The ODS executive board approved the composition of its part of the joint candidate of the Spolu coalition for the European elections late on Wednesday evening. It should be led by current MEP Alexandr Vondra with colleague Veronika Vrecionová (both ODS). The proposal approved by the broader leadership of the party includes ten seats for the Citizen Democrats, the analyst of European legislation from the Right Bank Institute Ondřej Krutílek appears in the fifth place on the list of candidates, and the director of the cabinet of the Minister of Finance Zbyňek Stanjura (ODS) Filip Benda – the brother of the MP and the chairman of the party’s parliamentary club – in the eighth place Mark Bendy.
The ODS candidates were approved by the executive board on Wednesday evening. The coalition has not yet announced the date of the presentation of the entire list of candidates, including candidates for TOP 09 and People’s Party.
“A safe Europe, a stronger Czech Republic – these are the main themes of the opening part of the TOGETHER campaign. At the same time, these are also important priorities of the ODS policy, with which we appeal to our voters. Ensuring the safety of our citizens, limiting the bureaucracy for our entrepreneurs and strengthening the influence of our country in the European Union will be our task in the European Parliament in the next period,” said the party’s executive committee in a press release available to the editors.
The committee also stated that it supports a common candidate and the presented strategy as the best way to win the European elections.
The current MEP Luděk Niedermayer will be number one of TOP 09 on the Spolu candidate list. Second place MP Ondřej Kolář with sixth place on the overall list of candidates. The tenth place for TOP 09 should go to Lukáš Řádek, deputy mayoress of Hradec Králové and adviser to the Minister of Trade.
The current MEP Tomáš Zdechovský is to lead the People’s Party, who have not yet completed the nomination process, into the European elections. According to the Spolu agreement, the fourth place will go to him. In the second place of the KDU-ČSL candidate, which was approved by the Christian Democrats last May, is the deputy governor of South Bohemia, František Talíř. The trio is the current MEP Michaela Šojdrová. KDU-ČSL spokesman Simon Dytrych said that one nomination from the regions is still missing. According to her, the KDU-ČSL committee will allow the last candidate, including his position on the list, during February.
The president announced the election date for Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8. The Czech Republic is to occupy 21 mandates. The ODS now has four representatives in the European Parliament, the People’s Party and TOP 09 have two each.
Voters in EU countries will go to elect new MEPs between June 6 and 9. It will be two weeks later than in 2019, when the previous European elections were held. Residents of the bloc’s 27 countries will go to the polls for the first time since Great Britain left the EU. Citizens will decide on the occupation of 720 seats, which will be 15 more than in the ending period. The increase in the number of seats is a response to demographic changes in the EU, the number for the Czech Republic does not change.
The Pirates, headed by MEP Marcel Kolaja, will run independently, while economist and former presidential candidate Danuše Nerudová and former member of the movement Jan Farský will be at the top of the list of the STAN movement. The ANO candidate will be led by the former Minister for Regional Development and current Deputy Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Klára Dostálová. The leader of the list of the Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) movement is the former MEP Petr Mach, who in the past headed the Freedom Party.
The ANO movement won the elections in 2019, winning six mandates. It was followed by ODS with four, Pirates and STAN with TOP 09 with three, SPD and People’s Party with two mandates and KSČM with one mandate. According to the chairman of the ODS and the government, Petr Fiala, this year’s result will be the calling card of the cabinet. He would like the parties of the Spolu coalition to defend their eight mandates in this year’s European elections. Up to the number that the parties will be satisfied with, but according to him, how many parties get into the European Parliament will tell a lot.