Vladimír Špidla is the former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic (2002–2004). During his administration, the Czech Republic joined the European Union. In 1996, he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies, where he served as chair of the Social Policy and Health Care Committee. From 2001 to 2004, he was chair of the Czech Social Democratic Party and later served as the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. Vladimír Špidla was a member of Bohuslav Sobotka’s shadow government as the Minister of the Environment before the 2013 parliamentary elections. Since October 2011, he has been the director of the Social Democratic think-tank Masaryk Democratic Academy. He also served as Director of the Department of Advisers to the Prime Minister. He was awarded the National Order of the Legion for his services to the development of Czech-French relations and support for European integration.
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