Preliminary Draft programme, subject to change.

Coffee breaks and lunch will be available during the three days and covered by ALDE Party

Friday, 26 May
Saturday, 27 May
Sunday, 28 May

Friday, 26 May

09:00 – 19:00

Registration open

Level 4 – Main entrance

10:30 – 13:00

Bureau meeting (by invitation only) 

Lunch provided


11:30 - 13:00

Buffet Lunch offered by ALDE Party

M1 + Balcony

12:00 – 13:00

FNF: Counterbalancing Chinese Resource Supply: The EU’s Way Out of Dependency


12:00 – 13:30

Workshop: The Liberal Technology Ecosystem – Tools for Political Organising (open to Council and Congress Delegates)

  • Max Sundermann
  • Josef Lentsch
  • Carl Philipp Burkert
  • Nándor Tóth

C1+ C2 + C3

12:45 - 14:00

International Officers Meeting (by invitation only) 

Lunch provided


14:00 – 15:00

Opening & welcoming session: Liberal footprints in the von der Leyen Commission

Fireside chat with Margrethe Vestager, European Commission Executive Vice President & European Commission Vice President Věra Jourová.

Looking ahead to the final year before EP elections, what are the remaining priorities and how do we tee up to elections, engage with and make Europe relevant to European citizens.

Moderated by Svenja Hahn MEP, ALDE Party Vice President to be followed by open mic with audience Q&A.

Arena 1 (This session will be streamed live)

15:15 - 16:00

Open floor & consultation on the revised Stuttgart declaration and draft "ALDE Party Charter of values"

  • Baronness Sal Brinton
    ALDE Party Vice President - chair of the Drafting Committee

Arena 1 

16:00 - 18:30

Council Meeting (for Council delegates)

C1+ C2 + C3

16:00 – 18:00

Re CoR: Liberal Mayors summit (by invitation only)


17:00 – 19:00

Corporate Round table- Addressing the Skills Shortage – How do we attract, foster and retain R&D in the EU?


19:00 - 20:00

Buses depart for the Vasa Museum

Main Entrance of the Waterfront

19:30 – 23:00

Welcoming Dinner Reception - Hosted by the Renew Europe Group

Vasa Museum. Please note that the museum is kept at 18 degrees Celsius at all times.

08:30 – 19:00

Registration Open

Level 4 Main entrance

09:00 – 10:00

Re CoR: Local Councillors and Europe (event open to all local councillors and local candidates)

Jasna Gabric, First Vice-President Renew Europe, Mayor of Trbovlje (Slovenia) 2014-2022
Michiel Rijsberman, Second Vice-President Renew Europe, Regional Minister of Flevoland Province (Netherlands)
Kate Feeney, Third Vice-President Renew Europe, Chair of the Economic Development Committee of Dún-Laoghaire Rathdown County (Ireland)
Dovydas Kaminskas, Mayor of Taurage (Lithuania)


09:00 – 09:45

Bureau Candidates' Debate

moderated by Lousewies van der Laan


Nominations received for the 3 positions of Vice-President:

Malik Azmani - VVD, The Netherlands
Dan Barna - USR, Romania
Jaroslav Bžoch, ANO, Czech Republic
Eva Kjer Hansen - Venstre, Denmark
Jouni Ovaska - Keskusta, Finland

Nominations received for the position of Treasurer:

David Burke - Fianna Fáil, Ireland
Eva De Bleeker - Open VLD, Belgium

Arena 1 (This session will be streamed live)

09:45 – 10:30

Open consultation on the ALDE Party Manifesto draft

  • Svenja Hahn MEP 
    ALDE Party Vice President, Chair of the Manifesto Drafting Commitee

Presentation on the progress and state of play of the manifesto drafting process, followed by an exchange with congress and council delegates to get feedback on the manifesto outline in particularly on the main challenges to address, draft political calls and what is missing to be addressed. 

Other members of the drafting committee will also be present at the session.

Arena 1

10:30 – 11:30

Official Congress Opening

  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP & Senator Timmy Dooley
    ALDE Party co-Presidents

  • Kaja Kallas (video message)
    Prime Minister of Estonia
  • Alexander De Croo (video message)
    Prime Minister of Belgium

  • Malik Azmani MEP
    First Vice-President of the Renew Europe Group

"Towards 2024" - The Swedish prospective: Johan Pehrson Minister for Employment - Party Leader (Liberalerna, Sweden) & Muharrem Demirok Member of the Riksdag - Party Leader (Centerpartiet, Sweden) - moderated by Annelou van Egmond, ALDE Party Vice President 

Arena 1 (This session will be streamed live)

11:00 – 12:30

Corporate Roundtables - Cybersecurity: What are the biggest threats facing the EU and what can we do?


11:00 – 16:00

Electronic voting booths open


11:30 – 14:00

Resolution Working Group

Draft resolutions will be discussed in this session in the order as determined by vote prior to Congress. The Working Group will form recommendations ahead of the Congress meeting and voting on Sunday.

Chaired by Lousewies van der Laan.


11:30 - 13:00 

ALDE Individual Members Annual General Meeting


12:00 – 13:30

What we know about liberal voters – Presentation of the latest ALDE Party Survey Results (open to Council and Congress Delegates)

  • Ian Marquardt
  • Matej Hruška

C1 + C2

12:00 – 13:30

LYMEC Alumni Network (Lunch provided)


12:00 - 13:30

ALDE Party Leaders Meeting (by invitation only)

Lunch provided


12:00 - 13:30

Buffet Lunch - offered by ALDE Party

M1 + Balcony 

13:30 - 14:30

Expert workshop: latest campaign tools

ALDE Party Campaign Team & FDP Switzerland

(by invitation only)


13:00 - 14:00

Ukraine and Moldova. EU next?

