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Policy brief: Elections to the European Parliament and the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic

  • Almost one year after 2014 EP elections, the Czech Constitutional Court upheld the constitutionality of a 5% electoral threshold for elections to the European Parliament in the Czech Republic.
  • The Court stressed the European dimension of Czech electoral rule and potential destabilisation effect of abolishing the 5% threshold for the European Parliament.

The Czech Constitutional Court upheld the constitutionality of a 5% electoral threshold for elections to the European Parliament in the Czech Republic. The Court’s decision emphasised that by abolishing the 5% threshold the Czech Republic could contribute to the instability of the European Parliament. In the Court’s opinion, the fact that only 21 MEPs are elected in the Czech Republic cannot justify the disregard for the stabilising effect of a reasonable electoral threshold in the EP elections since the Czech Republic shall not behave in the European institutions as an irresponsible “free-loader” that ignores the European dimension of its domestic electoral rules.
 

Policy brief by Ivo Šlosarčíka is available here.
 

Publications

  • The Czech and Slovak Parliaments After the Lisbon Treaty

    The publication you are about to open is an output of a project called New role of the national parliaments in the EU decision-making processes: previous experience and new challenges pursuant to the Lisbon Treaty, undertaken by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy together with the Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin with the financial support of Heinrich Böll Foundation.

    Publication is available to download here.

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