Patrik has acted as EU Affairs Adviser to the Minister of Industry, as member of the EU Affairs Committee to the National Union of Employers, EU institutions, and 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. Patrik started his career in the area of Pre-Accession Projects as project manager and consultant. Later he developed a wider EU consulting capability, advising on EU Structural Funds, Regulatory Affairs, Competition – State Aid, External Trade, EU Institutional Functioning and Capacity Building. Prior to this, Patrik was a Researcher in the European Parliament conducting political and economical research papers on candidate countries and worked for the NGO sector. He is a frequent speaker on issues related to impact on EU membership at international fora. Patrik is a member of the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels where he serves as Member of the REX (External Affairs Committee) and TEN (transport, energy, infrastructure) Sections and is also active in other European institutional advisory bodies and committees. In the EESC he is a member of Western Balkans Contact Group where he assists countries in the region with EU membership preparation. He is a Vice-Chairman of the Board of the think-tank organization EPPP – European Public Policy Partnership. Patrik speaks fluent Slovak, Hungarian, English, basic French and Croat.