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EPP in the Council of Europe

The Council of Europe is the continent’s oldest political organisation. It is distinct from the 27 members of the European Union, but no country has ever joined the European Union without belonging to the Council of Europe.

The Parliamentary Assembly in the Council of Europe (PACE) groups together 363 National Parliamentarians from 47 Member States and is divided into six political groups, including the group of the European People’s Party. Created in 1964, it now has more than 200 members and is the largest political group. Lead by Chairman Pedro AGRAMUNT (PP-ES) the Group is committed to defending, consolidating and establishing freedom, democracy, human rights, peace, prosperity, solidarity and social cohesion throughout Europe and the world.

All parliamentarians belonging to a national member party which is member of the EPP are obliged to seat in the EPP Group in the Council of Europe but the group is also joined by members of parties that do not belong to the EPP, including deputies of the Patriotic Union and the Progressive Citizens’ Party both of Liechtenstein.p-cd.eu

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EPP in the OSCE

In recent years, the EPP has become particularly active in the OSCE-PA (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Parliamentary Assembly and has continued its work as the largest political group in the organisation. The group is composed of EPP and likeminded parliamentarians from 56 Member States from Vancouver to Vladivostok.

Since 2008 the group was chaired by our honorary EPP and likeminded Group member Mrs. Walburga HABSBURG DOUGLAS (MOD-SE). During the annual meeting in Baku (Azerbaijan) in 2014 the OSCE-PA elected a new president of the assembly Mr. Ilkka Kanerva (KOK,FI) andthe EPP and likeminded Group elected a new presidency composed by:

President

  • George Tsereteli (UNM, GE)

Vicepresidents

  • Vilija Aleknaite (HU,LT)
  • Margareta Cederfelt (MOD, SE)
  • Lord Peter Bowness (Cons, UK)
  • Hans Franken (CDA, NL)
  • Kyriakos Hadjiyiannis (DISY, CY)

During the EPP Group doesn’t include only parliamentarians of EPP member parties but also those belonging to the Patriotic Union of Liechtenstein, the Conservative Party of the United Kingdom, the Conservative Party of Canada and the Republican Party of the United States. The OSCE is particularly active in promoting the resolution of conflicts, consolidating democracies and monitoring the elections. Parliamentarians from the EPP’s political group have partecipated in election monitoring missions in Serbia, FYROM, Armenia, Russia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tunisia.

Resolutions

  • Declaration of the EPP and Likeminded Group on the OSCE on Ukraine – Geneva 2014 vs Final
  • 20140212 Resolution Ukraine OSCE-PA EPP and likeminded Group
  • 20140212 Resolution Belarus OSCE-PA EPP and likeminded Group
  • 20140212 Resolution Russia Sochi OSCE-PA EPP and likeminded Group
  • Resolution OSCEPA EPP to support Yulia Timoshenko
  • Resolution OSCEPA on Ukraine

EPP in NATO

Created in 1955 this unique institution bringstogether parliamentarians from 28 member states and associates to discuss on security and defence issues bringing together elected members of national parliaments, civil society and military branch of the NATO.

The aim is to bring peace and stability among the members promoting democratic values, rule of law and freedom andto analyse, understand and avoid conflicts around the world.

In the NATO Parliamentary Assembly the EPP is also present with one of the largest political groups of the organisation. The EPP and associated Group in the NATO-PA is chaired by Karl A. Lamers (CDU-DE) and is particularly active during the two yearly meetings when parliamentarians meet to monitor the activities of the NATO.

International Relations

The EPP has developed its international profile in the global arena. In view of the European Union’s expanding relations with many countries around the world, the EPP is actively assisting in the promotion of these relations on a political level, whilst influencing Europe’s foreign policy priorities.

The EPP holds since 2007 a Foreign Affairs ministerial meeting previous to the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC). The purpose of the Foreign Ministers` meeting is to discuss, in a private and informal setting, the EU’s wide-range of foreign policy priorities. These types of meetings have proven to be particularly successful since the EPP Foreign Ministers convene on a regular basis and discuss issues such as the Western Balkans, Eastern Partnership, Mediterranean Union and the Middle East.

In 2012, the EPP also launched an Expert Group on Foreign Policy attended by MEPs, national MPs and former Ministers of Foreign Affairs, which also helps to debate and shape a common foreign policy approach. A Defence Ministers ministerial meeting is also held since 2009.

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Transatlantic Relations

Transatlantic relations are an issue of major importance for of the EPP. It aims to co-operate on the basis of a constructive and mutually beneficial dialogue with North American politicians and organisations for the promotion of common goals and values.
In the United States, the EPP continues to strengthen its relationship with the International Republican Institute (IRI). Since 2008, a number of high-level political delegations from the EPP and the IRI have met in Washington and Brussels, and there has been regular cooperation on many issues of common interest, including the fight for freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law and the rules of the market economy. EPP delegations have been invited to the 2008 and 2012 Republican National Conventions which nominated John McCAIN and Mitt ROMNEY as presidential candidates. Collaboration has also been strong between President MARTENS and Senator McCAIN on the particular issue of the deteriorating state of democracy in Ukraine. Both men have made joint press statements calling for the release of former Prime Minister Yulia TYMOSHENKO and the return of the country to the democratic path.

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International political party organisations

The EPP is both, a member and the European branch of the two centre-right international party organisations: the Centrist Democrat International (CDI) and the International Democratic Union (IDU). EPP’s Secretary General, Antonio LÓPEZ-ISTÚRIZ, is in fact also the Executive Secretary of the CDI.