On 1st February 2020 Miriam Lexmann at last took her seat as a Member of the European Parliament for Slovakia. Miriam, a representative of the Slovak Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), joined the group of the European People’s Party (EPP).
Despite receiving more votes than a candidate of another political party during elections to the European Parliament in May 2019, Miriam was denied her seat and was instead given the additional mandate Slovakia was set to receive after Brexit. The Slovak Constitutional Court failed to rule in this case, denying Miriam her seat and justice, and failing to uphold the democratic decision of Slovak people. Miriam said:
‘There isn’t much to celebrate about the UK’s departure from the European Union. I wanted to take my seat based on the democratic decision of the Slovak people, not as a result of Brexit. Now, I want to make up for the lost time, serving the people who have put their faith in me.’
In the European Parliament, Miriam will serve on the Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET), and the Parliament’s Delegation to Belarus. She will also be a substitute on the Security and Defence Committee (SEDE) and EuroNest.
Prior to becoming an MEP, Miriam was EU Regional Programmes Director for the International Republican Institute, served as a Representative of the Slovak Parliament to the European Parliament, and also worked for the Council of Europe. She’s also a foreign policy and security coordinator for the Slovak Christian Democratic Movement (KDH).
Photo: Martin Lahousse/EPP