Following a vote, the European People's Party (EPP) membership of Hungarian party Fidesz has been suspended with immediate effect (190 in favour, 3 against) after a decision by the EPP Political Assembly. The suspension entails that Fidesz will no longer be present at any party meeting, nor have speaking time, nor voting rights, nor the right to propose candidates for posts.
In the margins of the meeting, EPP President Joseph Daul stated:
“EPP is a party of values and each member must abide by the principles that unite us. Today, internal democracy has spoken. Following the request of 13 members parties, we voted to suspend Fidesz until further notice. This decision was not taken lightly. As the party of Europe’s Founding Fathers and many European successes, EPP is and must remain a beacon of values. All our member parties must lead by example.
We cannot compromise on democracy, rule of law, freedom of press, academic freedom or minorities rights. And anti-EU rhetoric is unacceptable. The divergences between EPP and Fidesz must cease.”
An Evaluation Committee will be monitoring Fidesz’s implementation of the conditions agreed. The body will be chaired by Former President of the European Council and Former Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy (Belgium) and composed of Former European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering (Germany) and Former Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel (Austria). They will present their report to the EPP Presidency in due course.
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.