Czech, Slovak parliament heads praise their nations' cooperation14. 11. 2018
The ceremonial session, held 100 years after the first session of the first Czechoslovak parliament, started with the Czech and Slovak anthems.
Czech Chamber of Deputies chairman Radek Vondracek and Slovak parliament head Andrej Danko praised their nations' cooperation on the international scene at the Chamber's session marking the parliament's centenary today.
"I was born as a Slovak in Czechoslovakia and I am proud of this," Danko (Slovak National Party, SNS), told the ceremonial session.
He appreciated it that in 1992, when the joint state of the Czechs and Slovaks split, the two nations succeeded in parting from each other peacefully and honestly.
He said he would like the language closeness of the two nations not to get discontinued so that next generations of Czechs and Slovaks, too, are able to understand each other without interpreters.
Danko said in the Visegrad Four (V4) group , which also comprises Hungary and Poland, the Czech Republic is a dynamic element and that both it and Slovakia are respected partners.
He wished prosperity and stability to the Czechs.
"We are really happy to have you," he said.
Vondracek (ANO), too, praised the two countries for supporting each other and creating coalitions of interests on the EU scene.
Mentioning the EU, Danko said it is not a mere merger of countries. He spoke for an EU reform, saying it is necessary to openly debate joint defence and security.
"We are interested in a strong but reformed EU," Danko said. adding that the EU must tackle strategic issues instead of ones such as the abolition of the summer and winter time alternation.
"May Brexit be a warning to us, let's not allow Schengen [system] to be threatened," he emphasised.
The ceremonial session, held 100 years after the first session of the first Czechoslovak parliament, started with the Czech and Slovak anthems. The deputies received a commemorative document and a book marking the parliament's centenary.
Vondracek recalled the events 100 years ago, when the Czech and Slovak state idea and desire for sovereignty and freedom came true in the current lower house's premises, and Tomas Garrigue Masaryk was elected the first Czechoslovak president.
Prague, Nov 14 (CTK)