- Hans Weber
- December 6, 2023
Czech Coalition Partners, Pirates and STAN, to Collaboratively Nominate Next EU Commissioner
In an evolving political development, the Czech coalition partners, the Pirates and Mayors and Independents (STAN), have jointly announced their intention to nominate the next Czech European Union (EU) commissioner. This revelation comes after reports surfaced in Pravo this week, suggesting that STAN believed they were entitled to propose the European Commissioner independently, based on prior agreements made during the formation of the cabinet. In contrast, the Pirates asserted their stance, advocating for a collaborative approach in nominating a representative to the European Commission (EC).
Deputy Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies and Pirates member, Olga Richterova, made it clear during a televised debate on CNN Prima News TV that Prime Minister Petr Fiala had unequivocally affirmed that the nomination was to be made jointly by the election coalition of the Pirates and STAN. It is noteworthy that both these political entities ran in alliance as the PirSTAN electoral coalition during the general elections two years ago.
Taking an active step toward this nomination process, the Pirates initiated the selection of a candidate for the European Commission through their online forum last week. Interested individuals can submit their proposals until October 1st. Subsequently, the nominees will have two weeks to deliberate on their nominations, after which a two-round election will be conducted. This process is open to any member or registered supporter of the Pirate Party.
MEP and ODS deputy chairman Alexandr Vondra echoed Richterova’s sentiments, confirming that, according to the information received from the prime minister, both the Pirates and STAN will have the right to nominate a candidate. The nomination will then be subject to the government’s consideration.
Importantly, Vondra emphasized the significance of the Czech Republic securing a robust portfolio within the EC, a milestone that would be achieved for the first time. The portfolio’s focus should align with Czech interests, potentially encompassing areas related to the economy, energy, or diplomacy.
The successor to Czech Commissioner Vera Jourova within the EU executive will be determined after the European Parliament elections next June. Jourova has been representing the Czech Republic in the EC since 2014 and currently serves as a vice-president in Ursula von der Leyen’s commission. Her responsibilities encompass the roles of EU Commissioner for Values and Transparency, and she is also tasked with managing and coordinating the Europe Fit for the Digital Age program, which includes aspects of the portfolio formerly overseen by European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager.
This shift in the nomination process for the next Czech EU commissioner underscores the evolving dynamics within the Czech government and its commitment to ensuring that the representative chosen aligns with the interests and priorities of both the Pirates and STAN. The forthcoming months will likely witness increased political activity as the nomination process unfolds, ultimately shaping the Czech Republic’s representation in the European Commission.
Article by Prague Forum