European people's party

the European people's party (EVP) is a union of Christian democratic and conservative-civil parties in the European union. The EVP became to 8. July 1976 in Luxembourg of the CDU and CSU (Germany), the PSC and CVP (Belgium), the CDS (France), the Fine Gael (Ireland), DC (Italy), which CSV (Luxembourg) and the KVP, CHU and ARP (today combined in the Christian Democratisch Appèl (CDA)) based from the Netherlands. The Belgian politician Leo Tindemans became the first presidentthe EVP selected.

  • English: European People's party - briefly EPP
  • French: Portion of Populaire Européen - briefly PPE
  • Spanish: Partido popular Europeo - briefly PPE

meanwhile are 40 parties from 24 member states of the European Union of members of the EVP, among them the ÖVP, the French UMP and thatSpanish Partido popular. Parties from Bulgaria, Croatia, Norway, Romania and Switzerland are associated members of the EVP. Parties like the Turkish AKP have the observer status. Since 1990 is the former Prime Minister Belgiens Wilfried Martens president of the EVP.

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Secretaries-General of the EVP

  • 1976 to 1983: Jean Seitlinger (France)
  • 1983 to 1994: Thomas Jansen (Germany)
  • 1994until 1999:Klaus wave (Germany)
  • 1999 to 2002: Alejandro Agag (Spain)
  • since 2002: Antonio Lopez Isturiz (Spain)

the history of the European people's party

to 8. July 1976 is created the European people's party in Luxembourg and the Belgian Leo Tindemans to the first president is selected. 1978i. finds. Congress of the EVP in Brussels instead of, on which the political program is adopted.

Before the first direct choice the European parliament 1979, becomes on II. Congress the choice platform discharges. The EVP wins 107 of the 419 seats in the parliament. By the entry Greece to the European community 1981 the number of the seats in the European parliament increases to 434, the number of delegates, who belong to the EVP, to 117. In the year 1983 the secretariats of the EUCD and the EVP are together put to the German CDU in Brussels and- Politician Thomas Jansen to the Secretary-General of the EVP and EUCD selected.

On V. Congress 1984 in Rome adopts the party the scheme for the second direct choice to European parliament. The EVP wins 110 seats in the second directly selected legislative period. The Dutchmen Piet Bukman (CDA) 1985 are selected to the successor by Leo Tindemans, which had the office of the president since the establishment of the EVP.

1986 joins Spain and Portugal of the European community and the number of seats in the European parliament increases to 518. ThosePortuguese CDS, the Spanish PDP (later renamed in Democracia Cristiana), the Catalan UDC and the baskische PNV (baskische nationalists) become member of the EVP. The EVP group in the parliament becomes larger thereby around 9 MEPs on altogether 118 members. In March 1986 a French MEP stepsthe group, which counts thus 119 members.Jacques Santer is selected 1987 to the president of the EVP. On VII. Congress of the EVP assumed in Luxembourg the work programme “on the People's simmer”.

After the third direct choice to the European parliament in June 1989 stepthe Spanish parliamentarians of the Partido popular of the EVP parliamentary group. The former Belgian prime minister Wilfried Martens is selected 1990 to the president of the EVP. On VIII. Congress in Dublin is adopted the EVP program for the European union. The Spanish Partido popular becomes 1991 member of the EVP,the Austrian people's party, which becomes Swedish KDS and the Maltese Partit Nazzjonalista as associated members of the EVP certified.

1992 decides conservative MEPs from Great Britain and Denmark as well as some members of the French UDF to step the parliamentary group of the EVP as allied members whereby theseto 162 members increases. Conservative parties from Scandinavia are invited 1993 as constant observers of the EVP. The Portuguese CDS is excluded. On X. Congress in Brussels is accepted the scheme “Europe 2000 - unit and variety” for the fourth legislative period European parliament.

Afterthe establishment of the advice of the regions in the year 1994 as new institution of the European union the EVP group is formed within advice of the regions with 85 members under the presidency of the Belgian Jos Chabert. The Swiss people's party and the zypriotische Democratic Rally become as associatedMembers certified. With the elections to the European parliament in June the EVP wins 125 seats. By the integration similarly thinking conservative parliamentarian from Great Britain, Denmark and French liberals increases the EVP parliamentary group to altogether 157 members. The German Klaus wave becomes the Secretary-General of the EVPand EUCD selected.

