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11. 1. 2011 15:08

Tomáš Chalupa to Lead Environment Ministry

Petr Nečas introduced the new candidate for minister to the coalition government. He replaces Pavel Drobil, who resigned in December.

"After serious consideration, I have decided to propose to the president that the position of environment minister be filled by Tomáš Chalupa, a member of parliament and the mayor of Prague 6. I especially expect a continuation of his non-ideological, non-dogmatic approach. In addition, he is a highly-experienced and talented politician of the Civic Democratic Party's younger generation, very hard-working with a wider international view," Prime Minister Nečas said of the nomination.

 "I take this offer as an appreciation of the development thus far that my team and my colleagues at city hall in Prague 6 have had over the past 12 years. I believe I've done a good job over there. I am aware that the ministry's reputation has been somewhat shaken, and I know very well that from a long-term standpoint this is not a ministry that has shown much in the way of stability as regards the minister's position. The average lifespan of an environment minister has in recent years only been 118 days," Chalupa said, adding that the president should name him to the position next week.
The 36-year-old Chalupa has three university degrees - in the fields of journalism, political science and law. In the 1990s he worked as the editor of the Večerník Praha [Evening Prague] newspaper, and was then the head of the news department at the daily Telegraf and its deputy editor.

In 1997 he worked at the Office of the Government as the head of the press department and spokesman for Václav Klaus' government. He later became deputy mayor of Prague 6, and became mayor in 2002. He was elected to the Chamber of Deputies representing the Civic Democratic Party in last year's parliamentary elections.

Curriculum vitae of the Candidate for Environment Minister

Mgr. Tomáš Chalupa

Personal data
• born 3 July 1974 in Prague 6
• has lived since birth in Prague 6's Střešovice district
• married

Education
• 1981 - 1989 Norbertov elementary school
• 1989 - 1993 Nad alejí Secondary School in Prague 6
• 1993 - 1995 Social Sciences Faculty of Charles University Prague, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
• 1993 - 1996 Philosophy Faculty of Charles University Prague, political science - history major
• 1994 - 2002 Law Faculty of Charles University Prague, law major

Employment
• 1993 Večerník Praha, freelancer
• 1993 Telegraf daily, editor of the domestic politics desk
• 1993 - 1996 Telegraf daily, head of the news department
• 1996 - 1997 Telegraf daily, deputy editor
• 1997 -1998 Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, head of the press office, press spokesman
• 1998 ODS headquarters, press department
• 1998 - 2002 Prague 6 city district, deputy mayor for finance, investment and security
• Mayor of the Prague 6 city district since 2002
• Member of the Prague City Assembly since 2006
• Chairman of the Prague City Assembly's foreign affairs committee since 2006
• Member of the Prague City Assembly's finance committee since 2006

Memberships
• Member of the Civic Democratic Party since 1992, chairman of the ODS district association for Prague 6 since 2002
• Deputy chairman of the ODS Prague regional association from 2004 to 26 April 2010
• Member of the ODS Executive Council from 2006 to 26 April 2010
• Re-elected deputy chairman of the ODS Prague Regional Association from 13 December 2010
• Re-elected to the ODS Executive Council on 13 December 2010

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