President-elect Petr Pavel (left) and President Miloš Zeman hold talks on February 13, 2023 at the chateau in Lány in Kladensk.
Lány (Kladensko) – President-elect Petr Pavel arrived at the chateau in Lány shortly before 11:00 a.m. He will hold talks with the outgoing head of state, Miloš Zeman, for the next hour. It will be their first meeting after the election of Pavel. They should discuss topics related to the transfer of office. After the meeting, Pavel will appear in front of journalists in the Music Salon of the Lánská chateau.
After the elections, both politicians expressed readiness to meet, but neither of them proposed a meeting date for several days. They were mutually expecting an initiative from the other side. Pavel finally offered a meeting date to Zeman for today, he accepted the proposal.
Zeman announced that he would like to talk to Pavle about the presidential lot in Lány. Pavel, on the other hand, planned to ask Zeman, among other things, not to make any major decisions until the end of his mandate. He had in mind, in particular, the appointment of a new president of the Constitutional Court. But Zeman announced in the meantime that he would not take this step. He described his decision as a welcoming farewell gesture. Pavel considers Zeman's announcement to be correct. However, he did not rule out that Zeman will be reminded of the topic during today's meeting.
“I assume we will touch on everything related to passing the function. I will also ask him to be as open as possible, ” Pavel said earlier about today's meeting. He does not think that media conjectures about who will propose a mutual meeting could in any way affect the atmosphere of the meeting. He expects a constructive approach, which according to him also prevailed in the case of meetings of office directors or press representatives.
Pavel and his team took a vacation last week, today is the first working day. He had previously announced a meeting with his team on Tuesday. On Wednesday and Thursday, he will be on his first trip to the region, visiting the Karlovy Vary region. On Friday and Saturday, he will attend a security conference in Munich, where he anticipates the possibility of bilateral meetings.