European Democrat Group
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.
As of 24 September 2011, the EDG has the following members:
|Country||Party name||Members||Other affiliations|
|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|
|Greece||Popular Orthodox Rally||1||None||EFD||None|
|Italy||The People of Freedom (part)[C]||4||EPP||EPP||None|
|Lithuania||Order and Justice||1||None||EFD||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||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.