Green Party (Slovakia)

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Green Party
Leader Peter Pilinský
Founded 1989
Headquarters Bratislava
Ideology Green politics
Political position Center-left
International affiliation Global Greens
European affiliation European Green Party
European Parliament group None
Colours Green
Website
http://www.stranazelenychpuchov.sk
Politics of Slovakia
Political parties
Elections

The Green Party (Slovak: Strana zelených, SZ), until January 2006 called Green Party in Slovakia (Slovak: Strana zelených na Slovensku), is an environmentalist political party in Slovakia without parliamentary representation.

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The Green Party was founded on 9 December 1989 as a Czechoslovakia-wide party, and was the first green party in post-communist countries. It was registered on 3 February 1990 and three branches were set up – Czech, Moravian-Silesian and Slovakian. The first congress of the Slovakian branch was held in February 1990 in Banska Bystrica, with Juraj Mesík elected as chairman.

In the 1990 Slovakian elections the party received 3.1% of the vote, winning six of the 150 seats in the National Council. The combined party failed to win any seats in the nationwide elections. On 21 October 1991 the Slovak branch of the party was officially registered as a separate party with the Ministry of the Interior as the Green Party of Slovakia.

In the 1992 Slovakian elections the party's vote share fell to 1.1% and it lost all six seats. Prior to the 1994 elections the party joined the Common Choice alliance. The alliance finished in second place, winning 18 seats, of which two were taken by the Greens.

In June 1995 the party became the 28th full member of the European Green Party. It joined the Slovak Democratic Coalition (SDK) in the build up to the 1998 elections. With the SDK winning 42 seats, the Greens took four seats. The party contested the 2002 elections alone, but received only 1% of the vote and failing to win a seat.

In 2006 it changed its name from the Green Party of Slovakia to the Green Party. It had some candidates on the Free Forum list in the 2006 elections, but failed to win a seat. In the 2010 elections it had candidates on the Party of the Democratic Left list, again failing to win a seat. They contested the 2012 elections alone, receiving 0.4% of the vote, remaining seatless.

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