The ALDE Party is looking forward to welcoming you to Athens for three days of exciting debates, crucial elections, and social gatherings.
This page contains specific information for the individual members of the ALDE Party. All paid-up individual members are invited to attend the ALDE Party Congress.
The 40th Congress of the Alliance of Liberals & Democrats for Europe Party will take place from Thursday 24 - Saturday 26 October 2019 in Athens, Greece. Navigate through the pages via the buttons on the right side of this page to learn more about the venue of the ALDE Party Congress, hotels that have special deals for participants of the Congress, travel and transport advice etcetera.
How to register your participation
To participate in the ALDE Party Congress, you need to register your participation at register.aldeparty.eu. In the registration form please select the "Individual Member" option in the "organisation" drop down menu.
Participation in the ALDE Party Congress is 50€ for the early bird registrations. Participants must organise and pay for their travel and accommodation! Please note, the regular registration fee from 1 October 2019 until 22 October when online registration closes is €65.00.
What about the Congress delegates
Individual members will send four Congress delegates to the ALDE Party Congress. To determine who are the four delegates, an online election was held from 3-10 July 2019. More information is available on this page. Find below the four elected Congress delegates.
At the same time, also one new Council delegate was elected, Silvia Fernández.
How to participate in the ALDE Party Congress if you are not a delegate
All individual members can participate in the meetings of the Congress but do not have the right to speak in the plenary session on behalf of the individual members or vote – that is the exclusive right of the elected Congress delegates.
A dedicated “fringe” meeting will be organised specifically for the individual members, the Annual General Meeting. More below.
Motions for resolutions – how individual members can be involved
The four individual member delegates for the ALDE Party Congress, after consulting the other individual members and the Steering Committee, can submit motions for resolutions as well as amendments to be discussed at the ALDE Party Congress.
How will it work in practice, at the beginning in the first phase, ahead of the Congress? All individual members can draft a motion for a resolution. You need to gather support of at least 20 individual members. For now we use the platform called "Slack" for this process - go to the congress_athens_2019 channel. (if you're not yet part of the ALDE Party individual members' Slack, please write here to receive an invitation to join). The final versions of the draft resolutions must be submitted via e-mail to the elected Congress delegates by the latest on 16 August 2019. With the help of the ALDE Party secretariat, the Congress delegates will put the resolutions to an online vote among all paid-up members in the month of August as the rules stipulate that “a limited number of resolutions will be selected through preferential voting of all paid-up members at the latest 10 weeks before the Congress”.
UPDATE 21 August: the vote on the resolutions is taking place this week. On Wednesday 28 August, the names of the three resolutions that received most votes will be published on this page.
UPDATE 28 August: The vote is closed. The following resolutions are the winners of the vote:
- Transnational lists for the European elections in 2024
- Supporting ALDE individual members in Central and Eastern Europe
- Creation of a European Rule of Law Mechanism
Full results of the vote are available on OpaVote. All voters have also received an e-mail in their inbox with a link to the full results of the vote.
Annual General Meeting
As every year, an Annual General Meeting will be held to review the past year and make plans for the future. The Steering Committee shall draw up an agenda, not later than two weeks prior to the Annual General Meeting. Items for the agenda may be submitted to the Steering Committee no less than one month prior to the Annual General Meeting. For an item to be taken up in the agenda, it has to be submitted by at least 15 members.
At this Annual General Meeting, a new Steering Committee will take up its mandate. Elections for the new Steering Committee were held in early September.
The Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 26 October between 09h00-12h00
UPDATE: 12 October: The Steering Committee has shared the agenda of the meeting:
Agenda for Annual General Meeting of ALDE Party’s individual members (Hilton hotel Athens, room Thalia 4)
Saturday 26 October 2019, Athens, Greece
09:00: Opening and welcome
09:05-09:30: Special Guest Laura Owen, Head of Events and Engagement at the ALDE Party secretariat will join the Annual General Meeting to talk about GDPR and individual membership. After her input members can discuss further with the Steering Committee on how to share information among us while respecting privacy legislation.
09:30-10:00: The ALDE Party Individual Members Facebook group: The moderators and Steering Committee would like to reflect with members on how to improve the group.
10:00-11:00: The outgoing Steering Committee will share feedback regarding its term (events, budget etc.). Susanne Wunderer will present the “White paper” for new rules for Individual Membership and there is room for discussion.
Followed by transition to the new Steering Committee
11:00-12:00: The new Steering Committee will set the new goals of its term.
ALDE Party Congress, Athens 24-26 October 2019
The list of deadlines are available as a download (these deadlines apply to ALDE Party's Individual Membership).