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Minister Lipavský presented the Gratias Agit Award to two Czechs living in the UK

On 19 October, Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský presented the Gratias Agit 2023 Award for spreading the good name of the Czech Republic abroad to eight individuals and one organisation. Among the laureates were also two Czech citizens living in the UK, paediatric cardiologist Professor Jan Marek and editor Jana Sommerland.

They personalities that were presented the award from the hands of Minister Lipavsky:

Stanislav Brouček (Czech Republic) - Researcher, Institute of Ethnology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Department of Mobility and Migration

Alessandro Catalano (Italy) - bohemist, university teacher, editor and translator

Eva Erbenová (Israel) - writer, Holocaust survivor

Sabine Gruša (Germany) - founder of the association "German Friends and Supporters of the Olga Havel Foundation"

David Harris (USA) - CEO of the American Jewish Committee from 1990 to 2022 (he will receive the award at the Czech Embassy in Washington)

Jan Marek (UK) - cardiologist

Tomáš Řízek (Taiwan) - illustrator, graphic designer, painter and publisher

Jana Sommerlad (UK) - editor

The award was also presented to Joseph Balaz from the Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association (USA) by the Minister for European Affairs Martin Dvořák.

Jan Marek

Jan Marek

Jana Sommerland

Jana Sommerland

"It was a great honour for me to present the Gratias agit awards. The laureates have managed to spread the good name of the Czech Republic in various fields - be it culture, science, patriotism or humanitarian activities. Among them are people who acquaint the world with our history, translate the works of Czech authors or excel in medicine. They try to tell the world about the Czech Republic in the best possible way," said Minister Lipavský at the award ceremony.

Since 1997, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been awarding the Gratias agit prize to important personalities and organisations that have contributed to spreading the good name of the Czech Republic abroad and that deepen interest in our country and help to create a favourable image of the Czech Republic in the world.

This year's Gratias Agit Awards have a new form of a glass prism with a cut surface, which symbolises the seal. The authors of the artwork are designers Klára Janypková and Tomáš Kučera.