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Marcel Kolaja (born 29 June 1980 in Moravská Třebová) is a Czech software engineer, activist and a Czech Pirate Party politician who serves as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and a Vice-President of the European Parliament since the 2019 election. He is a member of the Greens–European Free Alliance parliamentary group.

Marcel Kolaja
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Kolaja in July 2019
Vice-President of the European Parliament
Assumed office
3 July 2019
Member of the European Parliament for the Czech Republic
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Fourth vice chairman of the
Czech Pirate Party
In office
26 August 2012 – 8 May 2013
Co-chairman of the PPI
In office
13 March 2011 – 30 November 2011
Personal details
Born (1980-06-29) 29 June 1980 (age 39)
Moravská Třebová, Czech Republic
Political party Czech Republic:
Czech Pirate Party
European Union EU Party:
European Pirate Party
European Union EU Parliament group:
Greens/EFA
Alma materMasaryk University

His political agenda focuses on technological competitiveness of the EU on the world market, corporate lobbying in the EU and corporate tax avoidance, digital rights, censorship, environmental protection and consumer protection. As an activist he has also promoted free software and copyright reform.

Political careerEdit

Activism and Pirate Party beginningsEdit

Kolaja worked as an activist against the introduction of software patent legislation in the European Union (EU) from 2003 and joined the Czech Pirate Party in 2010.[1] Kolaja acted as a co-chairman of the Pirate Parties International (PPI) from March to November 2011.

Kolaja was the second candidate of the Czech Pirate Party in the 2014 European Parliament election[2] but was not elected.[3] Kolaja has worked as a technical product manager in Red Hat Czech, a research and development arm of Red Hat, Inc..[4]

2019 European electionEdit

 
Kolaja and Markéta Gregorová during the campaign for the 2019 European election

Kolaja was the party's leading candidate for the 2019 European Parliament election in the Czech Republic[5] and was elected MEP along with Markéta Gregorová and Mikuláš Peksa.[6] His political agenda focuses on digital rights and prevention of increasing Internet censorship; environmental protection[4] such as fossil fuel phase-out and minimizing waste pollution;[7] consumer protection,[8] addressing technological competitiveness of the EU on the world market and limiting corporate lobbying in the EU.[1] Among his priorities is also addressing tax avoidance by multinational corporations that offshore profits via tax havens.[7]

In June, Kolaja joined the Greens–European Free Alliance political group of the European Parliament along with three other European Pirate Party MEPs.[9] On 3 July, he was elected twelfth Vice-President of the European Parliament.[10]

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