ANO 2011

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ANO 2011
Leader Andrej Babiš
Founded 11 May 2011 (2011-05-11)
Headquarters Pyšelská 2361/4, 149 00 Prague 4
Ideology Centrism[1]
Populism[2]
Liberalism[3]
Political position Centre-right[4]
International affiliation None
European affiliation Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
European Parliament group Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Colours Blue
Chamber of Deputies
47 / 200
Senate
4 / 81
European Parliament
4 / 21
Regional councils
0 / 675
Local councils
1,610 / 62,300
Website
http://www.anobudelip.cz/
Politics of the Czech Republic
Political parties
Elections

ANO 2011 is a centre-right[1] political party in the Czech Republic. It is based on the former movement Action of Dissatisfied Citizens (Czech: Akce nespokojených občanů, ANO). "Ano" means "yes" in Czech and the party is marketed with the slogan "ano, bude líp" (yes, it will get better). In 2013 Czech legislative election, ANO 2011 gained a surprisingly large amount of votes, 18.7%, and attained second place behind the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD).

Founded in 2011 and led by multi-millionaire entrepreneur Andrej Babiš, the party aims at cleaning the country from corruption, abolishing immunity and equity returns for politicians, fighting unemployment, and improving the transport infrastructure. Ideologically, the party is placed on the centre-right and shares political similarities with the Christian and Democratic Union (KDU–ČSL), but does not rule out any collaboration with other parties.[5][6]

Andrej Babiš stated in a post-election interview that he opposes the Czech Republic's adoption of the euro, and ANO does not want any deeper European integration or any more bureaucracy from Brussels.[7]

However, Andrej Babiš stated later that he was open to euro after the Czech Republic has a balanced budget. He also pleaded for closer ties with Germany and he said the Czech Republic was ready to sign the Fiscal Compact treaty now.[8] In some spheres, like tax policy, he (re)introduced center-left elements, like abolition of partial tax exemption for self-employed person and restoration of partial tax exemption for employed pensioner. He also introduced proposal to increase school teacher wages by 2.5%, contrary to original proposal to increase only by 1%.[9] In sphere of health care, he criticized private health insurance company because of their enormous spending.[10]

ANO 2011 won 2014 Czech European Parliament election gaining 16.13% of votes and 4 seats.[11] Party joined Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group in European Parliament.[12] ANO party member Věra Jourová was designated European Commissioner of Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality in the new Juncker Commission as member of ALDE.

In the Czech Senate and municipal elections, 2014 ANO was the first party in 8 of the 10 biggest cities in the Czech Republic including its capital, Prague. Adriana Krnáčová is the first female mayor of Prague.[13]

On 21 November 2014, ANO was given full membership of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party at the ALDE congress hold in Lisbon.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Czech election: Social Democrats lead but no clear winner". bbc.com. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Czech Elections: How a Billionaire Populist Upstaged Established Parties, by Sean Hanley". E-International Relations. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "ANO establishes training center for politicians". Praguepost.com. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Wolfram Nordsieck. "Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck". Parties-and-elections.eu. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "A Czech election with consequences". openDemocracy. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Babišovu hnutí se denně hlásí 200 zájemců o členství". Novinky.cz. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Political earthquake in the Czech Republic: Rejection of established parties". Heinrich Boell Foundation. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Czech Finance Minister open to euro adoption, but consolidation a priority". reuters. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Andrej Babiš: Platy učitelů by mohly vzrůst o 2,5 procenta". Deník.cz. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  10. ^ Česká televize. "Babiš chce pojišťovnám vzít peníze na provoz, měly by jít na péči". ČT24. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Czech Statistical Office: Elections to the European Parliament held on the territory of the Czech Republic on 23 – 24 May 2014". Volby.cz. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "ANO 2011: Telička už makal v Bruselu, ANO je opět blíž ALDE". www.anobudelip.cz. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  13. ^ http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/prague-gets-its-first-female-mayor
  14. ^ "ALDE Party welcomes new member parties". Aldeparty.eu. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 

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