Lucia ?uri? Nicholsonová
|Member of the European Parliament|
|Deputy speaker of National Council|
|State secretary of Ministry of labour|
28 November 1976
|Political party||Freedom and Solidarity|
Lucia ?uri? Nicholsonová (néeKubovi?ová; born 28 November 1976) is a Slovak politician who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2019. A former journalist, she previously served as State Secretary of the Ministry of Labor, Social and Family Affairs, and vice-chairwoman of the National Council of Slovakia. As a member of the Freedom and Solidarity political party, Nicholsonová was elected as a member of the National Council during the 2010 Slovak parliamentary election, served as State Secretary and later became part of the Social Affairs Committee.
Under her first married name of Lucia Nicholsonová she worked for at least ten media outlets in Slovakia, whereas her first husband, Tom Nicholson, was also a journalist, working for the Slovak newspaper SME and English-language newspaper The Slovak Spectator.
?uri? Nicholsonová became a vice-chairwoman of the National Council in the 2016 elections and programme leader of the Freedom and Solidarity party for socially excluded communities. She has not dealt only with the social area but was also a loud and frequent critic of the government corruption scandals, including corrupted redistribution of euro-funds in agriculture or social and labour policies.
She remarried in June 2016, subsequently being known as Lucia ?uri? Nicholsonová. She was part of a small delegation from the Slovak parliament to meet the Dalai Lama during his visit to Slovakia in October 2016.
In May 2019 ?uri? Nicholsonová became one of the 14 Members of the European Parliament from Slovakia, as her political party Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) has won 9.60% of votes, resulting in two mandates. In parliament, she is a member of the European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). On 18 July 2019 she was elected as chair of the EMPL Committee.
In 2021, ?uri? Nicholsonová left the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) to join the Renew Europe group in Parliament. She was subsequently reelected chair of the EMPL committee, winning 38 votes compared to runner-up Margarita de la Pisa Carrión who won 15 votes.
?uri? Nicholsonová is well known for the reform she proposed as an opposition politician to improve living conditions of Romani people in Slovakia and prevent their further socio-economic exclusion, consisting of early pre-schooling for children from excluded communities and more effective, specialised and motivational social support and tailored assistance. She has focused on employment and social matters, including rights of persons with disabilities and active ageing, during her European election campaign and praised work-life balance incentives of the European Parliament.