Boris Zala is a Slovak social democratic politician, philosopher and publicist, a member of the European Parliament since 2009.
Zala graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of the Comenius University in Bratislava in 1979. After graduation he proceeded with his study of philosophy and received his PhDr degree (1981) and PhD degree (1995) from the same university. Since 2000 he has been Chair of the Political Science and European Studies Department at UKF’s Faculty of Philosophy. He is author of six philosophy, political science and history monographs and has written dozens of research studies and papers dealing with social science issues.
Zala became a Member of Parliament in 1990. He was elected a Member of Parliament for the second time in 2002 and re-elected again in the 2006 parliamentary elections. In 2002-2006 he sat on the parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and on the Special Oversight Committee for the Slovak Intelligence Service. In the 2006 elections, Zala was elected Chairman of the Slovak parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and was elected a Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
He was also a member of the Convent for the preparation of a new EU Constitution Treaty. Currently he is a Member of the European Parliament, 1st Vice-Chair of the EU-South Africa Delegation.
His political activity focuses primarily on foreign policy and EU integration issues and on dialogue between civilisations, both in the context of Slovak politics as well as within larger European and EU frameworks.