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Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
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Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

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The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (in French Alliance des Démocrates et des Libéraux pour l'Europe) is a Group in the European Parliament.

Table of contents
1 Foundation
2 Program
3 Group Members
4 External link

Foundation

The meeting of the Parliamentary Group of the liberal democrat European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party which took place in Brussels on July 13, 2004 apporoved a recommendation to unite in a new group with MEPs from François Bayrou's UDF, the Lithuanian Labour Party and additional Italian members to create a new centre force in the European Parliament. The group, as originally constituted, comprised 89 members and is the joined group of the ELDR and the European Democratic Party, founded by the UDF, Labour Party and the Italian Margherita. These two European political parties remain seperate parties.

The founding Group meeting of ALDE-ADLE, which immediately followed the ELDR meeting, elected Graham Watson MEP of the British Liberal Democrats as Group Leader. It also adopted a 10-point 'Program for Europe'.

Program

  1. Promoting peace, through a Union in the federal tradition
  2. Making the EU a global player bridging the gap between its economic and political dimension
  3. Opening up & democratising the European Union
  4. Guaranteeing the fundamental rights of all European citizens
  5. Promoting education at all levels.
  6. Strengthening economic governance after the introduction of the Euro.
  7. Rooting out fraud and unnecessary bureaucracy
  8. Making Europe the world leader in environmental protection.
  9. Making globalisation work for everyone.
  10. Ensuring a full recognition and enhancement of the role of Europe’s regions

Group Members

(As originally reported by ALDE - this list only comes to 88.)

Country Party MEPs
Belgium Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten (Flemish Liberals and Democrats) 3
Parti Réformateur Libéral (Reformist Movement) 3
Cyprus Dimokratikon Komma (Democratic Party) 1
Denmark Venstre (Liberal Party) 3
Det Radikale Venstre (Social-Liberal Party) 1
Estonia Eesti Keskerakond (Estonian Centre Party) 1
Eesti Reformierakond (Estonian Reform Party) 1
Finland Suomen Keskusta (Finnish Centre Party) 4
Svenska Folkpartiet (Swedish People's Party) 1
France Union pour la Démocratie Française (Union for French Democracy) 11
Germany Freie Demokratische Partei (Free Democratic Party) 7
Hungary Szabad Demokratak Szövetsege (Alliance of Free Democrats) 2
Ireland Marian Harkin (Independent) 1
Italy Margherita 7
Italia dei Valori - Lista Di Pietro 2
Lista Bonino 2
Movimento Repubblicani Europei (European Republican Movement) 1
Latvia Latvijas Ceļš (Latvian Way) 1
Lithuania Darbo Partija (Labour Party) 5
Liberalų ir centro sąjunga; (Liberal and Centre Union) 2
Luxembourg Parti Démocratique / Demokratesch Partei (Democratic Party) 1
Netherlands Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie
(People's Party for Freedom and Democracy)
4
Democraten 66 (Democracy 66) 1
Poland Unia Wolnosci (Liberty Union) 4
Slovenia Liberalna demokracija Slovenije (Liberal Democracy of Slovenia) 2
Spain CiU (Convergence & Unity) 1
PNV (Basque Nationalist Party) 1
Sweden Folkpartiet Liberalerna (Liberal People's Party) 2
Centerpartiet (Centre Party) 1
United Kingdom Liberal Democrats 12

External link

European Liberal Democrats

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