On 11 June, Dutch ALDE Party member VVD hosted their General Members’ Assembly Meeting in Amsterdam, their first in-person event since the pandemic.
Acting Chairman, Onno Hoes, kicked off the Assembly by honoring former ALDE Party President and MEP Hans van Baalen who passed away in 2021. Hoes remembers van Baalen as a true fighter of liberal values in Europe and abroad. The inaugural Hans van Baalen medal was awarded to Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanishyna at the ALDE’s Congress in Dublin earlier this month.
At #ALDECongress closing ceremony, 🇺🇦 Deputy Prime Minister @StefanishynaO accepts the inaugural Hans van Baalen medal, awarded to #ALDEParty member @sluganarodu_pp and @ZelenskyyUa pic.twitter.com/ysVFWOwl76— ALDE Party (@ALDEParty) June 4, 2022
Hoes also thanked Christianne van der Wal for her service as chairwoman of the party. She resigned earlier this year when taking office as Minister for Environment and Nitrogen Policy.
VVD members voted different motions to call for action for the VVD leadership and parliamentary groups. These motions called for an improved approach for local council factions to establish electoral lists, a call not to pass the costs of current crises on to younger generations, a change of the high-speed limit in roads to 130 km/h, more dialogue among VVD mandate holders on the influx of asylum seekers, a careful nitrogen policy and a delta plan on climate.
Party leader and Prime Minister Mark Rutte and parliamentary group leader Sophie Hermans concluded the Assembly meeting.
“Last Saturday I told my story at the VVD congress. I talked about why I am in this profession and about the politics in which I believe. Do you want to see the speech again?” posted Hermans.
Afgelopen zaterdag vertelde ik mijn verhaal op het VVD-congres. Ik had het onder andere over waarom ik in dit vak zit en over de politiek waarin ik geloof. Wil je de speech terugzien? 👇https://t.co/bHlK5361DQ pic.twitter.com/yGbbhz2oZx— Sophie Hermans (@hermans_sophie) June 13, 2022
You can watch the full Congress here (in Dutch).
Photo credit: Sophie Hermans