The leader of the Social Democracy candidate for the European Parliament next year will be the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Culture Lubomír Zaorálek.
The fact that he is the main favorite was already reported by Nauzal. SOCDEM head Michal Šmarda confirmed this for ČTK today. According to him, the party will introduce other names in mid-January. “There should be three to four women in the first five positions of the candidate,” he added.
Šmarda told ČTK today that the party’s presidency decided on the leader of the SOCDEM candidate over the weekend. “Lubomír Zaorálek will be the leader,” he said. The non-parliamentary party wants to present the program and other plans at Tuesday’s press conference. “Other places have been provisionally approved by SOCDEM, as they are still negotiating cooperation with other entities. They will definitely present the candidate in mid-January,” Šmarda said.
Elections to the European Parliament will take place in June next year. Voters will decide on the occupation of a total 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 Czech Republic now has 21 mandates and their number will not change.
The leader of the candidate list of the coalition Together (ODS, KDU-ČSL, TOP 09) is MEP Alexandr Vondra (ODS). 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 should 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 (SPD), who in the past headed the Freedom Party.