European Democrat Group

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The European Democrat Group (EDG) is a conservative group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. It was originally founded as the Group of Independent Representatives in 1970 by British and Scandinavian members of PACE, having about 35-40 members from the UK, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Turkey, Sweden and Switzerland.

While it was only the third group to be founded in PACE (after the Socialist Group and the Christian Democrat Group), it was the first to have an official secretariat, which was established in 1977. On 6 July 1978, a proposal to rename the group was submitted, leading to the official new name in September 1980.

Membership[edit]

As of 24 September 2011, the EDG has the following members:[1]

Country Party name Members Other affiliations
Europarty EU Parliament International
 Armenia Republican Party of Armenia (part)[A] 1 None N/A None
 Azerbaijan New Azerbaijan Party 4 None N/A None
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Serbian Democratic Party 1 None N/A None
 Czech Republic Civic Democratic Party 5 AECR ECR IDU
 Czech Republic Public Affairs (part)[B] 1 None N/A None
 Denmark Danish People's Party 2 None EFD None
 Georgia European Democrats 1 None N/A None
 Greece Popular Orthodox Rally 1 None EFD None
 Italy Lega Nord 4 None EFD None
 Italy The People of Freedom (part)[C] 4 EPP EPP None
 Lithuania Order and Justice 1 None EFD None
 Norway Progress Party 2 None N/A None
 Poland Law and Justice 8 AECR ECR None
 Poland Poland Comes First 1 AECR ECR None
 Portugal Democratic and Social Centre – People's Party 1 EPP EPP IDU
 Russia United Russia 24 None N/A None
 Russia Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (part)[D] 3 None N/A None
 Slovakia Slovak National Party 2 None EFD None
 Slovenia Slovenian National Party 1 None N/A None
 Turkey Justice and Development Party (part)[E] 8 EPP N/A None
 Turkey Nationalist Movement Party 4 None N/A None
 Ukraine Party of Regions (part)[F] 2 None N/A None
 United Kingdom Conservative Party 17 AECR ECR IDU
 United Kingdom Democratic Unionist Party 1 None Non-Inscrits None
^A One of the three members of the Republican Party of Armenia sit with the EDG. The other two members sit with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.
^B One of the two members of Public Affairs sits with the EDG. The other member sits with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.
^C Four of the fourteen members of the People of Liberty sit with the EDG. The other ten members sit with the European People's Party.
^D Three of the four members of Liberal Democratic Party sit with EDG. The other member sits with the Socialist Group.
^E Eight of the fifteen members of the Justice and Development Party sit with the EDG. The other seven sit with the European People's Party.
^F Two of the eight members of Party of Regions sit with the EDG. Four sit with the Socialist Group and two sit with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

Unaffiliated members: Andrey Molchanov, Alexander Pochinok, Ganira Pashayeva

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