Prague, Czech Republic – Věra Jourová, a Czech politician and current EU Commissioner in Brussels, has been named the most influential woman in the Czech Republic, according to the local edition of U.S. magazine Forbes.
Věra Jourová named most powerful woman in Czech Republic
Věra Jourová, 54, beats Lenka Bradáčová (2nd), the top state attorney in Prague who had been voted as the most influential woman in the country for six years in a row.
Finance Minister Alena Schillerova (ANO) rounds up the podium at the third place, ahead of Kateřina Jirásková (4th) and Petra Procházková (5th), respectively the chief financial officers of PPF Group, the conglomerate of the country’s richest man Petr Kellner, and of Agrofert, owned by the country’s second richest man and Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
One of the most influential politicians in the EU
Born in Moravia, Věra Jourová started her political career as a local and regional councilor for the Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) in her home-town. In what turned out to be a significant turning point in her life, she was famously falsely accused and arrested, spending over one month in jail in 2006, over allegations of EU subsidy fraud.
Eventually cleared of all charges, she then worked for an international consultancy group, before joining the newly-created ANO movement of now-Prime Minister Andrej Babis in 2013.
As EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality since 2014, Věra Jourová has been at the forefront of some of the most high-profile and divisive cases in the bloc: dual food quality, protection of whistle-blowers, digital platforms and cryptocurrency regulations, online privacy and GDPR, etc.
Earlier this year, the Czech politician was also named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2019 by the Time magazine.