Democrat Youth Community of Europe
The Democrat Youth Community of Europe (DEMYC) is the international umbrella organisation of the youth wings of Christian Democratic, Conservative and like-minded parties of Europe. With currently now more than one million affiliates in its member organisations, DEMYC is one of the strongest political youth organisations in Europe.
It is DEMYC's aim to further contacts and strengthen co-operation between its member organisations from different European countries and thereby to contribute to a united Europe.
In 1973 DEMYC was granted a consultative status at the Council of Europe and since then represented its member organisations in the activities of the European Youth Centre and the European Youth Foundation.
DEMYC is a full member of the European Youth Forum, a platform of one hundred youth organisations all over Europe, promoting the interest of young people to the institutions of the European Union, the Council of Europe, and the United Nations.
The senior parties of the DEMYC member organisations followed their youth organisation's example and formed in 1978 the European Democrat Union (E.D.U.), a European-wide working association of centre-right parties. DEMYC became a permanent observer of EDU in 1979 and has been actively involved in its political work since then.
Each year DEMYC organises a number of seminars in different parts of Europe. Topics discussed at these meetings in recent years have included: the new democracies in Central and Eastern Europe and their way into a common future Europe, the European Union and its development to a unified Europe, the North-South dialogue, environmental and employment policy, the future of the welfare state, implications of the introduction of new technologies and a lot more.
On a world-wide level DEMYC has promoted the creation of the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU), thus guaranteeing permanent links to centre and centre-right parties all around the globe. Excellent relations have thereby developed to the Republican Party of the United States as well as to like-minded organisations in Latin-America, Africa and Asia
Study visits have been made to the United States, Central America, Cyprus, Israel, Southern Africa, China, Hong Kong, Turkey and to all former communist countries in Central and Eastern Europe before and after their democratisation.
The organisation was founded as the Conservative and Christian Democratic Youth Community of Europe (COCDYC) in May 1964 by the conservative and Christian democratic youth organisations from Austria, Denmark, Germany, Serbia, Hungary, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The current name was adopted at the conference in Manchester in October 1975, to allow for a broader ideological spectrum.
In 1973 DEMYC was granted a consultative status at the Council of Europe and since then represented its member organisations in the activities of the European Youth Centre and the European Youth Foundation. DEMYC is a full member of the European Youth Forum.
List of chairpersons
- John MacGregor (United Kingdom), 1964–1966
- Dietrich Rollmann (Germany), 1966–1968
- Ragnvald Dahl (Norway), 1968–1970
- Alan Haselhurst (United Kingdom), 1970–1972
- Volker Rühe (Germany), 1972–1974
- Per Unckel (Sweden), 1974–1977
- Tony Kerpel (United Kingdom), 1977–1979
- Elmar Brok (Germany), 1979–1981
- Gunnar Hökmark (Sweden), 1981–1983
- Robert Miller-Bakewell (United Kingdom), 1983–1985
- Alexander Demblin (Austria), 1985–1987
- Neale Stevenson (United Kingdom), 1987–1991
- Klaus Welle (Germany), 1991–1994
- Arthur Winkler-Hermaden (Austria), 1994–1995
- Fredrik Reinfeldt (Sweden), 1995–1997
- Stavros Papastavrou (Greece), 1997–2001
- Meinhard Friedl (Austria), 2001–2006
- Ines Elise Prainsack (Austria), 2006–2008
- Páll Heimisson (Iceland), 2008-2010
- Jani Johansson (Finland), 2010-2012
- Antonio de Lucia (Italy), 2012-
- Democrat Youth Community of Europe – official website
- The Only Constant is Change: DEMYC - 40th Anniversary – history book