Party of the Roma

The Party of the Roma (Romanian: Partida Romilor „Pro Europa”, Romani: Partida le Romenge), known until 2008 as Social Democratic Party of the Roma (Romanian: Partida Romilor Social-Democrată), is a political party in Romania representing the Romani minority. Its leader is Nicolae Păun, and it currently has one reserved seat in the Romanian Chamber of Deputies.

Party of the Roma

Partida Romilor „Pro Europa”
Partida le Romenge
PresidentNicolae Păun
Chamber leaderNicolae Păun
Founded1990 (1990)
HeadquartersStr. Telița Nr. 31, Sector 5, Bucharest
IdeologyRomani rights
Social democracy
Chamber of Deputies
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European Parliament
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Parliamentary representation

Founded in 1990, after the Romanian Revolution, the Party of the Roma is the official political association of the Romani minority and consequently has one reserved seat in the Chamber of Deputies, regardless of its electoral performance. The party has contested every election since the 1992 suffrage, but has never passed the 5% threshold required for it to gain extra seats. At the 2000, 2004 and 2012 legislative elections, the Party of the Roma signed a protocol of reciprocal electoral support with the Social Democratic Party.[1] [2]

The reserved seat has been held by Gheorghe Răducanu in 1992-1996, by Mădălin Voicu in 1996-2000, and by Nicolae Păun in 2000-2004 and since 2004.

Local representation

At the 2016 Romanian local elections, 143 municipal councillors and one mayor, Dumitru Mircea in Brăhășești, were elected for the PRPE.[3]

Electoral history

Legislative elections

Election Chamber of Deputies Senate
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats

European elections

ElectionVotesPercentageMEPsPositionEU PartyEP Group
2007 58,903 1.14%
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2009 did not compete
2014 did not compete
2019 did not compete