I very much appreciate the work of BCSA, which helps to maintain the continuity of friendly relations between the United Kingdom, on the one hand, and Slovakia as well as the Czech Republic, on the other.
The founding of BCSA in the early 1990s was strongly interconnected with the return of freedom and democracy to former Czechoslovakia. It was launched by the Speaker of the Czechoslovak Federal Assembly, Mr Alexander Dubcek – a significant personality of our history.
I am delighted that the organization succeeded in adapting its activities even after 1993 when independent Slovakia and Czech Republic were established and that it has continuously been one of the most active organizations, contributing to the mutual cognition of the United Kingdom and our countries.
The present days bring new challenges and a need to get the young generation more involved in the BCSA’s work and management. I believe that this organization under the leadership of its Chairman, Mr Ladislav Hornan, will begin the necessary changes in the upcoming period. The Embassy of Slovakia and I, as a patron of the BCSA, will try to help at our best.
Ambassador of the Slovak Republic in London
In the recent months, when the prospect of the United Kingdom leaving the EU has gotten closer, the essence of contemporary Czech-British relations has become increasingly ambiguous. We have reached a new phase and set out to search for ways to utilise the relations to their maximum potential, to contribute to a new dynamic, and to help identify new Czech interests in this traditional territory. I have found a potent partner in the BCSA in pursuing this goal and I am pleased to say that this organisation has always played a vital role in actively promoting the good name of the Czech Republic in the United Kingdom. I am very grateful to the BCSA for the good work that it does and wish the Association continued success as well as fresh ideas.
Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Court of St. James´s
I am honoured to take on the role of patron of the BCSA as I take up my posting in Prague as British Ambassador. As Britain leaves the EU, the role of such as this organisation in nurturing close people-to-people contacts will be more important than ever. I know that the BCSA’s excellent programme of awareness-raising activities has a high reputation for being at the same time informative, educational and fun. All these qualities will be needed to ensure that Britain’s commitment to remain in Europe, and fully engaged with its allies in Europe, is understood and realised in its relationships with the people and governments of the Czech and Slovak Republics. I shall do all I can to support the Association in this valuable work.
British Ambassador to the Czech Republic