Pirate Parties International

Pirate Parties International (PPI) is an international non-profit and non-governmental organisation with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.[1] Formed in 2010, it serves as a worldwide organisation for Pirate Parties, currently representing 39 members from 36 countries across Europe, Americas, Asia, Africa and Australasia. The Pirate Parties are political incarnations of the freedom of expression movement, trying to achieve their goals by the means of the established political system rather than just through activism. In 2017 PPI had been granted special consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council.[2]

Pirate Parties International
PPI signet
Formation18 April 2010 (2010-04-18)
TypeInternational nongovernmental organisation
Legal statusAssociation
HeadquartersBrussels, Belgium
Pirate parties and affiliated associations
Bailey Lamon Canada
Gregory Engels Germany
General Secretary
Michal Gill Czech Republic
Sebastian Krone Germany
Main organ
General Assembly
  Elected in EU Parliament
  Elected nationally
  Elected locally
  Registered for elections
  Registered in some states
  Unregistered but active
  Status unknown
  Ordinary members
  Observer members


The PPI statutes[3] give its purposes as:

to help establish, to support and promote, and to maintain communication and co-operation between pirate parties around the world.

The PPI advocate on the international level for the promotion of the goals its Members share such as protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the digital age, consumer and authors rights oriented reform of copyright and related rights, support of information privacy, transparency and free access to information.

The name "Pirates" itself is a reappropriation of the title that was given to internet users by the representatives of the music and film industry, and does not refer to any illegal activity.


The first Pirate party was the Swedish Piratpartiet, founded on 1 January 2006. Other parties and groups were formed in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain. In 2007, representatives of these parties met in Vienna, Austria to form an alliance and plan for the 2009 European Parliament elections.[4] Further conferences were held in 2008 in Berlin and Uppsala, the latter leading to the "Uppsala Declaration" of a basic platform for the elections.[5]

In September 2008, Andrew Norton (United States) was appointed as coordinator of the PPI collective. In August 2009 he stepped down[6] and passed the function of coordinator over to the "coreteam" led by Pat Mächler and Samir Allioui.[7]

In 2009, the original Pirate Party won 7.1% of the vote[8] in Sweden's European Parliament elections and won two of Sweden's twenty MEP seats, inspired by a surge in membership following the trial and conviction of three members of the ideologically aligned Pirate Bay a year earlier.[9]

On 18 April 2010, the Pirate Parties International was formally founded in Brussels at the PPI Conference from April 16 to 18.[1]

Uppsala DeclarationEdit

At the 2009 conference of Pirate Parties International in Uppsala (Sweden), European Pirate parties agreed on a common declaration of the parties' goals for the upcoming election of the European Parliament.[10][11] Central issues of the declaration are:

  • reform of copyright, exemption of non-commercial activity from copyright regulation, reduction of the duration of copyright protections; banning of DRM technologies, opposition to media or hardware levies;
  • reform of patent law, particularly stating that patents on life (including patents on seeds and on genes) and software should not be allowed;
  • strengthening civil rights, transparent government, speedy and fair trial, freedom of speech and expansion of the right to anonymity in communication.

Prague DeclarationEdit

At 2012 conference of Pirate Parties International in Prague (Czech Republic), European Pirate parties agreed to run in the elections to the European Parliament in the year 2014 with a common program as well as establish a European political party (European Pirate Party, PPEU). The declaration[12] has been followed by conferences in Potsdam and Barcelona to work on the structure of the legal body to come and the statutes for it.

Member PartiesEdit

As of January 1 2021, PPI has the following 40[13] ordinary members with the voting power of 37 (parties sharing territory split the vote among themselves):

  1.   Pirate Party of Austria
  2.   The Pirates Center of Belarus
  3.   Pirate Party of Belgium
  4.   Pirate Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  5.   Pirate Party of Brazil
  6.   Pirate Party of Bulgaria
  7.   Pirate Party of Catalonia (1/2 vote; vote shared with Spain)
  8.   Pirate Party of Chile
  9.   Czech Pirate Party
  10.   Estonian Pirate Party
  11.   Pirate Party of France
  12.   Pirate Party Germany
  13.   Pirate Party of Greece
  14.   Pirate Party of Hungary
  15.   Pirate Party of Israel
  16.   Pirate Party of Italy
  17.   Pirate Party of Japan
  18.   Pirate Party of Kazakhstan
  19.   Pirate Party of Korea (South)
  20.   Pirate Party of Latvia
  21.   Pirate Party Luxembourg
  22.   Pirate Party of Morocco
  23.   Pirate Party of Netherlands
  24.   Pirate Party of New Zealand (1/2 vote; vote shared with IP New Zealand)
  25.   Internet Party New Zealand (1/2 vote; vote shared with PP New Zealand)
  26.   Pirate Party of Norway
  27.   Polish Pirate Party
  28.   Pirate Party of Portugal
  29.   Pirate Party Romania
  30.   Pirate Party of Russia
  31.   Pirate Party of Spain (1/2 vote; vote shared with Catalonia)
  32.   Pirate Party of Slovakia (1/2 vote; vote shared with the other Slovakia)
  33.   Pirate Party - Slovakia (1/2 vote; vote shared with the other Slovakia)
  34.   Pirate Party of Slovenia
  35.   Pirate Party Switzerland
  36.   Pirate Party of Tunisia
  37.   Pirate Party of Turkey
  38.   Ukrainian Pirate Community
  39.   Pirate Party of Venezuela


