Some of political parties in Slovenia have introduced their candidate lists for EP elections while the others announced that they will present them in the beginning of March (update will follow).
Nova Slovenija (Christian People’s Party) is not a new face on the EP floor and constitutes a national unit of the EPP-ED political group. During the elections in 2004 they got two MP’s out of seven and it is not surprising that their two main candidates for 2009 elections are the same as they were then: Lojze Peterle and Ljudmila Novak. They presented 7, mostly recognizable names, but the question is what kind of result they can achieve on the ground. Nova Slovenia was a national parliamentary party since the last elections in 2008 when they did not reach the threshold for entering into the Parliament. However, I would predict that at least the carrier of the list, Mr. Peterle, has some good chances to be elected. He has a rich political career and he is also pretty popular among the voters. But let’s see, how voters will decide and how successful their campaign will be.
The biggest oppositional party in the national parliament, SDS, has also announced its candidates on the web site. The candidates seem to be well known. The most important are definitely the first two names on the list: Milan Zver and Romana Jordan Cizelj who already is MP in the EP as a part of EPP-ED group. Other 5 candidates are also well known faces on the Slovenian political scene and include 2 former ministers and national MP. The party is well-established among the voters and also in this case, if they will manage to mobilize their voters they will probably be successful on these elections.
Interesting news yesterday was presented by the side of DESUS - the pensioner’s party. The president of the party and also actual minister for environment announced that he is going to be one of the candidates for the EP elections. On this decision especially reacted non-parliamentary party SMS (youth’s party) which has been considering a proposal for interpellation following the idea that it is not possible to be appointed for two political functions at the time. However, it might be too soon for that, because Mr. Erjavec has not been appointed (if?) yet for the MP position. But personally I agree that it is a part of human’s integrity not to follow only his personal ambitious, but also broader public interests. Environment is definitely a topic which should be taken seriously and it is simply not mature and responsible to change political posts because better occasion appears. Not, that it has not happened before, but minister has just started with his new job few months ago and could predict that he would rather run for European than national elections.
Now we have to wait for the rest. For now it seems that EP elections will not bring any surprises or new names. If the rumors are correct, other parties will introduce candidates that are already members of EP or some other well-known political names. I think this is also one of the reasons that people find EP elections rather boring; they have to vote for the same names over and over again…