The European People’s Party (EPP) has concluded its two days Congress in Bucharest, Romania, with the adoption of its new ‘Party Platform’, its new political ‘Manifesto’, and 14 resolutions (all documents available at epp2012.eu - photos at flickr.epp.eu). The EPP also held its Summit of heads of state and government and party leaders to prepare the European Council meeting. Moreover, over 600 delegates with the right to vote, elected the new EPP Presidency:
Wilfried Martens, former Prime Minister of Belgium (CD&V, Belgium)
Antonio Lopez-Isturiz, Member of the European Parliament (PP, Spain)
Vice Presidents (listed according to vote rank):
Lucinda Creighton, Minister of State for European Affairs (Fine Gael, Ireland)
Michel Barnier, Commissioner for Internal Market and Services (UMP, France)
Peter Hintze, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Economy & Technology (CDU, Germany)
Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship (PdL, Italy)
Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy (OVP, Austria)
Corien Wortmann-Kool, Member of the European Parliament (CDA, the Netherlands)
Mario David, Member of the European Parliament (PSD, Portugal)
Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, Member of the European Parliament (PO, Poland)
Tobias Billstrom, Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy (Moderaterna, Sweden)
Anca Boagiu, Senator and PDL Vice President (PDL, Romania)
Treasurer:Ingo Friedrich, former Member of the European Parliament (CSU, Germany)
“The EPP Statutory Congress in Bucharest was a milestone for our political family. Twenty years after the ‘Basic Programme’ of Athens, our delegates adopted with large majority the new ‘Party Platform’. The platform has taken into account the fundamental changes that Europe has undergone in recent years and, at the same time, has re-confirmed the values that guide our political family which are an indispensable element of EPP’s success. The platform also tackles the challenges which Europe and our societies currently face and puts forward solutions that will secure a stable and prosperous future for EU’s citizens,” EPP President Wilfried Martens stated.
“The new ‘Manifesto’ is a comprehensive document of our main political positions. The document underlines our clear commitment to establish a real political Union. We believe that the EU and the Member States must take the necessary steps to exercise more power jointly. Regarding the current economic crisis, we believe that a balanced approach between fiscal discipline and sustainable economic growth is the only credible solution. We also underline that the Euro is one of the most profound expressions of European integration, and it needs to be safeguarded and strengthened,” EPP President Martens added.
Finally, on the sidelines of the EPP Congress, the Political Assembly accepted the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), as an observer member of the EPP.