Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party

Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party
PresidentHans van Baalen MEP
Group leaderDacian Cioloș MEP
Founded26 March 1976[1]
HeadquartersRue d'Idalie 11,
1000 Brussels, Belgium
Think tankEuropean Liberal Forum
Youth wingEuropean Liberal Youth
IdeologyLiberalism[2]
Pro-Europeanism
International affiliationLiberal International
European Parliament group
Colours               Dark blue, light blue, magenta
     Yellow (customary)
European Parliament
81 / 751
European Council
6 / 28
European Lower Houses
723 / 9,874
www.aldeparty.eu

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE Party) is a European political party composed of 60 national-level liberal parties from across Europe, mainly active in the European Union. On 26 March 1976, it was founded in Stuttgart as a confederation of national political parties under the name Federation of Liberal and Democrat Parties in Europe and renamed European Liberals and Democrats (ELD) in 1977 and European Liberal Democrats and Reformists (ELDR) in 1986. On 30 April 2004, the ELDR was reformed as an official European party, the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR Party).[3] The ALDE Party is affiliated with the Liberal International[4] and a recognised European political party, incorporated as a non-profit association under Belgian law.

On 10 November 2012, the party chose its current name of ALDE Party, taken from its then-European Parliament group, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), which had been formed on 20 July 2004 in conjunction with the European Democratic Party (EDP). Prior to the 2004 European election the European party had been represented through its own group, the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR) Group. In June 2019, the ALDE group was succeeded by Renew Europe.

As of 2019, ALDE is represented in European Union institutions, with 81 MEPs and four members of the European Commission. Of the 28 EU member states, there are five with ALDE-affiliated Prime Ministers: Mark Rutte (VVD) in the Netherlands, Xavier Bettel (DP) in Luxembourg, Jüri Ratas (Estonian Centre Party) in Estonia, Marjan Šarec (LMS) in Slovenia, and Andrej Babiš (ANO) in the Czech Republic. Liberals are also in government in three other EU member states: France, Croatia, Latvia and Lithuania.

ALDE's think tank is the European Liberal Forum. The youth wing of ALDE is the European Liberal Youth (LYMEC), which is predominantly based upon youth and student liberal organisations but contains also a small number of individual members. LYMEC is led by Vedrana Gujic (HNS, Croatia), who was elected for a two-year term as LYMEC President in May 2014, and counts 200,000 members.

Structure


Bureau

The day-to-day management of the ALDE Party is handled by the Bureau, the members of which are:[5]

Office Name State member Party member
President Hans van Baalen  Netherlands VVD
Vice-Presidents Henrik Bach Mortensen  Denmark Venstre
Dita Charanzová MEP  Czech Republic ANO
Timmy Dooley TD  Ireland FF
Fredrick Federley MEP  Sweden C
Luis Garicano MEP  Spain Cs
Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP  Bulgaria MRF
Markus Löning  Germany FDP
Annelou van Egmond  Netherlands D66
Treasurer Gašper Koprivšek  Slovenia SMC
Ex officio members
Secretary-General Jacob Moroza-Rasmussen  Denmark Venstre
President of Liberal International Hakima El Haite
Group Chair in the PACE Rik Daems MP  Belgium OpenVLD
Leader in the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt MEP  Belgium OpenVLD
Leader in the European Committee of the Regions Bart Somers  Belgium OpenVLD
President of the European Liberal Youth Svenja Hahn MEP  Germany Young Liberals