Party Chair Victor Everhardt opened the 116th D66 Congress in Rotterdam by calling on members to work together and become the party that tackles the big problems of citizens.
The Congress took place on 19 November, where members adopted a motion in favour of rapid implementation of the refugee law to urge for direct solutions to the refugee crisis. They highlighted the importance of respecting international human rights and the responsibility of the Netherlands in welcoming people fleeing war and violence.
D66 Parliamentary Group leader Jan Paternotte mentioned that the Netherlands had already welcomed over 80,000 Ukrainian refugees, of which 80% of adults were in paid employment. He praised the cooperation among different parties and political levels:
“In collaboration with the municipalities and Minister Eric van der Burg (VVD, State Secretary for Asylum and Migration) we did a great job in giving refugees the opportunity to restart their lives.”
Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Party Leader Sigrid Kaag concluded the day by calling for solidarity during this crisis. She warned that the government can’t take the burden like before, solidarity will be crucial:
“I ask for your fighting spirit, for your ability to stand up for what can be the Netherlands at its best. To make the democratic revolution before others disrupt our society. This country will be better if we do it together. We either do it right, or we don't!"
You can re-watch the congress here (in Dutch).
The ALDE Party Secretariat attended the Congress to present its work and engage with D66 members to talk about the liberal family and activities.
Photo credit: D66