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Štastný to lead SDKÚ eurolist

HOCKEY legend Peter Štastný has accepted the nomination to lead the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union's (SDKÚ) candidates for the European Parliament (EP).

Štastný, 47, a former Czechoslovak national ice hockey representative, also played for Canada.

The Slovak daily SME wrote that Štastný does not plan to enter the SDKÚ but he supports the party and is known for his friendly relationship with PM Mikuláš Dzurinda.

"I think that I have enough talent and experience to be able to serve this [post] responsibly, honestly, and effectively," Štastný said.

The remaining SDKÚ candidates will be announced later in February.

The ruling Hungarian Coalition Party and the Christian Democratic Party have yet to announce their candidates.

The fourth ruling party, the New Citizen's Alliance, has named its top three candidates for the EP elections: MPs Jozef Heriban and Eva Černá, and the party's deputy chairman Katarína Glončáková-Golev.

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