European Young Conservatives

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European Young Conservatives
Chairman United Kingdom Tim Dier
Deputy Chairman Poland Radoslaw Fogiel
Vice-Chairperson Luxembourg Joëlle Giannotte
Belarus Palina Kaspiarovich
Iceland Hilmar Freyr Kristinsson
Belgium Luc Rochtus
Denmark Jens Salling
Treasurer United Kingdom Osman Dervish
Secretary General Czech Republic Petr Sokol
Founded August 1993
Split from Democrat Youth Community of Europe
Headquarters 4 Matthew Parker Street London, SW1AUnited Kingdom
Ideology Conservatism
Euroscepticism
International affiliation International Young Democrat Union
Website www.eyconservatives.org

The European Young Conservatives (EYC) is a grouping of youth wings of conservative and centre-right political parties in Europe.

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 is a full member of the International Young Democrat Union and Margaret Thatcher is its patron.

History[edit]

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.[1]

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.

From 1993 to 1997, the group was led by Rosindell.[2] The group gave training to newly established democratic political parties in Russia, Belarus, and Azerbaijan.[3]

The EYC has held recent congresses in Warsaw, Poland, in May 2012,[4] and Prague, the Czech Republic, in December 2012.[5]

Membership[edit]

The EYC has seventeen member organisations:[6]

Country Organisation Mother party
 Belarus BPF Youth BPF Party
 Belgium Young Libertarians Libertarian, Direct, Democratic
 Czech Republic Young Conservatives Civic Democratic Party
 Denmark Young Conservatives Conservative People's Party
 Faroe Islands Huxa People's Party
 Iceland Young Independents Independence Party
 Italy Youth for Freedom Forza Italia
 Latvia For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK Youth Club For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK
 Liechtenstein Junge FBP Progressive Citizens' Party
 Lithuania Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania Youth Organisation Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania
 Luxembourg ADRenalin Alternative Democratic Reform Party
 Norway Progress Party's Youth Progress Party
 Poland Law and Justice Youth Forum Law and Justice
 Portugal People's Youth Democratic and Social Centre – People's Party
 Turkey AK Party Youth Justice and Development Party
 United Kingdom Conservative Future Conservative Party
 United Kingdom Young Unionists Ulster Unionist Party

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Mercer, Paul (1994). Directory of British Political Organisations. London: Longman. p. 133. ISBN 978-0-582-23729-2. 
  2. ^ "Andrew Rosindell". Parliament. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "After the Campaign Rush". BBC News. 7 June 2001. 
  4. ^ (Polish) "Europejscy Młodzi Konserwatyści na kongresie w Warszawie". Gazeta Wyborcza. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012. [dead link]
  5. ^ "EYC Congress gathered in Prague". European Young Conservatives. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Members". European Young Conservatives. Retrieved May 21, 2012.