TOP 09

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TOP 09
Leader Markéta Pekarová Adamová
Deputy Leaders Tomáš Czernin
Jan Jakob
Michal Kučera
Herbert Pavera
Vlastimil Válek
Chamber of Deputies Leader Jan Jakob
MEP Leader Luděk Niedermayer
Founders Miroslav Kalousek
Karel Schwarzenberg
Founded11 June 2009 (2009-06-11)
Split from KDU–ČSL [1]
HeadquartersOpletalova 1603/57, Prague
Think tank TOPAZ
Youth wing TOP Team
Membership (2021)2,481 [2]
Ideology Liberal conservatism [3] [4] [5] [6]
Christian democracy [7]
Liberalism [8] [9] [10]
Pro-Europeanism [11]
Political position Centre-right [12]
National affiliation SPOLU
European affiliation European People's Party
European Parliament group European People's Party
Chamber of Deputies
14 / 200
6 / 81
European Parliament
2 / 21
Regional councils
20 / 675
Governors of the regions
0 / 13
Local councils
483 / 61,892

TOP 09 (name derived from Czech : Tradice Odpovědnost Prosperita, lit. 'Tradition Responsibility Prosperity') [13] is a liberal-conservative [3] [4] [5] [6] political party in the Czech Republic, led by Markéta Pekarová Adamová. TOP 09 holds 14 seats in the Chamber of Deputies and has three MEPs.



Foundation and participation in government

The party was founded on 11 June 2009 by Miroslav Kalousek who left the Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party. [14] Karel Schwarzenberg, who had previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the second Topolánek cabinet from January 2007 to March 2009, having been nominated by the Green Party for the post, and who had been elected to the Senate in 2004 as nominee of the Freedom Union – Democratic Union (US-DEU) and Civic Democratic Alliance (ODA) parties, became the party's first leader. [15] [16]

Karel Schwarzenberg, Honorary chairman and former leader of TOP 09 Karel Schwarzenberg.jpg
Karel Schwarzenberg, Honorary chairman and former leader of TOP 09

In the 2010 parliament elections on 28–29 May 2010, TOP 09 received 16.7% of the vote and 41 seats, becoming the third largest party. [17] The party joined the new coalition government, the Nečas cabinet, with the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) and Public Affairs (VV). [18]

In September 2010 TOP09 applied to join the European People's Party. Karel Schwarzenberg has already officially participated in two EPP summits (15 September [19] and 16 December 2010 [20] ). On 10 February 2011 TOP 09 has officially been granted permission to join the EPP. [21]

In the 2013 legislative election on 25–26 October 2013, TOP 09 won 12% of the vote and 26 seats. The party entered opposition to the Sobotka cabinet.

Opposition and cooperation with STAN and ODS

In the 2014 European elections on 24 and 25 May 2014, TOP 09 reached second place nationally with 15.95% of the vote, electing 4 MEPs.

Karel Schwarzenberg left the position of leader in 2015. He was replaced by Miroslav Kalousek afterwards.

In March 2016, Karel Tureček left the party and joined ANO 2011 which left TOP 09 with 25 MPs. [22] In May 2016, Pavol Lukša, one of founders of TOP 09, left the party and established the new party Good Choice. [23]

TOP 09 was heavily defeated in 2016 regional elections. The party has gained only 19 seat and 3.4% of votes. Miroslav Kalousek then considered resignation but decided to stay. [24]

In January 2017, TOP 09 introduced its new program called Vision 2030. TOP 09 wants to adopt Euro, implement electronical voting and increase health standard to the level of Germany. TOP 09 also wants to shorten week work time to 4 days. Miroslav Kalousek said that he believes that TOP 09 will get over 10% in upcoming legislative election even though recent opinion polls indicated that TOP 09 might not reach 5% threshold. [25] [26]

Ahead of 2017 parliamentary elections, TOP 09 was endorsed by The Czech Crown, Conservative Party, Club of Committed Non-Party Members and Liberal-Environmental Party. [27] [28] The party eventually received 5.3% of votes being marginalised to 7 seats. Jiří Pospíšil became the new leader after the election. [29]

In the next year municipal elections TOP 09 got only 1.1 per cent of the vote nationally. The best performance for the party was in the Prague City council elections, following which it joined a coalition with the Czech Pirate Party and Prague Together.

In November, 2019, Markéta Pekarová Adamová was elected as new leader of the party. [30] In late 2020, TOP 09 formed an electoral alliance with KDU-ČSL and ODS called SPOLU, to run in the 2021 elections. [31] The alliance won popular vote and formed a coalition with Pirates and Mayors alliance. As a part of agreement of these alliances, TOP 09 leader Pekarová Adamová became Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic.

On 20 November 2021 Pekarová Adamová was reelected in a TOP 09 leadership election, with 163 from 176 votes, being the only candidate. [32]


TOP 09 has been noted for its support of fiscal conservatism and is considered pro-European Union, [11] being strongly in favour of European integration. [33] These two stances create a basic common ground of the party, as it was otherwise divided in two ideological wings: social conservative and social liberal. [34] On 12 July 2017, TOP 09 and Liberal-Environmental Party agreed to participate in the 2017 Czech legislative election together. [35]

Election results

Below are charts of the results that the TOP09 has secured in the Chamber of Deputies, Senate, European Parliament, and regional assemblies at each election.

