Special Envoy for the External Dimension of the European Union and former Minister of European Affairs, Czech Republic
Juraj Chmiel is a Czech diplomat. He formerly served as the nation’s Minister for European Affairs. Chmiel was born in Budapest but studied in Bratislava and later graduated from the Charles’ University in Prague. He is married and speaks English, Hungarian, Russian, German, Swahili and Amharic in addition to Czech and Slovak. He entered the diplomatic corps in 1992 and held several positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was specialised in Africa at that time. Chmiel served as the nation’s Ambassador to Australia from 2008 to 2009. Mr Chmiel is currently Special Envoy for the External Dimension of the European Union, Czech Republic (former Minister of European Affairs).