Acting Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Ray Castillo met with 20 Czech journalism students participating in a U.S. Embassy-sponsored “Tools and Tactics for Identifying Fake News and Propaganda” course.

Embassy Supports Workshop for Young Czech Journalists

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Ray Castillo met on February 13 with 20 Czech journalism students from all over the country, who are participating in a U.S. Embassy-sponsored “Tools and Tactics for Identifying Fake News and Propaganda” course organized by local Czech NGO Transitions. As a follow-up to the successful Prague Tech Camp last year, Embassy Prague supported Transitions

Chargé d’Affaires Kelly Adams-Smith and Lieutenant Colonel Michael Cushwa, Chief of the Office of Defence Cooperation, attended a meeting of 50 Marshall Center Alumni and guests that took place on February 8, 2017 in Prague.

Czech Marshall Center Alumni Meet at the American Center

Chargé d’Affaires Kelly Adams-Smith and Lieutenant Colonel Michael Cushwa, Chief of the Office of Defence Cooperation, attended a meeting of 50 Marshall Center Alumni and guests that took place on February 8, 2017 in Prague. The Czech Alumni met to establish the Czech GCMC (George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies) Alumni Association that will build on the foundation

Jessica Litwak

American Theatrical Expert Presents Project Exploring Fears of Difference

U.S. Embassy Prague is pleased to announce that seasoned American theater director, playwright, and actress Jessica Litwak will present a multi-city project in the Czech Republic exploring the fear of difference and the impact of changing communities. New York City-based Jessica Litwak will present her socially engaged theater project in Prague, Brno, České Budějovice, Pilsen, and Ústí nad Labem over

LTC Mike Cushwa of the Embassy's Office of Defense Cooperation opens the course of Principles of Defense Acquisition Management at the American Center on February 6, 2017.

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

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

Over 40 U.S. Fulbright grantees, who teach or conduct research at Czech and Slovak universities and high schools, attended an annual Fulbright conference in Trencianske Teplice in Slovakia.

U.S. Fulbright Grantees Share Experiences at Annual Conference

Over 40 U.S. Fulbright grantees, who teach or conduct research at Czech and Slovak universities and high schools, attended an annual Fulbright conference in Trencianske Teplice in Slovakia on January 29-February 1. The conference was an opportunity for them to share their experiences on the Fulbright program  and to discuss their future plans for the rest of the academic year.

Small Grants Program

U.S. Embassy Announces New Call For Proposals

The U.S. Embassy in Prague is proud to announce a new call for proposal to provide support for artistic and cultural performances, non-governmental organization (NGO) projects and educational projects whose aim is to promote and deepen the understanding and appreciation of American culture and NGO practices in the Czech Republic. The Embassy elicits proposals with outstanding cultural and educational merit

Counselor for Public Affairs Ray Castillo opens the event at the American Center on Friday, January 20, 2017.

President Trump’s Inaugural Address Live-streamed at the Embassy’s American Center

The Embassy hosted a President Trump’s inaugural speech viewing party at the American Center on Friday, January 20 for local students and the general public. Before the oath and the inaugural speech, Counselor for Public Affairs Ray Castillo kicked off the event by emphasizing “an essential feature of democracy in the United States is the peaceful transfer of power from

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,

The staff at U.S. Embassy, Prague, again proudly join Vaclav Havel Day, marking the death of the first Czech President on December 18, 2011.

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

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

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

Admiral Michelle Howard and Ambassador Andrew Schapiro.

U.S. Women Military Leaders Visit the Czech Republic

Admiral Michelle Howard led a group of senior female leaders in the U.S. military on a visit to the Czech Republic on December 6-8, 2016. Admiral Howard was joined by Brigadier General Giselle M. Wilz and Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield to highlight the strong role women leaders play in the military. They met with counterparts at the Ministry of Defense,

Foreign Service Officer Test

U.S. Embassy Prague Offers the Foreign Service Officer Test

The U.S. Embassy Prague will offer the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) in the American Center on the following dates: · Thursday, February 2nd –– afternoon session (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) · Friday, February 3rd – morning session (09:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) Registration for the FSOT opens Wednesday, December 15th. Visit http://www.pearsonvue.com/fsot/ for more information and to register.

eAuction

The Embassy Opens New e-Auction of Used Property

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

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

Consul General of the U.S. Embassy in Prague Nikolas Trendowski got himself tested for HIV in Dum Svetla HIV/AIDS center in Prague on the occasion of World AIDS Day on December 1.

