People's Movement Party

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People's Movement Party

Partidul Mișcarea Populară
PresidentEugen Tomac
General SecretaryDorel-Constantin Onaca
SpokespersonClaudiu Palaz
FounderTraian Băsescu
Founded29 January 2014 (2014-01-29)
Split fromDemocratic Liberal Party
HeadquartersStrada Iorga nr. 11, Sector 1, Bucharest
Youth wingPeople's Movement Youth Organization (OT MP)
Women's wingMP Women's Organization
IdeologyLiberal conservatism[2]
Christian democracy[2]
Economic liberalism[3]
Social conservatism[3]
Romanian–Moldovan unionism[4]
European federalism[5]
Political positionCentre-right[6]
European affiliationEuropean People's Party
European Parliament groupEuropean People's Party
Colors     Green
5 / 136
Chamber of Deputies
16 / 329
European Parliament
2 / 33
44 / 3,186
County Councilors
55 / 1,434
Local Council Councilors
2,518 / 40,067
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The People's Movement Party (Romanian: Partidul Mișcarea Populară, PMP) is a centre-right[6] political party in Romania.


The PMP was created as a political foundation in March 2013 by supporters of then president Traian Băsescu, following his break with the leadership of the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) around former Senate speaker Vasile Blaga.[7] It was transformed into a political party in July 2013[8] and re-launched on 29 January 2014.[9]

The PMP identifies itself as Christian democratic and liberal.[8] The new party's chairman after June 2014 was former minister of regional development and tourism and Băsescu's confidante Elena Udrea. Other notable members include former culture minister Theodor Paleologu, former foreign minister Teodor Baconschi, former minister of education Daniel Funeriu, member of European Parliament (MEP) Cristian Preda,[10] Băsescu's daughter and MEP Elena Băsescu.[11] and former Foreign Minister and head of the presidential administration Cristian Diaconescu.[12]

In the 2014 European election, the party won 6.2% of the votes and two of Romania's 32 seats. Its Members of the European Parliament Siegfried Mureșan and Cristian Preda joined the European People's Party Group, although Preda has since been expelled from the party. On 12 September 2014, the PMP was admitted as a full member to the European People's Party.[13]

For the November 2014 presidential election, the PMP nominated Elena Udrea. She was also endorsed by the Christian Democratic National Peasants' Party (PNȚCD). With 5.2% of the popular vote, she was placed fourth and did not qualify for the second round. The party asked its voters to support Klaus Iohannis of the National Liberal Party in the runoff election.[14]

On 12 July 2016, Traian Băsescu announced that the National Union for the Progress of Romania (UNPR) would merge with PMP on 20 July 2016.[15]

Electoral history[edit]

Legislative elections[edit]

Election Chamber Senate Position Aftermath
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
2016 376,891 5.35
18 / 329
398,791 5.65
8 / 136
 6th  Opposition to PSD-ALDE government (until August 2019)
Opposition to PSD minority government (until November 2019)
Supporting PNL minority government

Presidential elections[edit]

Election Candidate First round Second round
Votes Percentage Position Votes Percentage Position
2014 Elena Udrea 1 493,376
 4th  not qualified
2019 Theodor Paleologu 527,098
 5th  not qualified


1 Elena Udrea's candidacy to presidency in 2014 was also supported by the Christian Democratic National Peasants' Party.

European elections[edit]

Election Votes Percentage MEPs Position EU Party EP Group
2014 345,973 6.2% Steady
2 / 32
 6th  EPP EPP Group
2019 522,104 5.7% Decrease
2 / 32
 5th  EPP EPP Group


  1. ^ "Cati membri au partidele din Romania. Ce partid a pierdut din adepti". 10 September 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b Nordsieck, Wolfram (2016). "Romania". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b "People's Movement Party (PMP)". The Democratic Society. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  4. ^ Dąborowski, Tomasz (11 January 2017). "Prospects for the centre-left government in Romania". Centre for Eastern Studies. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  5. ^ Gherasim, Cristian (9 April 2019). "A former priest, a tennis no1 and an ex-national football coach: Romania's EU election candidates". Euronews.
  6. ^ a b Radu Cinpoes (2015). "Political Culture and Participation: Between Enthusiasm and Indifference?". In Lavinia Stan; Diane Vancea (eds.). Post-Communist Romania at Twenty-Five: Linking Past, Present, and Future. Lexington Books. p. 113. ISBN 978-1-4985-0110-1.
  7. ^ Daniela Baragan (8 April 2013), Basescu ever closer to the People’s Movement, PDL takes distance from him, NineO', archived from the original on 9 April 2013
  8. ^ a b Popular Movement Party (PMP) officially registered,, 24 July 2013
  9. ^ Alina Grigoras (29 January 2014), People’s Movement Party aims re-launching, NineO'
  10. ^ Alina Grigoras (9 February 2014), Basescu starts electoral offensive through Popular Movement, NineO'
  11. ^ Elena Băsescu s-a înscris în PMP, dar NU va candida la europarlamentare. Cum s-a încurcat EBA la "testul electoral", Gâ, 24 March 2014
  12. ^ Cristian Diaconescu joins PMP, NineOclock.Ro, 20 May 2014
  13. ^ "EPP concerned over actions of radical Islamic militant groups and over latest political developments in Romania; welcomes five new member parties". European People's Party. 12 September 2014. Archived from the original on 13 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Udrea ultim îndemn către electoratul PMP pentru a vota cu Iohannis". PaginadePolitică.ro. 15 November 2014.
  15. ^ "UNPR fuzionează prin absorbţie cu PMP/ Băsescu: Gabriel Oprea rămâne doar cu onoarea, partidul nu mai e după fuziune. Partidul se va numi Partidul Mişcarea Populară" (in Romanian). Mediafax. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016.

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