European political party

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Template:Politics of the European Union A European political party, or formally a political party at European level, is a type of political party organization in the European Union, eligible to receive funding from the Union. Article 191 of the Treaty of Maastricht says 'Political parties at European level are important as a factor for integration within the Union. They contribute to forming a European awareness and to expressing the political will of the citizens of the Union.' [1] (http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/treaties/selected/livre247.html) This is also codified in the draft Treaty establishing a constitution for Europe which states in Article 45(4) that 'Political parties at European level contribute to forming European political awareness and to expressing the will of Union citizens.' [2] (http://europa.eu.int/futurum/constitution/part1/title6/index_en.htm)

Stemming from this provision, Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 lays out the regulations governing 'political parties at European level' and the rules regarding their funding. [3] (http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32003R2004&model=guichett)

Several European political parties have been created, based on Europe-wide party alliances. Within the European Parliament these parties often express themselves as European Parliament party groups which may be alliances of more than one European political parties, or possibly alliances between parties and nominally independents.

The parties

The parliamentary groups

See also

Template:EU politicsde:Europäische politische Partei es:Partido político europeo fr:Parti politique européen it:Partito politico europeo nl:Europese politieke partij pt:Partido político europeu

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