Ivan Bartoš

Czech computer specialist, activist and politician

Ivan Bartoš
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Bartoš in December 2021
Leader of the Czech Pirate Party
Assumed office
2 April 2016
Preceded byLukáš Černohorský
In office
7 October 2013 – 6 June 2014
Preceded byVacant
Succeeded byLukáš Černohorský
In office
24 October 2009 – 25 June 2013
Preceded byKamil Horký
Succeeded byVacant
Deputy Prime Minister for Digitalization of the Czech Republic
Assumed office
17 December 2021
Prime MinisterPetr Fiala
Minister of Regional Development
Assumed office
17 December 2021
Prime MinisterPetr Fiala
Preceded byKlára Dostálová
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
21 October 2017
Personal details
Born (1980-03-20) 20 March 1980 (age 42)
Jablonec nad Nisou, Czechoslovakia
(now the Czech Republic)
Political partyCzech Pirate Party
Lydie Franka Bartošová
(m. 2015)
Alma materCharles University
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Ivan Bartoš (born 20 March 1980) is a Czech civil rights activist and a Czech Pirate Party politician, serving as the Minister of Regional Development and Deputy Prime Minister for Digitalization in the governing Cabinet of Petr Fiala since December 2021. He has been a member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic since October 2017, and the chairman of the party since 2016, as well as previously between 2009 and 2014.[1]

Early life

Ivan Bartoš was born on 20 March 1980 in Jablonec nad Nisou, an industrial town in northern Bohemia. He studied information studies and librarianship at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague and participated in a student exchange program at the University of New Orleans. Subsequently, Bartoš worked in the IT industry and was elected chairman of the Pirate Party in October 2009.[2][3]

Political career

Leader of the Pirate Party

Bartoš led the party into its first national elections in 2010, with the Pirates receiving 0.8% of the vote and therefore no representation in the Chamber of Deputies.[4]

Bartoš was the party's leading candidate again in legislative elections in 2013. The party won 2.66% of the vote, not reaching the 5% electoral threshold.[5] Bartoš was the Pirates' leading candidate for the 2014 European Parliament election, but the party narrowly missed the 5% electoral threshold, receiving 4.78% of the vote.[6] In June 2014, Bartoš resigned as party leader.[7]

In parliament

Bartoš was elected party chairman again in 2016 and led the Pirates into the 2017 legislative elections, taking 10.8% of the national vote to become the third largest party in the Chamber of Deputies, with 22 out of 200 seats.[1] He served as the chairman of the Committee on Public Administration and Regional Development from November 2017 until November 2021.[8]

Bartoš was re-elected as party leader in 2018 and led the party's campaign for the 2018 local elections, where the leading Pirate candidate in Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, was elected Mayor of Prague. In 2019, Bartoš campaigned for the European Parliament election in support of the Pirate Party list and lead candidate Marcel Kolaja. The party gained 13.95% of the vote and entered the European Parliament with three MEPs.[9]

In government

In January 2020, Bartoš was re-elected as party leader. In December 2020, he became the lead candidate of the electoral coalition of the Pirate Party and Mayors and Independents (STAN) for the 2021 Czech legislative election[10] and was re-elected. Subsequently, Bartoš was nominated to serve as the Minister of Regional Development and Deputy Prime Minister for Digitalization in the governing Cabinet of Petr Fiala.

Personal life and views

He is a member of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church,[11] and has been married since 2015. He has supported anti-fascist events[12] and is a pacifist.[13] Bartoš participates in "do it yourself" culture, plays accordion, and played church organ during his youth.[11]


  1. ^ a b Czech election: Billionaire Babis wins by large margin. BBC News. Published on 22 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Pirate Party 24.-25. October 2009 meeting resolution".
  3. ^ "Předsedou Pirátské strany byl zvolen Ivan Bartoš". lidovky.cz (in Czech). Lidové noviny. 25 October 2009.
  4. ^ "Elections to the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic held on 28 – 29 May 2010". volby.cz. Czech Statistical Office.
  5. ^ "Výsledky voleb 2013". Aktuálně.cz (in Czech). 19 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Přehled výsledků: Nejvíc preferenčních hlasů dostal Jiří Pospíšil, druhý je Keller". data.blog.ihned.cz (in Czech). Hospodářské noviny. 26 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Předseda České pirátské strany Bartoš rezignoval". zpravy.aktualne.cz (in Czech). Aktuálně.cz. 6 June 2014.
  8. ^ "PhDr. Ivan Bartos, Ph.D." psp.cz. Poslanecká sněmovna Parlamentu České republiky.
  9. ^ Elections to the European Parliament held on the territory of the Czech Republic on 24 – 25 May 2019. Czech Statistical Office.
  10. ^ "Lídrem koalice Pirátů a STAN má být Ivan Bartoš". ČT24 (in Czech). 14 December 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  11. ^ a b Sedlák, Jan (23 January 2017). "Cíl je změna. Prostředek je politika, říká šéf pirátů". Jablonecký Deník (in Czech).
  12. ^ Černá, Monika (17 October 2017). "Kompro na Bartoše? Ano, byl jsem na demonstracích. A nestydím se za to, vzkazuje šéf Pirátů". eurozpravy.cz. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  13. ^ Bohuslavová, Renáta (10 October 2017). "Předseda Pirátů Bartoš: Nejsme vítači migrantů a jít do vlády se nebojíme". novinky.cz (in Czech). Novinky.

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