Political groups

In order to develop a non-national European outlook, the formation of political groups in the Parliamentary Assembly has been promoted and from 1964 onwards they were granted certain rights within the Rules of Procedure.

Political Groups have to commit themselves to respect the promotion of the values of the Council of Europe, notably political pluralism, human rights and the rule of law.

To form a group, at least twenty members from at least six different national delegations have to decide to do so. Members of the Assembly are entirely free to choose the group they wish to join. Before deciding, they can attend meetings of one or several groups and should not be bound by their national party label but choose the group which best suits their political affinities.

Members of the Assembly are entirely free to choose the Group they wish to join. Before deciding they can attend meetings of one or several groups and should not be bound by their national party label but choose the group which best suits their political affinities.

The President of the Assembly and the leaders of the groups form the Presidential Committee of the PACE.

National parliamentary delegations are formed in order to ensure an equitable representation of political parties or groupes comprising their parliament. There are five organised political groups:

  1. the Group of the European People's Party (EPP/CD)
  2. the Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group (SOC)
  3. European Conservatives Group & Democratic Alliance (EC/DA) - New site under construction, thank you for your patience
  4. the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)
  5. the Group of the Unified European Left (UEL)

In addition, a number of members do not belong to any political group.