The Secretary General of the European People’s Party (EPP), Antonio López-Istúriz has expressed his sadness at the passing of former International Republican Institute President, Lorne W. Craner:
On this sad day, I remember fondly the privilege of having known Lorne W. Craner. We cooperated on many engagements between IRI and EPP as part of his lifelong commitment to the transatlantic partnership and values-based American leadership abroad. The bonds of friendship and cooperation forged by Lorne W Craner and late EPP President Wilfired Martens continue today in the close relationship that exists between IRI and EPP.
With the transatlantic partnership facing unprecedented challenges, Lorne W. Craner’s achievements should remind us of our shared history and inspire us to safeguard this special relationship into the future. He was a strong believer in the US and Europe serving as natural allies and partners in a changing world.
The EPP is the largest and most influential European-level political party of the centre-right, which currently includes 83 parties and partners from 43 countries, the President of the European Commission, 11 EU and 5 non-EU heads of state and government, 10 members of the European Commission and the largest Group in the European Parliament.
The EPP Manifesto, also adopted at the 2012 EPP Congress in Bucharest, outlines the basic principles of the Party summarising who we are, what our values are, what challenges are we facing and what vision we have for the future. The Manifesto was developed in parallel to the EPP Platform document within the EPP Working Group 1 for “European Policy”.
The Party Platform was developed in EPP Working Group 1 for “European Policy” chaired by EPP President Wilfried MARTENS ?and EPP Vice President Peter HINTZE. The Working Group consists of delegates of EPP member parties who prepared and worked?on this document for more than two years and received input?from the drafting committee as well as senior and young experts. The document was adopted at the 2012 EPP Congress in Bucharest, thus replacing the Basic Programme of Athens from 1992.