According to Kiska, Prague is unofficially the third largest Slovak city. Lukeš received an award from him – ČT24 – Czech Television
The Order of the White Double Cross is intended, among other things, for those who have made an extraordinary contribution to the development of relations between Slovakia and their homeland, or who have significantly contributed to the spread of Slovakia’s good name in the world.
Medals from the university
At Charles Kisk University he won a medal for humanistic attitudes and a contribution to the friendship between the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Several hundred people came to listen to him for the ensuing discussion, about half of the completely filled auditorium of the Faculty of Law was Slovaks. In the debate, Kiska appealed to students’ personal involvement in social affairs. “Everyone who thinks that they would like to have a better Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, but do not want to put their hand to the work, does not deserve a better Czechia or Slovakia,” he said. His speech was appreciated by the audience with standing ovations.
When asked by students, Kiska also repeated that he intends to continue to become politically involved after the June end in the presidency. It will form a political party and will seek the cooperation of similarly oriented entities, which are close to civil society, against the government party Smer and against the far right. “We must unite and take back our country,” Kiska said.
The millionaire and philanthropist Kiska was elected President of Slovakia in 2014 and in this year’s presidential election he did not seek another election. He will be replaced by lawyer and anti-corruption activist Zuzana Čaputová, who in March defeated European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič in the second round of elections with 58.4 percent of the vote.
Kiska will arrive in the Czech Republic and Prague before the end as head of state once again, and by 30 May. It will be his last visit as a Slovak president.