EPP in the Council of Europe

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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 Stella KIRIAKIDES (DISY-CY) 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

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 2017 the group was chaired by EPP and likeminded Group member George Tsereteli (European Georgia, Georgia). In 2017 the OSCE-PA elected a new president of the assembly Mrs. Margareta Cederfelt (MOD,SE).

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 and to 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. In the United States, the EPP continues to strengthen its relationship with the International Republican Institute (IRI).
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