European Political Party

A European political party, also known as a political party at European level, or as a Europarty, is a type of political party organization operating transnationally in Europe and in the institutions of the European Union.

Europarties are regulated and funded by the European Union and are usually made up of national parties, not individuals.

Criteria for being a Europarty

The EU imposes criteria for recognition of a Europarty. The main ones are:

  • it must observe the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law

And that it must have achieved at least one of:

  • in a quarter of member states, 3% of votes in the last European parliament elections
  • in a quarter of member states, at least one MP, MEP, or representation in a regional parliament or assembly

There are 27 EU member states, so the "one quarter" criterion currently means 7 of them.

List of Europarties

Europarties include:

See also