Our founding document is the Stuttgart Declaration. Adopted in 1976, this declaration of principles outlines our basic values and vision for Europe.
In more than 60 years of European integration, the European Union has served us well in achieving peace, stability and prosperity. The EU has promoted and extended to half a billion people the four freedoms: the free movement of people, services, capital and goods across borders. We want the Union to play a key leadership role in tackling today’s and tomorrow’s global challenges.
As such, the ALDE Party believes in a Europe based on the fundamental Liberal principles of liberty, democracy, the rule of law, human rights, tolerance and solidarity. We believe in a fair, free and open society which harnesses the abilities of each and every one of its citizens to participate fully in society, presenting them with the opportunities to fulfil their potential, free from poverty, ignorance, and discrimination.
Our values in action
A prosperous Europe
To achieve these goals, we are striving to complete the internal market as a truly common economic area without internal frontiers and to reform Europe's economy to make it more prosperous and competitive, with more jobs and stable prices for consumers, based on the principle of fair and sustainable international trade deals.
Sustainable development and peace in the world
We are working to promote sustainable development, to protect our environment and fight climate change. As such we must invest in research, security, the environment, and tackling youth unemployment. We are campaigning for a safe and just society, ensuring a more peaceful and stable world.
Renew the European Union
As the most consistent and long-standing advocates of an early and wide enlargement of the European Union, we are delighted to have welcomed into the Union our friends from a succession of new Member States. We are firmly resolved to further deepen, reinforce and eventually enlarge the European Union.
A transparent, democratic and accountable Europe
We campaign for a more transparent, democratic and accountable Europe, taking decisions only on those matters which require European solutions. We are in favour of a systematic application of the subsidiarity principle in order to bring decision-making as close to the citizen as possible and establish a new mechanism that monitors violations of fundamental rights, civil liberties and the rule of law in EU Member States.
We are therefore united in our mission to renew Europe into a place that people can be proud of again. Change is necessary. We must fight for reform, and not let our cooperation be destroyed. No single country can respond to climate change, international terrorism and ensure that globalisation delivers for everyone. Only if we choose to address Europe’s flaws and reform it, the EU will again be a driving force for new jobs, security and prosperity, a renewed Europe.
Ahead of the elections to the European Parliament in May 2019, the ALDE Party adopted its electoral manifesto outlining our liberal vision for the European Union.
As part of an inclusive and consultative process, a Manifesto Drafting Committee was convened to draft an initial text which was then open and subject to amendments tabled by ALDE Party member parties before its adoption. The Manifesto Drafting Committee brought together senior liberals from across Europe and was chaired by the former Prime Minister of Estonia Taavi Rõivas MP.
To gather insight and expertise, a series of ten forum meetings were organised across Europe from March to May 2018 to gather input from different stakeholders and European citizens. An overview of the Expert Forums and summaries of the discussions can be found here.
Prior to its adoption, ALDE Party member parties had the opportunity to propose amendments to the manifesto as per the ALDE Party’s usual resolution procedure.
The ALDE Party’s European Election Manifesto was adopted at the ALDE Party Congress on 10 November 2018 in Madrid, Spain. It can be downloaded and read at the link below.
For additional information about the ALDE Party's Manifesto 2019 process, please contact Andrew Burgess (Political Adviser - [email protected]). Previous editions of our electoral manifestos can be found below. Alternatively, all adopted policy positions of the ALDE Party can be found via our Resolutions pages.