16 Dec, 2020

2020 a key year for European Liberals, despite challenges

The year 2020 has been a year like no other. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has dominated the global agenda, forcing governments to put restrictive measures in place, testing the capacities of our healthcare systems and contributing to the surge of online disinformation.

Despite these challenges, European Liberals have been working hard throughout 2020 to defend human and civil rights, ensure our democracies are protected and the rule of law upheld, make Europe more free, prosperous, and competitive, promote sustainable development and renew Europe. Below we have collected some of the liberal highlights and achievements of this year. 

European liberal family grows in size and significance

The European liberal family has grown during 2020 and thus will be even stronger to start the upcoming year:

  • Two new political parties became ALDE members
  • More than 300 new individual members joined us this year
  • 2 new Liberal Prime Ministers (Belgium and Ireland)
  • Nearly 20 new liberal national Ministers (Belgium, Ireland, Lithuania, and North Macedonia) took office
  • Liberals are leading in 13 EU capitals and in many other regions and cities all around Europe

Liberals deliver on key policies

At regional, national and European levels, Liberals have delivered on a range of key policies in 2020, just a few examples are listed below:

Renew Europe Commissioners adopt flagship initiatives

Throughout the year, European Commissioners have been working on flagship initiatives on a range of topics:

Margrethe Vestager

  • New Digital Education Action Plan
  • Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act

Vera Jourová

  • European Democracy Action Plan
  • Union of Equality: LGBTIQ Equality Strategy

Didier Reynders

  • Rule of Law Report
  • New Consumers Agenda

Kadri Simson

  • Energy systems integration strategy
  • Hydrogen strategy
  • Renovation wave strategy

Thierry Breton

  • European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience
  • Coronavirus response: coordination of the industry response to shortages in medical supplies and toolbox for interoperability of apps

Janez Lenarčič

  • EU coronavirus response: EU coronavirus crisis response mechanism 
  • Proposal to strengthen the EU’s crisis management system

ALDE Party continues the fight for liberal values

In 2020, the ALDE Party has been active through several initiatives and campaigns, some of which are highlighted below:

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Please note that the listing above is by no means exhaustive: all our member parties have been working hard, winning seats in important elections, starting initiatives at local, regional and national levels and promoting liberal values and priorities across Europe. You can find all our member parties listed on our website and follow them on social media with the help of our dedicated Twitter list.

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