European Democratic Party
|Founded||9 December 2004|
|Split from||European People's Party|
|Headquarters||Rue Montoyer 25, 1000 Brussels, Belgium|
|Think tank||Institute of European Democrats|
|Youth wing||Young Democrats for Europe (YDE)|
|European Parliament group||Renew Europe (13 MEPs)|
13 / 705
0 / 27
0 / 27
|European Lower Houses|
90 / 9,874
|European Upper Houses|
35 / 2,714
The European Democratic Party (EDP) (French: Parti Démocrate Européen; PDE) also known as the European Democrats, is a centrist European political party in favour of European integration. François Bayrou is the President of the party.
All MEPs of the European Democratic Party currently sit in the Renew Europe group.
The youth wing of the EDP is the Young Democrats for Europe.
As of 2022, EDP member parties participate in the government of one country: France (Democratic Movement). 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 Union for French Democracy and later the 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 and replaced by Renew Europe.
The European Democratic Party is ideologically centrist and federalist. Some major members and affiliated parties like EAJ-PNV, Free Voters, MoDem, MCC, Canarian Coalition and the disbanded Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy follow a Christian democratic or liberal conservative line.
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||Marie-Christine Marghem (MR and MCC; Individual member)||-|
1 / 150
0 / 60
|Croatia||People's Party - Reformists (Narodna stranka – Reformisti)||-|
1 / 151
|Cyprus||Citizens' Platform (Platforma Politon; Affiliated Member)||-||-|
|Czech Republic||Senator 21 (Senátor 21)||-|
0 / 200
4 / 81
|France||Democratic Movement (Mouvement démocrate)||
5 / 79
48 / 577
4 / 348
|Catherine Chabaud (MoDem; Individual member), Sandro Gozi (IV; Individual member) and Irène Tolleret (TDP; Individual member)||
3 / 79
|Germany||Free Voters (Freie Wähler)||
2 / 96
0 / 735(Bundestag)
2 / 69(Bundesrat)
|Greece||Union of Centrists (Ένωση Κεντρώων)||-||-|
|Hungary||New Start (Új Kezdet)||-|
0 / 199
0 / 76
12 / 400
4 / 200
1 / 76
9 / 400
5 / 200
|Giuseppe Ferrandino (Individual member)||
1 / 76
|Ireland||Marian Harkin (Independent; Individual member)||-|
1 / 160
|Poland||Alliance of Democrats (Stronnictwo Demokratyczne)||-||-|
|San Marino||Future Republic (Repubblica Futura)||Not an EU member|
6 / 60
|Slovenia||Democratic Party of Pensioners of Slovenia (Demokratična stranka upokojencev Slovenije)||-|
0 / 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; Affiliated Member)||-||-|
|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
13 / 705
|Council of Europe||Parliamentary Assembly|
4 / 318
The European Democratic Party (EDP) is a centrist, social-liberal, and federalist party that stands for a more democratic, integrated EU closer to its citizens. Between 2004 and now (end of 2019) the EDP has formed a joint European parliamentary group with ALDE.