The Finnish Kansallinen Kokoomus, the Swedish Moderata Samlingspartiet and Kristdemokratiska Samhällspartiet, the Danish conservative people's party, the Austrian people's party, the two Italian parties center Cristiano Democratico (CCD) and Cristiani Democratici Uniti (CDU) becomes full members and the Norwegian Høyre associatedMember of the EVP. The European union of the seniors (ESU) is likewise created 1995. The SME union is created 1996. In February seven parties become from central and Eastern Europe candidates for the observer status.

On that XIII. Congress 1999 in Brussels becomes the scheme for 1999 to 2004with the title “on the way in 21. Century “discharges. Alejandro Agag is selected as a successor of Klaus wave, which the Secretary-General of the EVP parliamentary group in the parliament one appoints, to the Secretary-General of the EVP and EUCD. To 10. October 2000 becomes Wilfried MartensPresident and Alejandro Agag to the Secretary-General of the international Christian democrats selected. The status as an associated member the lettische Tautas Partija, the slowakische SMK-MKP, Czech US and the Hungarian FKGP and FIDESZ receives - MPP in this year. On that XIV. EVP congress in January 2001 in Berlin the principle document “a union of the values” is discharged. The Hungarian MDF will become associated member, the Italian UDEUR and the French RPR full members.

In March 2002 the political office accepts the suggestion Alejandro Agag by Antonio Lopez Isturiz as a Secretary-General to replace, which alsohappens. The EVP group for the convention for a condition for Europe is created on suggestion by Wilfried Martens. Swiss Evangelist people's party and the slowakischen KDH is granted the status as associated members. The slowakische SDKU becomes certified as observers. In October becomes on thatXV. Congress in Estoril the Kongressdokoment “the condition for strong Europe” (contract over a condition for Europe) accepted.

members, member parties

(alphabetically sorted to countries)

Assoziierte Parteien

Parties with observer status

  • PDSH - Partia Demokratike e Shqiperise (Albania)
  • PDR - Partia Demokrate e RH (a new democratic party) (Albania)
  • SDA - Stranka democrat ski Akcije (Bosnia and Herzegowina)
  • HDZBiH - Hrvatska Demokratska Zajednica Bosne i Hercegovine (Croatian democratic community of Bosnia and Herzegowinas) (Bosnia and Herzegowina)
  • PDP - Partija Demokratskog Progresa (Bosnien und Herzegowina)
  • KD - Suomen Kristillisdemokraatit (Finnland)
  • DC - Demokratski Centar (Kroatien)
  • HSS - Hrvatska Seljacka Stranka (Kroatische Bauernpartei) (Kroatien)
  • KRF - Kristelig Folkeparti (Norwegen)
  • PDCS - Partito Democratico Cristiano Sanmarinese (San Marino)
  • DSS - Demokratska Stranka Srbije(Serbien& Montenegro)
  • Christian Democratic party OF Serbia (Serbia & Montenegro)
  • G17+ - G17PLUS (Serbia & Montenegro)
  • AKP - Adalet of VE Kalkinma Partisi (justice and a development party) (Turkey)
  • NU - NASA Ukrajina (our Ukraine) (Ukraine)

parliamentary group in the European parliament

the parliamentary group thatEuropean people's party (Christian democrat) and European democrats (EVP-ED) the EVP is with at present 268 seats the largest parliamentary group in the European parliament. Chairman of the parliamentary group is a CDU politician Hans Gert Pöttering.


  • Thomas Jansen, the emergence of a European party, prehistory,Establishment and development of the EVP, Bonn 2001, ISBN 3771305268.
  • Hans Joachim Veen, Urs age matt, Thomas Jansen, Klaus wave, Christian democratic and conservative parties in Western Europe, Bd.5, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, European democratic union (EDU), European people's party (EVP), Paderborn 2000, ISBN 3506793519.

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