Lawyer, politician and diplomat. Between 1996 and 1998 he headed the negotiations on EU accession on behalf of the CzechRepublic. In 1998 he became interior minister, while in 2002 he became minister of foreign affairs, a post he held until 2006. From 2007 to 2009, he was chairman of the government’s legislative council and in 2009 he briefly served as minister for regional development. Since leaving politics he has been teaching law at universities. He has been director of the Diplomatic Academy where he also teaches public speaking and diplomatic law since 2011.