The 18th Council of the European Green Party (EGP) has ended with the EQUO, the Spanish Green party, entering into the Green family. In the final session of the Council, delegates unanimously voted to ratify EQUO’s membership of the EGP.
According to Monica Frassoni, EGP co-Chair:
"What we have achieved today is a nothing less than a unification of the Green political space in Spain. EQUO have consolidated diverse forces across the country. This achievement is a powerful message to the whole of Spain.
“Since their founding in 2011, EQUO have worked hard to provide real and concrete solutions to the black hole of austerity and the extreme social problems it has caused across their country. As a member party, we look forward to continuing to support them as they work to change the political reality in Spain."
According to Reinhard Bütikofer, EGP co-Chair:
"I'm very proud to see that the European Green family is gaining strength in Spain, a country of the south, in these times of crisis. It will help European Greens to strengthen our common message to the citizens: to exit the crisis, we must combine solidarity and sustainability."
According to Juanxto López de Uralde, EQUO co-Spokesperson:
“We want to thank the European Green Party. This is the end of a two-year process. We have worked very hard to unite of the Green movement in Spain. This vote marks the end of the first phase. Ahead of us is a big challenged any responsibility, to further expand the Green movement across the Mediterranean region."
EQUO was founded in 2011 by environmentalists and progressive politicians. Their policies focus on a transition towards a society based on environmental sustainability, social equality and active participation. EQUO is supported by regional Green parties in Spain, along with the European Green Party and the Global Greens.