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Technical Group of Independents (1979–1984)

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Technical Group of Independents
(1979–1984)
European Parliament group
NameTechnical Group of Independents
English abbr.n/a
French abbr.CDI[1]
Formal nameGroup for the Technical Coordination and Defence of Independent Groups and Members[2]
From1979[3]
To1984[3]
Preceded byn/a
Succeeded byRainbow Group: Federation of the Green Alternative European Links, Agalev-Ecolo, the Danish People's Movement against Membership of the European Community, and the European Free Alliance, in the European Parliament
Chaired by
MEP(s)11 (17 July 1979)[6]

The Technical Group of Independents was a heterogenous political technical group in the European Parliament operating between 1979 and 1984.

History

The Technical Group of Independents was formed in 1979. The group was officially called "Group for the Technical Coordination and the Defence of Independent Groups and Members"[1] and it used the abbreviation "CDI".[1] It was a coalition of parties ranging from the centre to the radical left, which were not aligned with any of the major international party federations. In 1984[3] most of the CDI members later joined the "Rainbow Group".[7]

The group was a rather diverse alliance, and this was reflected in its chairs which included the Italian Radical Marco Pannella, the hardline Irish Republican Neil Blaney and Danish left-wing Eurosceptic Jens-Peter Bonde. On 13 December 1983, the group was joined by British MEP Michael Gallagher of the Social Democratic Party, who was previously member of the Labour Party and Socialist Group.[8]

MEPs at 13 December 1983

Member state MEPs Party MEPs by party Notes
Belgium Belgium 1[6] People's Union[6] 1[6] Maurits Coppieters[9]
Republic of Ireland Ireland 1[6] Independent Fianna Fáil[6] 1[6] Neil Blaney[2]
United Kingdom United Kingdom 1 Social Democratic Party 1 Michael Gallagher
Denmark Denmark 4[6] People's Movement against the EEC[6] 4[6] Else Hammerich,[10] Jens-Peter Bonde,[5] Sven Skovmand,[11] Jørgen Bøgh[12]
Italy Italy 5[6] Proletarian Unity Party[6] 1[6] Luciana Castellina[13]
Proletarian Democracy[6] 1[6] Mario Capanna[14]
Radical Party[6] 3[6] Marco Pannella,[4] Emma Bonino,[15] Leonardo Sciascia[16]

Sources

References

  1. ^ a b c d Political groups in the European Parliament (1979)
  2. ^ a b c d European Parliament profile of Neil Blaney
  3. ^ a b c d G/EFA on Europe Politique
  4. ^ a b c European Parliament profile of Marco Pannella
  5. ^ a b c European Parliament profile of Jens-Peter Bonde
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r 1979 European Parliament election results at July 17, 1979
  7. ^ a b Development of Political Groups in the European Parliament
  8. ^ "Home | MEPs | European Parliament".
  9. ^ a b European Parliament profile of Maurits P.-A. Coppieters
  10. ^ a b European Parliament profile of Else Hammerich
  11. ^ a b European Parliament profile of Sven Skovmand
  12. ^ a b European Parliament profile of Jørgen Bøgh
  13. ^ a b European Parliament profile of Luciana Castellina
  14. ^ a b European Parliament profile of Mario Capanna
  15. ^ a b European Parliament profile of Emma Bonino
  16. ^ a b European Parliament profile of Leonardo Sciascia
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