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.
The Secretary General oversees the ALDE Party political activities, supervises the organisation of the Party's events and manages the staff, the finances and the premises of the Party.
Tel: +32 2 237 01 41
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
Fianna Fail, Ireland – Vice President
Alexander Graf Lambsdorff
FDP, Germany – Vice President
Annelou van Egmond
D66, the Netherlands – Vice President
SMC, Slovenia – Treasurer
Deputy Secretary General Head of the Finance & Compliance Unit
Manages and coordinates the administration (finances and HR) of the secretariat. Supervises the annual budget, membership fees, audit and prepares the grant application. Coordinates the meetings of the Financial Advisory Committee. Liaises with the external auditors, financial services of the European Parliament, the Authority and Belgian authorities.
+32 2 237 01 42
Lucie BUBA MALIKE
Responsible for the internal control of the compliance to the EU Regulatory framework. Responsible for the regular follow up of the running budget use, financial analysis, payments. Responsible for the cooperation with the external accountant.
+32 2 551 01 62
Gisela DUCAILLE SINUÉS
Finance & Compliance officer
Responsible for processing the invoices and sending them to the external accountant. Responsible for the preparation of invoices to members and sponsors. Responsible for reconciling credit card payments, processing reimbursement requests and following the budget use of political projects.
+32 2 204 08 55
Responsible for answering the phone, welcoming guests and preparing the meeting rooms. Responsible for the office management and travel management. Responsible for contacts with suppliers and inventory.
+32 2 237 01 40
In charge of the Human Resources management of the Party.
+32 2 204 08 53
Didrik de SCHAETZEN
Head of Communication & Events Unit
Spokesperson of the ADLE Party. Advise the President and Secretary General on communication & media matters. Draft and implement the ALDE Party Information and Communication Strategy. Manage and coordinate the work of the Communication unit and its budget.
+32 2 237 01 43
Head of Section & Digital Communications Manager
Supervise the execution of the social media content plan. Lead the development of the newsletter. Monitor the organisation’s performance through digital analytics analysis.
+32 2 551 01 64
Multimedia Video Producer
Produce short video content for use on Social Media & during events.Video support for Member Parties and candidates.Social media and website backup.
+32 2 204 08 50
Nadège VAN HOORDE
Produce visuals for social media communication and events. Ensure the graphic and visual coherence of ALDE Party products. Maintain the ALDE Party website content.
+32 2 237 01 45
Support the party activities on social media. Support the production of weekly newsletter. Help update the party website.
+32 2 204 08 56
Head of the Engagement Unit
Manages of all staff members within Events and Engagement Unit. Ensures ALDE Party events are delivered to time and budget. Ensures growth of ALDE Party Community in terms of overall numbers and income. Ensures renewed development of relationships with Stakeholders, particularly corporates.
+32 2 237 01 47
Policy and Corporate Engagement Officer
Coordinates and disseminates appropriate political content for ALDE Party audiences and supporters.
Provides background concept notes and briefings for ALDE Party events.
Develops and coordinates ALDE Party corporate engagement activities.
+32 2 551 01 66
Maria Claudia PASTENA
Managing all aspects of the Party events calendar, including budget, relations with different suppliers, with a focus on large – scale events. Coordinating with the Communication Unit to deliver promotional material and advertising for events. Coordinating with the Policy, strategy and Capacity Development Unit to deliver event programmes ad send personalised event invitations. On ad hoc basis, supporting all the other internal events.
+32 2 551 01 69
Field and Data Campaign Adviser
Provides electoral data analysis to run targeted campaigns.
Offers trainings on volunteer management and canvassing.
+32 2 237 01 48
Senior Political Adviser
Manages the political input for ALDE Party Bureau and Council meetings, prepares missions of Bureau members and coordinates the policy resolution work. Is in charge of ALDE Party’s membership development process.
+32 2 551 01 65
Junior Data Analyst
Provides data research and analysis to support the activities of the Data & Analytics Team and develops new analytics and database solutions.
+32 2 551 01 63
Daniela MORALES GARCIA
Policy Development Advisor
Supports the newly established EU policy section with the goal to shape and promote ALDE party’s narrative, presence and influence on the European stage.
+32 2 237 01 46
Head of the Research & Empowerment Unit
Responsible for data analysis, opinion research and coordination of the party empowerment programme.
+32 2 551 01 63
Jan VAN BRAEKEN
Policy Officer & Executive Assistant
Provides support and research on different political and thematic areas.
+32 2 204 08 51
Alliance of Her Project Manager
Responsible for all aspects of the Alliance of Her, including setting the strategic direction.
+32 2 551 01 61
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.”
Clara Puig De Torres-Solanot
ALDE Party Secretariat Trainee
+32 2 204 08 52
CRM and Community Manager
Manages the Individual Members Programme and the Individual Donors Programme.
Manages and provides support for the internal political CRM.
+32 2 237 01 44
Head of the Policy and Membership Unit
Responsible for developing ALDE Party’s political positions with the member parties and political leadership, monitoring and analysing liberal party developments across Europe, establishing policy working groups and liaising with stakeholders.
+32 2 551 01 60