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Our origins

It all started in 2002 when representatives of political parties from more than 15 countries decided to examine new chances for Christian politics in Europe, at the conference "For a Christian Europe" in Lakitelek, Hungary. The result was a platform for parties and organisations regardless their denominational background.

Parties residing in and outside the EU participated in these first years and made it possible to create a movement that is solidly continuing. In 2003 the parties adopted a basic political vision in the Lakitelek declaration “Values for Europe” and in January 2005, in Tallinn, the ECPM elected its first board.

On 15th September 2005 ECPM was officially registered with statutes as an association under the Dutch law. In September 2007 the ECPM adopted a new basic programme ‘A Christian-social contribution to Europe’, which elaborates on our basic principles.

In 2009, an official European Political Program, based on the vision document was accepted by the General Assembly. In 2010 the ECPM was granted an official status at the European level by the European Parliament. This official recognition means that the ECPM will receive funding from the European Parliament. This funding entitles the ECPM to grow into an even larger forum for Christian-democratic parties and politicians. With the official status and the funding from Brussels the ECPM aims to become more visible in European politics and to become active in the European political debates.

Furthermore an independent Research Institute of ECPM, Sallux (formerly the Christian Political Foundation for Europe, CPFE) was founded in 2010 and has been recognized by the European Parliament since 2011. Sallux consists of think-tanks and NGOs from all over Europe working at the crossroads of Christian faith, society and politics.