From 16 to 17 September our Danish member party Radikale Venstre came together in Nyborg for their annual congress or Landsmøde. As the next Danish local elections will be held on 21 November, the conference served as a warm-up for the election campaign.
The Landsmøde was also an opportunity to discuss and adopt resolutions on pressing topics, such as economy, democracy and freedom and climate change, as well as to listen to inspirational speeches from Radikale Venstre personalities, like party leader Morten Østergaard or European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager.
In his speech, Morten Østergaard said: "We must take people's concerns seriously, whether it's about the refugee crisis, whether it's about opportunities where they live, or whether it's about how young people go through their school years. If we don't come forward and offer solutions to the real issues, it will be too easy for those who have no problems to leave the problems unsolved. We are a party that dares for the people, that dares to stick to our values while also being realistic because we know that's the way we can progress. Not just for a few of us, but for the majority in our society, just like those who came before us did."
In her address, Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said: "We must not only make Denmark better. We must also make Europe better."
During the congress, Radikale Venstre members also elected Bitten Schjødt Kjær as the new party deputy leader, replacing Vivian Heinola. Following her election, Schjødt Kjær said: "I am totally ready to start working and get around the whole country."