From 30 April to 3 May, the ALDE member Ciudadanos in Spain held its fifth national Congress, this time exceptionally online given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the theme “United for freedom” (Unidos por la libertad) and with the participation of more than 500 party members, Ciudadanos confirmed Inés Arrimadas as their party leader following her electionin March this year.
In her intervention, Arrimadas highlighted the importance of liberal values when faced with the big challenges caused by the ongoing pandemic and stressed that Ciudadanos is the liberal and centre party that Spain needs to serve citizens, defend equality and face populists and nationalists.
“The hope and values remain intact, we will continue to be guided by a single principle: the general interest of the Spaniards,” Arrimadas stated during her intervention at the closing of the Congress. You can watch the intervention of Arrimadas in full here (in Spanish).
Moreover, the party discussed and adopted the new party strategy and the new statutes as well as elected a new General Council.
Europe’s Liberals also participated in the congress, with messages of support to the new party leader. All the interventions can be found here.
ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen highlighted the important role that Ciudadanos plays in the European liberal family and underlined the need for European solidarity in this pandemic in order to re-start the economy.
👏🏻 Congratulations Ciudadanos and their new leader @InesArrimadas on their digital congress this weekend. @CiudadanosCs plays a vital role in Spanish & European politics and also in ALDE. Ines will lead C’s to new successes! 👍🏻🇪🇺 pic.twitter.com/MQACwIZkCG— Hans van Baalen (@hansvanbaalen) May 4, 2020
ALDE Party Vice-President Dita Charanzová congratulated Arrimadas and stressed that the European liberal family will continue to collaborate with Ciudadanos in this new phase.