08 Jun, 2022

A thousand liberals from all over Europe participate in the ALDE Party Congress

From 2 to 4 June, European liberal leaders convened in Dublin for the first in-person ALDE Party Congress since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Ministers, European Commissioners, party leaders and other guests took part of the different sessions to discuss some of Europe’s most pressing challenges: sustainable energy, security and women in leadership, among others.

In case you missed something, we collected all the key highlights from the Congress below.

ALDE Party Council welcomes new members in Dublin

ALDE Party held its Council meeting during the ALDE Party Congress on 2 June. In the meeting, delegates welcomed 4 new full members and 1 affiliate member, among other things. We are happy to welcome Centar (Croatia), Iniciativa Liberal (Portugal), Lelo 2020 (Georgia), and Sluha Narodu, the party founded by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Ukraine), as full members and Girchi – More Freedom (Georgia) as affiliate member of ALDE Party!

The ALDE Party Congress kicks off with speeches from key European leaders

On 3 June, liberal leaders opened the Congress with a series of speeches on sustainable energy and Europe’s security. The ceremony started with interventions from ALDE Party co-Presidents, Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP and Senator Timmy Dooley, and Renew Europe Group President Stéphane Séjourné MEP.  It continued with addresses from Micheál Martin, Taoiseach of Ireland, Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Alexander de Croo, Prime Minister of Belgium (3D), Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President of the European Commission, Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy and Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Market.

European liberals elect new leadership at ALDE Congress

Results are in! Congress delegates elected the team that will lead liberals to the European elections of 2024. The Congress voted to renew the co-presidency of Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP (MRF, Bulgaria) and Senator Timmy Dooley (Fianna Fáil, Ireland).  Delegates also voted for five new Vice-Presidents: Deputy Mayor of the 2nd district of Budapest Dániel Berg (Momentum, Hungary), Baroness Sal Brinton (Liberal Democrats, United Kingdom), Svenja Hahn MEP (FDP, Germany), Holos Party Leader Kira Rudik (Holos, Ukraine), and Annelou van Egmond (D66, The Netherlands). 

A range of resolutions were adopted during Congress

During the Congress, a range of resolutions covering topical issues were voted on and adopted. All new adopted resolutions will be available here.

Liberal leaders discuss sustainability, security, and women’s political leadership in Dublin

On its second day, the ALDE Party Congress hosted a series of high-level debates in which liberal leaders addressed some of the most important challenges of our time: sustainable energy, security and defence in Europe and women’s political leadership.

If you want to view photos from the ALDE Congress, check out our Flickr page

For some of the top social media moments, search #ALDECongress on Twitter and Instagram

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