Technical Group of Independents (1979–84)

Technical Group of Independents
European parliamentary group
Name Technical Group of Independents
English abbr. n/a
French abbr. CDI[1]
Formal name Group for the Technical Coordination and Defence of Independent Groups and Members[2]
From 1979[3]
To 1984[3]
Preceded by n/a
Succeeded by Rainbow Group: Federation of the Green Alternative European Links, Agalev-Ecolo, the Danish People's Movement against Membership of the European Community, and the European Free Alliance, in the European Parliament
Chaired by Marco Pannella,[4]
Neil Blaney[2]
Jens-Peter Bonde[5]
MEP(s) 11 (17 July 1979)[6]

The Technical Group of Independents was a heterogenous political technical group in the European Parliament operating between 1979 and 1984.


The Technical Group of Independents was formed in 1979. The group was officially called "Group for the Technical Coordination and the Defence of Independent Groups and Members"[1] and it used the abbreviation "CDI".[1] It was a coalition of parties ranging from the centre to the radical left, which were not aligned with any of the major international party federations. In 1984[3] most of the CDI members later joined the "Rainbow Group".[7]

The group was a rather diverse alliance, and this was reflected in its chairs which included the Italian Radical Marco Pannella, the hardline Irish Republican Neil Blaney and Danish left-wing Eurosceptic Jens-Peter Bonde. On 13 December 1983, the group was joined by British MEP Michael Gallagher of the Social Democratic Party, who was previously member of the Labour Party and Socialist Group.[8]

MEPs at 17 July 1979

Member state MEPs Party MEPs Notes
Belgium 1[6] People's Union[6] 1[6] Maurits Coppieters[9]
Ireland 1[6] Independent Fianna Fáil[6] 1[6] Neil Blaney[2]
Denmark 4[6] People's Movement against the EEC[6] 4[6] Else Hammerich,[10] Jens-Peter Bonde,[5] Sven Skovmand,[11] Jørgen Bøgh[12]
Italy 5[6] Proletarian Unity Party[6] 1[6] Luciana Castellina[13]
Proletarian Democracy[6] 1[6] Mario Capanna[14]
Radical Party[6] 3[6] Marco Pannella,[4] Emma Bonino,[15] Leonardo Sciascia[16]



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