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The European Green Party was founded on February 22, 2004 at the Fourth Congress of the European Federation of Green Parties (EFGP) in Rome attended by over 1,000 delegates. Thirty-four Green parties from all over Europe have joined this new pan-European party. The Greens were the first to form a political party at European level. The other European political federations followed suit in the period 2004-2006. For the Greens this was the culmination of a process which had started with the formation of a loose coordination 1979-1993 and the EFGP 1993 -2004.
The first goal of the re-organized European Greens was the 2004 European Parliament election campaign. The EGP ran the first election campaign in Europe that featured common motifs and slogans in all EU countries.

Greens had first contested the European Parliament elections in 1979 achieving representation there in 1984 as part of wider and diverse grouping, the Rainbow Alliance. Following the 1989 elections the Greens formed a separate parliamentary group, The Green Group in the European Parliament (GGEP). Reduced in numbers in the 1994 elections the Greens formed part of the European Radical Alliance but a successful outcome in 1999 allowed them to form a combined group with the European Free Alliance having regionalist parties as members (GGEP/EFA) which is the current parliamentary group.

The loose alliance of the early years has developed into a definite structure capable of giving political expression to its 34 member parties through common policy documents which are regarded as signal achievements in view of the wealth of diversity which Greens possess. Coming together through the EGP we have a direct experience of the different political realities we represent and the different experiences in government and in opposition which we have made over the years at national, regional and municipal levels. We know that we are a young political formation and part of a process which cannot be driven too far nor too fast.

Our attitude towards the EU has changed also perhaps as we have changed the EU through our participation in its institutions.  While we remain critical of various policies fundamental to the EU, we have been drivers of change punching far above our weight and bringing about change in the daily lives of Europeans everywhere as well as a change in the positions taken by the EU on an international level. We have always been a political force clearly identifiable because of our commitment to environmental responsibility, individual freedom, inclusive democracy, diversity, gender equality, global sustainable development and non-violence. It is not a negligible achievement that other, larger and older political families now follow on the path we had chosen for ourselves long before.

List of the previous EGP/EFGP Congresses and Council Meetings

EGP 11th Council Meeting, Malmö, 16-18 October 2009

EGP 3rd Election Congress, Brussels, 27-28 March 2009

EGP 10th Council Meeting, Brussels, 29 March 2009

EGP 9th Council Meeting, Montreuil, Paris, 9th-12th October 2008

EGP 8th Council Meeting, Ljubljana, 11th-13th April 2008

EGP 7th Council Meeting, Vienna, 12th-14th October 2007

EGP 6th Council Meeting, Berlin, 16th-18th March 2007

EGP 5th Council Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 15th October 2006

EGP 2nd Congress, Geneva, Switzerland, 13-14 October 2006

EGP 4th Council Meeting, Helsinki, 5-7th May 2006

EGP 3rd Council Meeting, Kyiv, 21 - 23th October 2005

EGP 2nd Council Meeting, Riga, 6 - 8th May 2005

EGP Extraordinary Council Meeting, Brussels, 17 February 2005

EGP 1st Council Meeting, Dublin, 26th - 28th November 2004

EGP 1st Congress Rome, 20th - 22nd February 2004

EFGP 15th council meeting Luxembourg, 7 - 9th November 2003

EFGP 14th council meeting Malta, 2 - 4th May 2003

EFGP 13th council meeting Brussels, Belgium, 15th - 17th November 2002

EFGP 3rd Congress Berlin, Germany, 17th - 19th May 2002  

EFGP 12th council meeting, Budapest, Hungary, 30 Nov-2 Dec 2001

EFGP 11th council meeting, The Hague, The Netherlands, 8-10 June 2001

EFGP 10th council meeting, Stockholm, Sweden, 24-26 November 2000

EFGP 9th council meeting, Larnaca, Cyprus, 24-26 March 2000

EFGP 8th council meeting, Bratislava, Slovakia, 1-3 Oktober 1999

EFGP 2nd congress, Paris, France, 26-28 February 1999

EFGP 7th council meeting, London, United Kingdom, 6-8 Nov.1998

EFGP 6th council meeting, Helsinki, Finland, 27-29 March 1998

EFGP 5th council meeting, Berlin, Germany, 2-4 May 1997

EFGP 1st congress, Vienna, Austria, 21-23 June 1996

EFGP 4th council meeting, Turin, Italy, 9-11 February 1996

EFGP 3rd council meeting, Budapest, Hungary, 9-11 June 1995

EFGP 2nd council meeting, Crete, Greece, 28-30 October 1994

EFGP 1st council meeting, Vienna, Austria, January 1994

Foundation of the EFGP, Majvik, Finland, 18-20 June 1993

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