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Speaker(s): Alexandr Vondra
Chair: Professor Christian Lequesne
Recorded on 19 May 2008 at Shaw Library, Old Building
In January 2007, Alexandr Vondra was appointed the Czech Republic4s Deputy Prime Minister for European affairs. He is responsible for preparing the agenda for the Czech EU Presidency. Prior to this position he was the Foreign Minister (2006-2007), Special Representative for the NATO Summit in Prague (2001-2002), Ambassador to the USA (1997-2001) and foreign policy advisor to former President Vaclav Havel (1990-1992). Alexandr Vondra played a central role in leading the Czech Republic to EU and NATO memberships. He is also a former spokesman for the Czech dissident movement Charter 77.