The European Peoples Party group is the political group in the European Parliament consisting of deputies from the member parties of the European Peoples Party. In this respect, there is a distinction between the European Peoples Party itself and the EPP Group in the European Parliament, the EPP mostly comprises politicians of Christian democratic, conservative and liberal-conservative orientation. The European Peoples Party was officially founded as a European political party in 1976 and its size has given it influence in all the EUs institutions. It has been the largest political group in the European Parliament since 1999, in the European Council,14 out of 28 Heads of State and Government belong to the EPP family and in the European Commission,13 out of 28 Commissioners come from EPP parties. The group held 38 of the 78 seats, two short of an absolute majority, the Christian Democrat group was the biggest group at formation, but as time wore on it lost support and was the second-biggest group by the time of the 1979 elections. As the European Community expanded into the European Union, the dominant centre-right parties in the new states were not necessarily Christian democratic. To counter this, the EPP expanded its remit to cover the centre-right regardless of tradition and this policy lead to Greek New Democracy and Spanish Peoples Party MEPs joining the EPP Group. However, the consolidation was not unalloyed and a split emerged with the Eurosceptic MEPs who congregated in a subgroup within the group, size was not enough, however, the group did not have a majority. It continued therefore to engage in the Grand Coalition to generate the majorities required by the procedure under the Single European Act. The EPP-ED Group reverted to its original name – the EPP Group – immediately, in the 7th European Parliament the EPP Group remains the largest parliamentary group with 275 MEPs. It is currently the political group in the European parliament to fully represent its corresponding European political party. The United Kingdom is currently the only EU member state not to have representation in the EPP Group, the 38 members in the group on 11 September 1952 were as follows, The EPP Group is governed by a collective that allocates tasks. The Presidency consists of the Group Chair and a maximum of ten Vice-Chairs, the day-to-day running of the EPP Group is performed by its secretariat in the European Parliament, led by its Secretary-General. The Group runs its own think-tank, the European Ideas Network, the debates and votes in the European Parliament are tracked by its website and categorized by the groups that participate in them and the rule of procedure that they fall into. The results give a profile for each group by category and the total indicates the level of participation in Parliamentary debates. The activity profile for each group for the period 1 August 2004 to 1 August 2008 in the Sixth Parliament is given on the diagram on the right, the group is denoted in blue. The website shows the group as participating in 659 motions, making it the third most active group during the period, the group produces many publications, which can be found on its website. Documents produced in 2008 cover subjects such as dialogue with the Orthodox Church, study days, its strategy for 2008-09, Euro-Mediterranean relations, and it also publishes a yearbook and irregularly publishes a presentation, a two-page summary of the group
Logo of the European People's Party in the European Parliament
Image: Motions for resolutions put to the vote in plenary in the European Parliament August 1 2004 to August 1 2008
Logo of European People's Party Group from 1999 to 2015.
The EPP Group has MEPs from all but one member state.