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EUDemocrats - Alliance for a Europe of Democracies
EUDemokraten - Allianz für ein Europa der Demokratien
UEDémocrates - Alliance pour une Europe des Démocraties
Demokratiċi Ewropew - Alleanza għall-Ewropa tad-Demokratiċi
President Sören Wibe
Founded November 8, 2005 (2005-11-08)
Headquarters 113-115, rue du Trône/Troonlaan, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
Ideology Euroscepticism
International affiliation None
European Parliament Group Independence and Democracy
Official colours Orange and blue
Website
eudemocrats.org
Politics of the European Union
Political parties
Elections

The EUDemocrats (EUD)Alliance for a Europe of Democracies – is a eurosceptic alliance of parties[1], movements and individuals from 15 European countries. It operates as a transnational party at a European level (European political party)[2], according to Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003[3]. It incorporates members from both the centre-left and the centre-right of the political spectrum. Its political goal is a profound reform of the European Union. The EUDemocrats have never had any link to the former Alliance of Independent Democrats in Europe.

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Overview

The party was set up under Danish law on 7th November 2005 and founded as a European Party in Brussels on 8th November 2005. Its first congress was held on 24th February 2006. Former Danish MEP Jens-Peter Bonde inspired the EUD’s creation and first years. In January 2009, Sören Wibe succeeded Bonde as President of the EUD.

The EUD’s platform is not concerned with matters of right or left wing ideology because it believes that such issues are best considered by national and regional parliaments under their citizens’ democratic control. It is committed to enhancing transparency, subsidiarity, diversity and most importantly democracy in the European Union.

In 2009, four of its affiliated MEPs are members of the Independence and Democracy group in the European Parliament. Two affiliated MEPs currently sit as independents. (March 2009)

Eight members of national and regional parliaments from six countries are also affiliated to the EUD network. (March 2009)

Political Platform

The political aim of the EUDemocrats is to reform the present structures of the European Union in order to create a citizen friendly, completely democratically legitimated organisation. Therefore the EUD insists that profound changes be made to the EU system as well as to a new type of cooperation between the member states based upon a flexible, intergovernmental approach. This reform of the European project shall be fixed in a new, simple Basic Treaty regulating competences and structures of the European Union and its member states.

According to its political platform[4], the EUD believes that decisions should be made at the lowest possible level (subsidiarity), thus giving an effective voice to the citizens of member states, regions and national minorities. It aims to unite those who are critical of the EU for its undemocratic development and its ever-more centralising political features.

The EUD is opposed to the centralisation of political power in EU institutions, especially concerning the possibility to self-empower, which is considered as a negative development of EU governance. The EUD demands democratic scrutiny and control over EU institutional powers and actions by national and regional assemblies.

The operational aim of EUD is to act as an effective political platform and campaigning organisation which is able to influence pan-European politics towards extending democratic structures in the EU. It is also the EUD’s aim to have candidates elected in European elections on its political platform and thus influence politics in the European Parliament itself.

Its four political core objectives are:

  • enhancing transparency on all political levels, especially in the EU by giving citizens insight into all documents and meetings;
  • strengthen real subsidiarity in the EU thus taking decisions at the lowest political level possible;
  • improving democracy and accountability by reforming EU institutions and structures making them function more democratically;
  • defending diversity in the EU by making it possible for member states to implement politics according to their national reality and by promoting flexible cooperation instead of fixed harmonisation.

Organisation

The EUD’s main organs are its Congress, its Board and the Secretariat[5].

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Congress

  • The EUD Congress consists of representatives of the member organisations and movements, the individual members, and all members of the Board.
  • The Congress meets at least once a year. Without a specific decision every member organisation, MP and MEP has one vote each.
  • The Congress
    • appoints and dismisses members of the Board.
    • amends the Statute of the Association.
    • determines and approves the political programmes of the association.
  • Decisions in the Congress are taken by a simple majority of votes cast.

Board

  • The annual Congress elects a board composed of a president and two co-presidents. Members from every member state may elect or appoint a vice-president.
  • Information campaign budgets and the implementation of political decisions are decided by the Board.

Secretariat

  • The Secretariat operates under the guidance of the Secretary-General. It provides support and assistance to the organs of the association.
  • The Secretary-General may also attend all Board meetings in a non-voting capacity.

Leaders

Recent activity

The EUD is actively involved in the European Referendum Campaign, a movement fighting for the citizens’ right to vote on the new Lisbon Treaty. The Campaign aims to persuade national parliaments and leaders to submit the treaty to a national vote through referenda. The EUD supported the Irish No Campaign to the Lisbon Treaty in 2008 as well and is going on to do so in the perspective of a second referendum on the treaty in Ireland in autumn 2009.

Membership

 Estonia:

  • Movement “No to EU” (Liikumine ei Euroopa Liidule)
  • Jaan Kundla MP

 Finland:

 France:

 Ireland:

 Italy:

  • Euro Sceptic Party (Euro Scettici – Partito Animalista Italiano)

 Latvia:

  • Party of Action (Ricibas Partija)
  • Normunds Grostins

 Malta:

  • EUD Malta (Id-Demokratiċi Ewropej)

 Portugal:

 Romania:

 Slovakia:

  • Direct Democracy (Slovakia) (Priama Demokracia - Hnutie Domova)
  • Vladimir Kostilnik member of the regional parliament of Prešov
  • Peter Kopecky

 Slovenia:

  • June List (Slovenia) (Junijska lista)
  • EUD Slovenia
  • Gorazd Drevensek

 Sweden:

 United Kingdom:

Literature

  • Laure Neumayer: Euroscepticism as a political label; in: European Journal of Political Research 2/2007.
  • Géraud de Ville: Eurosceptics are Eurocritics or Eurorealists; in: Politeia 10/2007.

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