European Young Conservatives

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European Young Conservatives
Chairman Georgia (country) Keti Mamulashvlili
Deputy Chairman Czech Republic Jakub Sivák
Vice-Chairman Israel Tamir Wertzberger
United Kingdom Alexander Redpath
Denmark Tobias Weische
Poland Radosław Fogiel
Italy Giovanni Contini
Germany Jan Phillip Wolters
Belgium Viktor Rooseleer
Italy Jacopo Piccinetti
Faroe Islands Rói B Poulsen
Portugal Frederico Sousa Pimentel
Treasurer United Kingdom Annabel Shaw
Secretary General United Kingdom Kyle Macintyre
Founded August 1993
Split from Democrat Youth Community of Europe
Headquarters 4 Matthew Parker Street London, SW1H 9HQ
United Kingdom
Ideology Conservatism
International affiliation International Young Democrat Union

The European Young Conservatives (EYC) is a grouping of youth wings of conservative and centre-right political parties in Europe.

As of 2014, the group has a membership of 26 political youth organisations from 22 different countries and territories, in addition to four associated members. The EYC is independent and not affiliated with any European political party, but maintains a non-exclusive relationship with the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (formerly known as the European Conservatives and Reformists).

The EYC is a full member of the International Young Democrat Union.


The EYC was founded in August 1993 by the youth wings of the British Conservative Party, Danish Conservative People's Party, and Icelandic Independence Party, under the leadership of Andrew Rosindell, then-chairman of the UK's Young Conservatives.[1]

It emerged from a split in the centre-right Democrat Youth Community of Europe (DEMYC), which separated into two factions: the larger part, following a broadly Christian democratic philosophy; and the smaller part, led by Rosindell, following a broadly conservative philosophy. Two crucial points of disagreement were the scope of economic liberalisation and the desirability of a federal Europe.

From 1993 to 1997, the group was led by Rosindell.[2] The group gave training to newly established democratic political parties in Russia, Belarus, and Azerbaijan.[3]

The EYC held congresses in Warsaw, Poland (2012),[4] Istanbul, Turkey (2014) and Prague, Czech Republic (2012, 2013 and 2015).[5] Furthermore, it organized Freedom Summits in Cambridge, United Kingdom (2014 and 2015) and Porto, Portugal (2016), as well as political Summer Camps in Stockholm, Sweden (2014) and Tbilisi, Georgia (2016).

Since 2016, an internal conflict between civic and ethnic nationalists has emerged within the EYC. The ethnic nationalists were opposed to the membership of Turkish and Israeli parties and claimed the EYC has "replaced anti-immigration politics with free market capitalism".[6] Resulting from the dispute, the Finns Party Youth announced its withdrawal on May 18, 2017, with its leader Samuli Voutila saying: "We cannot be members in the same organization as the new Turkish sultan’s youth wing, when it acts against European values."[7] On June 12, the Estonian movement Blue Awakening sent a letter to the EYC demanding the expulsion of the Turkish AK Party Youth within seven days. The letter was later published on Richard B. Spencer's website[6]


The EYC has twenty-six member organisations:[8]

Country Organisation Mother party
 Armenia Prosperous Armenia Youth Prosperous Armenia
 Belarus BPF Youth BPF Party
 Belgium Jong N-VA N-VA
 Bulgaria YBWC -
 Czech Republic Young Conservatives Civic Democratic Party
 Faroe Islands Huxa People's Party
 Georgia Young Conservatives Conservative Party of Georgia
 Germany Young Reformer Alliance for Progress and Renewal
 Germany Young Alternative for Germany Alternative for Germany
 Iceland Young Independents Independence Party
 Italy Conservatives and Reformists Conservatives and Reformists
 Italy Youth for Freedom -
 Israel Likud Likud
 Latvia For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK Youth Club For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK
 Liechtenstein Junge FBP Progressive Citizens' Party
 Lithuania Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania Youth Organisation Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania
 Luxembourg adrenalin, déi jonk adr Alternative Democratic Reform Party
 Norway Progress Party's Youth Progress Party
 Poland Law and Justice Youth Forum Law and Justice
 Portugal People's Youth Democratic and Social Centre – People's Party
 Romania New Republic Youth New Republic
  Switzerland Young SVP Swiss People's Party
 Turkey AK Party Youth Justice and Development Party
 United Kingdom Conservative Future Conservative Party
 United Kingdom Conservative Future Scotland Conservative Party
 United Kingdom Young Unionists Ulster Unionist Party

Associate members[edit]

Country Organisation Mother party
 Australia Young Liberals Liberal Party of Australia
 Canada Young Conservatives Conservative Party of Canada
 New Zealand New Zealand Young Nationals New Zealand National Party
 United States Young Republicans Republican Party

Former members[edit]

Country Organisation Mother party Notes
 Estonia Blue Awakening Conservative People's Party of Estonia Was expelled on 18 July 2017 after criticizing Turkish government policies
 Finland Finns Party Youth Finns Party Left on 18 May 2017 in protest against Turkish government policies


  1. ^ Mercer, Paul (1994). Directory of British Political Organisations. London: Longman. p. 133. ISBN 978-0-582-23729-2. 
  2. ^ "Andrew Rosindell". Parliament. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "After the Campaign Rush". BBC News. 7 June 2001. 
  4. ^ "Europejscy Młodzi Konserwatyści na kongresie w Warszawie". Gazeta Wyborcza (in Polish). 20 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012. [dead link]
  5. ^ "EYC Congress gathered in Prague". European Young Conservatives. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Lyons, Charles (12 June 2017). "Estonian Blue Awakening Gives European Young Conservatives 7 Days To Stop Their Cuckish Ways". Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  7. ^ The Finns Party Youth leaves European Young Conservatives. 18.05.2017.
  8. ^ "Members". European Young Conservatives. Retrieved May 21, 2012.