He was nominated on 3rd November, by CSSD (Czech Social Democratic Party) and Strana zelenych (Green Party) on the President’s post of the Czech Republic.
Jan Svejnar commented it for the Czech TV (the only comment in media): “It is really a great honor for me, I would like to thank them for their trust.”
We have already informed about Jan Svejnar’s emigration from communist Czechoslovakia in 1969 to the United States and his economic education. Not having his finals from a high school, he wasn’t accepted by any west European university, finally it didn’t matter in the States. Today, he lectures as an professor on the universities that rejected him as a student.
Definitely, Jan Svejnar is not an ordinary professor. Ordinary professors are not advisers of Presidents and Prime ministers (in case of Havel and Spidla), also are usually not consultants of number of companies and international institutions, and what’s more, Svejnar is a co-founder of a serious education institution CERGE. The institute offers the unique economic education in the CR – an American BA having credit from the USA.
Svejnar vs Klaus – this would be an interesting battle. What could Svejnar bring to the Czech Republic? Definitely overall economic changes, especially of taxes, and moving of the CR closer to the US in politics.