Born in Prague in 1965. A graduate of Prague’s University of Economics, Petr Ježek joined his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as a diplomat. For some ten years, he held relatively high posts related to the country’s ties with the EU, e.g. heading the Foreign Ministry’s European Integration Department and serving as Deputy State Secretary for European Affairs. He also worked as chief of staff of then Czech Prime Minister Vladimír Špidla. In 2014, Petr Ježek was elected Member of the European Parliament on the ballot of the ANO 2011 party.
The European Parliament's delegation for relations with Japan welcomed on Tuesday, September 15, Mr Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, an expert on the Far East and EU Free Trade Agreements. During the hour-long discussion, Mr Lee Makiyama highlighted the potential benefits of the EU and Japan's Free Trade agreement. He asserted that the positive effect on EU’s GDP could be even greater than that of TTIP.
Petr Ježek, Chair of the European Parliament Delegation, stated after the meeting: “I am glad that Mr Lee-Makiyama emphasised the importance of the EU's FTA with Japan. Japan is a key strategic partner for Europe and his comments reinforce the necessity for a comprehensive agreement to be reached by both sides.”