Public Affairs (Věci veřejné, VV)

Public Affairs (Věci veřejné, VV), the third member of the current government, was established in 2001 as a party primarily focused on Prague's communal policy. Since 2002 Public Affairs has had a representation in the local authority in the Prague 1 district and the party did not stand for the Chamber of Deputies in the general election of 2006. 

The first step towards a higher public profile for the party was the European Parliament election in 2009. The first election success took place in 2010. The party gained nearly 11% of the vote and entered the Chamber of Deputies and became a member of the centre-right coalition government led by ODS. On the one hand VV declare as a social sensitive party, on the other hand VV is very restrictive in social policy and indirectly the social policy is placed against excluded minorities. The party supported the Lisbon Treaty because of higher efficiency and flexibility, but further analyse fails due to missing data.

  2009 2010 2013
Votes 2.31 % 10.88 % 0
Seats 0 24 0

Election manifesto 2010

The party’s self-definition as a liberal party is in strong contradiction with its restrictive social policy. The main goal of the election manifesto is to prevent the misusing of social support. The party defines itself as a liberal party, which is a very debatable statement because at the same time the party fails to emphasise human rights at all. Its European policy does not seem to be a liberal program. The most important point of the program is the emphasis on the efficiency of the EU, liberalised services and efficient use of the European funds. The party supports joining the Euro zone, but just on the condition that the debate on accepting the Euro will be led by experts instead of politicians. The party’s call for supporting traditional Czech exporters and goods to the European Union is absolutely against liberal principles.  As a political party VV does not have any strong ideological core. The party’s self-definition as a liberal party has many imperfections. The social policy is incoherent: the party oscillates between supporting people in need and a restrictive social policy. The European policy oscillates between encouragements for deepening European integration while at the same time promoting Czech national interests. It seems that for VV the EU is merely a tool for financing national projects. Overall, the party’s simplified definition of the European policy is “picking gains” of European integration. These gains are not political or ideological but rather the practical outputs of the integration, for example the use of financial aid from the European funds. In other words, supporting the EU is more or less framed in terms of a pragmatic or calm support. The misusage of the term “liberalism” is evident in the case of VV's immigration policy. The position of VV in this policy is anything but immigrant-friendly.   The term “populism” can be used as a broader definition. The election manifesto is a mixture of liberal ideas, with an emphasis on defending the national interest alongside a non-ideological attitude to the EU.