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Statement on the Elections to the European Parliament

Statement on the Elections to the European Parliament

27.5.2019 | Slovensko a Európska únia | Vyhlásenia a stanoviská ministerstva

The European Parliament elections have shown that the majority of Slovak citizens favours the pro-European tendencies in Slovakia. This is mostly because, for 15 years now, the European Union has been our natural political, economic and cultural space that has provided us with security and prosperity. The evaluation of the results of the European elections in Slovakia will be a task for the political parties which tried to win the citizens over to their vision and programmes.

 

The Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs appreciates that since the last elections the turnout in Slovakia has risen by 10 percent – the highest participation of voters since our accession to the EU. Even though we are among the countries with the lowest election turnout, it seems that the commitment of the political parties, state institutions and the third sector has had an effect with respect to communicating with the citizens about the EU and its importance for Slovakia. The Ministry already took part in this campaign two years ago through the MYSMEEÚ project (WE ARE EU), which it hopes to continue in the future as well.

 

Another positive outcome is that Slovak voters elected pro-European MPs, who will enlarge the rosters of the mainstream European groupings in the European parliament whose aim it is to foster the common European project as opposed to its destruction.

 

Slovakia will be most strongly represented in the faction of the European People’s Party, just like before. However, when compared with the previous period, Slovakia will also be represented in the European Parliament by two members of an extremist party. Unfortunately, this trend is visible throughout all of Europe, because as much as one third of all the mandates will go to anti-European and extremist parties.

 

Despite this trend and some losses suffered by the largest European political parties, the Christian democrats and socialists, the majority of the European Parliament will be pro-European. This will result in the expected coalition of Christian democrats, socialists and liberals. This will provide for a good foundation for further collaboration on the important issues and challenges that await the EU and its member states during the next five years.

 

Tomorrow, the heads of state and governments of the EU member states will meet in Brussels at an extraordinary summit to evaluate the election results as well as the changes in the highest positions in European institutions.