Katerina Konecna, Member of the European Parliament. In year 2009 she successfully graduated from Masaryk University and received an engineer’s degree in the Public Administration field. She also has a bachelor’s degree from the Masaryk University, Faculty of Law.
Her interest in the world surrounding us brought her to politics and resulted in her candidacy to the Chamber of Deputies in 2002. As the youngest member of the Chamber of Deputies she became a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. A number of draft legislations and questions to the government that she submitted came from citizens’ initiatives.
Furthermore, she cooperates very closely with Trade Union Association of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia and in 2007 she has started to work very intensively with young people. She became a member of the Environment Committee after the elections to the Chamber of Deputies in 2006. She has seen the urgent need to come up with laws that improve the environment in Moravian-Silesian region, which has long suffered especially from poor air quality.
She became a shadow minister for the environment in the Communist Party. She led the list of Communist candidates for elections in May 2010. After her re-election she continued the promotion of practical and effective protection of the environment that will help people and will not take their jobs. Working in environmental politics very often means coping with ignorance of environmental protection of right-wing parties on one side and enthusiasm and a little bit of impracticality of green activists on the other side. The Environmental Protection Policy brought her to solving problems with Šumava National Park and also with the Waste Act.
She also led the list of Communist candidates in the elections to the European Parliament in May 2014. Now, as a member of the European Parliament, she would like to continue to engage in the Environmental Protection Policy as a member of the ENVI Committee. During time she is MEP she is also focusing on the topic of the Access to Healthcare and she is dealing with public health issues. She is also supporting the development of the Patients academy project. People deserve to have representatives in the European Parliament that will defend their interests.
Other initiatives of her:
- Project: Patient academy (Akademie pacietských organizací – APO): www.pacientskaakademie.cz
- Co-chair of the European Parliament Working Group on innovation, access to medicines and poverty-related diseases https://www.facebook.com/EPWGACCESS2MEDICINES?fref=ts