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New Silk Road Institute Prague

Jan Kohout graduated from Charles University, the Faculty of Arts in Prague. After his graduation he started working at the Institute of International Relations. After the Velvet Revolution in 1990, he entered the diplomatic service and worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Department of International Organizations. Since January 2008, he served as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. On 8th May 2009, he was appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. In 2011, Jan Kohout helped to establish the Czech China Chamber of Collaboration and was its President until 2013, when he became the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic for the second time. Since 2014, he has served as the Adviser to the President of the Czech Republic. Jan Kohout founded the New Silk Road Institute Prague in 2015.

New Silk Road Institute Prague

New Silk Road Institute Prague was established in September 2015 in response to the ongoing and accelerating geopolitical and economic changes in the world. In our globalized realm the only way how to strengthen ties between Asia and Europe is to make use of new thought concepts and strategies.

The Institute was founded as an independent think-tank with its own allocated resources, analytical abilities and a team which will deliver symposiums and publications for both experts and general public. We must perceive the Institute not only as a mere vigilant observer that collects publications and study material, but also as a driving force that gives others the incentive and inspiration to do more.

The aim of New Silk Road Institute Prague is to contribute to the promotion of ideas that increase mutually beneficial cooperation between Asian and European countries, as well as searching for new ways of communication and economic cooperation within the concept of New Silk Road. Above all, the Institute aims to assist in building the world of communication, not the world of purposeless confrontation.

Spreading the awareness about the concepts of New Silk Road in the Czech Republic and other European countries is the fundamental mission of New Silk Road Institute Prague, because it helps to formulate and implement great projects through which these ideas are applied.

RERA - The Regional Development Agency of South Bohemia

The Regional Development Agency of South Bohemia has been in operation for 19 years, since 1999, working on international projects that support co-operation between the South Bohemian region and foreign partners from dozens of countries, including partner regions of South Bohemia. The results may be seen in investments, research projects and tourist trade products which bring tangible and particular results as well as new international relations and contacts. Thanks to RERA’s shareholder structure, which includes self-government in the form of the South Bohemian region or the Association of Towns and Municipalities of South Bohemia as well as the economic and agricultural sphere in the form of the South Bohemian Chamber of Commerce and the Agrarian Chamber of South Bohemia, the Regional Development Agency of South Bohemia represents a particularly attractive partner for a whole number of foreign institutions. What foreign partners primarily consider attractive about the agency when realising partnership projects is history, knowledge of the region and its connections and the agency’s institutional sustainability. Further added value of the agency’s work is the fact that it is also able to support international co-operation financially via international grants that are available for international co-operation. A professional team prepares and subsequently manages projects that may take several years. Should you wish to create or strengthen co-operation with the South Bohemian region and if you are looking for a partner for your project in the South Bohemian region or if you, on the other hand, would like to be provided with an offer for co-operation with the South Bohemian region, please maintain contact with us.

CEO and Chairman of the Board, Ing. Tomáš Cílek, Ph.D., +420 777 146 672,,

We currently co-operate with more than 40 partners abroad, see examples bellow:

Austria - Regional Management Upper Austria

Belgium - European Association of Development Agencies

Germany - Association for Rural Development Thuringia

Hungary - Ministry for National Economy

Italy - University of Bologna

Moldova - Agency for Innovation and Technology Transfer

Poland - Rzeszow Regional Development Agency

Romania - South Muntenia Regional Development Agency

Serbia - Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia

Slovakia - Slovak Business Agency

Slovenia - Regional Development Agency Mura

The Tourism Authority of South Bohemia

The Tourism Authority of South Bohemia is an organization founded by The Region of South Bohemia to support domestic and incoming tourism. It is a regional destination management organization for the tourist destination South Bohemia. It develops an attractive tourism offer of the region and presents South Bohemia in the Czech Republic and abroad (exhibitions, trade fairs, media, organizes fam trips and press trips). It collects, processes and updates information on the tourism potential of the region, creates product lines and issues printed information and promotional material. The Tourism Authority of South Bohemia runs the official tourism website of the region - Tourism Information System of the Region of South Bohemia

The Tourism Authority of South Bohemia coordinates activities of destination managements within the area of the Region of South Bohemia, cooperates with municipalities, tourist information offices and other subjects of the tourism industry from public and private sectors. It works closely with the Czech Tourism Authority – CzechTourism and its foreign offices. It communicates and cooperates with foreign partners in creating and implementing cross-border projects. It prepares and implements projects using sources from various grant and subsidy programs that support tourism development. It organizes meetings of working groups of professionals from the tourism industry

It organizes conferences and professional workshops that support the development of tourism in the Region of South Bohemia and organizes educational events in the tourism sector.


The Temelín Nuclear Power Plant is situated approximately 24 km from České Budějovice and 5 km from Týn nad Vltavou. Electricity is generated in two production units with VVER 1000 Type V 320 pressurised-water reactors. Process water is drawn from the Hněvkovice reservoir on the Vltava River; it was built as a part of the power plant project. The required quality of water is guaranteed by waste water treatment stations situated on the upper course of the Vltava River, namely at Větřní, Český Krumlov and České Budějovice. In spring 2003, the Temelín Nuclear Power Plant, with its 2,000 MW of installed capacity, became the largest power resource in the Czech Republic.

