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|Member of the European Parliament for Czech Republic|
|Assumed office |
1 July 2014
26 July 1976
Zlín, Czech Republic
|Political party||ANO 2011|
|Alma mater||University of Padua|
Martina Dlabajová (born 26 July 1976) is a Czech businesswoman and international consultant, former president of the Regional Chamber of Commerce of the Zlín Region (2012 – 2014). Since 2014 she has been a Member of the European Parliament.
Education and career
From 1990 to 1994 Dlabajová attended the grammar school Zlín-Lesni ctvrt and then from 1995 to 2000 she studied political science with a specialization in the European Union at the University of Padua (Dott.).
For many years Dlabajová was the coordinator of the Office of the Zlín Region in Brussels. At the end of 2012, was elected the president of the Regional Chamber of Commerce of the Zlín Region. She also founded and managed several companies in the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Italy.
Dlabajová speaks Italian, English, German, Spanish and Russian.
Member of the European Parliament, 2014–present
In the 2014 elections to the European Parliament Dlabajová stood as a non-party candidate for the movement ANO 2011 and succeeded with 4789 number of preferential votes. She was appointed as a Vice-Chair in the Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT), a member in the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) and substitute in the Committee on Transport and Tourism. She initiated the Parliamentary Intergroup for Creative Industries and was appointed its Vice-President.
The project WhyNot? / ProcByNe?
As a new MEP, the first thing she thought of was to start concrete projects which would have a direct and immediate impact on European citizens, especially young people. Taking into account the concerning rates of youth unemployment, she decided to launch her personal traineeship programme "PročBynNe?" - "Why not?". Putting effectively into use the business and academic network that she knows well from her previous profession, she offers around 12 traineeships per year to motivated young people to enable them to strive for their goals as well as to give them assurances that if they want to achieve something in life, they can do it. The selection of youngsters (aged 18–25) is not based on the highest qualifications but on the biggest motivation to do the job. The traineeships can vary from shadowing for two weeks the Minister of Finance to learning the best recipes of the top chef of the country or mentoring by master craftsmen. A separate website was launched introducing the project - www.procbyne.cz. A further idea is to bring this traineeship scheme from the Czech Republic to other EU countries – using a similar young person-MEP-business/academia formula. It is a symbolic act to help young people to get their first job experience and to show that even by small actions, we can make a difference.
Dlabajová is an active member of the Rotary Club Zlín (its president 2013 - 2014. She was also a director of a public benefit corporation Zlinsky zamek. She is an avid reader and owns one of the largest collections of publication of the book The Little Prince in Central Europe.
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- Board of Directors European Liberal Forum.