Jakub Kulhánek was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic on 21 April 2021. In his career so far, he has focused primarily on international relations and security. Prior to heading the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he worked for almost three years at the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic as a Deputy Member of the Government. He also worked as a deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and previously also at the Ministry of Defence. Prior to that, he worked as an advisor to the Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr Kulhánek has also been active in several professional institutions both in the Czech Republic and abroad. In 2012, he worked as a researcher at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels. In addition to the Association for International Affairs in Prague, where as a researcher from 2007 to 2012 led the Eastern European programme, he completed internships at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) and the Euroasian Strategy Project.
Mr Kulhánek holds a master's degree from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC and the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University in Prague. He was born in 1984 in Mělník. He lives with his family in Prague.
How can the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe help the Union in this vital process of self-reflection and adaptation after the pandemic? What are key reforms are necessary to make the Union more resilient and effective? Are we ready for the health Union? What new ideas for European governance should be tested?
The COVID-19 crisis has put the EU and its member states under enormous pressure, raising new challenges and exacerbating existing ones. But the EU and the Member States are working hard on a fair and inclusive recovery that will repair the economic and social damage caused by the pandemic while investing in green and digital future. The EU has also just embarked on the journey to conduct one of the biggest exercises in deliberative democracy on the Continent, the Conference on the Future of Europe that aims at giving the voice to the Europeans on what future EU they want.