Věra Jourová is the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, a position she has held since 2014. Prior to joining the Commission, she was Minister for Regional Development in the Czech Republic. From 2006 to 2013, Jourová directed her own international consultancy on European Union funding and advised on activities relating to European Union Accession in the Western Balkans. She was Deputy Minister for Regional Development from 2003 to 2006 and Head of the Department of Regional Development in the Vysočina Region from 2001 to 2003. Previously, she served as Secretary and Spokesperson of the Třebič Municipal Office, from 1995 to 2001. Jourová holds a MA in Law and a MA in the Theory of Culture from the Charles University in Prague.