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Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists

European Conservatives and Reformists Party
ChairpersonGiorgia Meloni
Secretary-GeneralAnna Fotyga
Founded1 October 2009 (2009-10-01)
Split fromEuropean People's Party
Union for Europe of the Nations
Preceded byMovement for European Reform[1]
HeadquartersRue du Trône 4, 1000 Brussels, Belgium[2]
Think tankNew Direction
Youth wingEuropean Young Conservatives
IdeologyConservatism[3]
Soft Euroscepticism[3]
Factions:
Economic liberalism[3]
Right-wing populism
National conservatism
Political position
International affiliationInternational Democrat Union
European Parliament groupEuropean Conservatives and Reformists
Colours  Blue
European Parliament
European Council
European Commission
European Lower Houses
European Upper Houses
Website
ecrparty.eu

The European Conservatives and Reformists Party (ECR Party), formerly known as Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists (AECR) (2009-2016) and Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) (2016-2019), is a conservative Eurosceptic[6] European political party with a main focus on reforming the European Union (EU) on the basis of Eurorealism,[7] as opposed to total rejection of the EU (anti-EU-ism).[8][9] It currently has twenty-four member parties and three further independent members from twenty-one countries, in addition to seven regional partners worldwide.[10]

The political movement was founded on 1 October 2009,[11] after the creation of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) political group of the European Parliament. It was officially recognised by the European Parliament in January 2010.

ECR is governed by a board of directors who are elected by the Council, which represents all ECR member parties.[12] The executive board is composed of the president Giorgia Meloni, Secretary General Anna Fotyga MEP from Poland, and Treasurer Jorge Buxadé MEP from Spain.[13][14]

The party is affiliated with the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament, the pan-European think tank New Direction - The Foundation for European Reform, and the youth organisation the European Young Conservatives. It is also formally associated with the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the Committee of the Regions, in the Congress of the Council of Europe, and in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.[15] In the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the ECR Party forms the European Conservatives Group and Democratic Alliance with the Identity and Democracy Party.

History

The European Conservatives and Reformists Party was founded as the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists on 1 October 2009,[16] after the ECR political group was founded in the wake of the 2009 European Parliament election, and was officially recognised by the European Parliament in January 2010. Amongst ACRE's eight founding members the largest were the UK Conservative Party, the Polish PiS and the Czech ODS.

ECR was formally constituted under the chairmanship of Belgian MEP Derk Jan Eppink, who was succeeded by Czech MEP Jan Zahradil. At ACRE's first congress was in Warsaw on 8 June 2010, attended by its founding members, including UK Conservative Party Chairman and Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek. On 25 March 2011, the Civic Conservative Party from Slovakia joined; Iceland's Independence Party in November 2011 (the party's first member from outside the European Union); Georgia's Christian-Democratic Movement in August 2012; Italy's Conservatives and Social Reformers in October 2012; the Conservative Party of Canada became the ACRE's first associate member (later renamed 'regional partners') in November 2012; Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party in November 2013; and the Faroe Islands' People's Party, and Romania's New Republic; and in July 2014, Prosperous Armenia.[17] The Conservative Party of Georgia and New Majority joined on 1 November 2014. At the same time, the ACRE formally affiliated to the European Conservatives Group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.[18] In November 2015, the Conservatives and Reformists of Italy were admitted as ECR Party members,[19] followed by the Alliance for Progress and Renewal (ALFA) of Germany and M10 party of Romania in March 2016.[20] The Liberal Party of Australia, Istiqlal Party of Morocco, National Party of New Zealand, and Republican Party of the United States joined as further regional partners in 2014, followed by Afek Tounes and Likud Movement in 2015 and 2016.

The Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists officially changed its name to the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) on 6 October 2016.[21]

In December 2018, ACRE was ordered to repay more than half a million euros of EU funds, following an investigation into their spending. This included EUR250,000 for a three-day conference in Miami and EUR90,000 for a trade meeting in Kampala. ACRE had previously been asked to return EUR121,000 given to the Prosperous Armenia party.[22]

More recently the ECR has seen a shift further towards the conservative right with the acceptance of the Brothers of Italy, Forum for Democracy, Vox and Sweden Democrats as members in 2019.[23][24] All four members are nationalist, right-wing populist and anti-immigration marking a departure from the more moderate positions of the majority of members.

