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Ing. Miroslav Kalousek

Minister of Finance


He studied at the Institute of Chemical Technology Prague.

Professional and Public Activity

After his studies at university, he studied in Prague at a manufacturing company as the director of its investment department.

He worked since 1990 in state administration, from 1990-1992 in the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic as an expert advisor to the deputy prime minister focussing on issues of economic transformation. From July 1992 he served in the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic as the director of the department of advisors to the deputy prime ministers of the Czechoslovak Federal Republic.

During the period of transformation of ownership relations in the Czech Republic, Miroslav Kalousek represented the Government of the Czech Republic in several leadership positions in the economic sphere: In 1991-1992, on a decision by the agriculture minister he was named a member of the supervisory board of Jihočeské pivovary. In 1994, on the basis of a resolution of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, he was elected to a position as a member of the Presidium of the Lands Fund of the Czech Republic, which he held until 1996.

From January 1993 to January 1998 he served at the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic as the deputy defence minister, responsible for budget and acquisition processes.

In early parliamentary elections in 1998, Miroslav Kalousek was elected to the Chamber of Deputies for the KDU-ČSL party. After his re-election in 2002, he became chairman of the Budget Committee of the Chamber of Deputies (serving until 2005).

At the KDU-ČSL party congress in 2003 in Ostrava, he was re-elected as chairman of KDU-ČSL, and defended his position at the 2005 congress in Plzeň. He was the chairman of KDU-ČSL until 2006.

From January 2007 to May 2009 he served as finance minister of the Czech Republic. From January 2009 to May 2009 he was the chairman of the EU's Ecofin Council, made up of the finance ministers of all EU member states.

In June 2009 he left KDU-ČSL.

In June 2009, Miroslav Kalousek, together with Karel Schwarzenberg, founded the TOP 09 party. At the national founding congress of the party, held on 27 and 28 November 2009, he was elected first deputy chairman of TOP 09.

Miroslav Kalousek has been the Minister of Finance since 13 July 2010.

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