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Deputy State Secretary for European Affairs Ing. Martin Tlapa, MBA

As from 1st November 2012 Martin Tlapa has been appointed Deputy State Secretary for European Affairs at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic.

Mr Martin Tlapa, MBA is Deputy State Secretary for European affairs. He primarily focuses on Single Market issues and topics related to competitiveness and growth of the European Union. Preparation of the National Reform Programme of the Czech Republic also belongs among his responsibilities.

Curriculum Vitae


1981 - 1984: High School of Economic, Prague, Foreign Trade
1985 - 1989: Prague University of Economics, Faculty of Trade
1999 - 2002: Sheffield Hallam University, Czech Technical University, Master of Business Administration (MBA)


1989 - 1991: Research Institute for Foreign Economic Relations, study of the trade relations with OECD countries, bilateral economic relations with EFTA states
1991 - 1992: Federal Ministry of Foreign Trade, Prague. Department of Developed Market Economies, Bilateral relations with New Zealand and Cyprus, Free Trade Agreement with EFTA
1992 - 1996: Embassy of the Czech Republic in Canada, Secretary for Commercial and Economic Affairs
1996 – 1997: Center of Foreign Economic Relations, Director of External Relations, Secretary General
1997 - 2004: CzechTrade Promotion Agency / CzechTrade, Secretary General (1997), Deputy Director General (1997-1999), Director General (200-2004)
2004 - 2012: Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, EU Affairs, Trade Policy, Single Market, Competitiveness

Professional Activities and Awards

2002 - 2003: awarded Branch Manager for Business Services by the Czech Manager Association, Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic and Confederation of Employer’s and Entrepreneur’s Associations
2004 - 2009: Deputy of Ministry of Trade and Development in Supervisory and Managements Boards of EGAP, ČEB, ČSA, CzechTrade. In 2007 acted in government-appointed team for negotiating the National Strategic Framework
2005 - 2012: Deputy of the Czech Republic in the Committee for EU for Trade Policy and Investment, Deputy of the Ministry for Trade and Development in the Committee for the European Union at working level, Head of Delegations of the Czech Republic at ministerial conferences of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Since 2012: lectures at the Prague University of Economics, member of the Scientific Councils of the Prague University of Economics, Czech Technical University and MBA Programme at the Sheffield Hallam University
publishes and lectures on topics including International Trade Export, Competitiveness, Management and European Union
Head of the Team for preparation of government-adopted documents Export Strategy of the Czech Republic 2006-2010 and International Competitiveness Strategy for the Czech Republic

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