European People's Party

The European People's Party (EPP) is a European political party with Christian-democratic,[4] conservative,[5][6] and liberal-conservative[4] member parties. A transnational organisation, it is composed of other political parties. Founded by primarily Christian-democratic parties in 1976, it has since broadened its membership to include liberal-conservative parties and parties with other centre-right political perspectives.[6][7][8][9][10] On 31 May 2022, the party elected as its President Manfred Weber, who was also EPP's Spitzenkandidat in 2019.

European People's Party
PresidentManfred Weber (DE)
Secretary-GeneralThanasis Bakolas (GR)
Group leaderManfred Weber MEP (DE)
Founded8 July 1976 (1976-07-08)
HeadquartersRue du Commerce 10, 1000 Brussels, European Quarter, Belgium
Think tankMartens Centre
Student wingEuropean Democrat Students
Youth wingYouth of the European People's Party
Women's wingWomen of the European People's Party
Ideology
Political positionCentre-right
International affiliation
European Parliament groupEuropean People's Party
Colours
  •   Dark blue
  •   Selective yellow
  •   Sky blue (customary)
European Parliament
175 / 705
European Council
7 / 27
European Commission
10 / 27
European Lower Houses
1,687 / 6,512
European Upper Houses
463 / 1,507
Website
www.epp.eu

The EPP has been the largest party in the European Parliament since 1999 and in the European Council since 2002. It is also the largest party in the current European Commission. The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and the President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola are from the EPP. Many of the founding fathers of the European Union were also from parties that later formed the EPP. Outside the EU the party also controls a majority in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

The EPP includes major centre-right parties such as the CDU/CSU of Germany, The Republicans of France, CD&V of Belgium, PNL of Romania, Fine Gael of Ireland, National Coalition Party of Finland, New Democracy of Greece, Forza Italia of Italy, the People's Party (PP) of Spain, the Civic Platform of Poland and the Social Democratic Party of Portugal.


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