The investment design of the construction was issued in February 1979, while the initial power plant design was developed by Energoprojekt Prague in 1985, and construction of operating units was launched in 1987. After November 1989, under new political and economic conditions, it was decided to reduce the number of production units to only two. In the course of a period of great uncertainty, the reduced but technologically updated construction was completed, and in July 2000 the reactor was loaded. On 21 December 2000, the 1st production unit realised the first supply of electricity.

The technological schema of the power plant corresponds to the latest world parameters. The entire primary circuit including the nuclear reactor, four steam-generators, circulation pumps, etc. is located in a fully pressurised reinforced concrete containment facility hermetically enclosed in a protection envelope. A turbo-generator developing 1,000 MW output is situated in the secondary circuit. The reactor core contains 163 fuel assemblies, each with 312 fuel rods, and 61 regulating rods. Each steam-generator produces 1,470 tons of steam per hour with an output pressure of 6.3 MPa and temperature 278.5°C. The turbine works at 3,000 revolutions per minute.

Our nuclear power plant’s pressurised-water reactors are fuelled by UO2, uranium dioxide enriched by an average of 3.5% of the fission isotope U235. The fuel for the Temelín Nuclear Power Plant is supplied by the Westinghouse Company (USA), which also supplied the new instrumentation and control system.


Czech Landscape Painting

Take away a new realm of beauty under your eyelids, delightful to look at time and time again, whenever you wish. Each painting, each creation merely captures the irretrievable passage of time, makes an unrepeatable moment intimate, bears witness to a singular emotion, singular glory of vision and mercy of recognition.

František Halas


Distinguished guests of the Forum of Partner Regions of the South Bohemian Region,


we would like to invite you to Czech Landscape Painting, an exhibition of works from Kooperativa's collection, prepared through the joint efforts of Kooperativa FOUNDATION, Mánes Society of Fine Artists and Aleš South Bohemian Gallery. This exhibition project was initiated as early as 2015 when the first exhibition was held in Kooperativa Gallery in Prague. Over the period of two years, the exhibition was presented to visitors in Pilsen, Hradec Králové and Brno. The exhibition cycle culminates here: in one of the most beautiful exhibition spaces in this country, the castle riding school of Aleš South Bohemian Gallery in Hluboká nad Vltavou.

In 1993, the first acquisitions of paintings were made by Kooperativa insurance company; over two decades, a unique collection of great artistic merit was created. Kooperativa's management views this activity as its "duty" to Czech culture, fine art and their legacy. The collection spans several genres. This exhibition presents the core of the collection - Czech landscape painting. We would like to introduce the many different faces of our landscape painting, as it evolved from fading late Baroque traditions in the early 19th century all the way to the contemporary tendencies at the turn of the millennium.

The exhibition presents the high artistic quality of Czech landscape painting schools as important autonomous parts of the European artistic tradition and cultural values in general, which boast specific expressions. Within Kooperativa's corporate art collection, landscape painting represents a very large, comprehensive set of several hundred works of extraordinary quality, by artists ranging from the most renowned names in the field to less known ones, as well as artists whose names have been almost completely forgotten.

This art genre, developing for more than 200 years and associated with great names from the Mánes family, Adolf Kosárek, Antonín Chittussi, Julius Mařák, Antonín Slavíček, František Kaván, Václav Radimský, Gustav Macoun, Otakar Nejedlý, Václav Špála, Václav Rabas, František Jiroudek or Josef Jíra, offers an insight into the development of techniques and means of expression of nearly fifty artists of many generations, for whom Czech landscape was both their home and a source of inspiration. These are our Masters, thanks to whom we can encounter beauty.

We hope that you, distinguished gusts of the South Bohemian Region, will also find the exhibition delightful.

Kooperativa Gallery  František Kaván – Czech Year in Landscapes

24. 4. 2018 – 30. 9. 2018

Galerie Kooperativa, Pobřežní 21, Prague 8

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00-18.00


Distinguished guests,

we would like to invite you to František Kaván – Czech Year in Landscapes exhibition, held at our Kooperativa Gallery in Prague.

The present exhibition is the largest exhibition of works by the Czech landscape painter František Kaván since 1941. It presents nearly one hundred and fifty paintings selected from both public and private exhibitions. In his paintings, František Kaván (1866 – 1941) vividly captured the typical features of various Czech regions and corners in a variety of atmospheric situations and transformations. Kaván as one of the most prominent graduates of Mařák's famous landscape painting school followed up on the landscape painting legacy of Adolf Kosárek and Antonín Chittussi and defined the notion of realism in our landscape painting, successfully adding more impressionist valeurs, and often even expressive hyperbole, to his initial, almost photorealistic style.

The curator and expert on the painter's legacy, PhDr. Michael Zachař, conceived the show of Kaván's landscape paintings as a walk through our landscape from the spring till the winter. It was possible to select the best of Kaván's paintings thanks to collaboration with the National Gallery in Prague, other regional galleries and museums, in particular Krkonošské Museum in  Jilemnice which owns the largest collection of Kaván's works, and the assistance of numerous private entities, institutions and individuals. The exhibition will also feature famous oil paintings and pictures inaccessible or lost for decades, while other works will be presented in new and unexpected contexts.

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The largest pond not only in Bohemia but also in Central Europe – Rožmberk, with 489 hectares is located in the South Bohemia.