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Allowing our citizens to travel is a priority, Minister Kulhánek and his Austrian counterpart agreed
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Allowing our citizens to travel is a priority, Minister Kulhánek and his Austrian counterpart agreed

 

On Thursday, 6 May 2021, Minister of Foreign Affairs Jakub Kulhánek (ČSSD) received the Austrian Minister for European and International Affairs Alexander Schallenberg at the Czernin Palace. It was the first time the ministers met each other. The main topic of discussion was the future of safe travel in connection with the pandemic. The ministers also presented a new Czech-Austrian book about the countries' shared history.

Minister Kulhánek emphasised that relations between Austria and the Czech Republic have been very warm for a long time. "Our common goal now is to make travel easier for our citizens," he said. "We prefer a pan-European solution in the form of digital certificates. However, we also want to have an agreement with our neighbours, a plan B. Vaccination remains a priority, which goes hand in hand with allowing vaccinated people to travel freely."

Minister Schallenberg pointed out that Austria, like all EU Member States, stands by the Czech Republic in connection with the Vrbětice case. "I thanked our Austrian partners for their solidarity," Minister Kulhánek added. "Austrian diplomats, for example, helped negotiate a common EU position in support of the Czech Republic."

The heads of Czech and Austrian diplomacy also presented a joint book entitled "Neighbours: Czech-Austrian History." Co-authors Václav Šmidrkal and Hildegard Schmollerová took part in the presentation of the book, which was published in German and Czech. The project is sponsored on the Czech side by the Masaryk Institute and the Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and on the Austrian side by the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Historical Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Allowing our citizens to travel is a priority, Minister Kulhánek and his Austrian counterpart agreed

Allowing our citizens to travel is a priority, Minister Kulhánek and his Austrian counterpart agreed

Allowing our citizens to travel is a priority, Minister Kulhánek and his Austrian counterpart agreed

Allowing our citizens to travel is a priority, Minister Kulhánek and his Austrian counterpart agreed

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