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LYMEC the programmatic force of ELDR

11-24-2009 10:09 AM CET | Politics, Law & Society

Press release from: LYMEC - European Liberal Youth

ELDR Congress in session

ELDR Congress in session

Last weekend, the European Liberal, Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR) assembled in Barcelona to hold its 30th Congress. The European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) attended the Congress with ten delegates as well as having many active LYMEC members in the other party delegations active in Barcelona.

Congress reelected Annemie Neyts (OpenVLD) as President of the ELDR Party for her third mandate. David Griffiths (LibDems) has been re-elected as Treasurer for the second time.

The Congress also elected 4 Vice Presidents: Markus Löning (FDP), Lousewies Van Der Laan (D66), Marc Guerrero (CDC) and Leoluca Orlando (IdV).

LYMEC President Aloys Rigaut commented: “We would like to congratulate very warmly all those elected and wish them every success. With the entry into force of the Lisbon treaty, democratic control and strong European parties are now more needed than ever. The main challenge for the ELDR will be to continue transforming itself from an European umbrella organization into a true political party, directed towards gaining influence on the decision-making in order to implement its policies.”

Besides the Bureau elections, it was the programmatic debate that dominated the Congress in Barcelona. LYMEC proved to be a strong force for political debate within ELDR while discussing the theme resolution “Liberal Answers For A New Prosperity”.

LYMEC Vice President and delegation leader Alexander Plahr commented: “We managed to improve the theme resolution further, making it an excellent document dealing with liberal economy. We can also be extremely proud that we managed to convince ELDR delegates of LYMEC policies in many other areas: ELDR now officially opposes automatic transfer of SWIFT banking data to the United States of America, is in favour of genetically modified crops and calls for a stronger commitment towards European Citizenship. LYMEC has proved that it is the programmatic force of ELDR. We now look forward to our mother party implementing those policies in their statements and events.”

The European Liberal Youth, abbreviated as LYMEC, is a pan-European youth organisation seeking to promote liberal values throughout the EU and particularly through and as the youth organisation of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR) and its parliamentary group in the European Parliament (ALDE).

Involving about 210,000 members from all across Europe, LYMEC is made up Member Organisations (MO) and Individual Membership (IM) and it is active across the European continent. Our central aim is the creation of a liberal and federal Europe.

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Email: office@lymec.eu
Website: www.lymec.eu

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