Věslav Michalik

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July 5, 2022

Věslav Michalik (March 1, 1963 Český Těšín – June 12, 2022 Vlčí hora, Krásná Lípa) was a Czech politician and physicist, from 2012 to 2022 a representative of the Central Bohemian Region (from 2016 to 2017 also a regional councilor and from 2020 to 2022 deputy governor), mayor of Dolní Břežany between 2004 and 2022, vice-chairman of the STAN movement.

Life

He graduated from the grammar school in Český Těšín and the Faculty of Nuclear and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague, in 1986 he received the degree of Ing. and in 1992 the title of candidate of sciences (CSc.). He later completed his education in economics at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He worked as a researcher at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and is the author of dozens of publications in international scientific journals. Among other things, he worked for several years at the Russian United Institute of Nuclear Research in Dubno. After leaving academia around 1994, he worked for many years in financial institutions – first as a financial (banking) analyst, later as an executive director or member of the board of directors, including in From 2003 to 2005, a member of the board of directors of HVB Bank Czech Republic and, in the same years, also a member of the supervisory board of the Prague Stock Exchange. Věslav Michalik was married and had two adult children. He lived in the village of Dolní Břežany in the district of Praha-západ. He died of heart failure while on vacation in Bohemian Switzerland.

Political influence

He has been a member of STAN since 2013, and since March 2014 he has been part of the movement's presidency (he defended this position at the National Assembly in March 2017). He also held the position of chairman of the STAN Regional Committee in the Central Bohemian Region. In the municipal elections in 2002, he was elected as a representative of the municipality of Dolní Břežany as an independent on the candidate list of the entity "Association of Independent Candidates ROZKVĚT". In November 2002, he became the deputy mayor and from October 2004, then the mayor of the municipality. He then defended the mandate of representative and mayor of the village in the elections in 2006 (independent for "Association of independent candidates ROZKVĚT"), elections in 2010 (non-partisan for STAN on the candidate list of the subject "ROZKVĚT"), elections in 2014 (member of STAN on the candidate list of the subject " HEYDAY"). and the elections in 2018 (a member of STAN on the candidate list of the entity "ROZKVĚT (STAN)"). In the regional elections in 2008, he ran for the Central Bohemian Region Representative Council as a non-party member for the "Independent Mayors for the Region" movement, but was unsuccessful (he finished as the first substitute). He only succeeded in the 2012 elections as a non-party member for STAN on the "TOP 09 and Mayors for the Central Bohemian Region" candidate. In the 2016 elections, he defended the regional representative's mandate as a member of STAN on a separate candidate list of the movement. On November 18, 2016, he was elected councilor of the Central Bohemian Region for the area of ​​economic and regional development, including European funds and rural development. However, after the collapse of the coalition, he was dismissed from his position in October 2017. In the elections to the Chamber of Deputies of the PČR in 2013, he ran in the Central Bohemian Region as a member of the STAN movement on the TOP 09 candidate list, but was unsuccessful. In the regional elections in 2020, he defended the post of representative of the Central Bohemian Region for the STAN movement. In addition, on November 16, 2020, he became the deputy governor of the Central Bohemian Region for finance and strategy. At the end of August 2021, he was elected vice-chairman of the STAN movement at the National Assembly. In November 2021, he became the candidate of the STAN movement for the post of Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic in the emerging government of Petr Fiala (i.e. the SPOLU and PirSTAN coalition). He decided not to run for ministerial office on 25 November 2021 following the publication of details relating to the unclear financing of his business activities, which he could not satisfactorily explain.

Controversy

Suspicion of tax evasion

In 2010, the Czech press reported that Michalik was to be investigated by the police on suspicion of