Slovakia sends its 14th MEP to Brussels after Brexit

Miriam Lexmann is a Christian Democrat.

KDH MEP Miriam Lexmann.KDH MEP Miriam Lexmann. (Source: TASR)

Slovakia is one of 14 EU member states that have gained an additional seat in the European Parliament (EP) after 73 British MEPs left due to Brexit.

Miriam Lexmann from the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) became Slovakia’s 14th MEP from February 1. She will join the European People’s Party (EPP) in Brussels.

Read alsoWho are the new Slovak MEPs? Read more 

“There is nothing to celebrate after Britain left the EU, and tears will not help us,” she said, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

Lexmann wants to focus on how competences are divided between the EU and member states, saying tax-, culture-, and ethics-related questions must remain in the hands of EU members states, as reported by the TASR newswire.

A later start

Christian Democrat Lexmann, who used to work in the Council of Europe, could have sat in the EP from a much earlier date.

KDH turned to the Constitutional Court in June 2019, claiming Lexmann should have been sent to Brussels as Slovakia’s 13th MEP instead of Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) MEP Eugen Jurzyca.

Read alsoChristian Democrats question the results of the EP election Read more 

Both parties won two EP seats in the May 2019 EP elections. KDH won 9.69 percent and SaS 9.62 percent, but Lexmann won less votes than Jurzyca.

Yet, an amendment to the law on the conditions of exercise of the right to vote from January 2019 and the State Election Commission's decision led to Lexmann having to wait until Brexit, not Jurzcyca.

705 MEPs

Lexmann said the party has not received any decision from the Constitutional Court, but they are determined to turn to the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) if necessary.

A total of 751 MEPs sat in the EP before Brexit. After 73 British MEPs left at the end of January, 46 seats were cancelled and 27 were redistributed among several countries. There are 705 MEPs today.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Theme: Brexit

Read more articles by the topic
This article is also related to other trending topics
Strana KDH

Top stories

News digest: Nationwide testing gained contours

The Defence Ministry reveals details on upcoming testing, removal of the STU rector was far from normal. Take a look at our latest news digest.

President Zuzana Čaputová meeting with scientists and experts on epidemiology, infectology and medicine.

Senate voted STU rector down. Police called to the uni as well

The session of the Academic Senate proposed that Rector Fikar be dismissed.

Miroslav Fikar

Dozens of people die of COVID every day. A drop not expected for at least two weeks

People who would otherwise survive may die of other serious diagnoses due to the epidemic.

Illustrative stock photo

Slovakia orders a curfew and embarks on its COVID experiment

High turnout in testing in four northern districts, decision awaited on extending the project to the nation. Prison for a prominent prosecutor and parliament's speaker injured.

Waiting for the results of COVID tests during the pilot phase of the nationwide testing in the town of Nižná in Orava, northern Slovakia.