President Václav Klaus, second President of the Czech Republic, was elected in 2003. He also served a tenure as Prime Minister from 1992-1997. An economist by training, President Klaus is co-founder of the Civic Democratic Party in the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic presided over the European Union for the first half of 2009. President Klaus graduated from the Prague School of Economics where he studied international economic relations and international trade and holds a Professorship of Finance from the same university.
President Klaus is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and a recipient of many doctorate degrees and international awards in various countries. His views on inflation, monetary and fiscal policies, comparative
economic systems, and economic transformation have been published in many scientific journals in his homeland and elsewhere.
President Klaus is married to Livia Klausová and has two sons and five grandchildren.