Press conference of President-elect Petr Pavel to summarize the bilateral negotiations in Munich and the program for the following week. February 20, 2023, Prague.
Prague – President-elect Petr Pavel will hold talks this week with Minister of Labor and Social Affairs and Environment Marian Jurečka (KDU-ČSL) and President of the Constitutional Court (ÚS) Pavel Rychetský. This follows from the program that his team published in the public calendar. Pavel also has a trip to the Ústí Region on Thursday and a medical examination at the Central Military Hospital (ÚVN) on Tuesday. Its results should be known by the inauguration in March.
Photo gallery: President-elect Petr Pavel
< p>According to the calendar, the meeting with Jurečka is planned for Wednesday afternoon, already today Pavel will be with the chairman of the Union of Towns and Municipalities of the Czech Republic, František Lukle, and later with Rychetský. Pavel will probably talk to him about the future staffing of the Constitutional Court. Rychetský ends his post in August, the mandate of his other six colleagues expires this year. The judge of the Supreme Court is appointed by the president with the consent of the Senate for a ten-year term of office.
Pavel said at a press conference today that he is planning a meeting with lawyer Jan Kysela, with whom he wants to discuss the process of selecting and approving constitutional judges. He wants it to be more transparent, the list of candidates who could attend public hearings should be public. “We will talk about it in the coming days,” he said. Today, he mainly wants to hear Rychetský, according to him, he is a person who has something to say not only about the operation of the ÚS, but also about politics. “I will be in listening mode and let myself be taught,” said Pavel.
Pavel also has a Tuesday meeting with the director of the defense policy and strategy section of the Ministry of Defense, Jan Jireš, who led the Czech negotiating team for the Czech-American Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA). Jireš announced a week ago that negotiators at the working level have completed a proposal to facilitate the possible stay of American soldiers in the Czech Republic.
Pavel will spend Thursday in the Ústí Region. The route should include Šluknov, Mikulášovice, Česká Kamenice and Ústí nad Labem. Last week, Pavel spent two days in the Karlovy Vary region, the aim of which was to find out the main problems of one of the regions, which is among the structurally disabled and ranks last in many statistics. The trip to the Ústí Region will probably have the same goal.
Pavel said today that in the Karlovy Vary region, during the meeting with representatives of local governments, they talked about the outflow of young people from the region, transport, housing and the availability of health care. He heard complaints that most things are handled by central ministries without sufficient knowledge of local conditions. Since the visit will only be for one day, he expects that he will need to visit other places next time.
On Saturday, Pavel should take part in a memorial concert to commemorate the year since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Pavlo's so-called presidential stream on social networks on Saturday afternoon should cover the same topic. “On Friday, the main event will be participation in the event Ukraine – the year after, which is organized by the Prague representation of the European Commission,” added Pavel.
On Tuesday morning, Pavel will undergo a tour of the ÚVN. “I will have a comprehensive examination to fulfill what I said, that a report on my state of health will be published before the inauguration,” he said.
Pavel: Ukraine will propose a date for the trip to Kyiv. He is flying to Poland in mid-March
At the weekend, Petr Pavel asked the Ukrainian side to be the first to come up with a proposal for the date of his trip to Kyiv. He assumes that this will happen soon, he said at today's press conference in Prague's Hrzánské Palace. Pavel also announced that he will make an official trip to Poland a week after the inauguration, on March 16 and 17.
Pavel said that at the Munich Security Conference last week he met with the Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, Ruslan Stefanchuk, who reiterated the great interest in the president-elect's trip to Kyiv. However, Pavel said that he perceives that the country is at war and that the frequency of visits by foreign statesmen is currently quite high. . I assume that in a short time the Ukrainian side will contact us with a proposal,” said Pavel.
On the sidelines of the conference, Pavel also held talks with, for example, the presidents of France, Emmanuel Macron, Lithuania, Gitanas Nauséda, and Poland, Andrzej Duda. He also spoke with the prime ministers of Sweden, Finland and Estonia, with several ministers of foreign affairs and with Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder.
After the meeting with Duda, Pavel promised to go to Poland on his second foreign trip after Slovakia. He announced the exact date today. According to him, Duda also wants to hold an informal meeting with Pavlo and Nauséda in the Vistula at an as yet unspecified date.