Pavel Telička

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Pavel Telička
European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection
In office
1 May 2004 – 22 November 2004
President Romano Prodi
Preceded by David Byrne
Succeeded by Markos Kyprianou
Member of the European Parliament for Czech Republic
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Personal details
Born (1965-08-21) 21 August 1965 (age 51)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party ANO 2011 (2014—present)
Other political
KSČ (in 1980s)
Spouse(s) Eva Teličková
Children son Jakub and daughter Kateřina
Alma mater Charles University

Pavel Telička (born 21 August 1965)[1] is a Czech lobbyist and politician who serves as the Member of European Parliament for Czech Republic since 2014 and as the Vice President of the European Parliament since 2017.

Early life[edit]

Born in Washington, D.C. as the son of a communist diplomat. After his graduation from the Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague, in 1986, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia. In the following years, he held various positions in the Czechoslovak – later Czech – ministry, including the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and in the Czech Mission to the European Union (EU) in Brussels. From 1998 onwards, he served as Chief Negotiator for the accession of the Czech Republic to the European Union.[1]

European Union[edit]

In February 2004 Czech government nominated Miloš Kužvart, the former Czech Environment Minister, as a candidate for the EU commissioner. Kužvart, however, was allegedly not able to communicate in any foreign language, although he does in fact speak English, and allegedly lacked insight into EU affairs. He stepped down in a dramatic way after his first candidate visit in Brussels. Under time pressure the government nominated Telička.

When the Czech Republic entered the EU on 1 May 2004 Telička became EU commissioner in the Prodi Commission. He shared the portfolio of Health and Consumer Protection with David Byrne. He held this post only until November 2004; he did not continue in the following Barroso Commission due to a Czech government crisis in summer 2004. He was succeeded as the Czech commissioner by Vladimír Špidla, the former Czech Prime Minister who resigned during the crisis.[1]

Soon after, in December 2004, he co-founded BXL Consulting with offices in Prague and Brussels. BXL Consulting was providing consultancy in EU affairs but as of 2014 it is no longer doing so.[2][3] In 2013 he supported ANO 2011 led by Andrej Babiš in the Czech parliament elections; he was its candidate for the 2014 European Parliament election.[4] Since his election in July 2014, he has been a vice-chair in the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.[5]

He was also elected president of the Czech Rugby Union in November 2009.[6]


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Political offices
New office Czech European Commissioner
Succeeded by
Vladimír Špidla
Preceded by
David Byrne
European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection
Served alongside: David Byrne
Succeeded by
Markos Kyprianou