Party leader Marketa Pekarova Adamova Marketa Pekarova Adamova Praha 2018.jpg
Party leader Markéta Pekarová Adamová

Chamber of Deputies

YearLeaderVoteVote %Seats+/−PlacePosition
2010 Karel Schwarzenberg 873,83316.7
41 / 200
2013 Karel Schwarzenberg 596,35712.0
26 / 200
Decrease2.svg154th Decrease2.svgOpposition
2017 Miroslav Kalousek 268,8115.3
7 / 200
Decrease2.svg198th Decrease2.svgOpposition
2021 Markéta Pekarová Adamová 1,493,70127.79
14 / 200
Increase2.svg71st Increase2.svgCoalition
Part of SPOLU coalition, which won 71 seats in total
Ex leader of TOP 09 MEP Jiri Pospisil Praha, Magistrat, TK Jiri Pospisil.jpg
Ex leader of TOP 09 MEP Jiří Pospíšil


ElectionFirst roundSecond roundSeatsTotal seats+/-
2010 165,27714.403rd51,3107.543rd
2 / 27
2 / 81
Increase2.svg 2
2011 12,0537.514th 
0 / 1
2 / 81
2012 57,9076.595th9,9181.935th
2 / 27
4 / 81
Increase2.svg 2
2014 92,1378.985th30,4766.436th
0 / 27
4 / 81
2014 22,05515.553rd 
0 / 1
4 / 81
2016 70,6538.026th30,8207.275th
2 / 27
4 / 81
2018 37,61533.511st30,33167.111st
1 / 1
4 / 81
2018 41,9803.857th22,5805.408th
1 / 27
3 / 81
Decrease2.svg 1
2020 46,5754.677th33,9387.514th
2 / 27
5 / 81
Increase2.svg 2

1 By-election in Kladno district.
2 By-election in Prague 10 district
3 By-election in Trutnov district. TOP 09 supported a STAN candidate Jan Sobotka.


ElectionCandidateFirst round resultSecond round result
2013 Karel Schwarzenberg 1,204,19523.40Runner-up2,241,17145.20Lost
2018 Jiří Drahoš 1,369,60126.60Runner-up2,701,20648.63Lost
2023 [lower-alpha 1] Petr Pavel 1,975,05635.40Runner-up
Danuše Nerudová 777,08013.933rd placesupported Petr Pavel
Pavel Fischer 376,7056.754th placesupported Petr Pavel
  1. The SPOLU coalition supported 3 independent candidates for this election.

European Parliament

YearVoteVote %SeatsPlace
2014 241,74716.0
4 / 21
2nd Increase2.svg
2019 276,22011.7
3 / 21
4th Decrease2.svg

Local election

YearVoteVote %Seats
2010 8,537,4619.5
1,509 / 62,178
2014 8,324,1958.4
726 / 62,300
2018 1,241,9764.8
483 / 61,892

Prague municipal elections

YearLeaderVoteVote %Seats+/−PlacePosition
2010 Zdeněk Tůma 1,043,00830.2
26 / 65
1stOpposition (2010–2013)
2014 Tomáš Hudeček 4,158,22620.1
16 / 65
2018 Jiří Pospíšil 4,127,06316.3
13 / 65

Regional election

YearVoteVote %Seats+/-PlaceNote
2012 175,0896.6
19 / 675
2016 86,164 Decrease2.svg3.4 Decrease2.svg
19 / 675
2020 Party didn't run on a single list
20 / 675
1 Increase2.svg9th [n 1]
Former TOP09 leaders Karel von Schwarzenberg and Miroslav Kalousek Schwarzenberg Kalousek 2017.jpg
Former TOP09 leaders Karel von Schwarzenberg and Miroslav Kalousek

2020 Czech regional election results [36]

RegionCoalition partner# of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
SeatsGovernance [37]
Central Bohemian Greens and Voice 24,6505.89
2 / 65
Decrease2.svg 3Increase2.svg 5th STAN–ODS–Pirates–TOP 09+Greens-Voice
South Bohemian KDU-ČSL 20,79810.45
3 / 55
Steady2.svgSteady2.svg 7thODSKDU-ČSL+TOP 09–ČSSD–JIH12
Plzeň ODS 36,89021.23
2 / 45
Decrease2.svg 1Decrease2.svg 7thODS+TOP 09–STANPirates
Karlovy Vary STAN 11,70014.66
1 / 45
Steady2.svgDecrease2.svg 10th STAN +TOP 09-Pirates-ODS+KDU ČSL-Local movements
Ústí nad Labem Greens and SNK ED 12,2206.11
1 / 55
Increase2.svg 1Increase2.svg 8th ANO–ODS–TOP 09+Greens
Liberec KDU-ČSL 5,3283.83Steady2.svgIncrease2.svg 7th Mayors for Liberec Region Pirates–ODS
Hradec Králové Hradec Králové Democratic Club13,8917.84
1 / 45
Decrease2.svg 3Decrease2.svg 10thODS+STAN+VČ–KDU-ČSLPirates–TOP 09+HDK
Pardubice ODS 23,43414.10
2 / 45
Increase2.svg 2Increase2.svg 8th ČSSD–ODS+TOP 09–KDU-ČSLSTAN
Vysočina KAN and Czech Crown 7,9724.99Steady2.svgSteady2.svg 8thODS+STO–PiratesKDU-ČSLČSSDSTAN
South Moravian Greens 24,0396.62
4 / 65
Increase2.svg 1Steady2.svg 6th KDU-ČSLPirates–ODS–STAN
Olomouc KDU-ČSL and Greens 34,51918.43
2 / 55
Increase2.svg 2Increase2.svg 7th STAN+PiratesKDU-ČSL+TOP 09–ODS
Zlín STAN 24,39612.69
1 / 45
Increase2.svg 1Increase2.svg 10th ANOPirates–ODS–ČSSD
Moravian-Silesian ODS 43,63713.84
1 / 65
Increase2.svg 1Increase2.svg 7th ANO–ODS+TOP 09–KDU-ČSLČSSD




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