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

"Ambassador Andrew Schapiro opens the seminar held at the U.S. Ambassador's residence on November 7, 2014. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)"

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

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

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Under Secretary Stengel’s Travel to the Czech Republic

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

Curator Ivan Rollinger, Ambassador Andrew Schapiro, his wife Tamar Newberger, and curator Milan Jíša at the Patton Memorial.

Ambassador Schapiro Visits Plzen

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

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Community Solutions Program 2015 – Call for Applications

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

Todd Ditmire (President National Energetics) and Jan Řídký (Director of Institute of Physics) at the signing ceremony of the contract for development and delivery of top-class laser system for ELI Beamlines, October 6, 2014. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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

Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic has awarded contract for development and delivery of top-class 10-PW laser system to a US-European consortium led by National Energetics (USA), in partnership with EKSPLA (Lithuania), and with major subcontractors being Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (USA) and Schott (Germany-USA). Signing ceremony was held on 6th of October at

Ambassador Schapiro speaks with representatives of the Jewish Community in Brno at the new Holocaust Memorial in Brno.

Ambassador Schapiro Visits Brno

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

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro speaks at the Alumni meeting of The Academy of Patient Organizations held at the US Ambassador's Residence in Prague on October 2, 2014. (U.S. Embassy Prague)

U.S. Ambassador Schapiro Hosts Czech Patient Organizations

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

Petr Vlastník of T.G.I. Friday's presents a cheque for 50 000 to Michaela Chovancová, director of the foundation LET´S GIVE THE CHILDREN A CHANCE in TGI Friday's branch Na Příkopě on September 30, 2014. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

T.G.I. Friday’s Na Příkopě After Refurbishment Helping Children

Juicy steaks, great burgers, fresh salads, cocktails and gourmet phenomenal items on the menu from TGI Friday’s are now in our branch Na Příkopě served in a completely new, attractive environment. The newly refurbished restaurant reigns timeless American style and the restaurants is decorated by the most famous symbols of the USA. The new design emphasizes the basic idea of

The recipients of the 17th annual Via Bona Awards for Philanthropy at the award ceremony held on October 1, 2014 at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Prague. (photo Via Bona)

Via Bona Back at the Ambassador’s Residence

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

Ambassador Schapiro opens the annual IVLP reception at the U.S. Ambassadors' residence.

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

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

Mrs. Milena Krhutova of Brno University of Technology presents the benefits of implementing DynEd at their university.

DynEd Celebrates 4th Anniversary on Czech Market

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

A group of children from the Pruhonice Pre-school joined us for the fruit and vegetable garden harvest.

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

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

Official launch of the Board TAB company to the Czech market was made at a dinner party at the residence of the Ambassador of the United States in Prague on September 10, 2014. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

TAB Board Expands from Prague to Other Regions

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

A Buyer's Choice Home Inspections to Increase European Presence

A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections to Increase European Presence

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

"Cultural Attaché Sherry Keneson-Hall and two U.S. veterans of the battle, Loy Dickinson and Chuck Childs, attended commemorative events on August 30, 2014. (photo Libor Lukáš)

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

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

Prague Burgerfest 2014

Prague Burgerfest 2014

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

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Steve Kashkett and Czech Deputy Minister of Finance Mrs. Simona Hornochová.

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

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

Chargé d’Affaires Steven Kashkett and a team of others from the U.S. Embassy Prague marched in support of Prague Pride.

U.S. Embassy Prague Supports Prague Pride Festival

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

The Embassy Celebrates Independence Day

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

U.S. Embassy Prague Press Attaché Daniel Ernst discusses with students of the Pardubice Conservatory the life of a U.S. diplomat in the Czech Republic. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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

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

Ribbon-cutting ceremony at the opening of the first Burger King Drive-Thru in Prague.

The First Burger King Drive-Thru Opens in Prague 4

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

Dr. Deborah Lipstadt speaks at the American Center about the dangers of Holocaust denial theories, June 16, 2014.

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

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

The Alternative Board meeting

New American Franchise The Alternative Board Enters the Czech Market

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

Chargé d'Affaires Steve Kaskett throws the first pitch at the start of Prague Baseball Week on June 24, 2014.

Chargé d’Affaires Kashkett Kicks Off Prague Baseball Week

Chargé d’Affaires Steve Kashkett threw the first pitch at the start of Prague Baseball Week. The Czech National Team played a group of international stars from around Europe and the United States. Congratulations to the Czech team for scoring 6 runs in the 7th and 8th innings to secure victory in the opening game of the tournament.  For more information:http://www.eagles.cz/en/tournaments/2014

Chargé d’Affaires Steven Kashkett opens the conference held at the Lichtenstein Palace in Prague, June 2, 2014.