In February 2015, Pirate Party Australia resigned from PPI due to serious disagreement with the direction and management of the organisation.[14] In the same month, Pirate Party UK also resigned[15] and in March the Belgian Pirate Party suspended its membership within PPI.[16]

On 20 April 2015, the Pirate Party of Iceland voted overwhelmingly to leave PPI.[17] A member of the executive, Arnaldur Sigurðarson, reported a 96.56% vote in favour of leaving, adding: “PPI has been pretty much useless when it comes to its objectives which should be to encourage international cooperation between Pirate Parties.”

In May 2015, the Pirate Party of Sweden resolved with a significant majority to leave PPI, cancelling their observer status.[18]

In July 2016, the Pirate Party of Canada officially withdrew from Pirate Parties International citing ongoing troubles with the organization as well as a failure to adequately provide any accomplishments over its history.


The PPI is governed by a board, formerly led by two co-chairs,[19] and since Warsaw conference of 2015 by a chair and a vice-chair. Policy, governance, and applications for membership are the responsibility of the PPI General Assembly which must convene at least once per year.[20] By the current rules, board members are elected for a two-year term, half of the board being elected every year. Since the 2019 General Assembly, the Board has 9 members (previously 7). General Secretary and Treasurer positions are filled by the board by its members.

All board meetings are public, minutes are taken and published. They can be found at https://wiki.pp-international.net/wiki/index.php?title=PPI_Board/Board_Meetings.

PPI Board
No. Term Co-Chairs (chair & vice-chair from 2015 onwards) General Secretary Treasurer Member of the board Alternates
1st Board IV/2010


  Grégory Engels,

  Jerry Weyer

  Joachim Mönch   Nicolas Sahlqvist

  Aleksandar Blagojevic,
  Jakub Michálek,
  Bogomil Shopov

2nd Board III/2011


  Samir Allioui,

  Marcel Kolaja

  Lola Voronina   Pat Mächler

  Finlay Archibald
  Paul da Silva
  Thomas Gaul

3rd Board IV/2012


  Grégory Engels,

  Lola Voronina

  Travis McCrea   Ed Geraghty

  Nuno Cardoso,
  Jelena Jovanović,
  Denis Simonet

  Brendan Molloy,
  Thomas Gaul,
  Alessandra Minoni,
  Andrew Norton

4th Board IV/2013


  Grégory Engels,

  Vojtěch Pikal

  Thomas Gaul   Marc Tholl

  Nuno Cardoso,
  Azat Gabrakhmanov,
  Denis Simonet

  Jelena Jovanović,
  Paul Bossu,
  Radosław Pietroń,
  Yasin Aydin

5th Board IV/2014


  Maša Čorak,

  Koen de Voegt

  Thomas Gaul   Sebastian Krone

  Grégory Engels,
  Anders Kleppe,
  Stathis Leivaditis

  Marco Confalonieri,
  Yasin Aidin,
  Min Chiaki,
  Chemseddine Ben Jemaa

6th Board VII/2015


  Andrew Reitemeyer (chair)

  Patrick Schiffer (vice-chair)

  Henrique Peer   Karla Medrano

  Min Chiaki,
  Chemseddine Ben Jemaa,
  Dr. Richard Hill,

  Anders Kleppe,
  Nikolay Voronov,
  Koen De Voegt,
  Grégory Engels

7th Board VII/2016


  Guillaume Saouli (chair)

  Bailey Lamon (vice-chair)

  Thomas Gaul   Keith L. Goldstein

  Andrew Reitemeyer,
  Raymond Johansen,
  Koen De Voegt

  Nikolay Voronov,
  Patrick Schiffer,
  Adam Wolf,
  Grégory Engels

8th Board XI/2017


  Guillaume Saouli (chair)

  Bailey Lamon (vice-chair)

  Keith L. Goldstein   Thomas Gaul

  Koen De Voegt,
  Raymond Johansen,
  Nikolay Voronov

  Adam Wolf,
  Etienne Evellin,
  Daniel Dantas Prazeres,
  Grégory Engels

9th Board XI/2018


  Guillaume Saouli (chair)

  Bailey Lamon (vice-chair)

  Keith L. Goldstein   Michal Gill

  Etienne Evellin,
  Raymond Johansen,
  Ladislav Koubek

  Daniel Dantas Prazeres,
  Grégory Engels,
  Kitty Hundal,
  Cédric Levieux

10th Board XII/2019


  Bailey Lamon (chair)

