Democrat Youth Community of Europe

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Democrat Youth Community of Europe (DEMYC)
Formation1964 (1964)
Javier Hurtado Mira
Secretary General
Margherita Saltini
Key people
Falah Hasan
AffiliationsInternational Young Democrat Union

The Democrat Youth Community of Europe (DEMYC) is the international umbrella organisation of the youth wings of christian democratic, conservative and like-minded parties of Europe. With currently now more than one million affiliates in its member organisations, DEMYC is one of the strongest political youth organisations in Europe.

DEMYC is the oldest centre-right youth political formation in Europe, founded in 1964, celebrating 51 years of existence. DEMYC currently comprises 45 national organisations from 33 countries from Europe and its neighbourhood.

It is DEMYC's aim to further contacts and strengthen co-operation between its member organisations from European countries and thereby to contribute to a united Europe.

In 1973 DEMYC was granted a consultative status at the Council of Europe and since then represented its member organisations in the activities of the European Youth Centres and the European Youth Foundation.

DEMYC is a full member of the European Youth Forum, a platform of one hundred youth organisations all over Europe, promoting the interest of young people to the institutions of the European Union, the Council of Europe, and the United Nations.

The senior parties of the DEMYC member organisations followed their youth organisation's example and formed in 1978 the European Democrat Union (E.D.U.), a European-wide working association of centre-right parties. DEMYC became a permanent observer of EDU in 1979 and has been actively involved in its political work since then.

Each year DEMYC organises a number of seminars in different parts of Europe. Topics discussed at these meetings in recent years have included: the new democracies in Central and Eastern Europe and their way into a common future Europe, the European Union and its development to a unified Europe, the North-South dialogue, environmental and employment policy, the future of the welfare state, implications of the introduction of new technologies and a lot more.

On a worldwide level DEMYC has promoted the creation of the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU), thus guaranteeing permanent links to centre and centre-right parties all around the globe. Excellent relations have thereby developed to the Republican Party of the United States as well as to like-minded organisations in Latin-America, Africa and Asia

Study visits have been made to the United States, Central America, Cyprus, Israel, Southern Africa, China, Hong Kong, Turkey and to all former communist countries in Central and Eastern Europe before and after their democratisation.

The organisation was founded as the Conservative and Christian Democratic Youth Community of Europe (COCDYC) in May 1964 by the conservative and Christian democratic youth organisations from Austria, Denmark, Germany, Serbia, Hungary, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The current name was adopted at the conference in Manchester in October 1975, to allow for a broader ideological spectrum.

List of Chairpersons[edit]

Name Years Country
John MacGregor 1964–1966  United Kingdom
Dietrich Rollmann 1966–1968  Germany
Ragnvald Dahl 1968–1970  Norway
Alan Haselhurst 1970–1972  United Kingdom
Volker Rühe 1972–1974  Germany
Per Unckel 1974–1977  Sweden
Tony Kerpel 1977–1979  United Kingdom
Elmar Brok 1979–1981  Germany
Gunnar Hökmark 1981–1983  Sweden
Robert Miller-Bakewell 1983–1985  United Kingdom
Alexander Demblin 1985–1987  Austria
Neale Stevenson 1987–1991  United Kingdom
Klaus Welle 1991–1994  Germany
Arthur Winkler-Hermaden 1994–1995  Austria
Fredrik Reinfeldt 1995–1997  Sweden
Stavros Papastavrou 1997–2001  Greece
Meinhard Friedl 2001–2006  Austria
Ines Elise Prainsack 2006–2008  Austria
Páll Heimisson 2008–2010  Iceland
Jani Johansson 2010–2012  Finland
Antonio de Lucia 2012–2015  Italy
Javier Hurtado Mira 2015–  Spain

Executive Bureau 2018–20[edit]

The new DEMYC Executive Bureau was elected on May, 2018 by the 26th DEMYC Congress.

Name Country Position
Javier Hurtado Mira  Spain Chairman
Margherita Saltini  Italy Secretary General
Lilit Beglaryan  Armenia Deputy Secretary Gerenal
Fallah Hassan  Kurdistan Vice Chairman
Juela Hamati  Albania Vice Chairman
Athanasios Lazaros Moldovanidis  Greece Vice Chairman
Andrej Čuš MP  Slovenia Vice Chairman
Marko Dejanovic  Serbia Vice Chairman

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