The Embassy’s Conference Presents Best Practices in Minority Integration

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

"The U.S. Chef Steven Trumpfheller shows how to make a great steak at a seminar organized by the Agricultural Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy Prague on May 22, 2014. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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

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

Participants of the seminar try the HydraFacial treatment on their own skin.

Czech and Slovak Dermatologists Were Presented HydraFacial Treatment

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

Ambassador Eisen attends wreath laying ceremony at the Lety memorial on May, 10, 2014.

Ambassador Eisen Commemorates Victims of Lety Concentration Camp

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

Deputy Chief of Mission Steven Kashkett (left) meets photographer Michal Borek at the opening ceremony of his photo exhibition in Pilsen on May 6, 2014.

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

The Europa House Gallery in Pilsen is featuring a photography exhibition by Michael Borek, a photographer and interpreter based in Washington, D.C. who is originally from Prague. The Pilsen exhibition introduces works from his projects Wide Asleep/Half Awake, Urbania, Scranton Lace, and What Would Sudek Do? which were shown at the American Center in Prague in 2013. The exhibition will

U.S. veterans pose for media in front of the Thank You America! memorial.

American Embassy Participates in Pilsen WWII Liberation Commemoration

On May 6, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Steven Kashkett participated in events commemorating the U.S. Third Army’s liberation of Pilsen at the end of the World War Two. Twelve American veterans and their families traveled to the  western Bohemia capital to join Belgian comrades and local citizens in honoring the men and women who sacrificed their lives in

Nicholas Kralev gives an interview for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on April 29, 2014.

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

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

Chargé d'Affaires Steven Kashkett tours the Museum of Romani Culture in Brno with Head of the Museum’s PR Alica Herakova.

Chargé d‘Affaires Steven Kashkett Visits Brno

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

Charge d’Affaires Steven Kashkett and his wife Wendy join the Convoy as it travels to the U.S. Embassy.

The Embassy Celebrates 69th Anniversary of the Liberation of West Bohemia by U.S. Armed Forces

The U.S. Embassy in Prague welcomed today the Convoy of Liberty to its doorstep as part of ongoing commemorations marking the end of World War II.  Over two hundred spectators joined the festivities, admiring the convoy of restored military vehicles – driven by a dedicated group of men and women who donned period uniforms that American troops wore during the

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland hosts the 2014 U.S.-Czech Strategic Dialogue.

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

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

American Universities Fair in Prague

American Universities Fair Presents Many U.S. Universities

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

Students from Obrnice Primary School and Deputy Chief of Mission Steven Kashkett at the opening of the exhibition “America Is Not Just Burgers” at the American Center.

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

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

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz signs a Nuclear Research and Development Agreement with Minister of Industry and Trade, Jan Mladek, March 26, 2014. (photo Ministry of Industry and Trade)

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Visits Prague

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

Bodyography products at World of Beauty and Spa Spring 2014.

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

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

U.S. Commercial Service presented eight U.S. companies at the WOBS show.

U.S. Products Were a Hit at the World of Beauty and Spa in Prague!

On March 14-15, 2014, U.S. Commercial Service organized its third catalog fair at the WOBS show introducing eight U.S. companies, representing fourteen brands. U.S. companies which were promoted through U.S. Embassy as well as U.S. Commercial Service web pages attracted a lot of interest among end users as well as distributors and for first time ever we tweeted information live

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Initiative for the Palestinian Economy (IPE) Conference Held in Prague

Remarks Anne W. Patterson Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and North African Affairs Prague, Czech Republic March 8, 2014 (As Delivered) I am very pleased to be here today and bring greetings and a strong message of support from Secretary of State John Kerry. I want to thank our U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Norm Eisen for his hospitality,

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

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

Director of the American Center Nicholas Von Mertens and Moravian Land Library Director Tomáš Gec sign a Memorandum of Understanding on continuing cooperation and support for InfoUSA in Brno. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

Moravian Land Library Brings American Experience in Brno

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

Ambassador Shirley Temple Black with the employees of the U.S. Embassy Prague.

Remembering Ambassador Shirley Temple Black

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

Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland visits the Czech Republic to meet with government officials and civil society leaders, February 5, 2014. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland Visits the Czech Republic

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

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American Center Hosts the 27th International Youth Leadership Conference

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

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