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Czech Representation commemorates Václav Havel

Date: 21 December 2011 - 23 December 2011, Venue: Brussels

A book of condolences at the Representation was signed by Ambassador Vicenová and over four dozen of her counterparts.

All diplomatic representations of the Czech Republic in Brussels, including the Permanent Representation to the EU, exhibited books of condolences to commemorate Václav Havel, the first President of the Czech Republic.

The first signature in the book exhibited at the Czech Permanent Representation was entered on 21 December 2011 by Milena Vicenová, the Czech Ambassador to the EU, who was followed by other officials of the Representation. During the three days of official State Mourning, 41 heads of representations or bilateral ambassadors arrived at the Czech Representation in Brussels to personally express their condolences, along with top EU officials and dozens of Czech employees of the institutions. Other condolences were sent to the Czech Permanent Representation in written form.

On Friday 23 December, many visitors remained at the Representation to follow a live screening of the state funeral from the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague. The Presidents of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek and the Commission José Barroso participated personally at the funeral, along with Commissioner Štefan Füle. On bilateral level, the participants included Prince Philippe of Belgium as well as Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders.