The ELDR Congress takes place at the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin, Ireland.
Resolutions and urgencies
A workshop of liberal experts in the field of energy issues was convened in Brussels on 12 July in order to hold an exchange of views on the direction and contents of the draft Congress theme resolution. An invitation to nominate representatives to participate at this meeting was sent on 29 May.
The ELDR Bureau will subsequently prepare the draft theme resolution that will be sent to all member parties by 27 September 2012, at the latest (in accordance with the Congress deadlines).
Congress resolutions and urgencies will also be discussed. Draft motions for resolutions can be sent to the ELDR Secretariat up to Thursday 6 September and can be tabled by full members parties, one third of the Members of the European Parliament who are signed up to the ELDR Party or the ELDR Party Bureau. To facilitate the processing and discussion of resolutions, parties are kindly invited to focus their attention on the action points of the resolution and to keep the introductory section to a reasonable length.
Urgencies (max. 300 words) can be submitted until 10h00 CET on Wednesday 7 November and may be proposed by the Council, any full member party, twenty-five Congress delegates or one third of the Members of the European Parliament who are signed up to the ELDR Party. These must relate to current or recent political events which could not have been dealt with in the draft resolutions two months prior to the Congress.
Amendments to the draft theme resolution and motions for resolutions must be submitted by Thursday 11 October and can only be tabled by full member parties, one third of the Members of the European Parliament, of the Committee of the Regions, of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe who are signed up to the ELDR Party or by the Associate Individual Members of the ELDR Party collectively and democratically through their elected representative or the Bureau of the ELDR Party.
The Congress fringe programme will begin on the afternoon of Thursday 8 Novemberand there will be topical meetings held throughout the two and a half days of the Congress. Further details will be published in due course as the programme develops.
A dedicated programme for national and European parliamentarians will include the traditional MPs and MEPs reception at the invitation of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament.
ELDR Bureau elections
Elections will be held for the position of ELDR Treasurer and two Vice Presidents. Current Vice President Vesna Pusic will complete her third mandate at the Congress and, in accordance with the ELDR Party’s statutes, is not permitted to run again.
Incumbent Vice President Dick Roche and Treasurer Roman Jakic will complete their current mandate at this year’s congress and both are eligible to stand for re-election, should they wish to.
Nominations for the positions of Vice President and Treasurer can only be submitted by full member parties.
The deadline for the nomination of candidates according to the internal regulations revised by the Council in Yerevan, Armenia, on 11 May 2012 is Thursday 27 September, six weeks before the Congress.
The candidate’s party leader must send a signed letter of nomination addressed to the ELDR President.
The representatives of the ELDR member parties’ women’s organisations will separately hold elections of a new President and two Deputies to head the ELWN (European Liberal Women’s Network).
Evening social events
A welcome reception will be held on the evening of Thursday 8 November and on Friday 9 November there will be a walking dinner. Delegates will be required to wear their Congress badge in order to gain entrance to both events.
A special reception exclusively for ELDR’s European and national parliamentarianswill also be held on the evening of Friday 9 November and will be hosted by the ALDE Group in the European Parliament. This reception will take place prior to the walking dinner, allowing parliamentarians to attend both events.