Alde Party adopts its EU Elections Manifesto


The Alde Party adopted its elections   Manifesto    on 10 November at their  Party Congress in Madrid. The Manifesto defines ALDE’s goals for the next parliamentary term.  

 The  Manifesto  says that the European  Union  should  continue  to  set global standards in international trade and promote free and rule-based trade.  At the same time, the negotiations of free trade agreements must be more  transparent,  and  the content must be better explained to the public, the Manifesto says.  ALDE also aims for more support for European SMEs  by giving them easier access to finance and by ensuring that the rules on investment funds are simpler.  

 Furthermore, ALDE wants a fully completed Digital Single Market without virtual borders and with data protection rules that do not harm innovation in Europe. It wants Europe to be an attractive place for digital  companies, so it can lead the way in new technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and others. At the same time, ensuring cyber security, data protection and privacy remains a key feature of this plan. 

 The Party states that it wants to strengthen the knowledge economy in Europe  by investing in R&D and giving the European workforce the right set of skills  to better match the needs of the labor market.  It  also  wants to  strategically invest more in digital infrastructure and  programs to produce a smart workforce for the future. 

The Manifesto describes ALDE’s plans to reform the European Parliament with only one seat in Brussels and re-evaluated competencies. Its wish is  to see greater involvement of the  European Parliament in  the  decision-making  process  by giving it the right to initiate legislation.  

 The  Party also wants to reform the  Common Agricultural Policy, ensure  the rapid implementation of the Eurozone banking union  and a  more transparent EU budget.  Regarding Brexit, ALDE  calls on the EU and the UK to avoid a no-deal Brexit and to ensure  ongoing cooperation and partnership between the EU and the UK  if the latter  leaves the European Union.