Principles

ECRP adopted the Reykjavík Declaration at its Council Meeting on 21 March 2014. The declaration defines the principles that underpin ECR.

The Reykjavík Declaration

  • The European Conservatives and Reformists Party brings together parties committed to individual liberty, national sovereignty, parliamentary democracy, the rule of law, private property, low taxes, sound money, free trade, open competition, and the devolution of power.
  • ECRP believes in a Europe of independent nations, working together for mutual gain while each retaining its identity and integrity.
  • ECRP is committed to the equality of all European democracies, whatever their size, and regardless of which international associations they join.
  • ECRP favours the exercise of power at the lowest practicable level--by the individual where possible, by local or national authorities in preference to supranational bodies.
  • ECRP understands that open societies rest upon the dignity and autonomy of the individual, who should be as free as possible from state coercion. The liberty of the individual includes freedom of religion and worship, freedom of speech and expression, freedom of movement and association, freedom of contract and employment, and freedom from oppressive, arbitrary or punitive taxation.
  • ECRP recognises the equality of all citizens before the law, regardless of ethnicity, sex or social class. It rejects all forms of extremism, authoritarianism and racism.
  • ECRP cherishes the important role of civil associations, families and other bodies that fill the space between the individual and the government.
  • ECRP acknowledges the unique democratic legitimacy of the nation-state.
  • ECRP is committed to the spread of free commerce and open competition, in Europe and globally.
  • ECRP supports the principles of the Prague Declaration of March 2009 and the work of the European Conservatives and Reformists in the European Parliament and allied groups on the other European assemblies.

Members

As of 2019, the ECRP is composed of members from 29 European nations (shown in dark blue) and regional partners from 10 non-European nations (shown in light blue).

Member parties

The following parties listed below are members of the ECRP as of 2021.[24]

Country Political party Party Leader Political group
in Ninth European Parliament
European Parliament National lower house MPs Position in national legislature
 Albania Republican Party of Albania
Partia Republikane e Shqipërisë (PR)
Fatmir Mediu Not in the EU Not in the EU
Opposition
 Armenia Prosperous Armenia
()
Gagik Tsarukyan Not in the EU Not in the EU
No seats
 Azerbaijan Popular Front Party of Whole Azerbaijan
Bütöv Az?rbaycan Xalq C?bh?si Partiyasi (BAXCP)
Gudrat Hasanguliyev Not in the EU Not in the EU
Opposition
 Belarus BPF Party
Ryhor Kastusiou Not in the EU Not in the EU
No seats
 Bulgaria IMRO - Bulgarian National Movement
? - ? (? - )
Krasimir Karakachanov European Conservatives and Reformists
No seats
Reload Bulgaria
Nikolay Barekov None
No seats
 Croatia Croatian Conservative Party
Hrvatska konzervativna stranka (HKS)
Marijan Pavli?ek European Conservatives and Reformists
Opposition
 Czech Republic Civic Democratic Party
Ob?anská demokratická strana (ODS)
Petr Fiala European Conservatives and Reformists
Opposition
 Faroe Islands People's Party
Fólkaflokkurin
Jørgen Niclasen Not in the EU Not in the EU
Government
 Finland Blue Reform
Sininen tulevaisuus (SIN)
Blå framtid
Kari Kulmala None
No seats
 Georgia Conservative Party
?
Sak'art'velos konservatiuli partia (SPK)
Zviad Dzidziguri Not in the EU Not in the EU
Government
 Germany Liberal Conservative Reformers
Liberal-Konservative Reformer (LKR)
Bernd Kölmel None
No seats
 Iceland Independence Party
Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn
Bjarni Benediktsson Not in the EU Not in the EU
Government
 Italy Brothers of Italy
Fratelli d'Italia (FdI)
Giorgia Meloni European Conservatives and Reformists
Opposition
 Kosovo Democratic Party of Kosovo
Partia Demokratike e Kosovës (PDK)
Enver Hoxhaj (Acting) Not in the EU Not in the EU
Opposition
 Latvia National Alliance
Nacion?l? Apvien?ba (NA)
Raivis Dzintars
Gaidis B?rzi
European Conservatives and Reformists
Government
 Lithuania Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania - Christian Families Alliance
Lietuvos lenk? rinkim? akcija - Krikioni?k? ?eim? s?junga (LLRA-K?S)
Valdemar Toma?evski European Conservatives and Reformists
Opposition
 Luxembourg Alternative Democratic Reform Party
Alternativ Demokratesch Reformpartei (ADR)
Jean Schoos None
Opposition
 Montenegro Movement for Changes
Pokret za promjene (PzP)
Neboj?a Medojevi? Not in the EU Not in the EU
Government
 Netherlands Forum for Democracy
Forum voor Democratie (FvD)
Thierry Baudet European Conservatives and Reformists
Opposition
 Netherlands Right Answer 2021
Juiste Antwoord 2021 (JA21)
Joost Eerdmans European Conservatives and Reformists
Opposition
 North Macedonia VMRO - People's Party
? - ? ? (BMPO - )
Ljub?o Georgievski Not in the EU Not in the EU
Junior party in coalition
 Northern Cyprus National Unity Party
Ulusal Birlik Partisi (UBP)
Ersin Tatar Not in the EU Not in the EU
Government
 Poland Law and Justice
Prawo i Sprawiedliwo (PiS)
Jaros?aw Kaczy?ski European Conservatives and Reformists
Majority government
 Romania The Right Alternative
Alternativa Dreapt? (AD)
Adela Mirza None
No seats
 Serbia Enough is Enough
?
Dosta je bilo (DJB)
Sa?a Radulovi? Not in the EU Not in the EU
No seats
 Slovakia Civic Conservative Party
Ob?ianska konzervatívna strana (OKS)
Ondrej Dostál None
Government
Freedom and Solidarity
Sloboda a Solidarita (SaS)
Richard Sulík European Conservatives and Reformists
Government
New Majority
Nová väina (NOVA)
Gábor Grendel None
Government
 Spain Vox Santiago Abascal European Conservatives and Reformists
Opposition
 Sweden Sweden Democrats
Sverigedemokraterna (SD)
Jimmie Åkesson European Conservatives and Reformists
Opposition
 United Kingdom Conservative Party
Conservative and Unionist Party (Con)
Boris Johnson Not in the EU Not in the EU
Majority government
Ulster Unionist Party
(UUP)
Doug Beattie Not in the EU Not in the EU
No seats

