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EDP MEPs tell us why they chose to fight for Europe

"Languages, cultures, regional differences and local initiatives must be cherished because they are Europe’s strongest asset."

Sandro Gozi and Frédéric Petit elected as the new Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General of the European Democratic Party

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The European Democratic Party (EDP), a centrist European political party, gathered on Wednesday 5 May to elect its new Secretary General.

During its Council meeting, the representatives of democratic political parties from more than 15 Member States unanimously elected Sandro Gozi MEP as Secretary General of the EDP.

Mr Gozi, who was elected from the French Renaissance list, co-founded the EDP together with Romano Prodi, Francesco Rutelli, Marielle de Sarnez and François Bayrou in 2004. A former Italian MP and Italian Secretary of State for European Affairs, Mr Gozi was Deputy Secretary General of the EDP until 2010.

François Bayrou, President of the EDP, described Sandro Gozi as "a fervent supporter of European integration. His commitment to Europe has been relentless. He speaks multiple languages and has been strongly committed to all the battles for Europe and democracy within the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament. He will give shape to our movement’s determination to expand”.

Sandro Gozi commented on his election as Secretary General: “I thank Francois Bayrou and all the members of the EDP for their confidence. I deeply believe that European parties should play an increasingly important role, starting with the Conference on the Future of Europe. This is also an opportunity for me to pay tribute to the European commitment and political intelligence of Marielle de Sarnez, who was a friend and ally in our political fight.”

Frédéric Petit was elected as MP for French citizens living abroad in June 2017, in a constituency anchored in the heart of Europe (Germany, Central Europe, Balkans). He will also join the EDP's general secretariat as Deputy Secretary General.

He is a Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly, he is also a member of the Bureau of the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly (APFA) and Vice-President of the French delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Committed to bringing citizens at the heart of the European project, Frédéric Petit will focus his new role within the EDP to bringing democracy to life in order to make Europe fairer, more dynamic, and more open to the world.