U.S. Consul General Takes HIV Test to Raise HIV/AIDS Awareness

Consul General of the U.S. Embassy in Prague Nikolas Trendowski got himself tested for HIV in Dum Svetla HIV/AIDS center in Prague on the occasion of World AIDS Day on December 1. The purpose was to help raise HIV/AIDS awareness, to highlight strong U.S. role on the topics of HIV/AIDS prevention and to help debunk myths still surrounding HIV. “People

Czech and American soldiers practice together tactics, techniques and procedures for the Intelligence preparation of the Battlefield in Zatec, Czech Republic.

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

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

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

Velitelé Národních gard států Texas a Nebraska generálmajor John F. Nichols a generálmajor Daryl L. Bohac navštívili také 22. základnu vrtulníkového letectva u Náměště nad Oslavou.

The National Guard Commanders from Texas and Nebraska Discuss in the CR Military Cooperation

The National Guard commanders from Texas and Nebraska Major General John F. Nichols and Major-General Daryl L. Bohac visited the Czech Republic from November 1 to 6 as part of their Senior Leader visit and support for the State Partnership Program. The program of the began with a meeting with the first deputy Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Jiří

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

Mr. Simon Limage, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation with the United States Department of State

Deputy Assistant Secretary Participates in Export Control Conference in Prague

The Governments of the United States of America, Canada, and the Czech Republic co-sponsored the 15th International Export Control Conference, entitled “Strategic Trade Controls: Active Participation in Interagency Partnerships and International Alliances” in Prague from November 2-4, 2016. The conference aimed to advance the ability of governments around the globe to employ strategic trade controls to combat the proliferation of

Young people from the Czech Republic and Iraq exchanged ideas during a virtual dialogue hosted by U.S. Embassy Prague.

The Embassy Hosts Dialogue Erbil-Prague

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

U.S. speaker Prof. Ricardo Ramirez visited the Czech Republic Oct 17-19 to discuss the importance and growing role of minority voters in the upcoming 2016 presidential race.

U.S. Speaker Discusses Role of Minority Voters

As part of the Embassy’s 2016 presidential election programming, U.S. speaker Prof. Ricardo Ramirez visited the Czech Republic Oct 17-19 to discuss the importance and growing role of minority voters in the upcoming 2016 presidential race. Focusing specifically on the Latino voting bloc, Prof. Ramirez spoke on voting patterns, the significance, and the priorities of Latino voters in the United

Community Solutions Program

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

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

Zachary Lieberman’s Installation

The Embassy Supports the 2016 SIGNAL Festival

The U.S. Embassy in Prague is pleased to support the 2016 SIGNAL festival for the third year in a row by helping to bring innovative American artist Zachary Lieberman to the Czech Republic. His playful interactive installation “The Reflection Studies” on Cihelna Street gives the SIGNAL visitors on October 13-16 an opportunity to explore and create art using light and

Economic Officer of the U.S. Embassy Noah Woodiwiss presented an award at the Renewable Decade competition

American Diplomat Presents Award at the Renewable Decade Competition

Economic Officer of the U.S. Embassy Noah Woodiwiss presented an award on October 13 at the Renewable Decade competition organized by the Czech Solar Association and the Alliance for Energy Self-Sufficiency. The Renewable Decade Awards recognize innovative projects utilizing renewable energy in the Czech Republic. Noah Woodiwiss presented the award for the best start-up idea. The expert jury awarded the

Internationl Shooting Competition in Pilsen

The U.S. Teams Participate in International Shooting Competition in Pilsen

The 14th edition of the international shooting competition “Cup of Active Reserves of the Czech Army Chief of General Staff” held from October 7 to 9 at an army firing range in Pilsen-Lobzy has been the traditional match between Czech active reserves (AZ) and reservists (backups) of foreign armies. The 14th year was attended by teams from the Czech Republic,

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)

Military Exercise Ample Strike 2016 Took Place in North of Bohemia

Joint Tactical Air Controllers (JTACs) from the Czech Republic and Texas Air National Guard 147th ASOS conducted a six day exchange covering the roles and responsibilities of JTAC Instructors or Supervisory Forward Air Controllers (SupFac). The exchange was embedded as part of Ample Strike 2016 which allowed for a more realistic exchange during live controls of various aircraft providing close

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

Deputy Chief of Mission Visits Liberec to Observe the Manhattan Rescuers Memorial 2016

Deputy Chief of Mission Kelly Adams-Smith visited Liberec on Saturday, September 10 to observe the Manhattan Rescuers Memorial 2016, an event organized each year by both voluntary and professional firefighter corps to honor those who lost their lives or were injured during the 9/11 attacks in the United States. The DCM witnessed firefighters and other rescue personnel in action and

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

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

Political-economic counselor Jim Merz and former U.S. correspondent Michal Kubal answer the questions during a discussion with participants of at the Summer School of Journalism in Havlickuv Brod.

