Štefan Füle to be next EU commissioner

10-11-2009

Štefan Füle, the Czech minister for EU affairs, is to replace Vladimir Špidla as the country’s next EU commissioner. Mr. Füle was nominated on the basis of a political agreement between the two strongest parties, the Civic Democrats and the Social Democrats. Prime Minister Jan Fischer who mediated the agreement refused to say what portfolio the Czech Republic would strive for.

The 47-year-old Füle, a career diplomat, served as Czech ambassador to Lithuania (1998-2001) and Britain (2003-2005) and later became head of the Czech Republic's permanent mission in NATO (2005-2009). In May of this year, he became minister for European affairs in Jan Fischer's non-partisan cabinet.