At least five ministers will not be able to conduct negotiations in English, they will use an interpreter


“We will prepare the Czech EU presidency professionally and responsibly in the autumn of 2022. We will guarantee that every member of the government will have at least one foreign language spoken, which the Coalition (ODS, KDU-ČSL and TOP 09) promised without any problems. “We will consistently require knowledge of world languages ​​from ministers and deputies,” Pirates and STAN advised.

“According to my teachers, my English is at level B1 and I am trying to improve further,” she said HN Minister of Defense Jana Černochová (ODS), who, according to her words, speaks Polish and passively speaks Russian. Level B1 is a testament to the ability of basic conversation.

Minister of Finance Zbyněk Stanjura (ODS) stated that he would use an interpreter for important business meetings. “I haven’t been very active in English lately, except for a few vacations, and I can admit to myself that my level of English is more social than working hard,” he said. He studied Russian at school and speaks Polish passively. During his presidency, Stanjura will chair the Ecofin Council of Finance Ministers, which regularly addresses important financial and economic issues.

According to Hospodářské noviny, the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Marian Jurečka (KDU-ČSL) is also without a language education with a certificate of attaining some level of knowledge. He is able to communicate in German. “I have been supplementing my English in recent years, but I use cooperation with interpreters in official meetings,” he said. Minister of Culture Martin Bax (ODS) will also use the interpreter.

Reliable English HN was confirmed by the Minister for Science and Research Helena Langšádlová (TOP 09), the Minister of Education Petr Gazdík (STAN) and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Lipavský (Pirates). Interior Minister Vít Rakušan (STAN) said that as a German graduate, he spoke German.

The Minister of the Environment Anna Hubáčková (KDU-ČSL) was the first to go to Brussels for a meeting of environmental ministers. When asked if she spoke English but did not respond. The spokesperson for her department received a reply without further details that “the Minister will make an appointment”. Some other respondents, Minister of Transport Martin Kupka or Justice Petr Blažek (both ODS) or Minister for European Affairs Mikuláš Bek (STAN), did not respond to HN’s question.

Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) speaks English and German. Government spokesman Vaclav Smolka said that when composing the government, an effort was made to apply the criterion of language skills as much as possible. “In some cases, however, other criteria prevailed, such as expertise and experience with the issue,” the spokesman added.

Former Finance Minister Alena Schiller (YES), for example, has been criticized for the weak English she used in the Brussels talks.


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