Brussels - Future MEPs elected for the Czech junior government Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) and the opposition TOP 09 party have agreed to form a joint national delegation in the deputy group of the European People´s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament (EP), they have told CTK.
Kandidáti TOP 09 pro volby do Evropského parlamentu Luděk Niedermayer (vlevo) a Jiří Pospíšil vystoupili 20. února na tiskové konferenci v Praze. ČTK Šimánek Vít
The delegation will be headed by Ludek Niedermayer, TOP 09 list of candidates leader in the May EP election, former vice-governor of the Czech National Bank (CNB).
"We are capable of reaching agreement and of jointly helping improve the European Union, which is a fundamental interest of our country," Niedermayer said.
TOP 09 has four and the KDU-CSL three mandates in the EP.
Niedermayer said seven Czech lawmakers are only a fraction of the 751 MEPs, but even this small part has a chance of asserting itself if it cooperates.
Michaela Sojdrova (KDU-CSL), deputy chairwoman of the EPP Czech national delegation, said the seven-member delegation is the eighth strongest one.
"We believe that the interests of the Czech Republic should stand above party interests," Sojdrova said.
TOP 09 was formed in 2009 by Miroslav Kalousek, former KDU-CSL chairman. Many leading Christian Democrats followed him to his new party.
The EPP will have 221 deputies and it will remain the strongest EP party.
The Czech Republic has a total of 21 seats in the EP, which have been divided between seven parties.
The senior government Social Democrats (CSSD, 4 mandates) is part of the Party of European Socialists (PES) and the ANO movement (4 mandates), which is also a government member, has already applied for admission to the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).
The EPP elected Manfred Weber (Germany´s Christian Social Union, CSU) its chairman on Wednesday.