|European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy|
9 February 2010
|President||José Manuel Barroso|
|Preceded by||Olli Rehn (Enlargement)
Benita Ferrero-Waldner (Trade and Neighbourhood Policy)
|Minister for European Affairs|
8 May 2009 – 30 November 2009
|Prime Minister||Jan Fischer|
|Preceded by||Alexandr Vondra|
|Succeeded by||Juraj Chmiel|
24 May 1962 |
Sokolov, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)
|Political party||Social Democratic Party (1989–present)|
|Alma mater||Moscow State Institute of International Relations|
Štefan Füle (born 24. May 1962 in Sokolov) is a Czech diplomat, since 2009 European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy in the second Barroso Commission.
Since February 2010 he was Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy.
He has held several positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Füle served as First Secretary of Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the UN in New York City from 1990 to 1995. His next assignment was at the headquarters of the Ministry in Prague until 1998. Then he served as the Czech Ambassador to Lithuania (1998 - 2001), also being the NATO contact point there. In 2000, Füle accepted the position of the First Deputy Minister of Defense but later returned to diplomatic work. He had served as the nation's Ambassador to the United Kingdom (2003 - 2005) before being appointed as the Permanent Representative of his country to NATO (11 July 2005 - 7 May 2009).
Fischer's government waited for political parties to agree on one candidate to become the next European Commissioner for the Czech Republic. But the political parties were not able to agree on one name. Social Democrats nominated Vladimír Špidla and Civic Democrats endorsed Alexandr Vondra. Jan Švejnar and Pavel Svoboda were candidates of the minority parties (the Greens and Christian Democrats).
The Czech Republic was urged to announce a person's name by the President of the European Commission José Barroso. Prime Minister Jan Fischer was also offered the post but refused. There were rumors about Vladimír Dlouhý and Zdeněk Tůma being offered the post. Dlouhý was willing to accept the nomination and Tůma refused it. On 10 November 2009, the Cabinet made the decision of approving Füle's nomination for the next term of the European Commission under José Barroso.
- "Štefan Füle to be next EU commissioner". Radio Prague. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- "Parties break stalemate over EU Commissioner as Füle chosen for job". Radio Prague. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- Štefan Füle Official Media Gallery
|Minister for European Affairs
|Czech European Commissioner
as European Commissioner for Enlargement
|European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy
as European Commissioner for Trade and European Neighbourhood Policy