Union for Europe of the Nations
|Union for Europe of the Nations|
|European Parliament group|
|Name||Union for Europe of the Nations|
|Formal name||Union for Europe of the Nations Group|
|European parties||Alliance for Europe of the Nations|
|From||20 July 1999|
|To||1 July 2009
|Preceded by||Union for Europe|
|Chaired by||Charles Pasqua, (99-04)
Brian Crowley, (04-09)
Cristiana Muscardini, (04-09)
|MEP(s)||31 (20 July 1999)
30 (22 July 1999)
23 (30 April 2004)
30 (5 May 2004)
27 (June 4, 2004)
27 (July 20, 2004)
44 (10 February 2008)
35 (11 June 2009)
UEN was formed on 20 July 1999, supplanting the earlier Union for Europe. Its member parties Fianna Fáil (FF) and the National Alliance (AN) were the driving forces behind the group, despite their being alone in the group their support for the proposed European Constitution. Gianfranco Fini, leader of AN, was a member of the Convention which drafted the Constitution, while Bertie Ahern, leader of FF, negotiated the treaty as President of the European Council in 2004.
UEN was a heterogeneous group: broadly national conservative, it included some parties which were either uncomfortable with this characterisation or eventually evolved into something different. More specifically, FF was a "catch all" centre-right party and later joined the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party, AN was a moderate-conservative party and eventually joined the European People's Party through The People of Freedom, and Lega Nord was supportive of a "Europe of Regions".
After the 2009 European elections the group officially had 35 members but this figure included parties such as AN and FF, which had already committed to leave. UEN members migrated to other groups after the elections in June 2009 and before the Seventh European Parliament term started on 14 July 2009. FF had already left for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, TB/LNNK and Law and Justice MEPs went to the European Conservatives and Reformists, and Lega Nord, the Danish People's Party and Order and Justice MEPs went to Europe of Freedom and Democracy. With this loss of members, the group dissolved.
Membership by member state at 11 June 2009
Membership by party at 10 February 2008
Membership after 1999 election
- France - Rally for France, 12 MEPs
- Italy - National Alliance and Patto Segni, 9 MEPs
- Ireland - Fianna Fáil, 6 MEPs
- Portugal - Democratic and Social Centre – People's Party, 2 MEPs
- Denmark - Danish People's Party, 1 MEP
- Three LPR MEPs remained in the Ind/Dem group (which encompassed all LPR MEPs at the outset of the legislature) and two others sat as Non-Inscrits
- One Samoobrona MEP sat apart from his colleagues in the Socialist group.
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