Romani community member David Beňák now director of the Czech Govt Agency for Social Inclusion
As of yesterday, the director of the Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion is David Beňák, previously vice-minister for the Human Rights Section at the Office of the Government. He will take over the job after its having been entrusted to acting director Radka Soukupová for the last seven months.
Beňák is succeeding the previous director, Radek Jiránek, who became the third director of the Agency on 5 June 2015 after Martin Šimáček. Czech Human Rights Minister Jiří Dienstbier removed Šimáček after six years running the project.
The creation of the Agency began in 2007 with the efforts of then-Human Rights and Minorities Minister Džamila Stehlíková. It began working in March 2008 and became a department of the Office of the Government.
For the next two years the Agency functioned as a pilot project in 12 selected localities. Its first director was Marek Podlaha, who was removed from the post after less than a year.
In 2009 Šimáček replaced Podlaha. He was appointed by then-Human Rights Minister Michael Kocáb.
The Agency currently collaborates with 47 localities throughout the country. By 2020 it plans to expand its activity into dozens more localities.
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