Civic Force

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Civic Force
Forța Civică
President Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu
Secretary-General Ștefan Pirpiliu
Founded 2004 (as Christian Party)
2008 (as PFC)
Dissolved 2014
Merged into Democratic Liberal Party
Headquarters Bucharest
Youth wing Civic Force Youth
Pensioner's wing Civic Force Pensioner League
Ideology Christian democracy[1]
National affiliation Right Romania Alliance (2012)
International affiliation None
European affiliation None
Colours Blue and white
Senate[a]
1 / 176
Chamber of Deputies[a]
3 / 412
Seats in the European Parliament
0 / 33
Politics of Romania
Political parties
Elections

Civic Force (Romanian: Forța Civică, FC) was a political party in Romania. It was founded in 2004 by former Mayor of Bucharest Viorel Lis. Its last president was former Prime Minister Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu, elected at the September 2012 party congress[2] until 2014 when the party was absorbed by the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL).

History[edit]

Civic Force (FC) was founded in 2004 by former Bucharest mayor, Viorel Lis, under the name 'Christian Party' (Partidul Creștin). In 2007, Adrian Iurașcu became the president of the party, after which the party adopted its current name. In 2009, FC ran for the European Parliament elections, but failed to win any seats.

In 2012, former Prime Minister Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu was elected president. For the 2012 parliamentary elections, FC joined the Right Romania Alliance (ARD), an electoral alliance with other centre-right opposition parties: Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) and Christian-Democratic National Peasants' Party (PNȚCD). Furthermore, the party has applied to become a member of the European People's Party (PPE). Through ARD's list during the legislative election held in that year, FC gained three deputy seats (Dan Cristian Popescu, Dănuț Culețu and Cristian Roman) and a senator seat (Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu).

In July 2014, Civic Force was absorbed into the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL).

Notable members[edit]

  • Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu - president of Civic Force, senator 2012-present, Prime Minister 2012, Minister of Foreign Affairs 2004-2007, former PNL member 2004-2007
  • Adrian Iurașcu - prime-vice-president of Civic Force, president of Civic Force 2007-2012, leader of CDR elected from civil society 1996-2000
  • Dan Cristian Popescu - vice-president of Civic Force, deputy 2012-present, president of PNL Sector 1 2007-2012 (expelled from PNL in 2012)
  • Dănuț Culețu - president of Civic Force Constanța, deputy 2012-present, prefect of Constanța 2005-2009 (left PNL in 2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nordsieck, Wolfram, "Romania", Parties and Elections In Europe, retrieved 5 August 2014 
  2. ^ Marinas, Andreea (9 September 2012), "Ungureanu officially enters politics", Nine O'Clock, retrieved 6 November 2012