Guidance

Based on experience in the practical application of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 (the "Regulation") over the past years, the Authority for European Political Parties and European Political Foundations (the "Authority") endeavours to provide access to a set of non-exhaustive elements of guidance for European political parties and European political foundations. Any guidance provided by the Authority does not affect the directly binding character of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014. Moreover, such guidance will remain subject to adaptation as experience further builds up and/or the legislative framework changes.

Genuine membership

  • While European political parties and European political foundations are free to cooperate with parties or organisations by means of ancillary forms of association (e.g., observers, partners, associates, affiliates), a "member" pursuant to Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 as interpreted in compliance with case-law requires a genuine membership link with the European political party or foundation. This becomes relevant in particular in the context of

    • Applications for registration as a European political party: only "members" can be claimed for the purpose of representation according to Article 3(1)(b) of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014;

    • Own resources: only genuine "members" can pay contributions in accordance with Article 20 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014, whereas payments from other partners are subject to the provisions governing donations pursuant to Article 20 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014.

  • A genuine membership link exists if member parties or organisations

    • have a full range of rights and obligations in internal governance of the European political party or foundation concerned, including in particular voting/participation/access to documents, and

    • an appropriate membership fee is regularly paid. In the absence of the latter, evidence is required that the member party or organisation has genuinely and demonstrably participated in recent activities of the European political party or foundation.

  • In order to ascertain genuine membership regarding European political parties in the context of registration, the Authority may also verify whether there is a manifest inconsistency between the political programme of the applicant for registration as a European political party and the political programme of any of its member parties.