On 17 February, ANO held its Congress in Prague during which the party elected ALDE Party Vice-President and MEP Dita Charanzová as its lead candidate for the European elections.
After the vote, she said, “We want to win. I would like to have more than in the last European elections and to increase the number of seats to five.”
The party is expected to select its remaining candidates in the coming weeks.
The party’s leader, and current Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš was re-elected to lead the party, with 206 votes in favour, 13 against and 19 abstentions. Elections were also held for the party’s leadership.
In his speech, he remarked that the upcoming European Parliament elections "are the most important ever” and pressed for an increased role for the smaller EU states. "We want member states to have significant influence on Europe's development, so that Europe isn't governed just by bigger states with a politically-biased [European] Commission and European civil servants that cost us huge money," he said.