Stefan Füle

Stefan Füle is European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy. Previously he has held several positions within the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Füle served as First Secretary of Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the UN in New York City from 1990 to 1995. His next assignment was at the headquarters of the Ministry in Prague until 1998. Then he served as the Czech Ambassador to Lithuania (1998–2001), also being the NATO contact point there. In 2000, Füle accepted the position of the First Deputy Minister of Defense but later returned to diplomatic work. He had served as the nation's Ambassador to the United Kingdom (2003–2005) before being appointed as the Permanent Representative of his country to NATO (11 July 2005–7 May 2009). He studied at the Charles University in Prague and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.