Europe's Liberals and Democrats, meeting for their 33rd annual congress in Dublin, have overwhelmingly adopted a motion to change the name of the party to Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party, or in short ALDE Party, with immediate effect.
Sir Graham Watson MEP, President of the ALDE Party, said: "In 2004, other centrist forces joined with ELDR MEPs to form the ALDE Group in the European Parliament. Today, we create one Party to provide a home at EU level for all these forces and more."
Guy Verhofstadt MEP, leader of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament, said: "It makes sense for the ALDE Group in the European Parliament to be reflected in an ALDE Party, uniting the EU's centrist forces under one umbrella."
Founded in 26 March 1976 ahead of the first direct elections to the European Parliament, European Liberals and Democrats were the first truly pan-European political grouping. In 1986, the federation of parties became known as the European Liberal Democratic and Reform (ELDR) Party and in 1993 officially became a European political party.