Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party

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Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party
President Hans van Baalen MEP
Group leader Guy Verhofstadt MEP
Founded 26 March 1976[1]
Headquarters Rue d'Idalie 11,
1000 Brussels, Belgium
Think tank European Liberal Forum
Youth wing European Liberal Youth
Ideology Liberalism (European)[2]
Political position Centre
International affiliation Liberal International
European Parliament group Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Colours                (official)

European Parliament
58 / 751
European Council
8 / 28
European Lower Houses
636 / 9,874
European Upper Houses
244 / 2,714

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE Party) is a European political party mainly active in the European Union, composed of 60 national-level liberal parties from across Europe. 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 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). The ALDE parliamentary group is led by Guy Verhofstadt, a former Prime Minister of Belgium. Prior to the 2004 European election the party had been represented through its own group, the European Liberal Democrats and Reformists (ELDR) Group.

As of 2018, ALDE is represented in European Union institutions, with 68 MEPs and 5 members of the European Commission. Of the 28 EU member states, there are eight with ALDE-affiliated Prime Ministers: Mark Rutte (VVD) in the Netherlands, Xavier Bettel (DP) in Luxembourg, Jüri Ratas (Estonian Centre Party) in Estonia, Charles Michel (MR) in Belgium, Miro Cerar (SMC) in Slovenia, Juha Sipilä (KESK) in Finland, Andrej Babiš (ANO) in the Czech Republic and Lars Løkke Rasmussen (Venstre) in Denmark. Liberals are also in government in three other EU member states: Croatia, Romania 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.



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
ALDE Leader in the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt MEP Belgium Belgium OpenVLD
ALDE President Hans van Baalen MEP Netherlands Netherlands VVD
ALDE Secretary-General Jacob Moroza-Rasmussen Denmark Denmark Venstre
ALDE Secretary-General
of the Parliamentary Group
Alexander Beels Netherlands Netherlands VVD
ALDE Vice-Presidents Marta Pascal MPC Spain Spain CDC
Timmy Dooley TD Republic of Ireland Ireland FF
Fredrick Federley MEP Sweden Sweden CP
Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP Bulgaria Bulgaria DPS
Markus Löning Germany Germany FDP
Angelika Mlinar MEP Austria Austria NEOS
Ros Scott, Baroness United Kingdom United Kingdom Liberal Democrats
ALDE Treasurer Roman Jakič Slovenia Slovenia ZSD
ALDE in the Council of Europe Honorary President Anne Brasseur Luxembourg Luxemburg DP
ALDE Leader in the European Committee of the Regions Bart Somers BelgiumBart Somers OpenVLD
President of the European Liberal Youth Sissel Kvist DenmarkSissel Kvist Radikal Ungdom



History of pan-European liberalism[edit]

ELDR Party logo (2009-2012).

Pan-European liberalism has a long history dating back to the foundation of Liberal International in April 1947. On 26 March 1976, the Federation of Liberal and Democrat Parties in Europe was established in Stuttgart. The founding parties of the federation were the Free Democratic Party of Germany, Radical Party of France, Liberal Party of Denmark, Italian Liberal Party, Dutch People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and Democratic Party of Luxembourg.[6] Observer members joining later in 1976 were the Danish Social Liberal Party, French Radical Party of the Left and Independent Republicans, British Liberal Party, and Italian Republican Party.[6] In 1977, the federation was renamed European Liberals and Democrats, in 1986, European Liberal Democrats and Reformists.

It evolved into the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR Party) in 2004, when it was founded as an official European party under that name and incorporated under Belgian law at an extraordinary Congress in Brussels, held on 30 April 2004 the day before the enlargement of the European Union. At the same time the matching group in the European Parliament, the European Liberal Democrats and Reformists Group allied with the members of the newly elected European Democratic Party, forming the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) with a matching ALDE Group in the European Parliament.

On 10 November 2012, the ELDR Party adopted the name of the alliance between the two parties, in order to match the parliamentary group and the alliance.

European Council and Council of Ministers[edit]

European Commissioners[edit]

ALDE Member Parties contribute 5 out of the 28 members of the European Commission:

State Commissioner Portfolio Political party Photo
AnsipAndrus Ansip Vice-President, European Commissioner for Digital Single Market RE Portrait Andrus Ansip.jpg
MalmströmCecilia Malmström European Commissioner for Trade L Cecilia Malmström 2.jpg
BulcVioleta Bulc European Commissioner for the Energy Union SMC Violeta Bulc 2014-11.jpg
Czech Republic
Czech Republic
JourováVěra Jourová European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality ANO Věra Jourová.jpg
VestagerMargrethe Vestager European Commissioner for Competition RV Margrethe Vestager, ekonomi- och inrikesminister Danmark. Nordiska radets session i Kopenhamn 2011 (1).jpg

Elected Representatives of Member Parties[edit]

European institutions[edit]

Organisation Institution Number of seats
 European Union European Commission
5 / 28
 European Union European Council
(Heads of Government)
7 / 28
 European Union Council of the EU
(Participation in Government)
11 / 28
 European Union European Parliament
47 / 751
 Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly
28 / 318

