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Tomáš Boček appointed CEB Vice-Governor for Target Group Countries

29 March 2019

PARISAt its 222nd meeting held today, the Governing Board of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) appointed Tomáš Boček to the post of Vice-Governor Target Group Countries

Mr Boček, a Czech national, is currently Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on Migration and Refugees. His mandate includes gathering information on the steps that Council of Europe member states are taking in order to protect the fundamental rights of migrants and refugees, and proposing appropriate action at national and European level. 

From 2010 until the end of January 2016 he was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the Council of Europe, in which capacity he also represented the Czech Republic to the CEB Governing Board. During the period 2013-2015, he was Vice-President of the Governing Board of the CEB. He has previously served as Deputy Minister for International Relations and EU Affairs at the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic and has held senior posts in the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

CEB Governor Rolf Wenzel said: “I congratulate Mr Boček on his appointment and look forward to working with him. CEB operations in target group countries represent a major part of the Bank’s activity, and I am sure that the new Vice-Governor, with his knowledge and experience, will make a significant contribution to the CEB in an area of particular importance to the Bank.”

Set up in 1956, the CEB (Council of Europe Development Bank) has 41 member states. Twenty-two Central, Eastern and South Eastern European countries, forming the Bank's target countries, are listed among the member states. As a major instrument of the policy of solidarity in Europe, the Bank finances social projects by making available resources raised in conditions reflecting the quality of its rating (AAA with Standard & Poor's, outlook stable, AA+ with Fitch Ratings, outlook stable and Aa1 with Moody's, outlook stable). It thus grants loans to its member states, and to financial institutions and local authorities in its member states for the financing of projects in the social sector, in accordance with its Articles of Agreement.