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Ing. Vaclav KLAUS President of the Czech Republic, Prague


 Since 2003, Václav Klaus has been President of the Czech Republic (reelected for second term on February 15, 2008). In the communist era he was a researcher at the Institute of Economics of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, later he was forced to leave the Academy of Sciences for political reasons and worked in various positions in the Czechoslovak State Bank. He began his political career in 1989 as finance minister. At the end of 1990, he became the chairman of the Civic Forum, at the time the country s strongest political entity. In April 1991, he co-founded the Civic Democratic Party and remained its chairman until December 2002. Václav Klaus won parliamentary elections in June 1992 and became prime minister of the Czech Republic, overseeing the "Velvet Divorce" of the Czechoslovak Federation. In 1996, he successfully defended his post as prime minister. After the break-up of his governing coalition, he became chairman of the Chamber of Deputies in 1998 for four years. He was elected as the President of the Czech Republic in February 2003 and re-elected for the second five-year term in February 2008. Václav Klaus studied at the Prague School of Economics, where he currently holds professorship in finance.


Mont Pelerin Society


Among others:
Blauer Planet in grünen Fesseln. Was ist bedroht: Klima oder Freiheit?, Carl Gerold s Sohn, Wien, 2007
Blue Planet in Green Shackles  What is Endangered: Climate or Freedom? Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington D.C., May, 2008
Where Tomorrow Begins, Euromedia Group, Prague, 2009
Europa? Ausgewählte Reden, Vorträge und Texte des Präsidenten der Tschechischen Republik 2005-2010. Context Medien und Verlag, 2011


Among others:
Columbia Award, Washington Policy Center, Seattle, Washington, USA, October 2008
Barry Goldwater Award for Liberty, Goldwater Institute, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, October 2008
Friedrich August von Hayek Foundation International Prize, Freiburg, Germany, May 2009
Gold Peutinger Medaille, Peutinger Collegium, Munich, Germany, May 2009