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Ambassador Kateřina Fialková passed away

(This article expired 31.01.2023.)

We are saddened to announce that Kateřina Fialková, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, suddenly passed away in Bern on 1 November 2022 at the age of 55. The Ambassador was – among others - a recipient of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, 4th class.

Ambassador Fialková joined Czech diplomacy 30 years ago. Since 2003 she worked as the Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Great Britain and later as the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Japan. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she worked as the director of the Americas Department and the director of the Multilateral Economic Relations Department.

Kateřina Fialková graduated from the University of Economics in Prague and after the Velvet Revolution she studied also in Switzerland and in the USA. She was one of the leading figures that brought the Czech Republic into international organizations. She was also the first high-ranking Czech woman in NATO, working in the Secretary General Lord Robertson's cabinet from 2000 to 2002.

Ambassador Fialková belonged to the generation of Czech diplomats who brought the Czech Republic not only to NATO, but also to the European Union, so that our country became anchored in the Western world – in democracy, the rule of law, respect for human rights and the dignity of every human life. Her inexhaustible energy, courage to stand up to all inequity and determination to bring the right things to their fulfillment, personified the values of the post-Velvet Revolution Czech foreign service.

In 2003, Ambassador Fialková was awarded the Presidential Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, 4th class.

Our sincere condolences to her family.

Photo: MZV CZ

Photo: MZV CZ