leaders also discussed at their summit meeting the situation in Libya.
If we make a separate directive, what will become of homosexual couples?" asked Lousewies van der Laan (Netherlands), vice-president of the ELDR
The congress comes within a year dedicated to demographic changes, launched during the summer by ELDR
. "The objective was to obtain answers and a standpoint on this set of themes, via our newsletter and our website," the party's president told Europolitics.
It is not known whether this rule will also apply to commissioners who took office after the Barroso I team was already in place, like Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou (ELDR
, Cyprus) or Transport Commissioner Antonio Tajani (EPP, Italy).
Finally, in front of 600 participants, Neyts ran through a list of successes claimed by the ELDR
over the past three years, "which translate into more and more participants at the congress, more and more parties joining the ELDR
as well as a growing influence of events organised by European Liberals on the European political scene".
The leaders, who were attending a meeting organised by the European Liberal Democrat Party (ELDR) in Brussels, the Liberal umbrella group, said they had also discussed names for the new post of European Council president.
ELDR leader Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck insisted that the post would be merely organisational.
Its two constituent parts, the majority ELDR and the European Democratic Party, disagree on the name of the candidate to back for the presidency of the European Commission.
The European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR) - currently boasting 75 of the 100 MEPs making up the ALDE group - announced, as of the March European Council, that it will support the candidate of the Conservatives in the EPP for this position, the current President, Jose Manuel Barroso.
The European Liberal Democrats (ELDR
) finally agreed, on 16 April, to add the Irish party Fianna Fail to its ranks.
The European Liberal, Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR) expects the ALDE group, of which it is the main component, to stay in third place in the next European Parliament.
The election rally will include a number of debates, presentation of the website voteliberal2009.eu, screening of videos and distribution of the 15-point manifesto adopted at the ELDR Congress, in October 2008 in Stockholm.