Elections to the European Parliament and the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic

Ivo Šlosarčík's policy brief on the constitutionality of the 5% threshold for the European Parliament elections.

  • 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.
 

 
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Ivo Šlosarčík
Associate Research Fellow


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