- European Democratic Party
party_name = European Democratic Party
party_name_de = Europäische Demokratische Partei
party_name_fr = Parti démocrate européen
party_name_it = Partito democratico europeo
party_name_es = Partido Demócrata Europeo
party_name_el = Ευρωπαϊκό Δημοκρατικό Κόμμα
party_articletitle = European Democratic Party
François BayrouMP and Francesco RutelliMP
December 9 2004
Centrism, Social liberalism
Alliance of Democrats
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
colours = orange and
headquarters = 103 Avenue F. Rooseveltlaan
website = [http://www.pde-edp.net/ http://www.pde-edp.net/] The European Democratic Party (EDP) is a
centrist European political partyin favour of European integration. It was initiated on April 16 2004and formally founded on December 9in Brussels. François Bayrouof France's UDF and Francesco Rutelliof Italy's Democracy is Freedom – Daisyserve as the first two co-presidents.
The EDP was founded in reaction to the rising influence of
euroscepticparties within European institutions. It drew pro-Europeancentrist parties from the European People's Partyto form a new centrist multinational bloc.
The reformism is another the principal standard of the party and in fact the PDE assembles center reformists in a transverse way, either if they are of social Christian or social-democratic or a mixture does not matter.
François Bayrou(UDF) described it as a party for people being "neither conservative nor socialist", like the United States Democratic Party.
Current Members are:
* Citizens' Movement for Change (" _fr. Mouvement des Citoyens pour le Changement")
* European Party (" _el. Ευρωπαϊκό Κόμμα"), formerly New Horizons (" _el. Νέοι Ορίζοντες")
* Path of Change (" _cz. Cesta změny")
* Democratic Movement (" _fr. Mouvement démocrate"), formerly Union for French Democracy (" _fr. Union pour la Démocratie Française")
Marian Harkin, Independent MEP
* Daisy—Democracy is Freedom (" _it. La Margherita - Democrazia è Libertà")*
* Labour Party (" _lt. Darbo Partija")
* Popular Alliance (" _it. Alleanza Popolare"):ESP & FRA:
* Basque Nationalist Party (" _eu. Euzko Alderdi Jeltzalea")*=Now merged into the Democratic Party (" _it. Partito democratico")
Between May 2006 and April 2008, Margherita was in government a core member of Prime Minister
Romano Prodi's Olive Tree federation within The Union, and the Lithuanian Labour Party is the largest party in the Lithuanian Seimas.
Cooperation with ELDR
The meeting of the Parliamentary Group of the liberal
European Liberal Democrat and Reform Partywhich took place in Brusselson July 13, 2004approved a recommendation to unite the ELDR Group and the EDP Group into the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for EuropeGroup. Although their MEPs currently sit together, these two European political parties remain separate parties.
* [http://www.pde-edp.net EDP official website]
* [http://www.europaikokomma.org European Party (Cyprus) official website]
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