Young Conservatives (Czech Republic)

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Young Conservatives
Mladí konzervativci
ChairmanDavid Vančík
1st Vice ChairmanJiří Richter
SecretaryDamir Solak (foreign secretary)
Founded8 December 1991
Headquarters17. listopadu 1126/43, Olomouc
Membership700
Ideology Conservatism
Economic liberalism
Liberal conservatism
Euroscepticism
Colours    
Mother party Civic Democratic Party
International affiliation International Young Democrat Union (IYDU)
European affiliation European Young Conservatives (EYC) [1]
European Democrat Students (EDS)
Democrat Youth Community of Europe (DEMYC)
National affiliation Civic Democratic Party
Website www.konzervativci.cz

The Young Conservatives (Czech : Mladí konzervativci, MK CZ) is a right-wing political youth organisation in the Czech Republic. It is the youth wing of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), a centre-right political party, and shares that party's conservative and economically liberal ideology.

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Young people within the age from 15 to 35 apply for a membership in the MK. [2] Several significant politicians from the ODS party started as members of Young Conservatives, including Jan Zahradil, Jiří Pospíšil, Petr Sokol, Martin Baxa, Petr Gandalovič, Ivan Langer, Martin Novotný, and Pavel Drobil. [3] Former Chairman of Young Conservatives Petr Mach went on to found a new right-wing political party, the Party of Free Citizens. Current Chairman of Young Conservatives is David Vančík, who is in the office since 2019.

History

The founding congress was held on 8 December 1991 as a result of previous preparations through Charter of Young Conservatives by a group of students at the University of Technology in Brno and Law Students' Association "Všehrd" from Faculty of Law at the Charles University. First Chairman of the Young Conservatives we elected David Částek.

Ideology

Original ideological course of the Young Conservatives was given by the Charter of Young Conservatives following basic conservative principles: Democracy, Nationhood, Rule of Law, Liberty, Free Market, Tradition, Private Ownership, Family and Morality. Through its history Young Conservatives were closely cooperating with the Civic Democratic Party (ODS). Organization defines its approach towards the European Union as Eurorealistic or Euroskeptic.

Activities

The Young Conservatives organize wide range of events from meetings with local or national politicians to elections campaigns and international events. The most significant events since 1991 are listed below:

Campaign in the Republic of Ireland for an Irish 'no' vote in the 2002 referendum on the Treaty of Nice.

Chairmen

Below are listed as follows Chairmen of the Young Conservatives.

NameYears
1st David Částek 1991 – 1993
2nd Michal Špaňár 1993 – 1997
3rd Petr Mach 1997
4th David Rýc 1997 – 2001
5th Petr Sokol 2001 – 2007
6th Jiří Klindera 2007 – 2008
7th Jiří Fremr 2008 – 2017
8th Milan Vyskočil 2017 – 2019
9th David Vančík 2019 –

International Affiliation

European Young Conservatives

European Democrat Students

International Young Democrat Union

Democrat Youth Community of Europe

Footnotes

  1. "MEMBERSHIP". eycorganisation.com. European Young Conservatives. Archived from the original on 5 June 2021. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  2. "Politické strany lákají nové členy různě. Zájem o vstup ale klesá". Czech Radio (in Czech). 9 September 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  3. "Šéf mladých konzervativců prý zbil řidiče". Lidové noviny (in Czech). 15 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011.


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