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Regional symbols

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 this right!
Aleš Křižan, 4 Dec 2000

We can summarize the present state:

Jan Zrzavy, 28 Dec 2001

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

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 decision of
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 is situated.
In the second quarter is Coat of Arms or key derivate of Coat of Arms of the region's capital.
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