The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) is the European Political Party to which the Liberal Democrats belong. The membership of the ALDE Party is composed of member parties, affiliate parties and individual members, and also incorporates LYMEC, the youth movement, which brings together more than 250,000 liberal Europeans.
Since its beginnings in 1993 as the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR), the party has grown, with current membership from 61 European Political Parties with common liberal, democratic and reform ideals and is the forum for member parties to develop a co-ordinated policy.
It 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.
Within Renew Europe, the European Parliament grouping to which the Liberal Democrats MEP’s belong, we have 16 Members of the European Parliament (MEP’s). The Liberal Democrats with its 16 MEP’s are officially the second largest member party within Renew Europe in the European Parliament.
The ALDE Party Council is the party’s second highest decision-making body and meets at least twice a year. Delegates of full member parties are empowered to speak and act on behalf of the ALDE Party. The Council approves membership applications, membership fees, the party’s annual budget and accounts and nominates the Secretary General.
People elected to the ALDE Council will receive a partial reimbursement for travel costs to ALDE Council meetings but are expected to pay their own accommodation and subsistence costs.