Top Czech officials not to attend Nobel Peace Prize awarding to EU

01-12-2012

Czech President Václav Klaus and Prime Minister Petr Nečas have rejected an invitation to attend the awarding ceremony of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union that will take place in Oslo on December 10. A spokesman for the eurosceptic Czech president provided no reasons behind Mr Klaus’ decision, the government’s spokesman said Prime Minister Nečas was too busy to attend the ceremony. For his part, Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg said he had not been invited. The opposition Social Democrats have criticized Mr Nečas’ decision which they said put the Czech government into isolation. The Czech Republic will be one of six EU member states whose top officials will not attend the ceremony, according to media reports.