The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Party is the party for liberal democrat values in Europe.
Together with our liberal member parties across the European continent we are translating the principle of freedom into politics, economics and all other areas of our societies. The ALDE Party provides an increasingly vital link between citizens and the EU institutions and is continuously growing in size and significance.
Liberal Democrats created their European political family in 1976 in view of the first European elections and in 1993 was established as a true transnational political party.
Formerly the European Liberal Democrat and Reform (ELDR) party, on 10 November 2012 at the Congress in Dublin, European Liberal Democrat delegates voted overwhelmingly to change the name of the party to Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE) Party to strengthen links with the European Parliamentary group.
Leaders and key figures
Hans van Baalen was elected President of the European Liberal Democrats for a two-year mandate on 21 November 2015 at the Congress in Budapest, Hungary.
The ALDE Party brings together Members of the European Parliament from among its member parties. Together with the MEPs from the European Democratic Party they form the third largest political force, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group, which is led by Guy Verhofstadt MEP.
Seven EU Prime Ministers belong to ALDE Party member parties:
- Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg
- Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia
- Charles Michel, Prime Minister of Belgium
- Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark
- Taavi Rõivas, Prime Minister of Estonia
- Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of The Netherlands
- Juha Sipilä, Prime Minister of Finland
Five European Commissioners represent liberal democrats:
- Andrus Ansip, Vice President and Commissioner for Digital Single Market
- Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport
- Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade
- Margarethe Vestager, Commissioner for Competition
- Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality
In 60 years of European integration, the European Union has served us well in achieving peace, stability and prosperity. The EU has promoted and extended to half a billion people the four freedoms: the free movement of people, services, capital and goods across borders. We want the Union to play a key leadership role in tackling today’s and tomorrows global challenges.
- We strengthen the Liberal Democrat movement in the EU and throughout Europe;
- We assist Liberal Democrat politicians across Europe to become better acquainted and to define a common political vision;
- We draw up and adopt a common manifesto for the European Parliament elections.
Values & Messages
Every five years, European Liberal Democrats approve a common political programme for the European elections. Click here to find all our manifesto programmes from 1979, when the first direct European elections were held, until the most recent one for the European elections of 2014 entitled 'A Europe that Works'.
> Democracy, the rule of law, human rights, tolerance and solidarity
The ALDE Party believes in a Europe based on the fundamental Liberal principles of liberty, democracy, the rule of law, human rights, tolerance and solidarity.
> A fair, free and open society
We believe in a fair, free and open society which harnesses the abilities of each and every one of its citizens to participate fully in society, presenting them with the opportunities to fulfill their potential, free from poverty, ignorance, and discrimination.
> A prosperous Europe
To achieve these goals, we are striving to complete the internal market as a truly common economic area without internal frontiers and to reform Europe's economy to make it more prosperous and competitive, with more jobs and stable prices for consumers, based on the principle of globally inclusive international free trade.
> Sustainable development and peace in the world
We are working to promote sustainable development and to protect our environment. We are campaigning for a safe and just society, ensuring a more peaceful and stable world.
> EU enlargement
As the most consistent and long-standing advocates of an early and wide enlargement of the European Union, we are delighted to have welcomed into the Union our friends from the new Member States. We are firmly resolved to further deepen, reinforce and enlarge the European Union.
> A transparent, democratic and accountable Europe
We campaign for a more transparent, democratic and accountable Europe, taking decisions only on those matters which require European solutions. We are in favour of a systematic application of the subsidiarity principle in order to bring decision-making as close to the citizen as possible.
> A European Constitution
ALDE Party supports a constitutional settlement for Europe. Liberal Democrats all over Europe have always campaigned for a strong constitution as the basis of democracy.
ALDE Party by-laws and founding document
ALDE Party statutes
The ALDE Party statutes define the fundamental purpose and liberal objectives. They also lay out the basic rules of membership and describe the nature and composition of the party’s bodies that form the party’s structure.
ALDE Party internal regulations
The ALDE Party internal regulations define the functioning and working procedures of the Party and its different bodies. They describe in detail how the party statutes are being applied in practice.
ALDE Party founding document: Stuttgart Declaration
Our European liberal party was founded more than 30 years ago in the German city of Stuttgart in 1976. Its truly visionary founding document constitutes in detail our liberal vision of a free and liberal European Community.
As articulated by great liberal personalities back then, our vision of a prosperous, united, and strong Europe remains valid more than ever before and commits us to continue working in a liberal spirit for the citizens of Europe.
Download the founding document: Stuttgart declaration in pdf
ALDE Party annual financial statement
The funding of the ALDE Party comes from two sources, the general budget of the European Union and its member parties' contributions. You will find enclosed the annual financial statement for previous years (from 2004 onwards) containing revenue and expenditure and a statement of assets and liabilities (as stipulated inarticle 6.1. of the Regulation (EC) No 2004/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding).
Financial statements 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ALDE Party Code of Conduct for Sponsorship
On 8 May 2015, the ALDE Party adopted the Code of Conduct pertaining to sponsorship as part of our Internal Financial Regulations.