European Democratic Party
|President||François Bayrou and Francesco Rutelli|
|Secretary-General||Marielle de Sarnez|
|Founded||9 December 2004|
|Split from||European People's Party|
|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|
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, former leader of the Democracy is Freedom and Alliance for Italy parties, 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."
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.
Members are national and regional political parties as well as members of the European Parliament, national and regional parliaments.
|Country or Region||Party||European MPs||National MPs|
|Gérard Deprez (MCC - Mouvement des Citoyens pour le Changement)||
1 / 22
1 / 8
|People's Party - Reformists (Narodna stranka - Reformisti)||-|
1 / 151
|Citizens' Alliance (Συμμαχία Πολιτών, Symmachia Politon)||-|
1 / 56
|Democratic Movement (Mouvement démocrate)||
2 / 74
42 / 577
|Free Voters (Freie Wähler)||
2 / 96
|Union of Centrists (Ένωση Κεντρώων)||-|
9 / 300
|European Democratic Party Italy (Partito Democratico Europeo Italia')||-|
3 / 630
|Marian Harkin (Independent)||
1 / 11
|Alliance of Democrats (Stronnictwo Demokratyczne)||-||-|
|Democratic Republican Party (Partido Democrático Republicano)||
1 / 21
|Association of Italians of Romania - RO.AS.IT. (Asociaţia Italienilor din România - RO.AS.IT., Associazione degli Italiani di Romania - RO.AS.IT.)||-|
1 / 329
|Future Republic (Repubblica Futura)||Not an EU member|
11 / 60
|European Democratic Party (Europska Demokraticka Strana)||-||-|
|Democratic Slovakia Party (Strana Demokratického Slovenska)||-||-|
|Alena Bašistová (Independent)||-|
1 / 150
|Ivo Vajgl (DeSus - Demokratična Stranka Upokojencev Slovenije)||
1 / 6
|Basque Nationalist Party (Euzko Alderdi Jeltzalea)||
1 / 54
6 / 350
|Canarian Coalition (Coalición Canaria)||-|
1 / 350
Former member parties
Croatia : National Forum (Nacionalni forum), joined EDP in 2014, disbanded in 2015 Cyprus: European Party Czech Republic: Way to Change, founding member of EDP, disbanded in 2009 France: Union of Democrats and Independents joined the ALDE party on 2 December 2016 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 Italy: Alliance for Italy, party disbanded by the end of 2016 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|
0 / 28
(Heads of Government)
0 / 28
|Council of the EU|
(Participation in Government)
0 / 28
9 / 751
3 / 318
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