Patrik is a co-founder & senior Partner at Fipra Slovakia and has worked in the area of public affairs with specific focus on EU Affairs since 1997. Patrik has acted as EU Affairs Adviser to the Minister of Industry, as member of EU Affairs Committee to National Union of Employers, the EU institutions, various business, public sector and NGO clients. Patrik was heavily involved in assisting the business sector in Slovakia for preparations for EU membership. As member of the TEAM EUROPA run by the European Commission he was also involved in the campaign for the EU membership. In 2003, he managed the establishment of Slovakia first Public Affairs Office in Brussels and became the Head of EU Office. Patrik started his career in the area of Pre-Accession Projects as project manager and consultant. Later he developed a wider EU Consulting area – Strategy Consulting related to EU Structural Funds, Regulatory Affairs, Competition – State Aid, External Trade, EU Institutional Functioning and Capacity Building. Prior to this, Patrik was a Research Fellow in the European Parliament conducting political and economical research papers on candidate countries and worked for NGO sector. Patrik has also been involved in issues dealing with the preparation for the introduction of the EURO and technical assistance projects. He is a frequent speaker on issues related to Impact on EU membership at international foras. Patrik was a member of the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels where he served as Member of the REX (External Affairs Committee) and TEN (transport, energy, infrastructure) Sections. In the EESC he was also a member of Western Balkans Contact Group where he assisted countries in the region with EU membership preparation.