President Petr Pavel met with Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS). May 2, 2023, Prague Castle, Prague.
Prague – President Petr Pavel sees no problem with the appointment of Mikuláš Bek (STAN) as Minister of Education and Martin Dvořák as Minister for European Affairs. He appoints both to the position on Thursday. Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) will then put them into office. The President and the Prime Minister said this after this evening's meeting at Prague Castle. The current Minister for European Affairs Bek (STAN) will replace the Minister of Education Vladimír Balaš (STAN), who resigned the week before last due to long-term health problems associated with experiencing covid-19. Beka will be replaced in his current position by Deputy Foreign Minister Dvořák (STAN).
“I have known both gentlemen, although not as long as Mr. Prime Minister, but I have no reservations about them, either professionally or personally, nor have I heard any reservations that should prevent their appointment, so I really have no problem with these proposals,” he said Pavel.
Fifty-nine-year-old Bek previously worked as rector of Masaryk University in Brno. He will become the third minister of education in Fialo's government. Balaš was sent by the STAN movement to head the ministry last July. At the time, he replaced Petr Gazdík (STAN), who resigned due to contacts with accused businessman Michal Redl from the Prague Dozimetr corruption case.
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The 66-year-old candidate for Minister for European Affairs Dvořák was in the past mayor of Hradec Králové, consul general in New York or ambassador in Kuwait.