Jan Farský

Jan Farský
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Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
29 May 2010 – 15 February 2022
1st Vice-Chair of STAN
Assumed office
13 April 2019
Preceded byVít Rakušan
Chair of STAN parliamentary group
Assumed office
23 October 2017
Preceded byPosition established
Leader of Mayors for the Liberec Region
In office
3 June 2008 – 14 November 2009
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byMartin Půta
Vice-Chair of Mayors for the Liberec Region
In office
14 November 2009 – 2017
Mayor of Semily
In office
2 November 2006 – 7 November 2014
Preceded byFrantišek Mojžíš
Succeeded byVěra Blažková
Personal details
Born (1979-07-11) 11 July 1979 (age 43)
Turnov, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)
Alma materMasaryk University

Jan Farský (born 11 July 1979) is a Czech politician who was a member of the Chamber of Deputies (MP) from May 2010 to February 2022, and has been vice-chair of the Mayors and Independents (STAN) since April 2019. He was previously a representative in the Liberec Regional Assembly from 2008 to 2010 and again from 2016 to 2018, and the Mayor of Semily from 2006 to 2014.

Early life and education

Farský was born in Turnov in 1979. He received secondary education at the Ivan Olbracht Gymnazium in Semily, and graduated from the Faculty of Law at Masaryk University in Brno with a master's degree in 2002.

Farský began his professional career as a municipal lawyer in Semily. After a year he transferred to a private law office to work as a trainee solicitor, before becoming an adviser to Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Policy Martin Jahn. He subsequently started working for Škoda Auto, as an adviser in the department for relations with public institutions.[1]

Political career

Municipal politics

Farský entered politics in 2002, when he was elected onto the municipal council in Semily. Four years later he became the Mayor of Semily, as the leader of a local political movement, Volba pro Semily ("Choice for Semily").[1] He remained in this office for 8 years. Before municipal elections in 2014, he announced that he would not seek reelection as mayor anymore, and in March 2015 he again became a municipal councillor in the town.[2]

In the 2018 municipal elections he ran as a member of STAN, but on the Volba pro Semily candidate list for the municipal council. He received the 7th largest number of preference votes of the 168 candidates running, but was not elected, and ended up as a first alternate.[3] At the beginning of April 2019, following the death of his party colleague Klára Valentová, Farský succeeded her as a municipal representative.[4]

Regional politics

In 2008, Farsky co-founded the Mayors for the Liberec Region (SLK) party, for which he was also the chair from 2008 to 2009, and vice-chair from November 2009.[5] He stood down as vice-chair and left the party in 2017.

From 2008, Farsky was a member of the Liberec Regional Assembly. He resigned from this post upon his election to the Chamber of Deputies in 2010, and did not stand in the next regional elections in 2012. In regional elections in 2016, he was again elected to the Liberec Regional Assembly on the SLK candidate list.[citation needed] He resigned in January 2018, citing his workload.[6]

Chamber of Deputies

Farský was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in elections in 2010, on the candidate list of TOP 09. Despite being placed last place on the ballot, Farský received 3,425 preferential votes to be elected as an MP.[citation needed] He was reelected in 2013, running as the lead candidate on the combined list of TOP 09 and STAN in the Liberec Region.[7] He received nearly 16% of preference votes cast for his list.[8] From December 2013 he was deputy vice-chair of the Constitutional Law Committee.[9] He was one of seven Czech members elected to the Permanent Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO in 2010.[10] He was also a member of the Committee for European Affairs from 2017 to 2021.

