|president||donald tusk (pl)|
|secretary-general||antonio lópez-istúriz white mep (es)|
|group leader||manfred weber mep (de)|
|founded||8 july 1976|
|headquarters||rue du commerce/handelsstraat 10, 1000 – brussels, belgium|
|think tank||wilfried martens centre for european studies|
|student wing||european democrat students|
|youth wing||youth of the european people's party|
|women's wing||women of the european people's party|
|international affiliation||centrist democrat international|
international democrat union
|european parliament group||european people's party|
|european lower houses|
- politics of european union
- political parties
the european people's party (epp) is a european political party with conservative and liberal-conservative member parties. a transnational organisation, it is composed of other political parties, not individuals. founded by primarily christian democratic parties in 1976, it has since broadened its membership to include liberal-conservative parties and parties with other centre-right political perspectives. on 20 november 2019 the party elected as its president, the former prime minister of poland and president of the european council, donald tusk.
the epp has been the largest party in the european parliament since 1999 and in the european council since 2002. it is also the largest party in the current european commission. the president of the european commission ursula von der leyen is from the epp. many of the founding fathers of the european union were also from parties that later formed the epp. outside the eu the party also controls a majority in the parliamentary assembly of the council of europe.
the epp includes major centre-right parties such as the cdu/csu of germany, the republicans of france, cd&v of belgium, pnl of romania, fine gael of ireland, kokoomus of finland, new democracy of greece, forza italia of italy, the people's party (pp) of spain, and the civic platform of poland.