Regional partners

Country Political party Party Leader National Lower Houses Government
 Australia Liberal Party
(LP)
Scott Morrison
Senior party in coalition
 Canada Conservative Party
Parti conservateur du Canada (CPC)
Erin O'Toole
Opposition
 Colombia Democratic Center
Centro Democrático (CD)
Álvaro Uribe
Government
 Israel Likud
()
Benjamin Netanyahu
Opposition
 Kenya Jubilee Party Uhuru Kenyatta
Government
 Maldives Progressive Party of Maldives
? ? (PPM)
Abdulla Yameen
Opposition
 New Zealand National Party
R?p? N?hinara (National)
Judith Collins
Opposition
 Tanzania Chadema - Party for Democracy and Progress
Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA)
Freeman Mbowe
Opposition
 Tunisia Afek Tounes
? ?
Yassine Brahim
Opposition
 United States Republican Party
(GOP)
Ronna McDaniel
Opposition

Former member parties

Elected representatives of member parties

European institutions

Organisation Institution Number of seats
 European Union European Commission
European Council
(Heads of Government)
Council of the EU
(Participation in Government)
European Parliament
 Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly

ECR affiliate groupings

The ACRE is formally affiliated to groupings in the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions of the European Union, the Congress of the Council of Europe and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

European Parliament

The ECR group is the sixth-largest group in the European Parliament. Founded in 2009, the ECR brings together 64 MEPs from 15 countries.[25] The ECR currently is led by a two Co-Chairmen, Ryszard Legutko of the Polish Law and Justice party and Raffaele Fitto of the Brothers of Italy party.[26]

Committee of the Regions

Following the creation of the ECR Group in the European Parliament in 2009, and the creation of the ACRE in 2010, the ECR Group in the Committee of the Regions was formed on 10 April 2013 under the leadership of Gordon Keymer CBE and with the support of the ACRE. The Group was officially announced during the 11-12 April 100th Committee of the Regions plenary session.

The ECR Group was the first Group to be formed in the Committee of the Regions during the course of a mandate and was the first ECR Group to be formed outside of the European Parliament.

