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Minister Dr Cerar attends the ceremony on the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia in Prague

Prague, 27 October 2018 – Minister Dr Miro Cerar is today attending celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Czechoslovakia. As part of the visit, he met the new Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tomáš Petříček.

 

The counterparts pointed out the importance of the rule of law and multilateralism. They advocated a strong and effective EU, with Dr Cerar voicing support for closer engagement in the Slavkov trilateral, a loose cooperation between Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. They particularly focused on cooperation on transport, assessing the Three Seas Initiative as successful and advocating German membership.

 

Regarding migration, they supported the common European approach to, and regulation of, migration at its source.

 

Dr Cerar also expressed satisfaction with the excellent economic cooperation and general relations between the two countries, which also share a common cultural area and history. In terms of binding elements, he particularly mentioned architect Jože Plečnik, sometimes also called the architect of Czech statehood. At the request of the first President of Czechoslovakia, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, Plečnik led the project of renovation of Prague Castle, thereby symbolically translating the new Czechoslovakian statehood into the language of architecture.

 

A century ago, on 28 October, the Czech Republic and Slovakia declared independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and established their own state. The celebration hosted by Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is also being attended by the prime ministers of Luxembourg, Poland and Slovakia and by the foreign ministers of Croatia and Romania. The participants attended the ceremonial re-opening of the historic building of the National Museum in Prague.