U.S. Diplomat Talks about Presidential Election Process

Political-economic counselor Jim Merz participated in a discussion with Czech Television prime-time newscaster and former U.S. correspondent Michal Kubal about the upcoming U.S. presidential elections at the Summer School of Journalism in Havlickuv Brod, Vysocina Region. Mr. Merz introduced the complexity of presidential elections in the United States, explaining in detail the differences from the Czech system. Mr. Kubal spoke

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

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

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

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

Social Security Administration

Regional Federal Benefits Unit Available at the American Center

The regional Federal Benefits Unit will be available to discuss individual cases and answer questions on Social Security and other federal benefits at the American Center in Prague, Tržiště 13 on Monday September 12 , 9.00-11.30am, 1-4pm Tuesday September 13, 9.00-11.30am, 1-4pm Wednesday September 14, 9.00 – 11.30am, 1-4pm Thursday September 15, 9.00-11.30am Please email us at SSAPRG@state.gov with your

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.

Pavel Mareš, "Západ v Nebrasce – Nebraska Sunset", Butler County, Nebraska

The Embassy Announces America Through Your Eyes Photo Contest

The U.S. Embassy Prague announces America Through Your Eyes Photo Contest to engage with young audiences visiting the U.S. How to participate: To participate in the competition, contestants will send one photo by October 31, 2016 together with the registration form to PraguePhoto@state.gov. Minimum acceptable dimensions are 1.500 pixels width or height. Maximum acceptable dimensions are 3.000 pixels width or

MRAP MAXXPRO in Afghanistan.

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

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

Czech Ladder Truck

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

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

During a weapons assembly competition with the Czech Army 72nd Mechanized Infantry, Cadet Mary Jack(2nd from right) from the University of Texas, SFC Jensen,(middle) and CPT McConnell(right) watch Cadet Alexander Kent(left) from Texas A&M University assemble the Czech CZ 75 Phantom pistol with the rest of the Czech soldiers.

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

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

The Texas National Guard's 386th Engineer Battalion, U.S. Army's 20th Engineer Battalion, and the Czech Republic 15th Engineer prepare to inspect the floating bridge before a transportation mission June 21, 2016, at Fort Hood, Texas.

Texas Guardsmen Partner with Czech Engineer Regiment

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

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

U.S. Embassy Prague Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation LTC Stephanie Bagley participated in a commemorative ceremony at the Church of Cyril and Methodius in Prague on June 18 , 2016.

U.S. Embassy Representative Honors Legacy of Anthropoid Paratroopers

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

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

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

The Czech Fulbright Commission Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Czech Fulbright Commission Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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

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

Prague Recruitment Center

Partners From Nebraska and Texas Share Methods For Army Recruiting

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

Ali Al Sudani speaks to Czech media about best practices in refugee resettlement and integration in the United States, American Center, May 27th, 2016.

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

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

Exchange for Operational Planning with Officers and Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs)

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

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

Saber Strike/Dragoon Ride 2

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

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

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

Summer Work &Travel Alumni Run for Charity & Fun

The new J-1 Alumni Network conducted its first-ever event — a 5K race — the morning of Sunday, May 15 in Prague’s Park Vítkov. Almost 30 alumni of summer work and travel programs to the United States came for the run, to network and to exchange stories about their time spent working as camp counselors, lifeguards and in other jobs during

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

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

Dr. Karen Panetta gave the keynote address at Pilsen Talks on May 12.

U.S. Computer Engineer Speaks at Pilsen Talks

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

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. Diplomats Help Czech High School Students with English Classes

U.S. Diplomats Help Czech High School Students with English Classes

Diplomats from the Political-Economic Section of the U.S. Embassy in Prague helped students studying English at the High School for Students with Visual Impairments in Prague 5. Three officers, a Czech-American assistant and the Section’s Political Counselor voluntarily prepared five non-traditional English conversation classes for the summer term. Political Officer Alexander Barrasso started the project with a presentation about what

Daniel Ernst, Press Attaché of the U.S. Embassy in Prague, visited Olomouc and Brno on May 2 and 3, 2016.