  Grégory Engels (vice-chair)

  Keith L. Goldstein   Daniel Dantas Prazeres

  Cédric Levieux,
  Thomas Gaul,
  Michal Gill,
  Linda B. Tørklep,
  Giuseppe Calandra

  Sebastian Krone,
  Carlos Polo,
  Svein Mork Dahl,
  Cristina Diana Bargu[21]

11th Board since


  Bailey Lamon (chair)

  Grégory Engels (vice-chair)

  Michal Gill   Sebastian Krone

  Keith L. Goldstein,
  Carlos Polo,
  Manuel Caicedo,
  Dario Castane,
  Daniel Dantas Prazeres

  Svein Mork Dahl,
  Thomas Gaul,
  Ji Yong Dijkhuis

PPI ConferencesEdit

International Pirate Party Meetings
Name Date of Meeting Location Host Party
International Conference 2007 8-10/6/2007 Vienna, Austria
International Conference 1/2008 26-27/1/2008 Berlin, Germany
International Conference 2/2008 27-29/6/2008 Uppsala, Sweden
PPI Conference 2010 (Founding Conference) 16-18/4/2010 Brussels, Belgium Pirate Party Belgium
PPI Conference 2011 12-13/3/2011 Friedrichshafen, Germany Pirate Party Germany
PPI Conference 2012 14-15/4/2012 Prague, Czech Republic Czech Pirate Party
Pirate Summer Conference 9-10/6/2012 Aarau, Switzerland Pirate Party Aargau
PPI Conference 2013 20-21/4/2013 Kazan, Russia Pirate Party of Russia
PPI Conference 2014 12-13/4/2014 Paris, France, on OpenSpace Conference Pirate Party of France
PPI Conference 2015 4-5/7/2015 Warsaw, Poland, on OpenSpace Conference Pirate Party of Poland
PPI Conference 2016 23-24/7/2016 Berlin, Germany Pirate Party of Berlin
PPI Conference 2017 25-23/11/2017 Geneva, Switzerland Pirate Party of Switzerland
PPI Conference 2018 3-4/11/2018, online continuation on 10/11/2018 Munich, Germany Pirate Party Germany, Pirate Party Bavaria
PPI Conference 2019 7-8/12/2019 online By video conference only
PPI Conference 2020 (w/out board election) 30/5/2020 online By video conference only
PPI Conference 2020 6/12/2020 online By video conference only

All conferences are recorded and the minutes are published here: https://wiki.pp-international.net/wiki/index.php?title=PPI_General_Assembly.

Pirate Party movement worldwideEdit

See Pirate Party and List of Pirate Parties for an overview of all Pirate Parties around the world.


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  2. ^ https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/ecosoc6843.doc.htm
  3. ^ "Pirate Parties International Statutes" (PDF). Pirate Parties International. 2010-04-18. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2019-02-24. Retrieved 2010-10-07.
  4. ^ Ben Jones (2007-06-09). "Pirates Gather at First International Pirate Party Conference". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 2010-05-28.
  5. ^ "The Uppsala Declaration or European Pirate Parties Declaration of a basic platform for the European Parliamentary Election of 2009". Piratpartiet. 2008-07-02. Archived from the original on 2010-09-08. Retrieved 2010-05-28.
  6. ^ Norton, Andrew (2009-08-02). "Signing off". pp.int.general (Mailing list). Retrieved 2009-09-07.
  7. ^ "Patrick Mächler steps down - Jerry Weyer Steps up!". 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
  8. ^ "Swedish pirates capture EU seat". BBC News. BBC. 2008-06-08. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
  9. ^ Will Smale (2010-04-27). "Election: Can Pirate Party UK emulate Sweden success?". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
  10. ^ "European Pirate Platform 2009". Pirate Party (Sweden). Archived from the original on 2010-09-08. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
  11. ^ "Uppsala-Deklaration". Piratenwiki (in German and English). Pirate Party Germany. 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
  12. ^ The Prague Declaration
  13. ^ "PPI Dec 6 2020 General Assembly". BBC News. BBC. 2020-12-06. Retrieved 2021-01-01.
  14. ^ "Pirate Party Australia resigns from PPI". 2015-02-11. Retrieved 2015-02-11.
  15. ^ "PPUK leaves PPI". 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2015-02-25.
  16. ^ "PPBE suspends their PPI membership". 2015-03-04. Retrieved 2015-03-08.
  17. ^ "Icelandic Pirates: PPIS Vote to Leave PPI and Birgitta only Politician to increase in Trust". 2015-04-20. Retrieved 2015-04-20.
  18. ^ "Motion P01: Proposition ang. att lämna observatörsmedlemskapet i PPI". 2015-05-10. Retrieved 2015-05-10.
  19. ^ Pirate Parties International Statutes, Article XIII.
  20. ^ Pirate Parties International Statutes, Articles IX - XI.
  21. ^ "Resigned on 22nd of February 2020". Retrieved 2020-03-13.

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