European Conservatives Group

The European Conservatives Group (EC) is a conservative group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe . It was founded by the Group of Independent Representatives in 1970 by British and Scandinavian members of PACE, having about 35-40 members from the UK, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Turkey, Sweden and Switzerland. It was known as the European Democrat Group until its renaming in 2014.

It is affiliated to the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists Europarty.

PACE (after the Socialist Group and the Christian Democrat Group ) was founded in 1977. On 6 July 1978, a proposal to rename the group was submitted, leading to the new name in September 1980.

For many years Vladimir Putin’s United Russia has been a member of the European Democrat Group.


As of 23 October 2014, the European Conservatives have the following members: [1]

Country Party name Members Other affiliations
Europarty EU Parliament International
 armenia Prosperous Armenia 2 RCEA N / A None
 armenia Republican Party of Armenia (part) [A] 1 None N / A None
 azerbaijan New Azerbaijan Party 4 None N / A None
 Czech Republic Civic Democratic Party 2 RCEA ECR UDI
 denmark Danish People’s Party 1 None ECR None
 greece Independent Greeks 1 None ECR None
 iceland Independence Party 2 RCEA N / A UDI
 norway Progress Party 2 None N / A None
 poland Law and Justice 7 RCEA ECR None
 poland United Poland 1 MELD No MEPs None
 turkey Justice and Development Party (part) [B] 13 RCEA N / A None
 turkey Nationalist Movement Party [C] 1 None N / A None
 Ukraine Party of Regions (part) [D] 4 None N / A None
 Ukraine Sovereign European Ukraine 1 None N / A None
 United Kingdom Conservative Party 17 RCEA ECR UDI
 United Kingdom Democratic Unionist Party 1 None Non-Registered None
^ One of the three members of the Republican Party of Armenia sit with the EC Group. The other two members sit with theEuropean People’s Party.
^ B Eleven of the thirteen members of the Justice and Development Party sit with the EC Group. One sits with theEuropean People’s Partyand one with theAlliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.
^ C One of the two members of the Nationalist Movement Party sits with the EC Group. The other member sits with theSocialist Group.
^ D Four of the seven members of Party of Regions sit with the EC Group. Two sit with theSocialist Groupand one with theAlliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe .

Unaffiliated members: Ganira Pashayeva , Yuliya Ovochkina

See also

  • European Democrats


  1. Jump up^ “European Conservatives Group” . Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe . 23 October 2014.