Did you know that the EU brings people together to work across borders and protect you and millions of other citizens? Whether they’re preparing to rush to the scene of an emergency in the blink of an eye, researching the cure for a mysterious condition, or working to make your area a little greener; together these ordinary heroes make Europe a better place to live.  

Coordinated by the EU, they protect your homes, friends, families and jobs, and these are their stories.

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Michał Struk

Polish, Trade department, European Commission


Michał is a case handler at the European Commission’s trade department. He enjoys the challenge of working in trade defence as results can have an immediate and positive effect on the marketplace. Michał was part of the team that investigated the alleged dumping of heavily subsidised e-bikes on the European market.

Agata Motek

Frontex Situation Centre, Frontex headquarters


In 2017, Agata joined the Frontex situation room as a duty officer, helping to monitor the EU’s external borders. From Frontex headquarters in Warsaw, Poland, she gathers information and intelligence from Frontex operations and shares it with border authorities across the EU. Agata is in constant contact with Frontex deployments in Lesbos, Greece, supporting and enhancing border surveillance.

Tomasz Pietrusiak

Environment department, Marshal Office of the Małopolska region


Tomasz is responsible for air quality in Małopolska, Southern Poland. He coordinates the EU-funded LIFE project in the region, which aims to clean up the region’s air. His work includes hiring and training 60 eco-advisors who go to schools, medical centres and people’s homes to spread the message about the health risks of burning dirty fuels, and to tell people about how they can access EU LIFE funding for cleaner boilers.

Ewa Kozdraj

Association for the Earth


Ewa is the co-founder of the Association for the Earth, an organisation dedicated to supporting the integration of refugees and migrants staying in the Lublin Region in Poland. She coordinated several projects supported by the European Refugee Fund  and the European Fund of Integration of Third Country Nationals. Both of these EU initiatives help refugees and migrants integrate in the host society. Over the last 10 years, Ewa organised conferences, vocational trainings, foreign language courses, art and educational workshops, trips and meetings with refugees in villages and small towns.
In 2015, she won the title of ‘Active Woman in the Lublin Region’.


Anna Daszyńska

European Chemicals Agency


Anna works for the EU’s European Chemicals Agency, the primary organisation working to drive the EU’s chemicals legislation. She is responsible for verifying information on the chemicals that are not only used by companies but also available in our day-to-day lives. Thanks to her team’s work, the EU is building the world’s biggest chemicals database, which will make it easier to handle all chemicals safely and to protect human health and environment.

Michał Zabłocki



Michal joined ClientEarth, a non-profit environmental law organisation, in 2017. With funds from EU LIFE and Horizon 2020, he helps fight air pollution across Central and Eastern Europe. He coordinates cooperation with organisations in Czechia, Slovakia and Bulgaria, stressing the importance of compliance with EU air quality standards to ensure the health and safety of citizens. In Poland, he is also involved in issues relating to industrial emissions. LIFE is the EU’s programme supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects. Horizon 2020 is the EU’s biggest research and innovation programme.

Marta Wojtas

Empowering Children Foundation


Marta is an Online Child Safety Expert working for the Empowering Children Foundation, part of the EU Safer Internet Centres in Poland. The centres raise awareness about online risks among children, parents, teachers and carers. In her daily work, Marta deals with the potential harm young people may encounter online. She supports young victims of online attacks (e.g. cyber bullying, grooming) via helplines and face-to-face counselling. She also organises information sessions and material for parents, children and teachers, as well as conducting training on online safety in Poland and abroad.

Weronika Ostrowiecka

Keyboard Warriors Local Coordinator


Weronika is one of the local coordinators of the Keyboard Warriors project, and a student at the University of Białystok. Her focus is on building a community engaged in the fight against manipulated content about the European Union, both on social media and beyond. She is conscious that, while the internet is fast becoming the primary source of information for many people, it is not always a reliable one. The Keyboard Warriors encourage people to read online news more critically and verify stories against trusted sources. With her team, Weronika identifies disinformation on the internet and debunks myths about the EU. She is passionate about exposing lies and half-truths in the media rather than allowing disinformation to spread unchallenged.

Marcin Grobelny

Border Guard


Marcin works as part of the Polish Border Guard, stationed at the Polish-Russian border in Bezledy. Since 2011, he has worked in the European Border and Coast Guard Team (Frontex). He has participated in numerous missions organised by Frontex, during which he protected EU borders in collaboration with guards from other countries. They were guarding the so called ‘green border’ – the external land border outside of formal border crossing points. Marcin was also supporting his colleagues from other border guards by checking travellers, as well as by registering migrants in the transit camps and verifying them using finger-print technology.