PRESS ADVISORY: ALDE Party Congress in Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1-3 December 2017 | ALDE Party

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ALDE Party press release
28/11/2017

PRESS ADVISORY: ALDE Party Congress in Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1-3 December 2017

European Liberal Democrats will meet for their largest Congress ever this week at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and bring together over 1,000 participants, including Prime Ministers, European Commissioners, party leaders, delegates and invididual members from our 60 members parties from all Europe.


Key events at the Congress open to the press

Friday 1 December

16:00 – 16:30 Official Opening of the 38th ALDE Party Congress Auditorium, RAI Convention Centre

Hans van Baalen MEP, ALDE Party President
Guy Verhofstadt MEP, ALDE Group Leader

16:30 – 18:30 Keynote Speeches & 1st Plenary Debate Auditorium, RAI Convention Centre

Keynote Speeches:
Alexander Pechtold MP, Party Leader D66
Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, DP Luxembourg 

1st Plenary Debate on Renewing Democracy in the 21st century
Speakers:
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, DP Luxembourg 
Alexander Pechtold MP, Party Leader D66
Albert Rivera MP, Party Leader Cs
Bart Somers, ALDE-CoR President
Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition

Saturday 2 December

10:00 – 11:30 Keynote Speeches & 2nd Plenary Debate Auditorium, RAI Convention Centre

Keynote Speeches:
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, Centre Party Estonia
Vĕra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers, Gender Equality

2nd Plenary Debate on The Future of European Internet Policy
Speakers:
Sophie in 't Veld MEP, D66
Vĕra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers, Gender Equality
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, Centre Party Estonia
Luther Lowe, Global Vice President Public Policy, Yelp
David Wheeldon, Group Director Policy & Public Affairs, Sky

13:30 – 15:15 Keynote speeches & 3rd Plenary Debate Auditorium, RAI Convention Centre

Keynote Speeches:
Prime Minister Mark Rutte, VVD the Netherlands
Prime Minister Miro Cerar, SMC Slovenia

3rd Plenary Debate
Speakers:
Prime Minister Miro Cerar, SMC Slovenia
Prime Minister Mark Rutte, VVD, the Netherlands
Gwendolyn Rutten, Party Leader Open Vld
Other speakers tbc

15:30 – 17:30 Plenary Speeches & Interactive Workshop on New Economic Models: The Future of Work Auditorium + Auditorium Lounge, RAI Convention Centre

Welcome Words:
Dr Jurgen Martens, President, European Liberal Forum

Keynote Speakers:
European Commissioner Violeta Bulc
Martina Dlabajova MEP, ANO
Jacques Bughin, Senior Partner, McKinsey
Georgios Mavros, Public Policy Manager, Google

Moderator:
Kamran Ullah

17:30 – 19:00 Keynote speeches & 4th Plenary Debate Auditorium, RAI Convention Centre

Keynote Speech:
Jari Leppä, Minister of Agriculture Finland, Keskusta

4th Plenary Debate on Innovation & Future of the CAP: How can Liberals prioritise Competitiveness & Sustainability in European Agriculture

Speakers: 
Fredrick Federley MEP, Centerpartiet
Jan Huitema MEP, VVD
Volker Koch-Achelpoehler, Head of EU Liaison Bayer
Jari Leppä, Minister of Agriculture Finland, Keskusta
Catherine Bearder MEP, Liberal Democrats
Florine Kremer, Food security and sustainability Researcher at Wageningen University

19:00 – 19:20 Plenary speeches Auditorium, RAI Convention Centre

Juli Minoves, Liberal International President
Taavi Roivas MP, Chair ALDE Manifesto Drafting Committe

All other events are off-limits for journalists. Should you be interested in attending any other event, please drop a line to ddeschaetzen@aldeparty.eu.


Livestream, social media and photos

All the plenary sessions and keynote speeches at the Auditorium of the RAI Convention Centre will be available via livestream on our Facebook pageThe quality of the streaming will be SD.

Keep an eye also on our Facebook page for several Facebook Live interviews with high-level politicians attending the ALDE Party Congress.

Follow the hashtag #ALDECongress and our activities on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for latest updates from the Congress.

The photos which will be made available on our Flickr album can be used as copyright is given to the ALDE Party.

Bilateral interview requests and additional press information can be obtained through Didrik de Schaetzen, ALDE Party Head of Communications, on ddeschaetzen@aldeparty.eu +32 479 33 10 27

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