Union of the Centre
Published 27th February, 2013
The Union of the Centre or UdC was founded on 28th February 2008 to fight the 2008 general election and is comprised of the Union of Christian and Centre Democrats (UDC) and remnants of a number of smaller parties. The party describes itself as Centrist and believes in Christian Democracy and Social Conservatism.
In the 2008 general election the party did well to take 36 seats in the 630 seat Chamber of Deputies, however it was a drop from the 39 seats won by the Union of Christian and Centre Democrats (UDC) in 2006.
On 28th December 2012 the party decided to contest the 2013 general election as part of Mario Monti’s ‘With Monti for Italy’ coalition. The austerity measures taken by Monti’s technocrat government were not popular with the people and in the election the Union of the Centre were reduced to just 8 seats in the 630 seat Chamber of Deputies.
The Union of the Centre is a member of the Centrist Democrat International and is also a member of the European People’s Party. It is a member of the European People’s Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament where it has five of the 73 national seats.