European Conservatives Group
The European Conservatives Group (EC) is a conservative group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. It was originally founded as 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 also formerly known as the European Democrat Group until its renaming in 2014.
It is affiliated to the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists Europarty.
While it was only the third group to be founded in PACE (after the Socialist Group and the Christian Democrat Group), it was the first to have an official secretariat, which was established in 1977. On 6 July 1978, a proposal to rename the group was submitted, leading to the official new name in September 1980.
For many years Vladimir Putin's United Russia party were members of the European Democrat Group.
As of 23 October 2014, the European Conservatives have the following members:
|Country||Party name||Members||Other affiliations|
|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||AECR||ECR||IDU|
|Denmark||Danish People's Party||1||None||ECR||None|
|Poland||Law and Justice||7||AECR||ECR||None|
|Poland||United Poland||1||MELD||No MEPs||None|
|Turkey||Justice and Development Party (part)[B]||13||AECR||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||AECR||ECR||IDU|
|United Kingdom||Democratic Unionist Party||1||None||Non-Inscrits||None|
|^A One of the three members of the Republican Party of Armenia sit with the EC Group. The other two members sit with the European People's Party.
^B Eleven of the thirteen members of the Justice and Development Party sit with the EC Group. One sits with the European People's Party and one sits with the Alliance 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 the Socialist Group.
^D Four of the seven members of Party of Regions sit with the EC Group. Two sit with the Socialist Group and one sits with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.