European Democratic Party

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European Democratic Party
President François Bayrou and Francesco Rutelli
Secretary-General Marielle de Sarnez
Founded 9 December 2004 (2004-12-09)
Headquarters Rue de l'Industrie 4, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Youth wing Young Democrats for Europe (YDE)
Ideology Centrism[1]
Political position Centre
European Parliament group Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Colours Orange and blue
Political foundation Institute of European Democrats

The European Democratic Party (EDP) is a centrist[3][4][5] European political party in favour of European integration. It was initiated on 16 April 2004 and formally founded on 9 December 2004 in Brussels. François Bayrou of the French Democratic Movement (MoDem) and Francesco Rutelli, former leader of the Democracy is Freedom and Alliance for Italy parties, serve as the two co-presidents.

The EDP was founded in reaction to the rising influence of Eurosceptic parties within European institutions. It drew pro-European centrist parties from the European People's Party (EPP) group to form a new centrist multinational bloc. Its co-founder François Bayrou described it as a party for people being neither conservative nor socialist."

Since the beginning of the 6th European Parliament of 2004–2009, the EDP has formed a joint European parliamentary group with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) party called the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group. Although ALDE Party and EDP MEPs continue to sit together in the same parliamentary group, the two European political parties remain separate entities.

The youth wing of the EDP is the Young Democrats for Europe.


Member parties[edit]

Country or Region Party European MPs
 Belgium Citizens' Movement for Change (Mouvement des Citoyens pour le Changement)
1 / 22
1 / 8
 Croatia People's Party - Reformists (Narodna stranka - Reformisti)
0 / 11
 Cyprus Citizens' Alliance (Συμμαχία Πολιτών, Symmachia Politon)
0 / 6
 France Democratic Movement (Mouvement démocrate)
4 / 74
 Germany Free Voters (Freie Wähler)
1 / 96
 Greece Union of Centrists (Ένωση Κεντρώων)
0 / 21
 Poland Alliance of Democrats (Stronnictwo Demokratyczne)
0 / 51
 Portugal Democratic Republican Party (Partido Democrático Republicano)
1 / 21
 Romania Association of Italians of Romania - RO.AS.IT. (Asociaţia Italienilor din România - RO.AS.IT., Associazione degli Italiani di Romania - RO.AS.IT.)
0 / 32
 San Marino Future Republic (Repubblica Futura) N/A
 Slovakia European Democratic Party (Europska Demokraticka Strana)
0 / 13
 Slovakia Democratic Slovakia Party (Strana Demokratického Slovenska)
0 / 13
 Slovenia Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia (Demokratična Stranka Upokojencev Slovenije)
1 / 6
 Spain Basque Nationalist Party (Euzko Alderdi Jeltzalea)
1 / 54
 Spain Canarian Coalition (Coalición Canaria)
0 / 54

Additionally, other independent MEPs, national and regional deputies have also integrated into the EDP:

Country or Region Person Party Member of
 France Jean-Marie Cavada Génération Citoyens European Parliament
 Ireland Marian Harkin Independent European Parliament
 Italy Gianluca Susta Independent Senate of the Republic
 Slovakia Alena Bašistová[6] Independent National Council

Former member parties[edit]

Elected representatives of Member Parties[edit]

European institutions[edit]

Organisation Institution Number of seats
 European Union European Commission
0 / 28
 European Union European Council
(Heads of Government)
0 / 28
 European Union Council of the EU
(Participation in Government)
0 / 28
 European Union European Parliament
11 / 751
 Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly
5 / 318


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