Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union

The Role of the Permanent Representation during the Czech Presidency

The Permanent Representation in Brussels serves as the primary liaison between the Czech administration and EU institutions. During the Czech Presidency, 146 diplomats of the Permanent Representation will chair meetings of 150 working groups. There are  2,335 meetings planned to take place over the six month period of the Presidency.  In cooperation with the Office of Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other ministries, the Permanent Representation is preparing 34 formal Councils of Ministers and two European Councils which are summits of the highest representatives of the EU Member States. European Councils determine the strategy of the EU development.

Two committees of permanent representatives to the EU (COREPER II and COREPER I) prepare all Councils of Ministers. The former is concerned with political and financial issues and foreign affairs; the Ambassador to the EU, Milena Vicenová will preside over this committee from January to June. The latter committee concerns economic and social issues and is chaired by Jana Reinišová, who is the deputy Czech Representative to the EU. The third key committee is the Political and Security Committee chaired by Ivo Šrámek.

Senior Officials of the Permanent Representation

Vicenová MilenaMilena Vicenová

Ambassador, Permanent Representative to COREPER II
Head of the Czech Permanent Representation in Brussels

Reinišová JanaJana Reinišová

Ambassador, Permanent Representative to COREPER I

Šrámek IvoIvo Šrámek

Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Political and Security Committee



Agenda and Heads of Units

The Permanent Representation is divided into units which reflect the agenda negotiated in groups of experts, by the permanent representatives, in the Councils of Ministers and at the European Councils, the summits of the heads of state and government of the European Union.



Hyniová AndreaAndrea Hyniová

The Antici provides support to the Czech Permanent Representative to the EU and coordinates the work of COREPER II, the GAERC Council, European Councils and the Czech Presidency of the European Union.


Kadlčák RichardRichard Kadlčák

The Mertens provides support to the Deputy Permanent Representative and coordinates the work of COREPER I.

Institutional and Legal Affairs Unit

Kolaja VáclavVáclav Kolaja

The Institutional and Legal Affairs Unit prepares meetings of Czech ministers in the European Parliament. The Unit is concerned with institutional relations and reforms, including the relations with the European Parliament and the European Court of Justice. Furthermore, the unit focuses on issues concerning the EU enlargement and protection of human rights and provides legal expertise to other units of the Permanent Representation.

Economic and Financial Unit

Šárka DybczakováŠárka Dybczaková

The Economic and Financial Unit prepares Councils of Ministers for economic and financial issues. The Unit focuses for example on fiscal and tax policies, the free movement of capital and services in the insurance sector and on financial markets. The unit monitors and analyses developments in these sectors and supports administration of EU Structural Funds and Cohesion Fund.

Justice and Home Affairs Unit

Solský PetrPetr Solský

The Justice and Home Affairs Unit prepares Councils of Ministers for justice and home affairs. The responsibilities of the Unit include internal security policy, horizontal issues in justice and home affairs, civil law, judicial cooperation in criminal matters, the European Judicial Network in criminal matters, substantive criminal law, E-justice work group, asylum and migration, protection of external borders and Schengen.

External Relations Unit

Fajkusová BlankaBlanka Fajkusová

The External Relations Unit prepares meetings of ministers of foreign affairs and of Minister Karel Schwarzenberg with partners from third countries. The Unit negotiates with EU authorities responsible for external relations, strategy and political initiatives, and EU legislation concerning relations with third countries, external aid and projects financed from external aid programmes.

Trade Policy Unit

Dita CharanzováDita Charanzová

The Trade Policy Unit participates in preparing Councils of Ministers for general affairs, external relations and for trade. Furthermore, the Unit focuses on the EU trade policy, World Trade Organisation and EU economic relations with third countries. The Unit also works on the issue of development cooperation and humanitarian aid and on the Customs Union and customs cooperation issues.

Agriculture and Environment Unit

Šír JiříJiří Šír

The Agriculture and Environment Unit prepares Councils of Ministers for agriculture and the environment. The Unit cooperates with EU institutions involved in agriculture, food safety, biotechnology, plant health and veterinary issues, fisheries, rural development, sectorial programmes, agricultural trade and also for example in environmental issues including drafting of legislative acts.

Sectorial Policies Unit A

Zajíček MiroslavJaroslav Zajíček

Sectorial Policies Unit A prepares Councils of Ministers for transport, telecommunications, and energy and for competitiveness. The Unit’s work focuses on competitiveness and enterprise, horizontal issues concerning the internal market, technical harmonisation, transportation, telecommunications and information society, competition, energy sector and nuclear safety.

Sectorial Policies Unit B

Fuchs MiroslavMiroslav Fuchs

Sectorial Policies Unit B prepares Councils of Ministers for employment, social policy, health and consumer protection and Councils of Ministers for education, youth and culture. The Unit deals with the EU institutions which are involved in education and youth, culture and audiovisual policy, employment and social affairs, public health, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, science and research, mutual recognition of professional qualifications, corporate law, and intellectual and industrial property. The unit monitors changes in the common EU strategy, policies and legislation and help secure funds for projects in the Czech Republic within the framework of the European Social Fund.

The Common Foreign and Security Policy Unit (CFSP)

Pavlíček JiříJiří Pavlíček

The Common Foreign and Security Policy Unit participates in preparations of Councils of Ministers for general affairs and external relations. The work of the Unit concerns Common Foreign and Security Policy, EU Political and Security Committee and related working groups it, monitoring of the ESDP, including financial, legal and institutional frameworks. The Unit represents the Czech Republic, for example, in the Institute for Security Studies, the Satellite Centre, the European Security and Defence College and in committees of particular EU operations.

Military Unit

Pavel PetrPetr Pavel

The Military Unit is comprised of Czech Army officers under the command of the Military Representative of the Czech Republic to the NATO and EU. They participate in the EU Military Committee and related working groups.

Last update: 16.8.2011 15:47

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