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Young Conservatives (Czech Republic)

Young Conservatives
Mladí konzervativci
AbbreviationMK CZ
ChairmanJiří Fremr
International SecretaryLukáš Vítek
Founded8 December 1991
HeadquartersZborovská 42, Prague
Membership700
IdeologyConservatism
Economic liberalism
Liberal conservatism
Eurorealism
Political positionRight-wing
National affiliationCivic Democratic Party
International affiliationEuropean Young Conservatives (EYC)
European Democrat Students (EDS)
International Young Democrat Union (IYDU)
Democrat Youth Community of Europe (DEMYC)
Colours        
Website
www.konzervativci.cz

The Young Conservatives (Czech: Mladí konzervativci) is a political youth organisation in the Czech Republic. It is the youth wing of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), a centre-right political party, and shares that party's conservative and economically liberal ideology.

Young people within the age from 15 to 35 apply for a membership in the MK.[1] Several significant politicians from the ODS party started as members of Young Conservatives, including Jan Zahradil, Jiří Pospíšil, Petr Sokol, Martin Baxa, Petr Gandalovič, Ivan Langer, Martin Novotný, and Pavel Drobil.[2] Former Chairman of Young Conservatives Petr Mach went on to found a new right-wing political party, the Party of Free Citizens. Current Chairman of Young Conservatives is Jiří Fremr, who is in the office since 2008.

History

The founding congress was held on 8 December 1991 as a result of previous preparations through Charter of Young Conservatives by a group of students at the University of Technology in Brno and Law Students' Association "Všehrd" from Faculty of Law at the Charles University. First Chairman of the Young Conservatives we elected David Částek.

Ideology

Original ideological course of the Young Conservatives was given by the Charter of Young Conservatives following basic conservative principles: Democracy, Nationhood, Rule of Law, Liberty, Free Market, Tradition, Private Ownership, Family and Morality. Through its history Young Conservatives were closely cooperating with the Civic Democratic Party (ODS). Organization defines its approach towards the European Union as Eurorealistic or Euroskeptic.

Activities

The Young Conservatives organize wide range of events from meetings with local or national politicians to elections campaigns and international events. The most significant events since 1991 are listed below:

Campaign in the Republic of Ireland for an Irish 'no' vote in the 2002 referendum on the Treaty of Nice.

Chairmen

Below are listed as follows Chairmen of the Young Conservatives.

Name Years
1st David Částek 1991 – 1993
2nd Michal Špaňár 1993 – 1997
3rd Petr Mach 1997
4th David Rýc 1997 – 2001
5th Petr Sokol 2001 – 2007
6th Jiří Klindera 2007 – 2008
7th Jiří Fremr 2008 –

International Affiliation

European Young Conservatives

European Democrat Students

International Young Democrat Union

Democrat Youth Community of Europe

Footnotes

  1. ^ "Politické strany lákají nové členy různě. Zájem o vstup ale klesá". Czech Radio (in Czech). 9 September 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Šéf mladých konzervativců prý zbil řidiče". Lidové noviny (in Czech). 15 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011.

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