The Congress is the highest decision-making body of the party. It is the most important event for the party, and it is usually held every three years (Statutory Congress).
It elects the EPP Presidency;
Decides on the main policy documents and electoral programmes;
Provides a platform for the EPP heads of government and party leaders.
Delegates from EPP member and associated member parties;
Member associations and groups
The EPP Congress meets ordinarily once every three years.
The EPP has organized a total of 27 Congresses
EPP Congress history timeline:
The EPP Congress in Rotterdam elected Manfred Weber as EPP President and Thanasis Bakolas as EPP Secretary General. The delegates also approved the EPP Congress Paper: 'The Europe We Want to Build Emphasising Our Values and Responding to New Challenges.'
The EPP Congress in Zagreb elected Donald Tusk as its new President, elected its new Presidency and approved the resolution 'EPP vision for a sustainable planet'.
In Helsinki, the EPP elected its Spitzenkandidat for the European elections of 2019, and adopted 9 resolutions and 4 policy papers.
In St. Julian's, Malta, the EPP adopted 13 resolutions and 4 emergency resolutions. The Congress adopted the document "Europe secures our Future" as well.
Adopted emergency resolution on migration and Congress document.
Elected Jean-Claude Juncker as common EPP candidate and approved the "Action Programme" and the "Electoral Manifesto" ahead of the European Parliament elections
Approved the new “Party Platform" and "Manifesto”
Approved the document “Moving Europe Forward”
Approved the document “The Social Market Economy in a Globalised World”.
Approved the “Strong for the People” EPP Election Manifesto. Endorsed José Manuel BARROSO as its candidate for a second term as Commission President.
Approved the “Rome Manifesto".
Main objective was to prepare for the European Elections. The “Action Program 2004-2009" was approved.
Prepared for the Constitution process, and declared that EU needed “A Constitution for a strong Europe”. EDU formally merged with EPP.
Revisited its roots, and adopted the working document “A Union of Values”.
Outlined its new vision for Europe, “On the Way to the 21st Century”. EUCD formally merged with EPP.
Approved the document “We are all Part of One World”.
Hosted under the thematic slogan “EPP- Force of the Union”.
Adopted the action program, “Europe 2000: Unity in Diversity”.
Discussed, drafted, and approved the EPP “Basic Programme”.
Faced a new political landscape and published “A federal constitution for the European Union”.
Prepared for another European Election and approved the document “On the Side of the Citizens”.
Focused on Economic Development and Environmental Problems.
Formulated the EPP Action Program.
Under the slogan “Preserve Peace – Create Peace – Unite Europe”.
Discussed the overall theme “The Christian Democrats in the Eighties – securing Freedom and Peace Completing Europe”.
Decided the electoral platform for the first direct elections to the European Parliament.
The EPP Manifesto, also adopted at the 2012 EPP Congress in Bucharest, outlines the basic principles of the Party summary.
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 EPP Platform is the core programme of our party outlining our main values, explaining the challenges our society is facing and presenting our vision for the future of European Union.
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.
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