The recent changes in legislation and the increase in funding for the Czech Armed Forces will boost the recruitment of soldiers to around two thousand for this year. The changes will also set in motion the procurement process of replacing outmoded equipment with new, consequently creating a stronger and more capable Active Reserve force.
The establishment of a Protected Landscape Area in the former Brdy Military Region, and the downsizing of four other military regions came into effect on 1st January 2016 in compliance with Czech Law No. 15/2015 Coll.
The government of the Czech Republic has agreed on and ratified the long-awaited document – the ‘Concept of the Build-up of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic 2025’ at its last session on 21st December.
The extraordinary session of the Ministers of Defence of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries, held in Prague on 17th December, confirmed the willingness of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia to play an important role in the protection of the Schengen Area and the management of the migration crisis.
Within the authority of the Czech Presidency of the V4, a session of the Senior Group of the four Visegrad Group countries (V4 Group) was held at Prague’s House of the Army on 11th December. The session was chaired by Mr. Jakub Landovsky, Deputy Defence Minister, Head of the Defence Policy and Strategy Division, who was representing the Czech Republic.