Press Attaché Visits Olomouc and Brno

Daniel Ernst, Press Attaché of the U.S. Embassy in Prague, visited Olomouc and Brno on May 2 and 3, 2016. Marking International Press Freedom Day, Mr. Ernst talked about the role of media as a watchdog in democracy as well as the relationship between media and government at the InfoUSA center of the Moravian Land Library in Brno. In Olomouc,

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

Czech-American exercise in the Libavá Military Training Area.

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

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

Robot demonstrations by students from Czech Technical University.

The U.S. Embassy’s American Center Presents STEM!

The U.S. Embassy organized an afternoon program on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education on April 6. It included two panel discussions – the first on how to attract more young women to STEM educational and career fields, and the second on the pathway from STEM research to a start-up business. The day also included a presentation by IT

Chargé d’Affaires Steve Kashkett participated on April 14 in the opening of a Junior Achievement (JA) event.

Chargé d’Affaires Participates in Junior Achievement Event

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

Counselor for Public Affairs Ray Castillo traveled to South Bohemia to speak to about 150 high school students in Volyně and Tábor.

Counselor for Public Affairs Travels to South Bohemia

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

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

Embassy Supports Robotics Workshop for Kids

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

Deputy Chief of Mission Steve Kashkett meets a group of 34 Charles University law students at the American Center on April 7, 2016.

Deputy Chief of Mission Briefs Czech Students on Embassy Operations

On April 7, Deputy Chief of Mission Steve Kashkett met a group of 34 Charles University law students and briefed them on Embassy operations. The students, who are members of the local European Law Student Association (ELSA) branch, were interested in learning more about the daily operations of a U.S. Embassy, the State Department, and Kashkett’s experiences representing the United

U.S. Embassy Prague Political Officer Pepijn Helgers with the students of the Trade Academy in Breclav.

Embassy Officer Discusses with Students in Břeclav, Southern Moravia

U.S. Embassy Prague Political Officer Pepijn Helgers visited the Trade Academy (Obchodni Akademie)in Breclav, Southern Moravia on March 23 where he spoke to a group of some 100 students about “life as a diplomat”, the U.S. Presidential Election Process and current U.S. foreign policy. During his visit to Breclav he also met with the Mayor of Breclav Pavel Dominik, the

Counselor for Public Affairs Ray Castillo speaks to over 400 students and distinguished guests at the opening ceremony of the 21st Prague Student Summit on April 1st, 2016.

Counselor for Public Affairs Speaks at the Prague Student Summit

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

Urban Area Reconnaissance held in Prostejov 29 Feb to 2 March with the 102nd Recce Battalion, 53rd EW and Recce Regiment to discuss and exchange methods of Urban Area Reconnaissance to include planning, infiltration/exfiltration, site selection, reporting, and execution.

State Partnership Program Going Strong

In its 24th year, the State Partnership Program with the Czech Republic and states of Nebraska and Texas has become as robust and active as any in the world. During the month of March, National Guard Soldiers from each state were in Czech Republic on various programs. The spectrum of events went from tactical exchanges of reconnaissance tactics and techniques

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

The signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Czech Technical University

Czech Technical University To Cooperate With University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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

Participants of he Inter-European Air Forces Academy (IEAFA)

U.S. Air Force Europe Conducts Training in Brno

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

Small Grants Program

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

Prague, March 14 – As a part of its grants program, the U.S. Embassy in Prague is proud to announce a special competition to provide support for anti-corruption projects which aim to promote good governance, citizen activism, transparency, and in general work towards ending corruption in the Czech Republic. The Embassy is soliciting proposals with outstanding merit that support the

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

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

Jessica Grounds at Czech Television

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

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

New SpaRitual Showroom Opens in Prague

New SpaRitual Showroom Opens in Prague

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

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

Members of the International Visitor Alumni Club organized a panel discussion entitled Good Governance at the Municipal Level and Transparent and Accountable Institutions at the American Center on February 29.

