The EU constitution in its draft form is too complicated for ordinary citizens to understand, former Czech president Vaclav Havel said on Monday. Mr Havel, who was in Brussels to take part in EU enlargement celebrations, welcomed steps to introduce a European constitution but noted it needed to be formulated in simple terms in order to assure citizens voting in referenda know exactly what they are voting for. Mr Havel added that he would like to see a constitution that one-tenth as long and uncomplicated enough for children to study it in schools.
Elsewhere in the Czech capital, around 200 people attended a ceremony at the Olsansky cemetery in memory of Soviet soldiers who died during World War II. Until 1991, May 9 was celebrated in Czechoslovakia - as in Russia - as the end of World War II in Europe. Now it is marked in the Czech Republic a day earlier, on May 8.
President Vaclav Klaus has accepted the resignation of Constitutional Court judge Jiri Malenovsky. Mr Malenovsky became the Czech representative at the European Court of Justice on May 1, the day the Czech Republic became a member of the European Union. Based in Luxembourg, the European Court of Justice interprets and implements EU law, and is the Union's supreme legal institution.
Thousands of people have been attending an open-day at Kacerov metro
station, to mark the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Prague
underground rail system. The first Prague metro line ran from Kacerov
to Sokolovska station, which is now known as Florence, in 1974. In
those days there was only one seven-kilometre metro line with nine
stations. Since then the system has been expanded to three lines
covering around 50 kilometres.
Sunday also saw an open-day at Prague Castle, with thousands of people availing of the opportunity to see parts of the Castle not normally open to the public.
Meanwhile, the head of the Czech Ice Hockey Union, Karel Gut, has said the main candidate to replace Slavomir Lener as Czech ice hockey coach is Ivan Hlinka, who has previously led the Czechs to gold in the World Championships and at the Olympics. On Saturday Mr Hlinka, also a former star player for Czechoslovakia, was named a "hockey legend of the Czech Republic" at a ceremony in Prague.
On Saturday, the last group of soldiers to undergo compulsory military service in the Czech Republic took the oath of allegiance at Prague Castle. The 400 young men made their pledges in front of President Vaclav Klaus, the minister of defence, Miroslav Kostelka, and members of their families. The oath of allegiance ceremony traditionally takes place on the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. When the 400 soldiers complete their military service just before Christmas the Czech Army will have become fully professional.
The chairwoman of the monitoring committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the European Commission, Josette Durrieu, has had a meeting with representatives of the Romany community in the north Moravian city of Ostrava. After Sunday's discussion, she said Czech authorities had done a lot to improve the situation of Romanies, but a lot more remained to be done. Ms Durrieu also said Czech Romanies needed to decide what they wanted to achieve and take more control of their own destinies.
The tenth Bookworld trade-fair, which got underway on Thursday, has been continuing in Prague. One curiosity at Svet knihy, to give it its Czech name, is the opportunity to order a copy of a limited edition book about the former boxer Muhammad Ali. So far no visitors have availed of the chance to order the book, which costs almost a quarter of a million Czech crowns.
The last group of soldiers to undergo compulsory military service in the Czech Republic pledged their allegiance at Prague Castle on Saturday morning. The 400 young men made their pledges in front of President Klaus, the minister of defence, Miroslav Kostelka, and members of their families. The oath of allegiance ceremony traditionally takes place on the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. When the 400 soldiers complete their military service just before Christmas the Czech Army will have become fully professional.