Progressive Slovakia was created as a political movement whose main goal is to present progressive solutions to social problems and to connect the people who share this common vision.
Civic association Progressive Slovakia was established
The civic association Progressive Slovakia published its website, the names of its supporters, the members of the Board of Directors, as well as its digital platform for the discussion of Slovakia’s contemporary problems. The project – originally proposed by the businessman Ivan Štefunko – has been supported by others, such as the founder of Websupport Michal Truban, attorney Radovan Pala, or activist Martin Dubeci.
The collection of signatures began.
Michal Truban, a member of the preparatory committee, announced the beginning of the collection of signatures and the establishment of a political movement on this day at a nationwide meeting of volunteers from Progressive Slovakia in Žiar - a town in the western Tatras region. The collection of signatures was made possible by the community of progressive activists and an unconventional contact campaign.
Progressive Slovakia elected its presidency and approved a strategic document outlining its vision
The founding members of Progressive Slovakia elected the first original leadership of the movement on Saturday, January 20. Ivan Štefunko, who was a part of Progressive Slovakia from the very beginning and combines the experience of an entrepreneur and an activist, became the Chairman. Zuzana Čaputová, Irena Bihariová, Zora Jaurová, Michal Truban and Michal Šimečka were elected Vice-Chairwomen and Vice-Chairmen.
The candidate of Progressive Slovakia, Zuzana Čaputová, was elected President of the Slovak Republic
Zuzana Čaputová won the second round of the presidential election. Over 58 percent of voters gave her their votes, while her opponent Maroš Šefčovič received less than 42 percent of the votes. For the first time in its history, Slovakia is headed by a woman. Zuzana Čaputová took office on the 15th of June and officially became the fifth president of state since the establishment of the independent Slovak Republic in 1993.
The Coalition Progressive Slovakia-Together won the European Parliament elections
The coalition Progressive Slovakia (PS) - Together (Spolu) won the elections to the European Parliament, with 20.11 % of the votes. Michal Šimečka and Martin Hojsík (for PS) and Vladimír Bilčík and Michal Wiezik (for Spolu) became Members of the European Parliament for Slovakia.
The PS/Spolu coalition gained 6.96 % of the popular vote in the parliamentary elections.
The elections to the National Council in February 2020, ended in a striking failure for the coalition of Progressive Slovakia and Together as they received only 6.96 % of the vote, which due to the 7 percent threshold required for joining the National Council meant that they did not get into the Parliament. Due to this failure, Michal Truban resigned as party Chairman on March 2, 2020.
Irena Bihariová became the new leader of Progressive Slovakia.
Irena Bihariová has become the new leader of Progressive Slovakia. It was decided by the delegates of the Progressive Slovakia Convention. They were to choose between two candidates - Irena Bihariová, who received 105 votes, and Michal Truban, who got 100 votes. The convention also elected the new leadership of Progressive Slovakia. MEPs Michal Šimečka and Martin Hojsík, digital leader Michal Truban, and technology businessman Ivan Štefunko became new Vice-Chairmen, and cultural policy expert Zora Jaurová became Vice-Chairwoman.
New members joined our movement.
In April 2021, Tomáš Valášek, a member of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, joined the PS; in December of the same year, several former members of the Spolu party joined our movement, including MEP Martin Wiezik and environmentalist Tamara Stohlová. In January 2022, activist Michal Sabo also became a member of Progressive Slovakia and a reinforcement of our green team.
Michal Šimečka became the Chairman of the PS!
At the Congress 2022, the delegates elected a new Chairman of the movement. Michal Šimečka, Vice-President of the European Parliament, became a new Chairman, receiving 152 votes. The delegates also elected the Executive Board of the movement. Lawyer and former Chairwoman Irena Bihariová became a Vice-Chairwoman, as well as the lawyer Lucia Plaváková. MEP Martin Hojsík, MP of the Slovak Republic Tomáš Valášek and digitization expert Michal Truban became Vice-Chairmen of the movement.