Organization

The European People’s Party (EPP) is the political family of the center-right, whose roots run deep in the history and civilization of the European continent and which has pioneered the European project from its inception. Tracing its roots back to Europe’s Founding Fathers – Robert Schuman, Alcide De Garperi, and Konrad Adenauer – the EPP is committed to a strong Europe based on a federal model that relies on the principle of subsidiarity.

Founded in 1976, the EPP strives for a democratic, transparent and efficient Europe that is responsive to its citizens. The EPP wants a prosperous Europe through the promotion of a free market economy with a social consciousness. The EPP is Europe’s largest political organization, with 72 member-parties from 39 countries, 19 heads of state and government (13 EU and 6 non-EU), 13 European Commissioners, and the largest group in the European Parliament, with 265 members. The EPP is governed under the 2003 “EU Regulation on political parties at the European level and the rules regarding their funding.” In late 2007, this Regulation was revised in order to allow all European-level political parties to campaign for European Parliament elections. As a result of this mandate, the EPP conducted – in close cooperation with its national member parties – its first Europe-wide campaign for the June 2009 elections and reinforced its leading position in the European Parliament. A central tenet of its 2009 campaign was its official endorsement of José Manuel Barroso for a second term as European Commission President. He was appointed by the Council in June 2009 and his re-election w as ratified by the European Parliament in September 2009. Additionally, after the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon by the 27 member States, the EPP was successful in having Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy named as the European Council’s first President.

Vicepresidents

DAVID MCALLISTER
DAVID MCALLISTER

CDU Germany

JYRKI KATAINEN
JYRKI KATAINEN

KOK Finland

ANTONIO TAJANI
ANTONIO TAJANI

PDL Italy

JOHANNES HAHN
JOHANNES HAHN

ÖVP Austria

CORIEN WORTMANN KOOL
CORIEN WORTMANN KOOL

CDA Holland

MARIANNE THYSSEN
MARIANNE THYSSEN

C&DV Belgium

JACEK SARYUSZ-WOLSKI
JACEK SARYUSZ-WOLSKI

Civic Platform Poland

KINGA GÁL
KINGA GÁL

Fidesz Hungary

DARA MURPHY
DARA MURPHY

Fine Gael Ireland

PAULO RANGEL
PAULO RANGEL

PSD Portugal

Treasurer

CHRISTIAN SCHMIDT
CHRISTIAN SCHMIDT

CSU Germany

Ex-Office Vice-Presidents

DONALD TUSK
DONALD TUSK

PO Poland

MANFRED WEBER
MANFRED WEBER

CSU Germany

JEAN CLAUDE JUNCKER
JEAN CLAUDE JUNCKER

CSV Luxembourg