The Debenelux Shared Societies: liberal cooperation across borders conference, held on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 April in Maastricht, was considered a big success by the participants. Municipal and provincial councillors, aldermen and provincial governors from the liberal parties from Germany (FDP), Flanders / Belgium (Open Vld) and the Netherlands (D66 en VVD) assembled to discuss cross-border themes and to lay foundations for future cooperation.
MEP Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, MP Kees Verhoeven and Elbert Roest, President of the association for political representatives contributed to the meeting on behalf of D66. Onno Hoes, Mayor of Maastricht (VVD) opened the conference that was chaired by ELDR Vice-President Lousewies van der Laan. Open Vld MEP and former ELDR President Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck gave a training on local party structures and the little liberal book.
Two members of the D66 Europe working group, Marc Enschede and Robert Schliessler, interviewed representatives of all parties present. Click here for the first interview with Maastricht Alderman Mieke Damsma (D66) en Adjunct Secretary-General of the Benelux Council Luc Willems (Open Vld), and here for the second interview with Ralf Berlingen (FDP) and Ine Hellweg, councillor in Voerendaal (VVD).
A more extensive report will be made available soon and will also include information on possible follow-up ideas.