My granddad urged me to be honest, fair and always help the weaker
Štefan Tišer was born in 1950 in Stráž near Tachov and spent his childhood in Slovakia at his grandparents in a Rumanian village of Betlanovce. In Liptovský Hrádek near his grandparents he attended secondary school of economics. After finishing military service he remained in Pilsner, where he worked in the Škoda factory: at his own request he was transferred from company accounting department to direct operations and further made his living as a manual worker. Since the start of 1980s he worked as a miner in Karviná region and after returning to Pilsner region he managed an associated company oriented at construction and digging works. He did business in the field of constructions even after 1989. Since 1970s he got engaged in Roma social and political life in Pilsner region. He took part in organising concerts or tournaments of Roma football teams, during which there was much meeting and negotiating of Roma people, who sought social emancipation of the Roma minority in the former Czechoslovakia. Following 1989 he joined activities supporting the Civic Forum and Roma political movement. He was a member of the Roma civic initiative and in 1991 co-founded the Movement of engaged Roma and participated in the activities of Roma National Congress. In 2011 founded the Party of Equal Opportunities, and together with the Green party he participated in elections to the House of Commons and the European parliament in 2014. After failing in both elections he resigned to lead and his membership in the party. Currently lives in Pilsen and is still a member of commissions and working groups dealing with issues relating to the Czech republic Roma situation on regional and governmental level.