Mrs Milena Hrdinkova is State Secretary for European Affairs and, as a deputy minister, is in charge of the Section for European Affairs at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. Mrs Hrdinkova has been actively involved in EU affairs and international relations throughout her entire career. She has represented the Czech Republic in EU institutions, such as ECOFIN Council, and other international bodies; she had also worked on implementing EU law into the Czech legislation prior to the Czech Republic’s accession to the EU, served as a national expert in the European Commission, and chaired an EU Council’s working group during the first Czech presidency of the EU. Mrs Hrdinkova also specialises in fiscal relations and development assistance and has served as an external expert for the International Monetary Fund. She also occasionally teaches at the University of Economics in Prague.