People's Movement Party

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People's Movement Party
Partidul Mișcarea Populară
President Traian Băsescu
General Secretary Clement Negruţ
Spokesperson Claudiu Palaz
Founded January 29, 2014 (2014-01-29)
Headquarters Strada Iorga nr. 11, Sector 1, Bucharest
Youth wing People's Movement Youth Organization (OT MP)
Women's wing MP Women's Organization
Membership undisclosed[1]
Ideology Economic liberalism
Social conservatism
Christian democracy[3]
Political position Centre-right[4]
European affiliation European People's Party
European Parliament group European People's Party
Colors      Green,      Blue
8 / 136
Chamber of Deputies
18 / 329
European Parliament
3 / 32

The People's Movement Party (Romanian: Partidul Mișcarea Populară, PMP) is a centre-right 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.[5] It was transformed into a political party in July 2013[6] and re-launched on 29 January 2014.[7]

The PMP identifies itself as Christian democratic and liberal.[6] 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,[8] Băsescu's daughter and MEP Elena Băsescu.[9] and former Foreign Minister and head of the presidential administration Cristian Diaconescu.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13]

Electoral performance[edit]

Election Votes  % Chamber Senate Position Government
2016 398,791 5.34
18 / 329
8 / 136
6th Opposition

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Cati membri au partidele din Romania. Ce partid a pierdut din adepti". 10 September 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "People’s Movement Party (PMP)". Retrieved 4 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Nordsieck, Wolfram. "Parties and Elections in Europe". Retrieved 2017-05-28. 
  4. ^ Radu Cinpoes (2015). "Political Culture and Participation: Between Enthusiasm and Indifference?". In Lavinia Stan; Diane Vancea. Post-Communist Romania at Twenty-Five: Linking Past, Present, and Future. Lexington Books. p. 113. ISBN 978-1-4985-0110-1. 
  5. ^ Daniela Baragan (8 April 2013), Basescu ever closer to the People’s Movement, PDL takes distance from him, NineO' 
  6. ^ a b Popular Movement Party (PMP) officially registered,, 24 July 2013 
  7. ^ Alina Grigoras (29 January 2014), People’s Movement Party aims re-launching, NineO' 
  8. ^ Alina Grigoras (9 February 2014), Basescu starts electoral offensive through Popular Movement, NineO' 
  9. ^ 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 
  10. ^ Cristian Diaconescu joins PMP, NineOclock.Ro, 20 May 2014 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ "Udrea ultim îndemn către electoratul PMP pentru a vota cu Iohannis". PaginadePolitică.ro. 15 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "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.