European Progressive Democrats


European Progressive Democrats
European Parliament group
NameEuropean Progressive Democrats[1][2]
English abbr.EPD[3]
French abbr.DEP[4]
Formal nameGroup of European Progressive Democrats[5]
From16 January 1973[4]
To24 July 1984[4]
Preceded byEuropean Democratic Union
Succeeded byEuropean Democratic Alliance
Chaired byChristian de La Malène[5]
MEP(s)22 (July 17, 1979)[6]

The Group of European Progressive Democrats was a heterogeneous political group with seats in the European Parliament between 1973 and 1984. It was mostly composed of French Gaullists and Irish Fianna Fáil.


The Gaullists had split from the Liberal Group on 21 January 1965,[4] creating a new Group called the "European Democratic Union".[1][2] The Group was renamed on 16 January 1973[4] as the "Group of European Progressive Democrats"[5] when the Gaullists were joined by the Irish Fianna Fáil until 24 July 1984[4] when they became the "Group of the European Democratic Alliance".[2][5]

The group was never a close alliance. In 1973, the only common platform was on the issues of regionalism, social policy and the Common Agricultural Policy. Fianna Fáil, an Irish nationalist party, was reluctant to identify too closely with the Gaullists, who also had an alliance with the Conservative Party of the United Kingdom at the time.[7]

MEPs at 17 July 1979

Member state MEPs Party MEPs Notes
France France 15[6] Défence des Intérêts de la France en Europe/Rassemblement pour la République[6] 15[6] Vincent F.M. Ansquer,[8] Jean-José Clement,[9] Pierre-Bernard Cousté,[10] Gustave Deleau,[11] Eugène L. Remilly,[12] Marie-Madeleine Dienesch,[13] Louise Weiss,[14] Michel J.-P. Debré,[15] Maurice S.R.C. Druon,[16] Pierre Messmer,[17] Jacques Chirac,[18] Claude L.L.P. Labbé,[19] Alain Y.M. Gillot,[20] Hubert Jean Buchou,[21] Christian De La Malène[5]
Republic of Ireland Ireland 5[6] Fianna Fáil[6] 5[6] Sile De Valera,[22] Jerry Cronin,[23] Noel Michael Davern,[24] Seán Flanagan,[25] Patrick Joseph Lalor[26]
United Kingdom United Kingdom 1[6] Scottish National Party[6] 1[6] Winifred M. Ewing[27]
Denmark Denmark 1[6] Fremskridtspartiet[6][28][29][30][31][32][33] 1[6] Kai Nyborg[28]


  • Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung[1]
  • "Political Data Handbook: OECD Countries", ISBN 0-19-828053-X, Jan-Erik Lane, David McKay, Kenneth Newton 1997[3]
  • Europe Politique[4][6]
  • European Parliament MEP Archives[5][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28]
  • Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l'Europe (CVCE) via European NAvigator[2]
  • Danish Demographic Database, part of the Danish State Archives[29]
  • 1999 Election website for Jan Sturm, a candidate for the June Movement[30]
  • Website of the Danish June Movement[31]
  • Website of the Danish Progress Party[32][33]


  1. ^ a b c "Political Groups of the European Parliament". Archived from the original on May 17, 2011. Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  2. ^ a b c d "Development of Political Groups in the European Parliament". Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  3. ^ a b Lane, Jan-Erik; McKay, David; Newton, Kenneth (1997). Political Data Handbook: OECD Countries. Oxford University Press. p. 191. ISBN 0-19-828053-X.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "UFE on Europe Politique". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "European Parliament profile of Christian De La Malène". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "1979 European Parliament election results at July 17, 1979". 2007-02-17. Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  7. ^ Cook, Chris; Francis, Mary (1979). The first European elections: A handbook and guide. London: Macmillan Press. ISBN 0-333-26575-0.
  8. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Vincent F.M. Ansquer". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  9. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Jean-José Clement". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  10. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Pierre-Bernard Cousté". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  11. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Gustave Deleau". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  12. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Eugène L. Remilly". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  13. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Marie-Madeleine Dienesch". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  14. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Louise Weiss". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  15. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Michel J.-P. Debré". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  16. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Maurice S.R.C. Druon". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  17. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Pierre Messmer". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  18. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Jacques Chirac". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  19. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Claude L.L.P. Labbé". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  20. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Alain Y.M. Gillot". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  21. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Hubert Jean Buchou". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  22. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Sile De Valera". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  23. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Jerry Cronin". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  24. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Noel Michael Davern". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  25. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Seán Flanagan". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  26. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Patrick Joseph Lalor". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  27. ^ a b "European Parliament profile of Winifred M. Ewing". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  28. ^ a b c "European Parliament profile of Kai Nyborg". Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  29. ^ a b "Microsoft Word - doku0275.txt" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  30. ^ a b "They cast pearls... - Evidence of EU fraud and Karl Smart administration" by Hans Kloster, Copenhagen 1 October 1998
  31. ^ a b Entry for the "Kænguru-gruppen"/"Kangaroo Group" Archived 2005-01-08 at the Wayback Machine, an association of members of the European Parliament, Commission and Council, intended to promote free movement and security.
  32. ^ a b "Progress Party members of the Danish Folketing/Parliament - The elections of 15 February 1977". Retrieved 2010-06-15.[dead link]
  33. ^ a b "Progress Party members of the Danish Folketing/Parliament - The elections of 4 December 1973". Retrieved 2010-06-15.[dead link]