Ivan Langer

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Ivan Langer
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Minister of the Interior
In office
2006 – 8 May 2009
Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek
Preceded by František Bublan
Succeeded by Martin Pecina
Personal details
Born (1967-01-01) January 1, 1967 (age 47)
Olomouc), Czechoslovakia
Political party Civic Democratic Party
Alma mater Palacký University, Olomouc

MUDr. Mgr. Ivan Langer (born on 1 January 1967 in Olomouc) is a former Czech politician, he has been a member of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) since 1991. In 1996-2010 he was a member of the Chamber of Deputies (in 1996-2006 a vice-chairman), the Minister of Informatics and the Minister of the Interior. He graduated at the Medical Faculty of the Palacky University in Olomouc and the Law Faculty at the Charles University in Prague.

Private Life[edit]

Ivan Langer is married to Markéta Langerová, they have 3 children, a daughter Petra, and sons Patrik and Jakub. He described his feelings of a father-to-be in the book "Průvodce muže těhotenstvím" (A Man’s Guide of Pregnancy). Ivan Langer enjoys sports, theatre, fine art, and music. In 1992 he acted in a music video "Myslel jsem si, že je to láska" (I Thought It Was Love) of the Czech pop-rock band Mňága a Žďorp.

Political Career[edit]

In 1989 he was a member of the Palacky University, and State Student Strike Committee. He was a vice-chairman of the ODS which he joined in 1991.[1] In 1996 – 2010 he was a member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament, between 1998 – 2006 he was a vice-chairman of the Chamber. In 2006 – 2007 he was the Minister of Informatics. In 2006 – 2009 he was the Minister of the Interior.

As a politician Ivan Langer focused at public administration, and drug policy (co-author of the book Rational Drug Policy). As a MP or a minister he participated in many administration projects e.g. development of eGovernment (IT based public administration) in the Czech Republic, The Czech Police reform (the campaign “Help and Protect”), Otevřená minulost (Open History – opening the archives of the communist secret police), limitation of the phone tap abuse, corruption fighting, fight against extremism, foreigners’ willing return, hooligan violence, the National Coordination Mechanism in search for missing children, upgrade of the equipment of professional and voluntary fire-fighters, etc. During his term as the Minister of the Interior the Czech Republic entered “Schengen Space” (Border-free Europe), and the USA Visa Waiver Program.

Ivan Langer is active in education and safety & prevention fields. He serves as the chairman of the board of several institutions: CEVRO Liberal-Conservative Academy, a private college CEVRO Institut, Nadace Bezpečná Olomouc (Safe Olomouc Foundation), the Olomouc Fortress Museum, he is a member of boards of Nadace policistů a hasičů (Policemen and Firemen Foundation), Dětské dopravní nadace (Children Road Safety Foundation). Since 1999 he was a founding member of the Palacky University board. His term ended in 2013.

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