Political groups

The Members of the European Parliament sit in political groups. There are currently 7 political groups in the European Parliament, in addition to the group of non-attached members.

EPP - Group of the European People´s Party (Christian Democrats)

Transnational political group representing the interests of allied conservative parties. The EPP was formed in 1953 as the Christian Democrat Group. Formally founded in 1976, the EPP has 74 member-parties from 39 countries, 16 EU and 6 non-EU heads of government, 13 European Commissioners (including the President), and the largest group in the European Parliament with 271 members. From 1999 to 2009 this parliamentary group included a conservative contingent of European Democrats (ED) and was referred to as the EPP-ED.

S&D - Group of the  Progressive Alliance of Party of Socialists and Democrats

Transnational political group representing the interests of allied socialist and social democratic parties.

ALDE - Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

Transnational political group representing the interests of allied liberal and centrist parties.

GREENS/EFA - The Greens/European Free Alliance

The Greens/European Free Alliance is a political group in the European Parliament made up of Green MEPs and MEPs from parties representing stateless nations and disadvantaged minorities.

ECR - European Conservatives and Reformists Group

ECR was formed in June 2009. Conservative, non-federalist.

GUE-NGL - Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left

Left-wing political group.

EFD - Europe of Freedom and Democracy

Europe of Freedom and Democracy is a right-wing political group in the European Parliament, formed after the EP elections in 2009.

NI - Non-attached Members

Independent candidates.


Sources

European parliament: European results

European Parliament: Political groups

European Parliament: MEPs by Member State and political group