European Young Conservatives
|European Young Conservatives|
|Deputy Chairman||Radoslaw Fogiel|
|Vice-Chairperson|| Joëlle Giannotte
Hilmar Freyr Kristinsson
|Secretary General||Petr Sokol|
|Split from||Democrat Youth Community of Europe|
|Headquarters||4 Matthew Parker Street London, SW1AUnited Kingdom|
|International affiliation||International Young Democrat Union|
As of 2012, the group has a membership of 17 political youth organisations from 16 different countries and territories. The EYC is independent and not affiliated with any European political party, but maintains a non-exclusive relationship with the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists.
The EYC was founded in August 1993 by the youth wings of the British Conservative Party, Danish Conservative People's Party, and Icelandic Independence Party, under the leadership of Andrew Rosindell, then-chairman of the UK's Young Conservatives.
It emerged from a split in the centre-right Democrat Youth Community of Europe (DEMYC), which separated into two factions: the larger part, following a broadly Christian democratic philosophy; and the smaller part, led by Rosindell, following a broadly conservative philosophy. Two crucial points of disagreement were the scope of economic liberalisation and the desirability of a federal Europe.
The EYC has seventeen member organisations:
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