Description of Party bodies
The annual Party Congress, which is the supreme-decision making forum, highlights a key political issue for high level debates. The Congress brings together delegates from all our member parties, our parliamentary group, liberal democrat Commissioners, Ministers, MPs and representatives of the European Liberal Youth. Congress delegates elect the ALDE Party Bureau members and adopt the political resolutions and common electoral programme for the European elections.
The ALDE Party Council is the party’s second highest decision-making body and meets at least twice a year. Delegates of full member parties are empowered to speak and act on behalf of the ALDE Party. The Council approves membership applications, membership fees, the party’s annual budget and accounts and nominates the Secretary General.
The Bureau provides the ALDE Party with its day-to-day guidance. The President, Vice-Presidents and Treasurer of the Bureau are elected every two years at the Congress.
The Secretary General is in charge of the daily management of the Party. The scope and financial limitations of the management powers are defined by the ALDE Party bureau.
The staff members support the Secretary General in his day-to-day work and the realisation of the Party’s objectives.
The ALDE Gender Equality Network campaigns for gender equality and the promotion of women´s rights in all spheres of public and private life. The Network believes men and women should fully participate as equal partners in economic, social and political life and wants to see more women in politics at all levels.
Established in 1976, the European Liberal Youth - LYMEC represents 250 000 young liberal democrats and seeks to promote European Liberal Democrat values among young European people.
Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament form the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group (ALDE Group) from 22 countries and currently comprise 100 members of which 75 represent ALDE Party members. They share common values and a common vision for Europe. The group is led by former Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt MEP (Open VLD, Belgium)
Closely linked to the ALDE Party and the Group in the European Parliament the non profit association ELF brings together national political foundations and think-tanks in the European Union who, within the framework of liberal, democratic and reformist ideals, wish to contribute to the European Union. Through education, training, research and the promotion of active citizenship the Forum contributes to the debate on European public policy issues and the further process of European integration.