The Political Assembly defines the political positions of the Party between each Congress, deciding on membership applications and final political guidelines. The Political Assembly also decides on the budget and safeguards the political presence of the EPP between Congress meetings. The Political Assembly is composed of ex-officio and delegated members.
The ex-officio members are, according to the statutes:
The delegated members are designated delegates from EPP member and associated member parties, member associations and groups. The number of delegates for each party is linked to the election result in the last European election so that parties are weighted according to their strength. This allows taking decisions by majority.
The Political Assembly meets three to five times a year. The Political Assembly defines the mandate of the Working Groups which prepare the Party’s policy documents and recommendations. All EPP member and associated member-parties, member associations and groups, as well as members of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, have the possibility to participate in the Working Groups.