Marcel Kolaja has been a member of the Czech Pirate Party since 2010. In 2019, he was elected a Member of the European Parliament and until 2022, he served as Vice-President of the European Parliament. He serves as Quaestor of the Parliament now, who is responsible for overseeing the administrative and financial matters of the institution. Marcel is also 1st Vice-President of the Czech Pirate Party. Marcel graduated from the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University in Brno.
In the European Parliament, in addition to being a Bureau member, he engages in the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT), and the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in the Digital Age (AIDA), as well as in the delegations for relations with the United States (D-US) and with India (D-IN).
Topics related to the functioning of society in the digital age are his main focus. Marcel Kolaja stands for open technologies, freedom on the Internet, independence of media, transparency, and a united Europe.
He was born on June 29, 1980 and grew up in Lanškroun. Since university studies, Brno became his harbor. In 2021, Marcel moved to Český Brod. In the past, he worked in the field of information technologies in various positions. In the period of time just before his election to the European Parliament, he worked as a product manager.
In his free time, he likes to run, to ride a bike or a motorbike and to go on trips with his dog Freddie. In general, he enjoys spending time in the mountains and in nature.