The President of the Group is Cllr. Gordon Keymer CBE (Leader of Tandridge District Council) and the Vice-Presidents are Dan Jiránek (Mayor of Kladno) and Daiva Matonien? (Deputy Mayor of ?iauliai City Council). Adam Banaszak (Member of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie regional assembly), Cllr. Kay Twitchen OBE (Member of Essex County Council) and Cllr. Judith Pearce (Deputy Leader of Wychavon District Council and Executive board member for Planning, Infrastructure and Housing).

Country Party name Members Other affiliations
Full Affiliate Europarty EU Parliament International
 Czech Republic Civic Democratic Party 3 1 ACRE ECR IDU
 Denmark Danish People's Party 0 2 MELD ECR None
 Finland Finns Party 1 1 ACRE ECR None
 Lithuania Independent 1 3 None None None
 Netherlands Christian Union 1 1 ECPM ECR None
 Poland Law and Justice 1 4 ACRE ECR None
 Slovakia Independent politician 1 0 None None None
 United Kingdom Conservative Party 7 8 ACRE None IDU
 United Kingdom Ulster Unionist Party 0 1 ACRE None IDU

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

The European Conservatives Group in the European Parliament, founded in 1970 and existing for most of its history as the 'European Democrat Group' became officially affiliated to the ACRE on 29 September 2014. The EC group is led by Samad Seyidov MP, of the New Azerbaijan Party.

As of 23 October 2014, the European Conservatives have the following members:[27]

Country Party name Members Other affiliations
Europarty EU Parliament International
 Armenia Prosperous Armenia 2 ACRE N/A None
 Armenia Republican Party of Armenia [A] 1 None N/A None
 Azerbaijan New Azerbaijan Party 4 None N/A None
 Azerbaijan Independent 1 None N/A None
 Czech Republic Civic Democratic Party 2 ACRE ECR IDU
 Denmark Danish People's Party 1 None ECR None
 Greece Independent Greeks 1 None ECR None
 Iceland Independence Party 2 ACRE N/A IDU
 Norway Progress Party 2 None N/A None
 Poland Law and Justice 7 ECRP ECR None
 Poland United Poland 1 MELD No MEPs None
 Turkey Justice and Development Party [B] 13 ACRE N/A None
 Turkey Nationalist Movement Party[C] 1 None N/A None
 Ukraine Party of Regions [D] 4 None N/A None
 Ukraine Sovereign European Ukraine 1 None N/A None
 Ukraine Independent 1 None N/A None
 United Kingdom Conservative Party 17 ACRE N/A IDU
 United Kingdom Democratic Unionist Party 1 None N/A None
^A One of the three members of the Republican Party of Armenia sit with the EC Group. The other two members sit with the European People's Party.
^B Eleven of the thirteen members of the Justice and Development Party sit with the EC Group. One sits with the European People's Party and one sits with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.
^C One of the two members of the Nationalist Movement Party sits with the EC Group. The other member sits with the Socialist Group.
^D Four of the seven members of Party of Regions sit with the EC Group. Two sit with the Socialist Group and one sits with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

Congress of the Council of Europe

The ECR group in the Congress of the Council of Europe brings together representatives in local government from across Europe. It has 31 members, 26 of whom represent parties in the ECRP. The ECR group is led by Halldór Halldórsson of the Icelandic Independence Party.

Country Party name Members Other affiliations
Europarty EU Parliament International
 Armenia Prosperous Armenia 1 ACRE N/A None
 Czech Republic Civic Democratic Party 3 ACRE ECR IDU
 Czech Republic Independent 2 None N/A None
 Denmark Danish People's Party 1 None ECR None
 Iceland Independence Party 2 ACRE N/A IDU
 Norway Progress Party 2 None N/A None
 Poland Law and Justice 1 ACRE ECR None
 Poland Independent 1 None N/A None
 Turkey Nationalist Movement Party 5 None N/A None
 Ukraine People's Party 1 None N/A None
 United Kingdom Conservative Party 11 ACRE ECR IDU
 United Kingdom Ulster Unionist Party 1 ACRE ECR None

Youth organisation

European Young Conservatives

The European Young Conservatives (EYC) is ECR Party's youth wing. It brings together conservative and political parties from across Europe. As of 2020, the group has a membership of 30 political youth organisations from 30 different countries and territories. Its patron was Margaret Thatcher until her death in 2013.

See also

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Notes

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