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President

Prime Minister

Miloš Zeman (Party of Civic Rights, since January 2013)

Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democratic Party, since 2013)

Population 10,553,443
Size 78,866 km2 (30,450 sq mi)
MEPs 21 (Joined the EU in 2004)
Next presidential election

Next legislative election

2018

October 2017

Presidency of the Council July – December 2022
Last meeting with Theresa May 29 September 2016, by phone
Brexit priorities Following the murder of a 31-year-old Czech in London, the Czech Government’s priority is to protect its citizens living in the UK. The authorities put the number of its citizens working in Britain at 37,000.
What the Mr Sobotka said on Brexit 24 June 2016

Britain leaving “is not the end of the world and above all not the end of the European Union.”

Britain has decided to take “a different road than European integration. This decision is serious and irreversible.”

29 September 2016

“The Czech government finds it unacceptable to see Czechs attacked because of their origin and being treated as second-class citizens,”“Therefore I asked the British prime minister … to let me know what measures her government will adopt to stop these hateful attacks.”

Mr Prouza, the Czech Secretary for European Affairs on 9 February 2017

Responding to Theresa May’s comments on EU immigration, he said “Time and time again, numbers have shown that EU citizens contribute more to Britain’s economy than they take out. Even so, this alternative fact, or let’s call it what it is — a lie, once again re-surfaced in Theresa May’s speech. Let’s move beyond such tactics and build our new relationship on facts and respect, not populism and lies.”

Czech Republic’s priorities The Government’s main priority is to revive economic growth following the country’s longest recession on record.

The PM also wants to play a bigger role in EU politics and aims to create conditions conducive to the adoption of the euro.

The Government also wants to continue to fight all forms of corruption.

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