My name is Dita Charanzová and I have been a Member of the European Parliament from the Czech political movement ANO since 2014. Born in Prague, I graduated from the University of Economics in Prague and the Diplomatic School of Spain in Madrid. In 2001, I completed my PhD Degree at the Faculty of International Affairs of the University of Economics, Prague. Before having my two daughters I worked primarily in foreign affairs as a diplomat. I enjoy my job and love my family. Welcome to my website!
My partner and I have two daughters, Sophie and Mia. Before having children, we backpacked around the world, exploring its beauty. Since then, we have obviously changed our travel plans. The truth is that most of my travelling these days are on the roads between Prague, Strasbourg and Brussels. I have my favourite gas stations along the way where the staff now greet me as an old friend. I like challenges in my life, and have tried paragliding, scuba diving and parachuting. These days, my adrenalin rush comes from spending time with my little girls. I like to cook and am proud of my tiramisu, lemon cake, and Thai-style mussels. I am quickly becoming a champion pancake-maker– my girls love them and can never seem to get enough!
I was elected to the European Parliament in 2014 as a candidate of the Czech political movement ANO and am part of the ALDE Group. I am the Vice-Chair of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and a substitute member of the Committee for International Trade (INTA). I am also a member of several delegations of the European Parliament that work closely with countries in Central and South America. I have previously worked as a Czech diplomat, a manager, and a consultant. Most of my career has been related to EU affairs. I spent eight years in the Czech diplomatic service, and four of those as a Head of Unit at the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU. I have also worked as a manager of the Council of Europe’s TV studio. Since 2015, I have been a member of the Board of Directors of the Aspen Institute.
What is my ideal EU? A safe and prospering Union without bureaucratic borders that slow down progress. A Union which supports education and innovation. A Union which upholds democratic principles and promotes them throughout the world. In my day-to-day work, there are three key issues I focus on: consumer protection, the digital economy, and international trade. I focus, among others, on the possibilities for developing the digital sector for consumers and businesses alike, but also for citizens who want better online communication with their government. I am in favour of a liberal approach to new technologies, I believe they are the future of our economy and that we need to create the best conditions possible for their further development. I am deeply interested in negotiating new trade partnerships that will benefit Czech and European companies and citizens. But it is not just about trade. As an MEP, I have also authored a series of European Parliament resolutions addressing human rights violations in different countries across the globe.
In 2016, I was the first Czech politician to have been awarded the MEP Award in Foreign Affairs for my activities in international relations and fighting for democratic principles. That same year, I was named one of the most influential persons in Central and Eastern Europe by the “New Europe 100” project, which annually awards individuals that drive innovation and development in the region. The following year (2017) I was listed among the 41 most influential MEPs and later recognised as a 'Tech Titan' under the list of the 20 most influential women who shape Brussels 2017, both by Politico.
Our main goal is to achieve a functional, stable and prospering society, in which democratic political representatives work for the benefit of all citizens. The only way to reach this goal is to foster an all-inclusive political dialogue that takes into account the interests and needs of all citizens. We do not want to do politics for the sake of politics, and waste time with unnecessary policymaking. We want to bring back rational and pragmatic solutions that are in the public interest. That is why we engage with individuals who are leading experts in their professions and have something to offer our society. We will ensure that the Czech Republic clearly defines its national interests to be a strong and credible partner in the European Union.