Good Governance at the Municipal Level and Transparent and Accountable Institutions

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

Counselor for Public Affairs Ray Castillo visited Pilsen

Counselor for Public Affairs Ray Castillo Visits Pilsen

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

U.S. Beauty Products

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

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

NGO Slovo 21 Project Managers Martina Horvathova and Michal Miko led a roundtable at the U.S. Embassy’s American Center.

Exchange Programs Alumni Share Their Experiences from the U.S.

NGO Slovo 21 Project Managers Martina Horvathova and Michal Miko led a roundtable at the U.S. Embassy’s American Center on March 24 to discuss their recent experiences on the U.S. International Visitor Leadership Program Political Action For Civil Rights which took place in Alabama, Texas, Washington and Washington, D.C.  While on the program they studied the history of the U.S.’

Alex Barrasso navštívil 17. února obecně prospěšnou společnost Tyflokabinet v Českých Budějovicích

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

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

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

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

At the request of the Czech Prosecutor General, the U.S. Embassy Prague brought four U.S. experts to the Czech Republic to share U.S. experiences combating corruption and exchange information and views on our different legal systems. Over 120 Czech and Slovak prosecutors, police, and judges participated in the program at the Judicial Academy in Kromeriz on February 22. The experts

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.”

Na letadlovou loď USS Harry S. Truman se vejde 90 letadel a vrtulníků

Czech TV Reports from USS Harry S. Truman Aircraft Carrier

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

Deputy Cultural Attaché Tony signs a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Moravian Land Library representatives in Brno on February 8, 2016.

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

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

The U.S.-Czech Republic University Incubator Alliance met at the American Center on February 1, 2016.

Czech University Representatives Discuss Business Incubation

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

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

Czech and Americans soldiers works together at the Garrison of the 142nd Maintenance Battalion in Klatovy.

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

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

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange Robin Lerner met with young people at the American Center on January 22 during her visit to Prague to discuss the State Department’s Exchange Visitor Program.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Lerner Discusses Exchange Programs with Young Czechs

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

Deputy Cultural Attache Tony Jones welcomed to the American Center in Prague the winners of the 23rd Annual English-Language Essay Contest organized by the Society of Friends of the USA (SPUSA) .

Winners of the SPUSA Essay Contest Awarded at the American Center

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

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

The U.S. Marines delivered toys to the community center of the NGO Společnou cestou in Prague-Chodov. Photo: U.S. Embassy Prague

Toys for Tots Make Christmas Wishes Come True

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

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,

U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Sheryl Lyon met with the 73rd Tank Battalion in Praslavice.

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

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

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

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

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 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

the NGO Handbook

NGO Handbook in Czech For Download Right Here!

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

During his school visits, Castillo listened to presentations prepared by students and performed songs in Czech with groups of students. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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

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

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer holds a public lecture and discussion at the CEVRO Institute, Center of Transatlantic Relations, in Prague.

Brookings Expert Pifer Discusses Ukraine and Russia in Prague

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

USA Pavilions at Anuga show in Cologne, Germany.

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

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

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

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

Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Steven Kashkett deliveres the keynote address for the Institute of International Relations’ (IIR) conference on “Czech Foreign Policy: The Future of the Global Order,” at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’s Czernin Palace on September 23.

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

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

Teams FC Roma Junior from Decin and FC Embassies

FC Embassies vs. FK Junior Roma Děčín: Re-Match

A second friendly football game between FC Roma Jr from Decin and FC Embassies took place in Prague on Sunday, 20 September at Prague’s Podolí. This was a re-match of last year’s highly publicized game between the Decin football team and a team made up of diplomats and embassy personnel from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, USA and

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

Signing ceremony of a collaborative agreement between The Nonwovens Institute, North Carolina State University, and the Institute for Nanomaterials, Technical University of Liberec. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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

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

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

Chargé d'Affaires Steve Kaskett opens the tournament along with Deputy Mayor of Prague 4 Zdeněk Kovářík. (photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

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

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

U.S. Embassy Prague commemorated victims of Lezaky massacre on June 21, 2015.

The Embassy Commemorates Victims of Lezaky Massacre

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

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

Great Seal of the United States

Media Availability with Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland

June 18, 2015 Prague, Czech Republic American Center Transcript: Thank you. Well, thank you everybody for coming today. I am delighted to be back in Prague. I had a chance today to call on Deputy Prime Minister Babiš, on the President’s Foreign Policy Advisor. I was hosted for lunch by Foreign Minister Zaoralek. I had a chance to talk to

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 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

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

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,

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