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 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 98 members from 22 countries of which 66 represent ALDE Party members, along with EDP, PLUS and Renaissance. They share common values and a common vision for Europe. The group is led by former Prime Minister Dacian CIOLOȘ (Partidul Libertate, Unitate și Solidaritate, Romania).
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.
VVD, the Netherlands – President
Henrik Bach Mortensen
Venstre, Denmark – Vice President
Momentum, Hungary – Vice President
Baroness Sal Brinton
Liberal Democrats, the United Kingdom – Vice President
ANO 2011, Czech Republic – Vice President
Fianna Fail, Ireland – Vice President
Ciudadanos, Spain – Vice President
MRF, Bulgaria – Vice President
Alexander Graf Lambsdorff
FDP, Germany – Vice President
Annelou van Egmond
D66, the Netherlands – Vice President
SMC, Slovenia – Treasurer
The Nigerian born Italian Timothy Asotie, believes that our cultural differences and our shared values make Europe unique and stronger. Timothy is a Political Analyst with a B.Sc in Political Science, a post-graduate degree in Intercultural Mediation and a MA in International Relations. His vision as the treasurer for the next two years is to render financial transparency in promoting liberalism and democracy across Europe.
Silvia believes the individual members are an essential body to the ALDE Party, having an incredible potential. Thus, she will work to increase their visibility and make their voice stronger. Within the Steering Committee Silvia serves as Political Officer.
As the responsible member of the Steering committee for the activity of our coordinators all over the continent, Sven will dedicate his time to increase the activities in all regions of Europe. “I understand communication, transparency and accountability as crucial elements for my service to our members. It is most important, to empower the field, to focus our motivation and to improve our political standing. I am here to serve this mission. Please contact me with all your needs.”
Laura is a law student in Brussels passionate about European Union law. Her first political membership was four years ago with the individual members of ALDE Party. She believes the individual members should have an important voice and wants to fight like a liberal to get the message across. For the Steering Committee Laura serves as a PR/PA-officer.
Marketing and Communications Officer
As Marketing and Communications Officer within the Steering Committee, Pascal Jacobs strives for a stronger internal communication and growing visibility of individual members all over Europe. “Next to that, I will focus on bringing our events and activities closer to the needs and wishes of both new and existing individual members. This way I am convinced we can both enhance the commitment and connection of our members and establish a further growth of the amount of members.”