Martin Bursík

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Martin Bursík
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Minister of Environment
In office
9 January 2007 – 8 May 2009
Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek
Preceded by Petr Kalaš
Succeeded by Ladislav Miko
In office
27 February 1998 – 22 July 1998
Prime Minister Josef Tošovský
Preceded by Jiří Skalický
Succeeded by Miloš Kužvart
Chairman of the Green Party
In office
September 2005 – 8 June 2009
Preceded by Jan Beránek
Succeeded by Ondřej Liška
Personal details
Born August 12, 1959
Czechoslovakia Prague, Czechoslovakia
Alma mater Charles University

Martin Bursík (born August 12, 1959 in Prague) is a Czech politician. Bursík has twice served as Minister of Environment and is also former chairman of the Green Party.

Early life and education[edit]

In the 1980s, Bursík studied environmental engineering at the Charles University. In June 1989, he joined the dissident movement and signed the declaration of the anti-communist movement. During the Velvet Revolution in November of that year, he was one of the founders of the Civic Forum.

The Civic Movement, which emerged from the Civic Forum and would later became the Party for the Open Society, nominated him as vice-chairman and he was elected into parliament. After the breakup of the Civic Movement, Bursík switched to the Free Democrats. He served as the Minister of the Environment under Josef Tošovský for a few months in 1998.

Bursík unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Prague and joined the Christian Democrats but left this party in 2003.

He joined the Greens in June 2004 and was elected party chairman. After 2006 parliament election he became a member of the Chamber of Deputies and was also appointed Minister of Environment in the second cabinet of Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek.

Climate change was his priority as Minister of Environment.

He is currently a professor at New York University in Prague.

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Preceded by
Jiří Skalický
3rd Minister of the Environment of the Czech Republic
1998
Succeeded by
Miloš Kužvart
Preceded by
Jan Beránek
Chairman of the Czech Green Party
2005-2009
Succeeded by
Ondřej Liška
Preceded by
Petr Kalaš
7th Minister of the Environment of the Czech Republic
2007-2009
Succeeded by
Ladislav Miko