European Democratic Party
|Founded||9 December 2004|
|Split from||European People's Party|
|Headquarters||Rue de l'Industrie 4, 1000 Brussels, Belgium|
|Think tank||Institute of European Democrats|
|Youth wing||Young Democrats for Europe (YDE)|
|European Parliament group||Renew Europe (10 MEPs)|
S&D (PRO Romania, 1 MEP)
11 / 705
0 / 27
0 / 27
|European Lower Houses|
64 / 9,874
|European Upper Houses|
20 / 2,714
Almost all MEPs of the European Democratic Party currently sit in the Renew Europe group, except for two MEPs of the PRO Romania party, who sit in the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.
The youth wing of the EDP is the Young Democrats for Europe.
As of 2020, EDP member parties participate in the government of two countries: France (Democratic Movement) and Slovenia (Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia). A European region is also led by an EDP politician, with the Basque Country being led by Iñigo Urkullu of the Basque Nationalist Party, and EDP member Free Voters participate as a coalition partner in the government of Bavaria.
European Democratic Party 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, served as the two co-presidents until 2019. Now, François Bayrou serves as the only president.
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 Party called the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group. This parliamentary group was dissolved in 2019.
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|
|Belgium||Gérard Deprez (MCC – Mouvement des Citoyens pour le Changement)||-||-|
|Croatia||People's Party - Reformists (Narodna stranka – Reformisti)||-|
1 / 151
|Cyprus||Citizens' Alliance (Συμμαχία Πολιτών, Symmachia Politon)||-|
1 / 56
|Citizens' Platform (Platforma Politon)||-||-|
|Czech Republic||Senator 21 (Senátor 21)||-|
0 / 200
3 / 81
|France||Democratic Movement (Mouvement démocrate)||
5 / 79
41 / 577
4 / 348
|Sandro Gozi (Individual member)||
1 / 79
|Germany||Free Voters (Freie Wähler)||
2 / 96
0 / 709
2 / 69
|Greece||Union of Centrists (Ένωση Κεντρώων)||-||-|
|Hungary||New Start (Új Kezdet)||-|
1 / 199
|Italy||European Democratic Party Italy (Partito Democratico Europeo Italia)||-||-|
|Nicola Danti (Individual member)||
1 / 76
|Ireland||Marian Harkin (Independent)|
1 / 160
|Poland||Alliance of Democrats (Stronnictwo Demokratyczne)||-||-|
|Portugal||Democratic Republican Party (Partido Democrático Republicano)||-||-|
|Romania||Association of Italians of Romania – RO.AS.IT. (Asociaţia Italienilor din România – RO.AS.IT., Associazione degli Italiani di Romania – RO.AS.IT.)||-|
1 / 330
|PRO Romania (PRO România)||
1 / 33
0 / 330
0 / 136
|San Marino||Future Republic (Repubblica Futura)||Not an EU member|
6 / 60
|Slovenia||Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia (Demokratična stranka upokojencev Slovenije)||-|
5 / 90
||Basque Nationalist Party (Euzko Alderdi Jeltzalea)||
1 / 58
6 / 350
10 / 265
|Canarian Coalition (Coalición Canaria)||-|
1 / 350
1 / 265
|Commitment to Galicia (Compromiso por Galicia)||-||-|
|Europe||Young Democrats for Europe (Jeunes Démocrates européens)||-||-|
Former member parties
- Croatia : National Forum (Nacionalni forum), joined EDP in 2014, disbanded in 2015
- Cyprus: European Party
- Czech Republic:
- France: Union of Democrats and Independents joined the ALDE party on 2 December 2016
- Lithuania: Labour Party, left in 2012 to join the ALDE party
- People's Party – Movement for a Democratic Slovakia, joined EDP in 2009, disbanded in 2014, succeeded by Democratic Slovakia Party
- Democratic Slovakia Party ('Strana Demokratického Slovenska') and European Democratic Party (Europska Demokraticka Strana) in 2019
- Alena Bašistová (Independent), not reelected in 2020
Elected representatives of Member Parties
|Organisation||Institution||Number of seats|
|European Union||European Commission|
0 / 28
(Heads of Government)
0 / 28
|Council of the EU|
(Participation in Government)
3 / 28
11 / 705
|Council of Europe||Parliamentary Assembly|
3 / 318
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