Farský's main areas of policy interest are transparency in the public sector and public spending, anti-corruption legislation, public contracts, reducing the regional gap, and procurement rules.[citation needed] In June 2012 Jan Farský introduced a draft law on the contracts registry, intending to make data on public expenditure easily accessible online to the public, apart from in exceptional cases, similar to the policy introduced in Slovakia in 2011. The bill was passed into law on 24 November 2015.[11] He was also involved in gambling taxation and the strengthening of municipal powers to restrict slot machine gambling. He has also repeatedly proposed legislation to move certain state agencies from Prague to other regions.[12]

In 2020, the Chamber of Deputies passed a proposal by Farsky to grant five extra days of paid vacation to camp leaders and coaches of youth sports teams.[13]

In the 2017 legislative elections, Farsky was the national leader of STAN and their lead candidate in Prague,[14] as STAN entered the Chamber of Deputies for the first time running on its own. Farský won 5,269 preferential votes and retained his seat.[15] On 23 October 2017, he was elected chair of the STAN parliamentary group.[16]

On 13 April 2019, at the 10th Republican Congress, Farsky was elected 1st vice-chairman of STAN, running unopposed and receiving 93% of the votes.[17] At the end of August 2021, he was reelected to this position, again running unopposed and receiving 94% of the votes of delegates present.[18]

In parliamentary elections in 2021, Farsky was a member of STAN and leader of the Pirates and Mayors coalition list in Liberec Region,[19] winning reelection to the Chamber of Deputies. He subsequently also became chair of the STAN parliamentary group.[20]

Fulbright scholarship controversy

In January 2022, Farsky accepted an eight-month Fulbright scholarship in the United States, and announced his intention to remain as a member of the Chamber of Deputies during that time. Critics, including former Czech prime ministers Vladimir Spidla, Mirek Topolanek and Petr Necas as well as opposition parties, raised concerns that he would not be focused on his work as a Deputy while completing the scholarship.[21][22][23][24][25][26]

Farsky argued that stepping down as a member of the Chamber of Deputies would mean deceiving those who had voted for him and for STAN. Milos Zeman accused Farsky of committing fraud against his voters and making his party untrustworthy. STAN leader Vít Rakušan commented that the party had perceived the social mood about the issue.[27]

Farsky said that Czech prime minister Petr Fiala supported his decision to take leave for the scholarship. This was denied by Fiala, who said he had voiced his concerns, and would not have accepted the scholarship had he been in Farsky's position.[28]

STAN has requested Farsky abdication. Farsky has decided to abdicate on his mandate on 20 January 2022, 10 days after this controversy started.[29]

Other activities

In February 2013, Farský became a board member of Aspen Institute Prague, an international non-profit organization which opened in the Czech Republic in July 2012.[30] He also joined the board of directors of the Karel Schwarzenberg Forum shortly after it was formed in September 2013.[31]

In 2014, Farský founded the Mayors to Mayors platform, to allow municipal politicians to share knowledge and experience on topics including architecture, cultural heritage, transparency, and innovation in municipal management.[32]

Awards and recognition

In the Křišťálová Lupa (Crystal Magnifying Glass) Awards in 2011, Farský's amendment to the lottery law on internet censorship won first place in the "anti-award" category.[clarification needed][33] An identical version of this law was later approved in 2018.[citation needed]

In October 2014 Farsky was one of 14 Czechs included in a list of the 100 best innovators in Central and Eastern Europe, published by The Financial Times, the International Visegrad Fund, Google, and the Polish Res Publica magazine.[34]

He is also a laureate of the Pristav Prize, awarded to him in 2015 by the Czech Council for Children and Youth.[35] He regularly participates as a guest at the Economic Forum in Krynica, Poland.

Personal life

Since the age of 11, Farsky has been an avid member of the Scouting movement. Since 2013 he has been the director of a Scout Centre in Semily, and he has proposed the creation of a Scout Reserve in the former military area of Ralsko.[36] His hobbies include travel, literature, hiking, cycling, and slope skiing.[1]


