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Visit by the President of the Republic at ŠKODA JS a.s.

Date: 24. 1. 2017

The president of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, paid a visit to the ŠKODA JS company, within his tour around the Pilsen Region. At a meeting with the company management, he appreciated that ŠKODA JS has kept among the world's elite for the sixty years of its existence, and that it has turned from a technology vendor into a provider of comprehensive solutions that realizes 58% of sales in foreign markets and is one of the leaders of the Czech nuclear-energy industry.

Miloš Zeman sees as a major success that ŠKODA JS contributes significantly to the modernization of nuclear power plants not only in the Czech Republic, but also in other countries using the VVER technology. ŠKODA JS is a unique producer of primary circuit components, which have a decisive impact on nuclear safety. In connection with the complicated geopolitical situation, he also appreciated the fact that ŠKODA JS has kept a significant share in the Ukrainian market and expressed his belief that this will continue. After the meeting, Mr. president took a view of the manufacturing premises and discussed with ŠKODA JS employees.

Mr. president recalled that when he was the Prime Minister, a decision was made on completion of two units of Temelín NPP; these were subsequently put into operation, also thanks to a significant participation of ŠKODA JS. He expressed an opinion that a decision on the construction of new capacities in Dukovany and Temelín should be made soon, and that Czech companies should participate in this construction in the greatest extent possible.

At the end of the visit, the Chairman of the Board and the General Director of ŠKODA JS a.s., Josef Perlík, gave the president a model of the VVER 1000 reactor pressure vessel, made by ŠKODA JS a.s. for the Temelín NPP, scale 1:48.