European Democratic Party
|This article is outdated. (November 2010)|
|European Democratic Party|
|President||François Bayrou and Francesco Rutelli|
|Secretary-General||Marielle de Sarnez|
|Founded||December 9, 2004|
|Headquarters||Rue de l'Industrie 4, 1000 Brussels, Belgium|
|Youth wing||Young Democrats for Europe (YDE)|
|European Parliament group||Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe|
|Colours||Orange and blue|
|Political foundation||Institute of European Democrats|
|Politics of the European Union
The European Democratic Party (EDP) is a centrist 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 of the Alliance for Italy 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, like the United States Democratic Party.
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.
|Country or Region||Party||European MPs|
|Belgium||Citizens' Movement for Change (Mouvement des Citoyens pour le Changement)|
|Croatia||National Forum (Nacionalni forum)|
|France||Democratic Movement (Mouvement démocrate)|
|France||Union of Democrats and Independents (Union des Démocrates et Indépendants)|
|Italy||Alliance for Italy (Alleanza per l'Italia)|
|Poland||Alliance of Democrats (Stronnictwo Demokratyczne)|
|San Marino||Popular Alliance (Alleanza Popolare)||N/A|
|Slovakia||European Democratic Party (Europska Demokraticka Strana)|
|Slovakia||Democratic Slovakia Party (Strana Demokratického Slovenska)|
|Spain||Basque Nationalist Party (Euzko Alderdi Jeltzalea)|
Additionally, other independent MEPs, national and regional deputies have also integrated into the EDP:
|Country or Region||Person||Party||Member of|
|Cyprus||Nicos Koutsou||Independent||House of Representatives|
|Ireland||Marian Harkin||Independent||European Parliament|
|Germany||Ulrike Müller||Free Voters||European Parliament|
|Germany||Gabi Schmidt||Free Voters||Landtag of Bavaria|
|Italy||Gianluca Susta||Independent||Senate of the Republic|
|Slovenia||Ivo Vajgl||DeSUS||European Parliament|
|Slovakia||Igor Hraško||Ordinary People||National Council|
|Spain||Narvay Quintero||Canarian Coalition||Senate of Spain|
Former member parties
- Cyprus: European Party
- Czech Republic: Way to Change, founding member of EDP, disbanded in 2009
- Italy: Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy, founding member of EDP, merged into the Democratic Party in 2007, MEPs Mario Pirillo, Silvia Costa and Vittorio Prodi stayed as individual members until 2014, now member of PES
- Lithuania: Labour Party, left in 2012 to join the ALDE party
- Slovakia: People's Party – Movement for a Democratic Slovakia, joined EDP in 2009, disbanded in 2014, succeeded by Democratic Slovakia Party
Elected representatives of Member Parties
|Organisation||Institution||Number of seats|
|European Union||European Commission|
|European Union||European Council
(Heads of Government)
|European Union||Council of the EU
(Participation in Government)
|European Union||European Parliament|
|Council of Europe||Parliamentary Assembly|
- Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
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