Born on 24 May 1964 in Havlíčkův Brod, he graduated in general biology from the Faculty of Science at Charles University, Prague. He specialised in the hormonal regulation of behaviour in insects. Subsequently, at the ethological laboratory of the Physiology Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czechoslovak Republic (ČSAV), he also specialised in subconscious perception in animals. From 1993 to 1998, he served as head of the environmental department of the Mariánské Lázně municipal authority, where his responsibilities included dealing with invasive plant species, specifically Giant Hogweed. In 1997, he became a member of the ČSSD (Czech Social Democratic Party) and was elected in 1998 to the Mariánské Lázně municipal council, where he served as Deputy Mayor until 2002. In 2003, he became executive director and partner in a small gardening firm, Zahradní a parková spol. s r.o., which he transformed into a medium-sized company operating nationwide within seven years. In 2005, he was elected chairman of the ČSSD Regional Executive Committee for the Karlovy Vary region. He ceased to play an active role in the firm and as chairman of the ČSSD Regional Executive Committee when he was elected to the European Parliament in 2009. He is married with two grown-up sons. He speaks fluent English and Russian.
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