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Ladislav Miko holds the position of acting Director-General of the DG Health and Consumers as of the 1st of November 2014, and was previously Deputy Director-General for the Food Chain since January 2011. From 2005 to 2010, he was Director for Nature in DG Environment where he held responsibility for the portfolio on nature and biodiversity, agriculture, soils and forests. In the period May-December 2009, he held the office of Minister of the Environment of the Czech Republic in the country's caretaker government. Before he started his career in the European Commission, in 2002–2005 he was Deputy Minister and Director General for Nature and Landscape Protection in the Ministry for Environment of the Czech Republic. In 2001-2002, he worked as a private consultant on the evaluation of EU-funded programmes in the Czech Republic. Prior to this, he worked for eight years at the Czech Environmental Inspectorate, establishing the inspection system and standards in nature protection and CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) implementation. His early career was as at the Slovak Academy of Sciences, where he became Deputy Director of the Institute of Ecology of Agricultural Landscapes. He holds a doctorate in zoology and ecology. His research interests are in zoology, soil zoology and ecology and he has published widely in the scientific and popular press. He has also worked as a trainer, lecturer and court advisor. He currently teaches ecology, soil biology and environmental sciences at Charles University and the University of Life Sciences in Prague. Since 2010, he has been a Guest Professor at Antwerp University where he lectures on environment-society relations and ecological restoration.