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.
Responsible for the overall strategic direction, resource management and growth of ALDE Party, as well further developing the relationship with member parties and its community of stakeholders.
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
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
DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL, HEAD OF THE FINANCE & COMPLIANCE UNIT
Responsible for managing and coordinating the administration, finances, and compliance of the Secretariat.
+32 2 237 01 42
Lucie BUBA MALIKE
Responsible for the regular follow up of the running budget use, financial analysis, payments, and cooperation with the external accountant.
+32 2 551 01 62
Gisela DUCAILLE SINUÉS
FINANCE AND COMPLIANCE OFFICER
Responsible for answering the phone, welcoming guests, arranging catering for small events, travel bookings and inventory.
+32 2 237 01 40
HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER
Responsible for recruiting and onboarding, talent management and rewards for the staff.
+32 2 204 08 53
Didrik de SCHAETZEN
HEAD OF THE COMMUNICATION & EVENTS UNIT
ALDE Party Spokesperson. Responsible for advising the President and Secretary General on communication & media matters and managing the work of the unit and its budget.
+32 2 237 01 43
HEAD OF SECTION & DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Responsible for overseeing social media activities, producing communication plans and strategies, and giving trainings to relevant stakeholders.
+32 2 551 01 64
MULTIMEDIA VIDEO PRODUCER
Responsible for creating and developing multimedia content, ensuring the consistency of the brand, and improving engagement.
+32 2 204 08 50
Nadège VAN HOORDE
Responsible for producing visuals for social media communication and events, ensure the graphic and visual coherence of ALDE Party products and updating the ALDE Party website content.
+32 2 237 01 45
Responsible for creating and publishing social media content, and providing editorial support for ALDE website, newsletter, and press releases.
+32 2 204 08 56
HEAD OF THE ENGAGEMENT UNIT
Responsible for ensuring growth of ALDE Party Community in terms of overall numbers and income and renewed development of relationships with stakeholders.
+32 2 237 01 47
POLICY & CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT OFFICER
Responsible for coordinating and disseminating appropriate political content for ALDE Party audiences and events and developing and coordinating ALDE Party corporate engagement activities.
+32 2 551 01 66
Maria Claudia PASTENA
Responsible for managing all aspects of the Party events calendar, including budget, relations with different suppliers, with a focus on large-scale events.
+32 2 551 01 69
DATA & STRATEGY ADVISER
Responsible for empowering Member Party campaigns and supporting the Research and Empowerment Unit with data analysis.
+32 2 237 01 48
SENIOR POLITICAL ADVISER
Responsible for political monitoring and analysis, maintaining activities and contacts with current and prospective member parties, managing political input for Bureau and Council meetings, and preparing Bureau missions.
+32 2 551 01 65
JUNIOR DATA ANALYST
Responsible for providing data research and analysis, supporting the activities of the Data & Analytics Team, and developing new analytics and database solutions.
+32 2 551 01 63
Daniela MORALES GARCIA
POLICY DEVELOPMENT ADVISER
Responsible for all EU policy work with the goal of shaping and promoting ALDE party’s narrative, presence, and influence on the European stage.
+32 2 237 01 46
HEAD OF THE RESEARCH & EMPOWERMENT UNIT
Responsible for analysing data, researching opinion, and coordinating the party empowerment programme.
+32 2 551 01 63
Jan VAN BRAEKEN
POLICY OFFICER & EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
ALLIANCE OF HER PROJECT MANAGER
Responsible for all aspects of the Alliance Of Her, including setting the strategic direction.
+32 2 551 01 61
Marketing and Communications Officer
Clara Puig De Torres-Solanot
WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT
CRM & COMMUNITY MANAGER
Responsible for managing the Individual Membership and the Individual Donors Programmes, administering the parties’ CRM and working on communication such as drafting of email campaigns.
+32 2 237 01 44
HEAD OF THE POLICY AND MEMBERSHIP UNIT