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Official Visit of the President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus in Denmark

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President of the Czech Republic, Mr. Václav Klaus, visited Denmark on 2 February 2010. He was received by Margrethe II, the Queen of Denmark. He had a meeting with the Speaker of the Folketing, Mr Thor Pedersen, and he launched the Danish edition of his book “Blue Planet in Green Shackles“.


The President was accompanied, besides his own delegation, by the Vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Vladimír Galuška, by the Danish Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Mr Ole Moesby, and by the Czech Ambassador to Denmark, Mr Zdeněk Lyčka.


President Klaus gave a short speech in which he explained the genesis of his book and its 13th language version – a Danish one. He expressed his fear of human freedom being endangered (to which he is very sensitive, after having lived in a Communist state for many years) – especially under the pressure of the present debate on global warming. He also introduced his ideas on European integration and common European currency. Luncheon for about 50 VIP guests followed. Apart from the Czech delegation, its Danish partners and Saxo Bank senior management, the Speaker of the Folketing, Thor Pedersen, and several MPs from the Folketing and the European Parliament were present. Also present was the Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic, Mr Niels Brøchner; former Danish Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Mr Jørgen Bøjer; Director of Copenhagen Czech Trade Office, Henrik Holstein; Vice President of the Danish-Czech Business Forum, Mads Thomsen; Mayor of the Municipal District Prague 6, Tomáš Chalupa; representatives of several Danish ministries, scientists, and journalists.



Václav Klaus’ speech at the luncheon in Saxo Bank (photo: Hasse Ferrold)


During the official discussion in the Folketing, Václav Klaus compared notes with Speaker Thor Pedersen, who celebrated the 25th anniversary of his work for the Liberal Party (Venstre) in the Danish Parliament, in January 2010. President Klaus praised Thor Pedersen for his liberal views, not only on climate change debate. The Speaker recollected his visit to Prague last year which was packed with fruitful and open debate with Senators and Deputies. He appreciated confrontation of different ideas and views which Václav Klaus’ book brought to Denmark. The Czech President repeated his consistent opinion on that specific issue, arising from his confidence of meaningful market behavior of human society, as long as its free development is possible.



President Václav Klaus and the Folketing’s Speaker Thor Pedersen (right) (photo Hasse Ferrold)


Václav Klaus with his entourage ascended one of the famous Copenhagen sights – the Round Tower which is the oldest working European observatory, and was built in 1642 by Christian IV. In the centre of the tower, there is a library hall, which has served as an exhibition and concert hall since 1987, enabling all kinds of cultural activities. President Klaus, accompanied by Dir. ctor Jesper Vang Hansen, viewed a current exhibition on Byzantium.





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