Juraj Chmiel

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Juraj Chmiel
Minister for European Affairs
In office
30 November 2009 – 13 July 2010
Prime Minister Jan Fischer
Preceded by Štefan Füle
Succeeded by none
Personal details
Born (1960-08-16) 16 August 1960 (age 56)
Budapest, Hungary

Juraj Chmiel (born 16 August 1960) is a Czech diplomat. He served as the nation's Minister for European Affairs.[1]

Early life[edit]

Chmiel was born in Budapest but studied in Bratislava and later graduated from the Charles' University in Prague. He's married and speaks English, Hungarian, Russian, German, Swahili and Amharic in addition to Czech and Slovak.

Diplomatic career[edit]

He entered the diplomatic corps in 1992 and held several positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was specialised in Africa at that time. Chmiel served as the nation's Ambassador to Nigeria from 1996 to 2003 and Australia from 2008 to 2009. From September 2014 he serves as Czech Republic Ambassador to Hungary.

Minister for European Affairs[edit]

Chmiel was nominated to the position by the Civic Democratic Party after the government approved his predecessor's nomination for the European Commission.


  1. ^ "Czech upper house backs tougher requirements to EU petitions". CTK news agency via BBC. March 18, 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2011. Czech EU Affairs Minister Juraj Chmiel said in the Senate today ... 

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