European Progressive Democrats

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European Progressive Democrats
European parliamentary group
Name European Progressive Democrats[1][2]
English abbr. EPD[3]
French abbr. DEP[4]
Formal name Group of European Progressive Democrats[5]
From 16 January 1973[4]
To 24 July 1984[4]
Preceded by European Democratic Union
Succeeded by European Democratic Alliance
Chaired by Christian de La Malène[5]
MEP(s) 22 (July 17, 1979)[6]

The Group of European Progressive Democrats was a heterogeneous political group with seats in the European Parliament between 1973 and 1984.


The French Gaullists split from the Liberal Group on 21 January 1965[4] and created a new Group called the "European Democratic Union".[1][2] The Group was renamed on 16 January 1973[4] to the "Group of European Progressive Democrats"[5] when the Gaullists were joined by the Irish Fianna Fáil, and renamed itself again on 24 July 1984[4] to the "Group of the European Democratic Alliance".[2][5]

The group was never a close alliance. In 1973, the only common platform was on the issues of regionalism, social policy and the Common Agricultural Policy. Fianna Fáil, an Irish nationalist party, was reluctant to identify too closely with the Gaullists, who also had an alliance with the Conservative Party of the United Kingdom at the time.[7]

MEPs at 17 July 1979[edit]

Member state MEPs Party MEPs Notes
France 15[6] Défence des Intérêts de la France en Europe/Rassemblement pour la République[6] 15[6] Vincent F.M. Ansquer,[8] Jean-José Clement,[9] Pierre-Bernard Cousté,[10] Gustave Deleau,[11] Eugène L. Remilly,[12] Marie-Madeleine Dienesch,[13] Louise Weiss,[14] Michel J.-P. Debré,[15] Maurice S.R.C. Druon,[16] Pierre Messmer,[17] Jacques Chirac,[18] Claude L.L.P. Labbé,[19] Alain Y.M. Gillot,[20] Hubert Jean Buchou,[21] Christian De La Malène[5]
Ireland 5[6] Fianna Fáil[6] 5[6] Sile De Valera,[22] Jerry Cronin,[23] Noel Michael Davern,[24] Seán Flanagan,[25] Patrick Joseph Lalor[26]
United Kingdom 1[6] Scottish National Party[6] 1[6] Winifred M. Ewing[27]
Denmark 1[6] Fremskridtspartiet[6][28][29][30][31][32][33] 1[6] Kai Nyborg[28]



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