19 Sep, 2023

Radikale Venstre confirm lead candidate for EU elections

Last weekend, ALDE Party member Radikale Venstre confirmed Sigrid Friis Frederiksen to lead their electoral list for the 2024 European elections during their annual party Congress in Nyborg, Denmark. 

28-year-old Friis is the former chair of Radikale Venstre’s youth wing, Radikal Ungdom, and sits in the party’s Main Board and Executive Committee. Previously she specialised in energy policy and the green transition. 

“Huge privilege to be chosen as the top candidate for Radikale for the European Parliament [elections]. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the trust. I'm looking forward to holding the Radikale banner high together with the whole team: for the climate fight, for rights and for the next generation. I underline the fact that we are the party for the next generation. The climate battle must be fought by new forces, and I can be at the forefront of that,” she said. 

During the meeting, members looked forward to the upcoming European Parliament campaign and discussed issues around energy independence, health policy, sustainability, education and European integration. 

Party leader Martin Lidegaard set out the party’s priorities for next year in a keynote speech, arguing Denmark should look for a closer involvement in European affairs and pointing out that an enlarged European Union would mean acquiring an even bigger role as political actor. 

“The most important point in the new world order is to bet on Europe. It is to make Europe stronger. Because if Europe does not have a voice in the new world order, then we have no voice at all. We must also dare to use Europe's power. We must link our great economic strength more directly to the fight for security and for values. And we must invite more countries to join, so that we become even stronger,” said Lidegaard. 

Morten Helveg Petersen MEP, the party’s lead candidate for the European elections in 2014 and 2019, confirmed he will not figure on the list and will consequently leave his role after ten years of service. He thanked the party for its support and shared his views on how he would like to see the future of the EU being shaped. 

 “I would like to see us go along completely. To expand the EU and include the countries in the Balkans. The time has come partly for expansion, partly for reforms of the EU we know today. Otherwise, the EU cannot enter the future. The world of tomorrow requires a radical – at least one – in the European Parliament: I'll stop here, now it's up to others,” he said. 

During the two-day meeting, party members also selected Anne Sophie Callesen, former Member of the Danish Parliament, and Philip Tarning-Andersen as the second and third lead candidates respectively standing in the constituencies of East Jutland and North Jutland. 

Photo: Radikale Venstre

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