Czech Republic and the UK
Relations between the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom have long enjoyed an excellent level. Diplomatic relations between the countries were established immediately after the formation of the Czech Republic in 1993. The high level of relations is based on the tradition of good ties between Czechoslovakia and the United Kingdom in history, either after the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918, during the Second World War, or after 1989.
The Czech Republic and the United Kingdom cooperate not only in the political and economic, but also in social, cultural, scientific and educational areas. Countries have similar views on a number of topics in foreign policy and global security. The cooperation intensified after the Czech Republic joined NATO and EU.
Very good level of relations was reflected, inter alia, in the fact that, after the EU enlargement, the United Kingdom opened its labour market to citizens of the Czech Republic. In the security and military areas the countries have worked together for example in Afghanistan. The importance of Czech-British trade and economic exchange continues to grow. The United Kingdom is the sixth most important Czech export market and its thirteenth trading partner.
Recent visits of the Czech Republic officials in the UK:
June 28, 2013 Defense Secretary Vlastimil Picek
March 6-7, 2013 Foreign Secretary Karel Schwarzenberg
November 27, 2012 President Václav Klaus
July 27-30, 2012 President Václav Klaus - Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games
February 29 - March 1 Prime Minister Petr Nečas
October 12-13, 2012 Foreign Secretary Karel Schwarzenberg