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European Democratic Party
Europäische Demokratische Partei
Parti démocrate européen
Partito democratico europeo
Partido Demócrata Europeo
Il-Partit Demokratiku Ewropew
Ευρωπαϊκό Δημοκρατικό Κόμμα
President François Bayrou MP and Francesco Rutelli MP
Founded December 9, 2004 (2004-12-09)
Headquarters 103 Avenue F. Rooseveltlaan, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Ideology Centrism, social liberalism, Christian left, social democracy
International affiliation Alliance of Democrats
European Parliament Group Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Official colours Orange and blue
Website
http://www.pde-edp.net/
Politics of the European Union
Political parties
Elections

The European Democratic Party (EDP) is a centrist European political party in favour of European integration. It was initiated on April 16, 2004 and formally founded on December 9 in Brussels. François Bayrou of the Union for French Democracy (UDF) and Francesco Rutelli of Italy's Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy serve as the first two co-presidents.

The EDP was founded in reaction to the rising influence of eurosceptic parties within European institutions. It drew pro-European centrist parties from the European People's Party to form a new centrist multinational bloc.

Its cofounder François Bayrou described it as a party for people being neither conservative nor socialist, like the United States Democratic Party.

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Member parties

 Belgium

 Cyprus

 Czech Republic

 Spain ( Basque Country):

 France

 Italy

 Lithuania

 San Marino

Additionally, other independent MEP's have also integrated into the EDP:

 Ireland

Former parties

 Italy

aNow merged into the Democratic Party (Partito democratico)

Cooperation with ELDR

The meeting of the Parliamentary Group of the liberal European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party which took place in Brussels on July 13, 2004 approved a recommendation to unite the ELDR Group and the EDP Group into the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group. Although their MEPs currently sit together, these two European political parties remain separate parties.

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