The Government Council for Sustainable Development of the Czech Republic

The Government Council for Sustainable Development of the Czech Republic, chaired by the Prime Minister, is an advisory body to the Government responsible for inter-sectoral coordination of the sustainable development policy among central administrative authorities. It consists of the representatives of all ministries, both chambers of the Parliament, municipalities, NGOs, trade unions, academia, industry, agriculture and research. Other relevant stakeholders are represented in its nine thematic Committees and working groups. 

In order to foster partnership and inform all stakeholders about the latest developments in the field of sustainable development, the Office of the Government revived the tradition of the national Sustainable Development Forum, which is held annually since 2014. The Forum in 2015 was one of the first opportunities to discuss the implementation of the SDGs on the national level after their adoption.

Brief history

The Government Council for Sustainable Development (the "Council") was established by Government Resolution No. 778 of July 30, 2003 as a standing advisory, initiative and coordinating body of the Government of the Czech Republic in the domains of sustainable development and strategic management. The first Statute of the Council was adopted by Government Resolution No 836 of August 6, 2003. In 2006 the Council and its secretariat was moved to the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic. The Council and its horizontal, inter-sectoral importance was fully re-established and the Council was moved back to the Government’s Office (Department of Sustainable Development of the Office of the Government) by Government Resolution No. 434 of June 9, 2014. The Council newly integrated also the agenda of the former National Economic Council. The proposal to re-establish the Council originated from the need to create a body that would deal with the issue of sustainable development on a systematic and long-term basis, serve as an umbrella for the present efforts promoting sustainable development, and efficiently coordinate all related activities. The activities of the Council are specified in the Statute and Rules of Procedure.

The Statute

The present Statute was adopted by the Czech Government Resolution No. 622 of July 29, 2015 and sets the responsibilities and tasks of the Council, the Chairman, Council’s members, the Steering Committee, the Committees, the Working groups, Council’s Secretary and the Secretariat and external co-workers.

  • the Council meets at least 3 times per year;
  • the Prime Minister holds the office of the Chairman of the Council.

Main Responsibilities

  • Development of the Sustainable Development Strategy and its reviews;
  • Bi-annual reporting on the implementation of the sustainable development strategy in the Czech Republic and monitoring of indicators;
  • Methodological coordination of conceptual documents.

Members

Chairman

  • Bohuslav Sobotka
    Prime Minister

Members of the Steering Committee

Council's Secretary, members of the Steering Committee and Chairmans of Council's Committees

The Steering Committee has been set up in November 2015. It serves as a flexible steering body for coordination of Council's work in between Council's meetings. The Steering Committee is chaired by Council’s Secretary. The Steering Committee includes 7 members of the Council (4 representatives of ministries and 3 of social partners and NGOs) and Chairmen of Council's Committees.

  • Ing. Jan Žůrek
    Czech Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • JUDr. Olga Letáčková
    Ministry of Regional Development
  • Ing. Jiří Dlouhý
    Society for Sustainable Living 
  • Ing. Jaroslav Šulc, CSc.
    Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions
  • Mgr. Richard Brabec
    Ministry of the Environment
  • Mgr. Michaela Marksová
    Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
  • Ing. Jan Mládek, CSc.
    Ministry of Industry and Trade

Members

  • Ing. Andrej Babiš
    Ministry of Finance; Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Policy
  • MVDr. Pavel Bělobrádek, Ph.D. MPA
    Deputy Prime Minister for the Science, Research and Innovation Office
  • Mgr. František Lukl, MPA
    Union of Towns and Municipalities of the Czech Republic
  • Tomáš Vrbík
    Czech Chamber of Commerce
  • Ing. Josef Praks
    Ministry of Culture
  • JUDr. Rostislav Dvořák
    Union of Czech and Moravian Production Co-operatives
  • Ing. Milan Taraba  
    Council of Seniors of the Czech Republic
  • Ing. Radomír Jahoda
    Ministry of Defense
  • Ing. Miroslav Zábranský
    Ministry of Justice
  • Mgr. Martina Štěpánková
    Government Office
  • JUDr. PhDr. Petr Mlsna, Ph.D. 
    Ministry of the Interior
  • PhDr. Robin Böhnisch
    Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic
  • PhDr. Vladimír Špidla
    Government Office
  • Ing. Tomáš Prouza, MBA
    Government Office
  • -
    Ministry of Health
  • Ing. Jiří Šír
    Ministry of Agriculture
  • prof. Ing. Iva Ritschelová, CSc.
    Czech Statistical Office
  • Mgr. Václav Pícl
    Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
  • Ing. Martin Tlapa
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ing. Tomáš Čoček, Ph.D.
    Ministry of Transport
  • Mgr. Radko Martínek
    Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic
  • -
    Association of Regions of the Czech Republic
  • Ing. Petr Švec
    Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic
  • MUDr. Radim Šrám, DrSc.
    Academy of Science of the Czech Republic
  • doc. Ing. Jakub Fischer, Ph.D.
    Higher Education Council of the Czech Republic
  • prof. Bedřich Moldan, CSc.
    Czech Rectors Conference
  • Ing. Boris Dlouhý, CSc.
    Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic
  • JUDr. Jaroslav Staněk
    Association of Independent Trade Unions
  • Ing. Václav Hlaváček, CSs.
    Czech Agrarian Chamber
  • Mgr. Selma Muhič Dizdarevič, Ph.D.
    Czech Women’s Lobby
  • Ing. Ondřej Šejtka
    Czech Council of Children and Youth
  • Mgr. Jiří Koželouh
    Green Circle - Association of 28 most important ecological NGO’s of the Czech Republic
  • RNDr. Libor Ambrozek
    Czech Union for Nature Conservation

Committees

  • Socio-economic Development Committee
  • Strategic Management, Analyses Committee
  • Landscape, Water and Biodiversity Committee
  • Sustainable Energy Committee
  • Sustainable Municipalities Committee
  • Sustainable Transport Committee
  • Education for SD Committee
  • International Affairs Committee
  • Committee on Sustainable Development Indicators