Czech Republic granted consultative status by members of Antarctic Treaty
The Czech Republic has become the world´s 29th country to gain the right to participate in decision-making about Antarctica, the Czech Foreign Ministry revealed in a press release. The decision to grant the country the privilege was taken at a meeting of parties to the Antarctic Treaty in Brussels; consultative status had not been granted to any state for almost a decade. The full-fledged position is given only to states that conduct substantial scientific research in Antarctica. The Czech Republic has its own polar research station on James Ross Island.