Technical Group of Independents (1979–84)

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Technical Group of Independents
(79-84)
European Parliament group
Name Technical Group of Independents
English abbr. n/a
French abbr. CDI[1]
Formal name Group for the Technical Coordination and Defence of Independent Groups and Members[2]
From 1979[3]
To 1984[3]
Preceded by n/a
Succeeded by Rainbow Group: Federation of the Green Alternative European Links, Agalev-Ecolo, the Danish People's Movement against Membership of the European Community, and the European Free Alliance, in the European Parliament
Chaired by Marco Pannella,[4]
Neil Blaney[2]
Jens-Peter Bonde[5]
MEP(s) 11 (17 July 1979)[6]

The Group for the Technical Coordination and Defence of Independent Groups and Members was a heterogenous political group with seats in the European Parliament between 1979 and 1984.

History[edit]

The Technical Group of Independents was formed in 1979. It was officially called "Group for the Technical Coordination and the Defence of Independent Groups and Members"[1] and it used the abbreviation "CDI".[1] It was a coalition of parties ranging from centre to far left, which were not aligned with any of the major international party federations. In 1984[3] most of the CDI members later joined the "Rainbow Group".[7] The group was a rather diverse alliance and this was reflected in its chairs which included the Italian Radical Marco Pannella, the hardline Irish Republican Neil Blaney and Danish left-wing Eurosceptic Jens-Peter Bonde.

MEPs at 17 July 1979[edit]

Member state MEPs Party MEPs Notes
Belgium 1[6] People's Union[6] 1[6] Maurits Coppieters[8]
Ireland 1[6] Independent Fianna Fáil[6] 1[6] Neil Blaney[2]
Denmark 4[6] People's Movement against the EEC[6] 4[6] Else Hammerich,[9] Jens-Peter Bonde,[5] Sven Skovmand,[10] Jørgen Bøgh[11]
Italy 5[6] Proletarian Unity Party[6] 1[6] Luciana Castellina[12]
Proletarian Democracy[6] 1[6] Mario Capanna[13]
Radical Party[6] 3[6] Marco Pannella,[4] Emma Bonino,[14] Leonardo Sciascia[15]

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