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Newly appointed Deputy Secretaries General take office on 1 May

Ms. Ivana Holoubková and Ms. Zsuzsanna Király, respectively from the Czech Republic and Hungary,  who were appointed as CEI Deputy Secretaries General on 7 April 2022, officially took up their new duties at the CEI-Executive Secretariat (CEI-ES) on 1 May.

Their candidatures, proposed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, were accepted in line with the new updated CEI Guidelines and Rules of Procedure, drawn up by the Bulgarian CEI Presidency and the CEI-ES. The document simplifies the positions introducing once again the Deputy Secretary General positions only, thus abolishing the Alternate Secretary General.

Ms. Holoubková and Ms. Király are ready to undertake their new positions, representing the Executive Level of the CEI-ES,  with a solid professional background.

Ms. Ivana Holoubková

She holds a doctorate in natural sciences and attended the Clingendael Institute of International Relations. She entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech and the Slovak Federal Republic in 1992, continuing her career as a deputy in the Embassies of the Czech Republic to Italy and France. From 2007 to 2013 she worked as an Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Jordan, obtaining in 2014 the Diplomatic rank of Ambassador. In 2015 she took on the position as CEI National Coordinator of the Czech Republic, and as Representative of the Czech Republic in the Operational Board of the EU Regional Trust Fund MADAD in response to the Syrian Crisis and as Diplomatic Counsellor to the Deputy Minister for European Affairs.

Ms. Zsuzsanna Király

She studied law at the University of Budapest and started working for a law office. In 2001, she left that position and took a job at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, working in its Legal Department until 2007. Later, she moved to Milan as a Deputy Chief of Mission at the Consulate General of Hungary, responsible for consular affairs and for developing bilateral relations. After 2013, she worked under the State Secretary for Administrative Affairs and as a Deputy Head of the Department of Human Resources. She led the consular section at the Consulate General of Hungary in New York, being the Deputy Chief of Mission, between 2014 and 2018. From November 2018, she started working under the Deputy State Secretary for the Development of European Relations.

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