Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists

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Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists
President Jan Zahradil (CZ)
Secretary-General Daniel Hannan (UK)
Founded 1 October 2009 (2009-10-01)
Preceded by Movement for European Reform1
Headquarters Rue d'Arlon 40, 1000 Brussels, Belgium2
Think tank New Direction
Ideology Conservatism3
Economic liberalism
Political position Centre-right
International affiliation International Democrat Union
European Parliament group European Conservatives and Reformists
Colours Blue and white
European Parliament
52 / 754
European Council
(Heads of Government)
1 / 28
Council of the European Union
(Participation in Government)
2 / 28
National Upper House Seats
220 / 2,273
National Lower House Seats
522 / 7,424
Politics of European Union
Political parties

The Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists (AECR) is a centre-right eurosceptic European political party, defending broader conservative and economically liberal principles. It has fifteen member parties in twelve countries, as well as five independents MEPs. Its member parties have fifty-two MEPs — the fourth-most of any Europarty — and one head of government.

The party was founded on 1 October 2009,5 after the creation of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) political group in the European Parliament. It was officially recognised by the European Parliament in January 2010. The AECR had eight members at its formation – predominantly in central and eastern Europe. It has accepted eight more member parties since then, representing the eurosceptic centre-right.

The AECR is led by a board of directors from the British Conservative Party, Polish Law and Justice, and Czech Civic Democratic Party, who are elected by the Council, which represents all parties.6 The AECR's president is Jan Zahradil MEP, and its secretary-general is Daniel Hannan MEP. The party is affiliated with the European Conservatives and Reformists and the pan-European think tank New Direction, and maintains a preferred relationship with the European Young Conservatives.


The Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists was founded on 1 October 2009,7 after the ECR political group was founded in the wake of the 2009 European Parliament election, and was officially recognised by the European Parliament in January 2010.

The AECR was formally constituted under the chairmanship of Belgian MEP Derk Jan Eppink, but this position was later on transferred to Czech MEP Jan Zahradil. The AECR's president is MEP, Jan Zahradil and its Secretary-General is MEP Daniel Hannan. The Vice-Presidents are MP Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir, Icelandic Minister of Industry, MP Anna Fotyga from Poland, and MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown from the United Kingdom. The AECR has one Prime Minister, David Cameron from the United Kingdom. An Executive Team is in charge of general management and day-to-day operations.

At the AECR's first congress in Warsaw on 8 June 2010, it was joined by Luxembourg's Alternative Democratic Reform Party. The congress was attended by UK Conservative Party Chairman Sayeeda Warsi and former Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek. On 25 March 2011, the Civic Conservative Party from Slovakia joined the AECR. The Icelandic Independence Party joined the AECR in November 2011, the party's first member from outside the European Union. They were followed by Georgia's Christian-Democratic Movement in August 2012. Italy's Conservatives and Social Reformers joined the AECR in October 2012: giving the AECR its first representation in one of the four largest continental European countries. The Conservative Party of Canada became the AECR's first associate member in November 2012. In November 2013, the Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, the Faroe Islands' People's Party, and Romania's New Republic joined.


The Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists campaigns for radical reform of the European Union and shares the following principles:8

  • Free enterprise, free and fair trade and competition, minimal regulation, lower taxation, and small government as the ultimate catalysts for individual freedom and personal and national prosperity.
  • Freedom of the individual, more personal responsibility and greater democratic accountability.
  • Sustainable, clean energy supply with an emphasis on energy security.
  • The importance of the family as the bedrock of society.
  • The sovereign integrity of the nation state, opposition to EU federalism and a renewed respect for true subsidiarity.
  • The overriding value of the transatlantic security relationship in a revitalised NATO, and support for young democracies across Europe.
  • Effectively controlled immigration and an end to abuse of asylum procedures.
  • Efficient and modern public services and sensitivity to the needs of both rural and urban communities.
  • An end to waste and excessive bureaucracy and a commitment to greater transparency and probity in the EU institutions and use of EU funds.
  • Respect and equitable treatment for all EU countries, new and old, large and small.

Member parties

The AECR has fifteen member parties across twelve European countries, and a further five independent MEPs.
Country Political party MEPs National MPs Joined
 Belgium Libertarian, Direct, Democratic
1 / 22
1 / 150
1 October 2009
 Czech Republic Civic Democratic Party
9 / 22
16 / 200
1 October 2009
 Denmark Anna Rosbach (Independent MEP)
1 / 13
 Faroe Islands People's Party Not in the EU
9 / 33
8 November 2013
 Georgia Christian-Democratic Movement Not in the EU
0 / 150
16 August 2012
 Hungary Lajos Bokros (Independent MEP)
1 / 22
 Iceland Independence Party Not in the EU
19 / 63
12 November 2011
 Italy Conservatives and Social Reformers
1 / 72
1 / 630
October 2012
 Latvia Roberts Zīle (formerly TB/LNNK)
1 / 8
 Lithuania Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania
1 / 12
8 / 141
1 October 2009
 Luxembourg Alternative Democratic Reform Party
0 / 6
2 / 60
8 June 2010
 Poland Law and Justice
6 / 51
138 / 460
1 October 2009
 Poland Adam Bielan (Independent MEP)
1 / 51
 Poland Michał Kamiński (Independent MEP)
1 / 51
 Romania New Republic
0 / 33
1 / 588
8 November 2013
 Slovakia Civic Conservative Party
0 / 13
0 / 150
25 March 2011
 Turkey Justice and Development Party Not in the EU
327 / 550
8 November 2013
 United Kingdom Conservative Party
25 / 72
306 / 650
1 October 2009
 United Kingdom Ulster Unionist Party
1 / 72
0 / 650
1 October 2009

Associate members

Country Political party MEPs National MPs Joined
 Canada Conservative Party Not in the EU
165 / 308
1 November 2012

Elected representatives of member parties

European institutions

Organisation Institution Number of seats
 European Union European Commission
0 / 28
 European Union European Council
(Heads of Government)
1 / 28
 European Union Council of the EU
(Participation in Government)
2 / 28
 European Union European Parliament
52 / 736
 Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly
22 / 321


  1. ^ "William Hague gives a reply (if not an answer) to the question: "What does 'We will not let matters rest there' actually mean in practice?"". ConservativeHome. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  2. ^ "Contacts". Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists. 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
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  5. ^ "ECR Trans-National Party Set for EU Funding – But is it legal?". New Europe. 18 January 2010. Archived from the original on 7 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Organisation". Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists. 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Nordsieck, Wolfram. "News 2009". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  8. ^ AECR Principles

See also

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