September 22, 2016
The Ostrava – Mošnov Airport was the venue of NATO Days XVI and Czech Air Force Days VII. The biggest security show in Europe, which could boast a record number of 21 participating countries, was already traditionally supplemented with the closed meeting of world military and police leaders, which took place in the Clarion Congress Hotel Ostrava.
The facilities of Clarion Ostrava were utilised not only by the leaders of the Central European armed forces, Czech Minister of Defence Martin Stropnický and Premier Bohuslav Sobotka, but also the Czech First Lady Ivana Zemanová.
In the conference facilities of the Clarion Congress Hotel Ostrava, this year, there were many conferences on the current security situation in Europe, for instance, the “Seminar on Hybrid war as a new phenomenon in the security environment of Europe”, which was organised by the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in collaboration with the Mission of the EC to the Czech Republic and Jagello 2000 with the participation of the academic community and practising security experts from a broad spectrum of armed forces.
NATO Days annually attract many visitors from the Czech Republic and abroad; this year’s major attraction was the Czech première of the legendary American strategic bomber, the B-1 Lancer; the highlight of the Sunday programme was the final flyover of the Eurofighter Typhoon planes. In spite of the bad weather, 130,000 people participated in the main weekend programme.
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