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Czech Regional Symbols
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According the Act. Nr. 129/2000 Kraje (Krajs - Regions) have the right
to their own symbols. On the other hand, the Okresy (District), which shall
be dissolved in 2002 are not selfgoverning entities, so they do not have
Aleš Křižan, 4 Dec 2000
We can summarize the present state:
Jan Zrzavy, 28 Dec 2001
Central Bohemian Region - symbols approved by
regional assembly (RA); approved by parliamentary subcommittee, not yet
South Bohemian Region - symbols sent to the Parliament;
approved by parliamentary subcommittee, not yet officially granted
Plzeň Region - symbols approved by RA; approved
by parliamentary subcommittee, officially granted 25 Feb 2002.
Karlovy Vary Region - symbols officially in use
Ústí Region - ??? possibly approved by the regional
assembly (December 12), not yet approved by the Parliament.
Liberec Region - officially granted by the Parliament.
Hradec Králové Region - symbols officially granted
by the Parliament.
Pardubice Region - symbols officially used
Vysočina Region - symbols approved by Parliament,
not yet officially granted
South Moravian Region - symbols approved by regional
assembly and approved by Parliament on 5 Mar 2004.
Olomouc Region - symbols officially in use
Zlín Region - symbols approved by Parliament,
not yet officially granted
Moravian-Silesian Region - symbols not yet approved
by regional assembly (the proposal preferred by regional council nor any
other of 10 proposals got majority of voices)
Yesterday, four flags of the Czech regions (Central Bohemian, South
Bohemian, Zlín, and Hradec Králové) were officially granted by Vaclav Klaus,
the chairman of the House of Representatives of the Parliament, to th regional
hejtmans. They are identical to those included in FOTW.
At present, the symbols of Central Bohemian, Hradec Králové, Karlovy
Vary, Liberec, Olomouc, Pardubice, South Bohemian, and Zlín Regions are
officially in use; symbols of two more regions (Plzeň and Vysočina regions)
were approved and are to be included into the next decreěs).
Jan Zrzavy, 22 Jan 2002
Yesterday, one new regional flag, that of the Plzeň Region, has been
formally granted. Consequently, the flags of Central Bohemian, Hradec Králové,
Karlovy Vary, Liberec, Olomouc, Pardubice, Plzeň, South Bohemian, and Zlín
Regions are officially
in use; that of Vysočina is waiting to be formally granted.
Jan Zrzavy, 26 Feb 2002
RA = approved by regional assembly,
PSC = discussed by parliamentary subcommittee (an advisory body of
the chairman of the House of Representatives),
PD = parliamentary decree (official granting the flag).
The date of the ceremony of granting the flag to the region's hejtman
is irrelevant from the vexillological (and legal) point of view.
Jan Zrzavy, 1 Mar 2002
Central Bohemian Region: RA 18-09-2001, PSC 31-10-2001,
South Bohemian Region: RA 11-09-2001 (?), PSC
31-10-2001, PD 22-11-2001
Plzeň Region first proposal: RA 29-05-2001,PSC
Plzeň Region second proposal: RA 11-12-2001, PSC 12-12-2001, PD 25-02-2002
Karlovy Vary Region: RA 12-04-2001, PSC 30-05-2001,
Ústí Region: RA 12-12-2001, PSC not yet
Liberec Region: RA 22-05-2001, PSC 19-09-2001,
Hradec Králové Region: RA 12-06-2001, PSC 19-09-2001,
Pardubice Region: RA 26-04-2001, PSC 30-05-2001,
Vysočina Region: RA 20-11-2001, PSC 12-12-2001,
PD not yet
South Moravian Region: RA ??-06-2001, PSC not
Olomouc Region: RA 26-04-2001, PSC 30-05-2001,
Zlín Region: PSC 30-05-2001, RA 12-09-2001, PD
22-11-2001 (indeed, PSC approved the proposal that was not accepted by
RA, then modified in details, approved by RA, and granted by PD)
Moravian-Silesian Region: RA 13-12-2001 (rejected)
I received from Petr Exner, member of that Heraldic Sub-Comitee
of the Czech parliament, an answer to my question:
"The Coat of Arms and flags of the Czech regions has the same pattern. Resolution
of the Parliamentary Committee for Science, Education, Culture, Youth and
Sport No. 198 (8.11.2000) on the pattern of regional symbols approved a
Subcommittee for Heraldry and Vexillology. In those decision is written:
The Coat of Arms is quartered.
In the first quarter is the historical Coat of Arms of Land where mostly region
In the second quarter is Coat of Arms or key derivate of Coat of Arms of the region's
The third quarter expressed recent or traditional identity of region.
In the fourth quarter is the historical Coat of Arms of Land where the rest
of region is situated.
The flag of the region is heraldic one.
Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is exception (because the
Coat of Arms and flag are historical).
The reason of this decision is, that the Coat of Arms and flags of the regions
must be simply distinguishable from those of cities and village symbols.
There are only a few quartered municipals flags and no one used historical
land's Coat of Arms. In the future will be approved no municipal symbols, which
can be similar to regions one. The second reason is, that the symbols of
regions would be pretentiously that municipal symbols.
In the case of esthetical reasons or adhering of the heraldical and
vexillological rules may be the order of fields changed (e.g. symbols of
the Olomoucký kraj)."
Pascal Vagnat, 30 Jan 2003
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