European Christian Political Movement
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|European Christian Political Movement|
|Headquarters||Utrechtseweg 1a, 3811 NA Amersfoort, Netherlands|
|European Parliament group||European Conservatives and Reformists|
|Colours||Green and blue|
|Politics of the European Union
The European Christian Political Movement, abbreviated to ECPM, is a political party at European level that unites national parties from across Europe that share Christian democratic politics. The member parties are generally more socially conservative and Eurosceptic than the European People's Party. The ECPM unites parties from a Christian social view.
The party was founded in November 2002 in Lakitelek, Hungary. It elected its first board in January 2005, and was registered in the Netherlands in September 2005. The first ECPM president was Peeter Võsu of the Party of Estonian Christian Democrats. The party has twenty members from across fifteen countries. Youth movements are also welcome in the European Christian Political Youth Network that started in 2004 and installed its first board in summer 2005.
The ECPM member parties have three Members of the European Parliament, Peter van Dalen of ChristianUnion (NL), Bas Belder of the Dutch Reformed Party (NL) and Branislav Škripek of OL'aNO (SK) who all sit with the European Conservatives and Reformists.
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This platform had started in November 2002 when representatives of political parties from more than 15 countries decided to examine new chances for Christian politics in Europe on the conference "For a Christian Europe" at Lakitelek, Hungary.
The ECPM started with parties and organizations regardless their denominative background. Parties residing in and outside the EU participate in this first years and make it possible to create a movement that is solidly continuing. In 2003 the ECPM adopted eight Guiding Principles in the Lakitelek declaration "Values for Europe", which shapes ECPM's vision on Europe and in January 2005 in Tallinn, Estonia the ECPM elected its first board. On 15 September 2005 ECPM was officially registered with statutes as an association under Dutch law. In 2010 ECPM was officially recognized as a European political party by the European parliament. ECPM is chaired by Peter Östman. In 2014 ECPM took for the first time as European Party part of the European Elections.
The European Christian Political Foundation (ECPF) is the official thinktank of the ECPM.
- Areopagus Centru de Educaţie Creştină şi Cultură Contemporană (Areopagus Center for Christian Studies and Contemporary Culture)
- Asociaţia Pro-vita pentru Născuţi şi Nenăscuţi – Filiala Bucureşti (Pro-vita for Born and Unborn Association – Bucharest Branch)
- Christian Center for Roma
- Christian Democratic Association
- Romanian Foundation for Democracy
- Worldteach Association
- Research Institute ChristianUnion
- Stichting Crown Financial Ministries
- Stichting vormingsactiviteiten Oost-Europa
- The Schuman Centre for European Studies
The ECPM organizes annually a member congress. Specific themes will be discussed during these congresses. The ECPM also organizes regional conferences all over Europe.
- "Grants from the European Parliament to political parties at European level 2004–2012", November 2012, from http://www.europarl.europa.eu/, retrieved 25 January 2013