Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy
|Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy|
|European parliamentary group|
Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group logo
|Name||Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy|
|Formal name||Europe of freedom and direct democracy Group|
|European parties||Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe|
|From||24 June 2014 (1st)
20 October 2014 (2nd)
|To||17 October 2014 (1st)|
|Preceded by||Europe of Freedom and Democracy|
|Chaired by||Nigel Farage (UKIP)
David Borrelli (M5S)
Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD or EFD2) is a Eurosceptic political group in the European Parliament. The EFDD group is a continuation for the 8th European Parliament of the Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group that existed during the 7th European Parliament, with significant changes to group membership.
7th European Parliament
Formation for the 8th European Parliament
Following the 2014 European parliament elections, the Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group faced difficulties reforming for the 8th European Parliament, with various member parties and MEPs of the previous term's EFD either defecting to different parliamentary groups or failing to be re-elected.
On 12 June 2014, the Five Star Movement (M5S) of Italy, having been rejected by The Greens/EFA and Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe groups, offered its activists a limited-choice online referendum to choose a European Parliament group for the party, in which 78% of participating activists voted for the EFD.
The EFD group was reformed on 18 June 2014 with MEPs from existing member parties UK Independence Party and Order and Justice, in addition to new affiliates the Five Star Movement, the Sweden Democrats, the Party of Free Citizens of the Czech Republic, the Latvian Farmers Union and a French independent MEP formerly of the National Front.
On 24 June 2014, the EFD group name was revised to Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD), and David Borrelli of the Five Star Movement was chosen as the incoming group's new co-president.
On 16 October 2014, it was announced that Iveta Grigule MEP from the Latvian Farmers Union had defected from the EFDD, resulting in the collapse of the group because it no longer was composed of representatives from at least a quarter of the Member States. The criterion was restored on 20 October, with one Polish MEP, Robert Iwaszkiewicz from Congress of the New Right (KNP), joining the group, although the party's other MEPs remained Non-Inscrits. In January 2015 Amjad Bashir was suspended from UKIP pending a party investigation into financial fraud. He defected to the Conservatives within an hour of his suspension.
In March 2015 Janice Atkinson was expelled from UKIP for financial fraud; she is currently appealing her expulsion and sitting as an Independent MEP.
8th European Parliament, 2014
Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy has 47 elected members as follows:
|Member state||Party||MEPs||Previous group||Additional notes|
|Czech Republic||Party of Free Citizens||N/A|
|France||Joëlle Bergeron (independent MEP)||N/A||Former FN member|
|Italy||Five Star Movement||N/A|
|Lithuania||Order and Justice||EFD|
|Poland||Coalition for the Renewal of the Republic - Freedom and Hope||N/A||Member of KORWiN|
|United Kingdom||UK Independence Party||EFD|
|Member state||Party||MEPs||Moved to|
|Latvia||Latvian Farmers' Union||Iveta Grigule||Non-Inscrits|
|United Kingdom||Former UKIP
|United Kingdom||Former UKIP||Janice Atkinson||Non-Inscrits|
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