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  2. ^ "V Semilech se mění vedení města. Novou starostkou je Lena Mlejnková". www.nasepojizeri.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 2021-12-28.
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  4. ^ "Podklady pro jednání Zastupitelstva města v roce 2021: Zastupitelstvo města: Město Semily". www.semily.cz. Retrieved 2021-12-28.
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  6. ^ "Farský rezignoval na post v zastupitelstvu Libereckého kraje, nahradí ho starosta Hrádku nad Nisou". Aktuálně.cz (in Czech). 30 January 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  7. ^ "TOP 09 schválila lídry do voleb. S Kalouskem ve středních Čechách". iDNES.cz (in Czech). 2013-09-05. Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  8. ^ "Jmenné seznamy | volby.cz". www.volby.cz. Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  9. ^ "Schwarzenberg, Tejc i Kádner. Výbory mají své vůdce". Aktuálně.cz (in Czech). 2013-12-05. Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  10. ^ "Stálá delegace Parlamentu do Parlamentního shromáždění NATO". www.psp.cz. Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  11. ^ "Úvod - Smlouvy na internetu - Rekonstrukce státu - 9 protikorupčních zákonů, které nám 20 let chyběly". 2016-03-03. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  12. ^ "Konec pragocentrismu? STAN navrhuje vystěhovat z Prahy do regionů dvě desítky úřadů". ČT24 (in Czech). Česká televize. Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  13. ^ "Dobrovolníci na táborech dostanou týden placené dovolené, schválili poslanci". www.novinky.cz. Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  14. ^ "STAN vede do voleb Farský, s novým logem připomínajícím Windows". iDNES.cz (in Czech). 2017-07-27. Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  15. ^ "Jmenné seznamy". www.volby.cz. Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  16. ^ "FARSKÝ POVEDE POSLANECKÝ KLUB STAN. DO KOALICE S ANO NEVSTOUPÍ". euro.cz. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  17. ^ "Novým předsedou STAN je Rakušan, místopředsedou se stal Farský". www.seznamzpravy.cz. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  18. ^ "Rakušan na sněmu STAN obhájil post předsedy hnutí, neměl protikandidáta. Místopředsedou zůstává Farský". iROZHLAS (in Czech). Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  19. ^ "Naši lidé pro vaši budoucnost". Koaliční web 2021. Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  20. ^ "Poslanecký klub STAN opět povede Jan Farský. Místopředsedy zůstávají Kovářová nebo Gazdík". iROZHLAS (in Czech). Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  21. ^ "Pokud bych se vzdal mandátu, potěšil bych voliče ostatních stran, ale určitě ne vlastní, říká Farský".
  22. ^ "Farský už před volbami věděl, že může několik měsíců chybět. Výsledky stipendia v USA zná od jara". 11 January 2022.
  23. ^ ""Vliv CIA." Farského školení v USA: Info, které neřekl".
  24. ^ "Farský odlet do USA odkládá. Zdrží ho hlasování o důvěře vládě - Echo24.cz". 13 January 2022.
  25. ^ "Jeďte si na Fulbright, ale mlčte o demokracii - Echo24.cz". 13 January 2022.
  26. ^ ""Jeď si a odstup". Expremiéři sepsuli Farského a spekulovali nad plány Babiše". 13 January 2022.
  27. ^ "STAN bude řešit Farského. Nejsme hluší, nejsme slepí, řekl šéf hnutí Rakušan". 18 January 2022.
  28. ^ "Fiala popřel tvrzení Farského. Nepodpořil jeho stáž v USA v průběhu mandátu". 19 January 2022.
  29. ^ "Farský jako poslanec končí. Nechci komplikovat fungování vlády, napsal". 20 January 2022.
  30. ^ "Board of Directors | Aspen Institute Prague". Aspeninstitute.cz. Archived from the original on 2015-11-30. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  31. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2021-10-11. Retrieved 2021-12-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  32. ^ Tomáš Sábl. "Starostové starostům". Starostovestarostum.cz. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  33. ^ "Výsledky - Křišťálová Lupa 2011". Křišťálová Lupa (in Czech). Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  34. ^ "Jan Farský". Ne100.org. Archived from the original on 2015-02-18. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  35. ^ sela.cz (produkce), hazmi cz (design&kód) |. "Nová podoba Ceny Přístav zná své držitele | ČRDM - Česká rada dětí a mládeže". crdm.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 2021-12-28.
  36. ^ "Na místě ruské střelnice v Ralsku chce poslanec Farský skautskou rezervaci". iDNES.cz (in Czech). 2018-10-30. Retrieved 2021-12-28.
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