Vojtĕch Pikal: Czech Republic Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand | NZ Parliament
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Vojtĕch Pikal: Czech Republic Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand | NZ Parliament

December 7, 2019


My name is Vojtěch Pikal. I’m Deputy Speaker of the House of Deputies of Czech Republic. I’m a member of the Pirate Party in Czech Republic, which is the second-largest Opposition party in the Czech Parliament. I’m here as the head of a delegation of the Czech Parliament foreign committee to New Zealand. After we acclimatised to the 12-hour time shift —that we are experiencing still— we started to have a formal programme and meeting with members of Parliament and the foreign committee and discussing important issues. Our free-trade agreement between New Zealand and the European Union, which has been now negotiated, we are looking forward to implementing it down in our Parliament. And also we discuss other topics related to security or the things that hamper our relations or our ability for our Czech people to work here easily, because there are some issues relating to education and recognising degrees from Czech universities or Czech schools. For our relations, I think it’s important, as we are both small countries in a region bordering some greater powers, that we can understand each other on many issues, although we are on the opposite sides of the world. As small nations, we need to take similar steps to ensure our protection and our role in the global multilateral environment. So I think this is why this visit was useful.

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