ALDE Party Governance – the life of a democratic party
European Liberals are a member-driven organisation.
Our members, national political parties and individuals, are at the core of the European Liberal Party.
Their representatives meet at least twice a year at the ALDE Party Congress and Council. The Congress is the highest decision-making body electing the political leadership and adopting policies. The Council, composed of a smaller number of representatives discusses membership applications and approves the annual budget of the party.
The political leadership, the President, the Treasurer and 9 Vice-Presidents, form the Bureau that sets the day-to-day political guidelines and is elected by Congress for a mandate of 2 years.
In the ALDE Party Headquarters in Brussels, the daily management of the Party’s activities is led by the Secretary-General and a team of more than 20 colleagues.
In the European Parliament, the Renew Europe Group (composed of ALDE’s MEPs, EDP, PLUS and Renaissance) works towards turning liberal ideas into legislation serving our European interests.
Together with our European liberal youth organisation LYMEC and our Think Tank European Liberal Forum and our partner organisations the ALDE Group in the parliamentary assembly in the Council of Europe and the Renew Europe Group in the Committee of the Regions, European Liberals work towards advancing our liberal agenda of promoting open societies and open markets at levels.
ALDE Party Congress
The annual Party Congress, which is the supreme-decision making forum, highlights a key political issue for high level debates. The Congress brings together delegates from all our member parties, our parliamentary group, liberal democrat Commissioners, Ministers, MPs and representatives of the European Liberal Youth. Congress delegates elect the ALDE Party Bureau members and adopt the political resolutions and common electoral programme for the European elections.
The ALDE Party Council is the party’s second highest decision-making body and meets at least twice a year. Delegates of full member parties are empowered to speak and act on behalf of the ALDE Party. The Council approves membership applications, membership fees, the party’s annual budget and accounts and nominates the Secretary General.
The Bureau provides the ALDE Party with its day-to-day guidance. The two co-President, Vice-Presidents and Treasurer of the Bureau are elected every two years at the Congress.
The Secretary General is in charge of the daily management of the Party. The scope and financial limitations of the management powers are defined by the ALDE Party bureau.
The staff members support the Secretary General in his day-to-day work and the realisation of the Party’s objectives.
Established in 1976, the European Liberal Youth - LYMEC represents 250 000 young liberal democrats and seeks to promote European Liberal Democrat values among young European people.
Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament sit in the Renew Europe Group and currently comprise 102 MEPs from 23 countries of which 71 are affiliated to ALDE Party members, along with EDP and LREM. They share common values and a common vision for Europe. The group is led by the Member of the European Parliament Stéphane Séjourné (LREM, FR).
Closely linked to the ALDE Party and the Group in the European Parliament the non profit association ELF brings together national political foundations and think-tanks in the European Union who, within the framework of liberal, democratic and reformist ideals, wish to contribute to the European Union. Through education, training, research and the promotion of active citizenship the Forum contributes to the debate on European public policy issues and the further process of European integration.
Fianna Fail, Ireland – co-President
MRF, Bulgaria – co-President
VVD, The Netherlands – Vice-President
USR, Romania – Vice-President
Momentum, Hungary – Vice President
Baroness Sal Brinton
Liberal Democrats, the United Kingdom – Vice President
FDP, Germany – Vice-President
Eva Kjer Hansen
Venstre, Denmark – Vice-President
Golos, Ukraine – Vice President
Annelou van Egmond
D66, the Netherlands – Vice President
Fianna Fáil, Ireland – Treasurer