AECR becomes regional member of IDU
At the International Democrat Union (IDU) meeting in Wellington, New Zealand the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists (AECR) has become recognised as a regional union. The IDU has several regional affiliates: the Democrat Union of Africa, the Union of Latin American Parties, the Asia Pacific Democrat Union, the Caribbean Democrat Union, and the European People's Party.
Several AECR member parties are already active members of the IDU. Within the IDU the AECR will replace the old European Democrat Union (EDU) and give European parties the option to join a non-federalist centre-right group within the IDU.
The IDU is a working association of over 80 conservative, like-minded political parties of the centre right.
Formed in 1983, the IDU provides a forum in which Parties holding similar beliefs can come together and exchange views on matters of policy and organisational interest, so that they can learn from each other, act together, establish contacts and speak with one strong voice to promote democracy and centre-right policies around the globe. The founders of the IDU included Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, then US Vice-President George Bush Sr, Paris Mayor and later President of France Jacques Chirac, German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and many other Party Leaders.