STŘEDISKO VEXILOLOGICKÝCH INFORMACÍ
FELLOW OF THE FEDERATION
PAMĚTNÍ MEDAILE PŘEDSEDY POSLANECKÉ SNĚMOVY PARLAMENTU ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY
THE FLAG DATA CENTRE
In spring 1994, the Flag Data Centre (FLADAC, Středisko vexilologických informací, SVI in Czech) was founded in the town of Hradec Králové by Ing. Petr Exner. The centre deals with popularization of vexillology, with communal flags in the Czech Republic, and publishing activities, as well. Between 1994 and 1995, the FLADAC issued a single-page INFORMACE with current news in vexillology. Since 1996, the centre has published the vexi.info bulletin six times per a year. In co-operation with the Czech Vexillological Society, the centre also releases a yearbook VEXILOKONTAKT in English since 1997.
Since 1996, the row of publications with the common name The Vexillological Lexicon has been also issued. The two earliest parts of this series paid attention to the world vexillological associations, their activities and to the vexillological terminology. From the third continuation, the lexicon has published regularly new communal flags in the Czech Republic as they were granted by the chairperson of the House of Deputies in accordance with the Communes Act since 1991. From this point of view, the Vexillological Lexicon is the only complete listening of the Czech municipal and communal flags published actually in our country.
In May 1996, the FLADAC lined up the 1st Czech National Congress of Vexillology, the very first such a vexillological event in Central and East Europe that took place in Hradec Králové. This unique occasion was co-organized by the regional Museum of East Bohemia and the Czech Vexillological Society, to that the centre assisted by organizing of the next congresses in Ústí nad Labem (2000), Plzeň (2004), Přibyslav (2008) and Liberec (2012).
Petr Exner established the Czech vexillological pages (www.vexilologie.cz) on Internet in July 1996 in order to deliver full information on vexillology in the Czech Republic and was in charge of their continuous updating. In collaboration with Pavel Fojtík and Zbyšek Svoboda, the FLADAC director prepared brochure Vlajky, prapory a jejich použití (Flags and their display) for the flag makers company of Libea, s.r.o. in 2004. This publication (in Czech, with English contents added) explains the basic rules of hoisting flags in the Czech Republic. It presents illustratively how to avoid a wrong hoisting of flags generally and/or how to display Czech national flag together with that of the European Union, the regional, communal, and house flags in accordance with the legal requirements. The up-to-date 2nd edition was published in 2013.
Petr Exner is not only director of the FLADAC but also an expert-member of the Subcommittee for Heraldry and Vexillology of the House of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. In this manner, Petr Exner is participating in the legal procedure of the approval of new regional, municipal, and communal flags in the Czech Republic. He also took part in the development of a new information system REKOS (Register of Communal Symbols, Registr komunálních symbolů in Czech) operated on the House of the Deputies´ web-site. He is also author of the arms and flag of the Královéhradecký krai – one of thirteen regions of the Czech Republic – and flags of several towns and communes in Czechia, he modeled the winning design of the municipal flag of the Engels town in the Saratov region of the Russian Federation. Petr Exner successfully participated in the public competitions for the symbols of the Japanese Vexillological Association (JAVA) and the Vexillological Association of the State of Texas (VAST) those have displayed his designs as their logos since that time.
As a director of the FLADAC, Petr Exner participated at the FIAV international congresses in Zurich (1993), York (2001), Berlin (2007), Washington (2011) and Rotterdam (2013). The FLADAC secretary Jaroslav Martykán attended the ICV in Zurich (1993), Cape Town (1997), York (2001), Berlin (2007), Rotterdam (2013) and Sydney (2015). Both FLADAC officials took part in many meetings of the partner vexillological associations in Slovakia, Germany, Poland, Italy, United Kingdom, and Spain. They contribute to the advancement of vexillology in the Czech Republic and its active presentation in the world. Jaroslav Martykán also edits the VEXILOKONTAKT yearbook in English. It brings an English translation of the main and the most interesting articles published previously in the Vexilologie bulletin of the Czech Vexillological Society written in Czech.
In 2003, the Flag Data Centre was admitted to the Fédération Internationale des Associations Vexillologiques (FIAV). Petr Exner received The Vexillon Award For Excellence in the Promotion of Vexillology granted by the FIAV on the occasion of the 21st International Congress of Vexillology in Buenos Aires, 2005 and Fellow of the Federation in Sydney, 2015. He is also a laureate of the Diploma of Merit of the Czech Vexillological Society from 1996 and 2004.
MEZINÁRODNÍ FEDERACE VEXILOLOGICKÝCH SPOLEČNOSTÍ
MEZINÁRODNÍ VEXILOLOGICKÉ KONGRESY NA KTERÝCH BYLO ZASTOUPENO SVIo XV ICV ZÜRICH 1993