National Parliaments of European Union member states[edit]

Country Institution Number of seats Member parties
 Austria National Council
9 / 183
 Belgium Chamber of Representatives
Lower house
34 / 150
MR, Open Vld
Upper house
13 / 60
MR, Open Vld
 Bulgaria National Assembly
38 / 240
 Croatia Sabor
15 / 151
 Czech Republic Chamber of Deputies
Lower house
78 / 200
Upper house
7 / 81
 Denmark Folketing
64 / 175
 Estonia State Council
57 / 101
 Finland Parliament
59 / 200
Kesk., SFP, C
 France National Assembly
Lower house
18 / 577
Upper house
43 / 348
 Germany Bundestag
80 / 631
 Hungary Országgyűlés
1 / 199
 Ireland Dáil
Lower house
44 / 158
Upper house
14 / 60
 Italy Chamber of Deputies
Lower house
0 / 630
Senate of the Republic
Upper house
3 / 315
 Lithuania Seimas
39 / 141
 Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies
13 / 60
 Malta House of Representatives
2 / 67
 Netherlands House of Representatives
Lower house
53 / 150
VVD, D66
Upper house
21 / 75
VVD, D66
 Poland Sejm
Lower house
34 / 460
.Nowoczesna, UED
Senat of Poland
Upper house
0 / 100
.Nowoczesna, UED
 Romania Chamber of Deputies
Lower house
26 / 412
Upper house
12 / 176
 Slovenia National Assembly
40 / 90
 Spain Congress of Deputies
Lower house
40 / 350
C's, CDC
Upper house
7 / 266
C's, CDC
 Sweden Riksdag
41 / 349
C, L
 United Kingdom House of Commons
Lower house
12 / 650
Lib Dems
House of Lords
Upper house
105 / 793
Lib Dems
Gibraltar Parliament
3 / 17
Liberal Party of Gibraltar

National Parliaments outside the European Union[edit]

Country Institution Number of seats Member parties
 Andorra General Council
8 / 28
 Armenia National Assembly
7 / 131
 Azerbaijan National Assembly
0 / 125
 Georgia Parliament
0 / 150
Republican, FD
 Iceland Althing
0 / 63
 Moldova Parliament
13 / 101
 Montenegro Assembly
1 / 81
 Norway Storting
9 / 169
  Switzerland National Council
Lower house
31 / 200
FDP.The Liberals
Council of States
Upper house
12 / 46
FDP.The Liberals

Member parties[edit]

Proportion of ALDE Party MEPs per country as of 2004
Country or Region Party MEPs
 Austria NEOS – The New Austria and Liberal Forum
1 / 18
 Belgium (Dutch) Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats
3 / 12
 Belgium (French) Reformist Movement
3 / 8
 Bulgaria Movement for Rights and Freedoms
4 / 17
 Bulgaria National Movement for Stability and Progress
0 / 17
 Croatia Croatian People's Party – Liberal Democrats
1 / 11
 Croatia Croatian Social Liberal Party
0 / 11
 Croatia Istrian Democratic Assembly
1 / 11
 Cyprus United Democrats
0 / 6
 Czech Republic ANO 2011
4 / 21
 Denmark Danish Social Liberal Party
2 / 13
 Denmark Venstre – Liberal Party of Denmark
1 / 13
 Estonia Estonian Centre Party
1 / 6
 Estonia Estonian Reform Party
2 / 6
 Finland Centre Party
3 / 13
 Finland Swedish People's Party of Finland
1 / 13
 Åland Islands
Åland Centre
0 / 13
 France Union of Democrats and Independents
2 / 74
 Germany Free Democratic Party
3 / 96
 Greece Drassi
0 / 21
 Hungary Hungarian Liberal Party
0 / 21
 Ireland Fianna Fáil
1 / 11
 Italy Italian Radicals
0 / 73
 Latvia Latvian Development
0 / 8
 Lithuania Labour Party
1 / 11
 Lithuania Lithuanian Freedom Union (Liberals)
0 / 11
 Lithuania Liberals' Movement of the Republic of Lithuania
2 / 11
 Luxembourg Democratic Party
1 / 6
 Malta Democratic Party
0 / 6
 Netherlands Democrats 66
4 / 26
 Netherlands People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
3 / 26
 Poland .Nowoczesna
0 / 51
 Poland Union of European Democrats
0 / 51
 Portugal Iniciativa Liberal
0 / 21
 Romania Alliance of Liberals and Democrats
1 / 32
 Slovenia Modern Centre Party
0 / 8
 Slovenia Alliance of Alenka Bratušek
0 / 8
 Spain Citizens
2 / 54
 Spain Democratic Convergence of Catalonia
1 / 54
 Sweden Centre Party
1 / 20
 Sweden The Liberals
2 / 20
 United Kingdom Liberal Democrats
1 / 73
 United Kingdom
Liberal Party of Gibraltar
0 / 73

Outside the EU[edit]





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