FOUR parties will send their representative to the European Parliament (EP) for the first time following the May 24 election: Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), Most-Híd, NOVA, and Ordinary People (OĽaNO).

SaS will be the only party to be represented by its chairman in the European Parliament. Richard Sulík, running from the third spot on the party slate, outnumbered the first two candidates and will become the party’s first-ever MEP. By electing him, voters have sent a clear message to the SaS party that liberals do belong on the Slovak political scene, Sulík said as reported by the TASR newswire.

"We hold this in high regard after all the mishaps that SaS has been through,” said Sulík for TASR. “This is a strong commitment for us to continue to pursue liberal politics.”

The NOVA party is another one who did not see its number one succeed in the election. Jozef Kollár, former SaS prominent member, received less preferential votes than number two on the candidate list, Jana Žitňanská, who together with NOVA leader Daniel Lipšic left the KDH last year to found the new party. Žitňanská called the result a success, because no other party has done so well without first vying for support in a general election, TASR reported.

The OĽaNO will be sending its number four to the EP, Branislav Škripek, who is known as a pro-life activist. The fact that five out of the 13 newly elected MEPs are clearly conservative is an indication that Slovakia cares about conservative values, Škripek as as reported by TASR

"It was my community that voted for me," he said as quoted by TASR.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports.
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