SNK European Democrats

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SNK European Democrats
SNK Evropští demokraté
Leader Zdeňka Marková
Merger of SNK Union of Independents
European Democrats
HeadquartersMalá Štěpánská 7, Prague
Ideology Liberal conservatism
Political position Centre to centre-right
European Parliament group EPP-ED (2004–2009)
ColoursBlue, Yellow
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European Parliament
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Regional councils
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Regional coalitions
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The SNK European Democrats (Czech : SNK Evropští demokraté) is a political party in the Czech Republic, led by Zdeňka Marková. The first regular chairperson of this party was Jana Hybášková. The party was created in January 2006 by the merger of two Czech political parties SNK Union of Independents (Czech : SNK sdružení nezávislých), led by the former Foreign Minister Josef Zieleniec, and the European Democrats (Czech : Evropští demokraté), led by Jan Kasl, the former Mayor of the City of Prague.[ citation needed ]


European Democrats

The European Democrats were founded by Kasl, who resigned from his post as Mayor of Prague in protest at the policies of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), Prague's municipal government. In the 2002 municipal elections in Prague, the ED won 15 seats, finishing in second place and becoming the main opposition party.[ citation needed ] In the 2004 Senate elections, they won one seat out of 27.[ citation needed ] Kasl remained the party's chairman until the party merged with SNK.

SNK Union of Independents

Cooperation and merger

Although the two parties did not merge until 2006, they had already formed an alliance prior to the 2004 European Parliament elections, winning 11% of the vote with three MEPs elected: Josef Zieleniec, Jana Hybášková, and Tomáš Zatloukal.[ citation needed ]

Merger negotiations began immediately after the positive results in the 2004 elections, and the result was that the two parties united into one, named the SNK European Democrats. The extended delay to the merger was because according to Czech law, "if two parties unite to form a new party then they would lose their right on the money for their mandates" (950 000 CZK per senator per year and around 12 000 000 CZK for all their seats in Prague's municipal government), and these funds were crucial for the forthcoming parliament elections. No formal chairman was appointed;[ citation needed ] instead, the merged party was led by Josef Zieleniec as the "Political Leader" and Jan Kasl as the "Executive Vice Chairman."

The new party hoped to win support from voters who were tired of mainstream political parties.[ citation needed ] However, there were tensions between former SNK and ED members and a dispute over funding, when Social Democrat Finance Minister Bohuslav Sobotka refused to pay out the money for ED's seats in Prague's municipal government (around 15 000 000 CZK), despite declarations from the Czech Ombudsman, and the Supreme Administrative and Constitutional Court that ED had the right to these funds. In the end the SNK European Democrats' campaign for the 2006 general election was unsuccessful, finishing with 2.1% of the vote and failing to have any representatives elected.[ citation needed ]

Jana Hybášková, elected as an MEP, became the party's first regular chairperson.[ citation needed ]

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