Mgr. Tomáš Jan Podivínský, Minister of the Environment
Tomáš Jan Podivínský was born on 21st November 1969 in Vyškov na Moravě. He studied at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague and in 2004 graduated from the Diplomatic Academy in Prague, becoming a career diplomat. During the period from 1997 – 2003 he was appointed to the Czech embassy in Vienna to handle communications issues concerning the Temelín nuclear power plant. He participated in the organisation of official, and numerous unofficial, meetings between the Governors of Upper and Lower Austria and their Czech partners from the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, participated in public hearings on Temelín, as well as in the drafting of the Melk agreement. He acquired experience as Head of Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the CR from 2003 to 2005 and between 2005 and 2009 was also involved in cross-border Czech-German infrastructural and environmental activities and projects as Consul General of the Czech Republic in Germany. He transferred to the Ministry of Environment from the State Environmental Fund, where, as Deputy Director, he had been responsible for the Green Investment Scheme (Zelená úsporám), and continued his involvement with this programme at the Ministry in the position of Deputy Minister for Technical Protection of the Environment.
On 10th July 2013 President Miloš Zeman named Tomáš Jan Podivínský Minister of the Environment.Go to Start