This Saturday, ALDE Party member Mouvement Reformateur (MR) in Belgium held its traditional 1 May Congress to celebrate labour day. Due to the ongoing situation, the meeting was held online for the second year in a row.
In his speech, party leader Georges-Louis Bouchez called for a range of reforms, including support to Belgian youth, improving work-life balance, reforming pension system and creating more jobs, among others. Bouchez also shared a personal note of the party turning 175 years this year, thanking the party members and urging them to “be proud to be liberals”.
Sophie Wilmès, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, also addressed the audience, highlighting the important of working together to overcome the crisis:
“Let us be clear: we will have to work together, overcome our differences to continue to support a weakened economy, workers and sectors in difficulty. Our country needs unity, no warmongers and no threat to social peace.”
President of Open VLD Egbert Lachaert also joined the congress, sharing his insights during a lively Q&A session.
You can rewatch the event here or below
Merci 1000 fois pour votre soutien lors de ce 1er mai. Merci à l’ensemble des collaborateurs du @MR_officiel pour le succès— Georges-L BOUCHEZ (@GLBouchez) May 3, 2021
📺 Revoir: https://t.co/PoAEhG0YDi
🎤 Discours: https://t.co/fPIC392w82
📝 Lire le discours: https://t.co/sUNrDhOV8q#PresidenceMR #fierdetreliberal #MR1mai pic.twitter.com/JQQe7RJDfC
#1erMai Soyons lucides: nous allons devoir travailler ensemble, surmonter nos divergences pour continuer d’épauler une économie fragilisée, travailleurs et secteurs en difficulté. Notre pays a besoin d’unité, pas de va-t-en-guerre ni de menace vàv de la paix sociale. #MR1mai pic.twitter.com/4GMEKo4aLx— Sophie Wilmès (@Sophie_Wilmes) May 1, 2021
Photo credit: Screenshot from the live-streaming.