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) Martin Angeby, Director NDI Moldova, presents fresh public opinion research on people's attitudes in the two countries, with commentary from Ukrainian, Moldovan Liberal leaders.

Panel discussion:
Vadym Halaychuk, MP, International secretary (Servants of the People, Ukraine)
Kira Rudik MP, ALDE Party Vice-President (Golos, Ukraine)
Igor Munteanu, President of the Coalition for Unity and Prosperity (CUB, Moldova),
Karin Karlsbro, MEP (Liberalerna, Sweden)

Moderated by Birgitta Ohlsson, Director Political Parties, NDI and former EU Minister (Liberalerna, Sweden)


14:00 - 15:00

Strengthening Europe’s Security in Wartime:

  • Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine
  • Kajsa Ollongren, Minister of Defence (D66, the Netherlands) 
  • Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, MP Chairwoman of the Defence Committee Bundestag (FDP, Germany)
  • Aušrinė Armonaitė, Minister for Economy and Innovation of Lithuania (Freedom Party, Lithuania)

Moderated by Daniel Berg, ALDE Vice-President & Chair of Bureau Policy Advisory Group on Security and Defence

Arena 1 (This session will be streamed live)

15:00 – 16:00

Liberal green deal: tackling climate change and ensuring food security.

Keynote speech by Romina Pourmokhtari, Minister of Climate and Environment (Liberalerna, Sweden).

Panel discussion:

  • Antti Kurvinen
    Minister of Agriculture and Forestry (Keskusta, Finland)
  • Hakima El Haite
    Liberal International President, Former Minister of Environment (PM, Morocco)
  • Jack Chambers
    Minister of State Transport, Environment, Climate and Communications (Fianna Fáil, Ireland)
  • Kira Rudik
    MP, ALDE Party Vice-President (Golos, Ukraine)

Moderated by Jan Huitema MEP (VVD, Netherlands)

Arena 1 (This session will be streamed live)

15:30 - 17:00

AIMs: Risks to democracy - a liberal checklist and the solutions

  • Sarah Zickler - Businesswoman and politician, AIM and FDP (Germany) member
  • Diana Severati - Trainer and speaker, AIM Country Coordinator- Italy

Moderated by Karolina Deryńska – Polish political activist and team leader, AIM Steering Committee member

We will define the risks to liberal democracy in Europe and try to answer the question: what are the responsibilities (of citizens and political parties) of being in a democracy?


16:00 - 16:30

ALDE - PACE members meeting (by invitation only)


16:00 – 18:00

ELF Event: Innovating for a Stronger EU: Liberal Policies for Healthcare and Energy Security

Session 1 Speakers:  

  • Jan-Christoph Oetjen MEP, (FDP, Germany)
  • Olav Aamlid Syversen, Vice President Political and Public Affairs - Global, Equinor 
  • Georges-Luis Bouchez, President MR Belgium
  • Alain Mathuren, Communications Director, Fuels Europe 

Moderated by: Dr. Antonios Nestoras, Deputy Executive Director, European Liberal Forum 

Session 2 Speakers: 

  • Andreas Glück MEP(FDP, Germany)
  • Francesco Buanarroti, Vice President for Tech, J&J
  • Alexandra Tamas, Director Public Affairs EFPIA
  • Anca Toma, Executive Director, European Patients Forum

Moderated by: Francesco Cappelletti, Policy and Research Officer, European Liberal Forum


16:00 – 17:00

Urgency Resolution Working Group

Urgency resolutions will be discussed in this session. Amendments may raised during the meeting by full member parties.

Chaired by Lousewies van der Laan.


16:00 – 17:00

Re CoR and FNF: The Union's East-West Divide: local, economic, and social perspectives

  • Clotilde Armand, Mayor of Bucharest Sector 1
  • Katalin Cseh, Member of the European Parliament
  • Matúš Vallo, Mayor of Bratislava

Moderated by François Decoster, President Renew Europe CoR and Mayor of Saint-Omer


17:00 – 18:00

Workshop: Best of Political Data – Projects Showcase (open to Council and Congress Delegates)

  • Max Sundermann
  • Matej Hruška
  • Noreen Wirth
  • Raluca Cirju


17:00 – 18:00

FNF: Migration: An Ongoing Challenge for European Unity. Liberal Proposals for Migration Management


17:00 – 18:30

Any vote is a goal - Networking hour Inclusion in politics - co-hosted by Rainbow Platform/ Alliance Of Her (by invitation only)

C1+ C2

18:30 – 20:00

Congress networking drinks

M1 + Balcony + Level 4

08:30 – 12:00

Registration open

Level 4 Main Entrance

08:30 – 10:30

Electronic Voting Booths Open


09:00 – 10:30

Screening of The Alliance Of Her Documentary – She Will Be Heard: The Movie

With introductory remarks from:

  • ALDE Party Vice-President Svenja Hahn MEP
  • Councillor Aoife McCooey (Fianna Fáil, Ireland)

Arena 1

10:00 – 11:00

Workshop: Preparing for 2024 – How to learn winning from each other (open to Council and Congress Delegates)

  • Ian Marquardt


10:00 – 11:00

FNF: V4´s Super Election Year 2023: New Hot Spot Slovakia?


10:30 – 12:00

ALDE Party Congress meeting

  • Votes on ALDE Party Statutes
  • Votes on Resolutions
  • Announcement of Bureau elections

Arena 1

12:00 - 13:00

Grab & Go Lunch - offered by ALDE Party


13:00 – 14:00

FNF: The War in Ukraine: Consequences for South Caucasus



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