Martin Hojsík

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Martin Hojsík

Member of the European Parliament
for Slovakia
Assumed office
2 July 2019[1][2]
Personal details
Born20 January 1977
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
NationalitySlovakia
Political partyProgressive Slovakia

Martin Hojsík (born 20 January 1977 in Bratislava)[3] is a Slovak activist, an environmental expert and a politician elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2019.[4] In addition to his committee assignments, Hojsík is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals [5] and a member of the political group Renew Europe. He is also a board member of the non-parliamentary political movement Progressive Slovakia and their expert on environmental issues and sustainability.

In 2020, Hojsík appeared in the chart of American political opinion magazine Politico "20 MEPs to watch in 2020"[6] and in the series of articles "Changemakers", where he was named as one of the MEPs, who will be the main leaders of positive changes in the fight against pesticides.[7]

He was the Chief Program Officer (CPO) and Executive Board member of the international charity FOUR PAWS. In the past, he worked on global campaigns for ActionAid International and Greenpeace International to change corporate behavior and public policies, and on communication campaigns for Greenpeace national offices [8]

He studied genetics at the Faculty of Natural Science at Comenius University in Bratislava and has been an environmental and social movement activist since 1993.[9]

Background[edit]

Hojsík was born in Bratislava, where he also grew up. He attended the Grammar School Vazovova. After graduation, he studied at Comenius University. During his career as an environmental expert, he has worked and lived in several countries, such as the Netherlands, South Africa, Thailand, and Austria.

In addition to Slovak, he speaks 4 other world languages - Czech, Russian, English and German.[8]

Education and career[edit]

From 1995 to 2001, he studied genetics at the Faculty of Natural Science at Comenius University in Bratislava.[10] In his master's thesis, he focused on the importance of selected chemomutagens for dedifferentiation, callogenesis, organogenesis and gene expression in groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.). He holds a certificate from Schumacher College with a focus on leadership and teamwork.[8]

Greenpeace[edit]

Hojsík has dedicated much of his life to Greenpeace, an international non-profit organization for environmental protection. He worked there for almost two decades, from 1995 to 2013. First, from 1995 to 1997, he held the position of an external project manager for energy efficiency at Greenpeace Czechoslovakia, where he was in charge of media communication, logistics and coordination of volunteers. After 2001, he worked for Greenpeace Central and Eastern Europe, where, among other things, he organized anti-toxin campaigns in Central and Eastern Europe and helped establish Greenpeace's regional headquarters in Poland and Hungary.[11] Hojsík also worked on environmental policy issues, the implementation of the Aarhus Convention and the pollution of the Danube river.[12]

From 2005 to 2009, he worked as an activist for Greenpeace International, dealing with cases such as illegal exports of electrical waste to Asia (China, India, Pakistan) and Africa (Ghana, Nigeria), as well as budget planning, management and training of volunteers.[13] From 2009 to January 2013, he was in charge of managing the water management project for Greenpeace International based in the Netherlands. In this position, he created the multi-year strategy for the Greenpeace Detox campaign. In 2011 and 2012, he ran the Greenpeace Shop Window. He also worked at Greenpeace International as a campaign consultant and led training in this area.

ActionAid International[edit]

From 2013 to 2015, he worked at ActionAid International, based in Johannesburg. He developed and managed the Tax Power Multi Country Campaign, which was focused on promoting change in tax laws in developing countries. He coordinated communication with civic initiatives, trade unions, policy makers, and international institutions.[8]

FOUR PAWS[edit]

Since 2015, he has been the Chief Programme officer and executive board member of FOUR PAWS, an animal rights organization that seeks to eliminate mistreatment of animals and animal cruelty. During his days in FOUR PAWS, Hojsík was responsible for the organization and implementation of program related strategies, projects, campaigns and their respective monitoring, evaluation and controlling. For example, he launched a campaign to help bears, which included the establishment of shelters for bears, which are often kept in inappropriate conditions despite the laws.[14]

Career in politics[edit]

Martin Hojsík has become politically involved in 2000 as a member of Small Grants committee at Slovak Ministry of Environment. In the years 2002 - 2006, he was a member of Advisory Committee to the Environment Committee of Slovak Parliament. As a member of National convent of SR on EU, in 2004 he coordinated a campaign aimed at toxic chemicals. In the years 2003 - 2004, as held a position of a member of National Coordination Committee of Initial assistance to the Slovak Republic to meet its obligations under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).[15] In 2015, he was a member of state delegation at the 3rd UN Conference on Financing for Development.

In 2016, he joined the board of OZ Progressive Slovakia, and since 2018, he has been a member of the political movement of the same name. In 2019, he ran for the European Parliament as a coalition candidate of the non-parliamentary movement Progressive Slovakia (PS) and the party of Civic Democracy (SPOLU) [16] In 2020, he also joined the Committee of Inquiry on the Protection of Animals during Transport.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Key dates ahead". European Parliament. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Key dates ahead". BBC News. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Home | Martin HOJSÍK | MEPs | European Parliament". www.europarl.europa.eu. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Noví europoslanci: PS a Spolu majú štyroch, Smer má troch, kotlebovci dvoch". www.trend.sk (in Slovak). 27 May 2019. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  5. ^ Members European Parliament Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals.
  6. ^ Baume, Maïa de La (13 January 2020). "20 MEPs to watch in 2020". POLITICO. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  7. ^ Wax, Eddy (13 February 2020). "5 people putting pesticides on the agenda". POLITICO. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  8. ^ a b c d Hojsík, Martin. "LinkedIn".
  9. ^ "Martin Hojsík". progresivne.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Osoby, ktoré získali titul na UK". absolventi.uniba.sk. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Domov". Martin Hojsík (in Slovak). Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  12. ^ Szalai, Pavol (22 July 2019). "Hojsík o záchrane klímy: Ani pri SNP sa nediskutovalo o nákladoch". euractiv.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  13. ^ "Domov". Martin Hojsík (in Slovak). Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  14. ^ "Help for Bears". FOUR PAWS International. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  15. ^ "Počiatočná pomoc Slovenskej republike pri plnení záväzkov, vyplývajúcich zo Štokholmského dohovoru o perzistentných organických látkach" (PDF).
  16. ^ "Progresívne Slovensko". progresivne.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  17. ^ Members of the Committee of Inquiry on the Protection of Animals during Transport European Parliament, press release of July 9, 2020.