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Karel Schwarzenberg


9/01/20078/05/2009 – Minister of Foreign Affairs for Green party

Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg

  • 1937 – born in Prague on 10th December 1937
  • 1948 – the family is forced to leave to Austria
  • 1957 – Law and Silviculture Studies at the Universities of Vienna, Munich and Graz
  • from 1965 – assumption of the administration of family estates in Austria and Bavaria
  • 1967 – marriage with Dr.Terezia Hardegg
  • 19841991 – President of the International Helsinky Committee for Human Rights, awarded in 1989 together with Lech Walesa with the Human Rights Award of the Council of Europe
  • 1989 – return to the homeland
  • 1st January 1990 – member of the Collegium of Counsellors of President Václav Havel
  • 11th July 1990July 1992 – Chancellor of President Václav Havel
  • from 1992 – management of estates in South Bohemia
  • 2002 – awarded with the Order of T.G.M. 3rd Class
  • from December 2004 – Senator of the Parliament of the Czech Republic representing the 6th election district
    - member of the EU Affairs Committee of the Senate
    - member of the Permanent Delegation of the Parliament to the NATO Parliamentary assembly
  • from December 2006 – Chairman of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security Comittee of the Senate,
    - member of the Permanent Delegation of the Parliament to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly
  • from 9th January 2007 – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Karel Schwarzenberg has 3 children (Jan /1967/, Anna-Carolina /1968/, and Karel-Filip /1979/)