Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

Alliance des Démocrates et des Libéraux pour l'Europe
Founded20 July 2004
IdeologyLiberalism[1]
Pro-Europeanism
Political positionCentre
International affiliationLiberal International
European Parliament groupRenew Europe
European Parliament
94 / 705
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
103 / 642
Website
alde.eu

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE; French: Alliance des Démocrates et des Libéraux pour l'Europe, ADLE) is a transnational alliance between two European political parties, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party and the European Democratic Party. ALDE has political groups in the European Parliament, the EU Committee of the Regions, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. There are assorted independents in these groups as well as national-level affiliate parties of the European-level parties.

The pro-European platform of ALDE espouses liberal economics, and support for European integration and the European single market.[2]

European Parliament

Main article: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group

Committee of the Regions

Main article: The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Committee of the Regions

Foundation

Following the creation of the ALDE group in the European Parliament, which occurred half-way during the third mandate of the Committee of the Regions (CoR),[3] the members of the ELDR Group in the CoR rapidly entered into talks with the CoR members belonging to the EDP Party with a view to replicating a similar arrangement within the CoR. Under the presidency of Kent Johansson, Executive Member of the Swedish Region of Västra Götaland, the ELDR Group of the Committee of the Regions unanimously agreed in February 2005 to change its name to the ALDE Group and to accept the EDP members to the group. In doing so, the group adopted a new Mission Statement (see below). The current President of the Group is Bart Somers, Mayor of Mechelen and leader of the liberal group in the Flemish Parliament.[4][5]

Mission Statement

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the Committee of the Regions[6] is committed to ensuring that the European Union develops legislation in as decentralised a manner as possible, communicating with and listening to Europe's citizens in a systematic way.

The main goals of the party are:

Institution

Citizen

Region

Union

The Non Member States

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)

Main article: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

References

  1. ^ Nordsieck, Wolfram (2015). "European Union". Parties and Elections in Europe. Archived from the original on 8 June 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  2. ^ David Phinnemore; Lee McGowan (2013). A Dictionary of the European Union. Routledge. p. 277. ISBN 978-1-135-08127-0. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  3. ^ "CoR.europa.eu". Archived from the original on 15 January 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2007.
  4. ^ "About - ALDE Group - Liberals & Democrats in the European Committee of the Regions". ALDE Group - Liberals & Democrats in the European Committee of the Regions. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Our history - ALDE Group - Liberals & Democrats in the European Committee of the Regions". ALDE Group - Liberals & Democrats in the European Committee of the Regions. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  6. ^ CoR.europa.edu Archived 21 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine