LIBERAL MAYORS NETWORK
Responding to a growing demand to hear the voice of liberal mayors on matters of European relevance, the President of the ALDE Group, Bas Verkerk, Mayor of Delft, convened a meeting of mayors during the 2015 ALDE Party Congress in Budapest to discuss migration, refugees and integration.
The positive response from many liberal mayors to this initiative revealed a clear demand amongst the mayors themselves for this kind of initiative. The meeting therefore also marked the launch of a new Liberal Mayors Network, which will be meeting annually during the ALDE Party Congress.
During the Liberal Mayors Summit in Warsaw twenty mayors from fourteen different European countries discussed and agreed a document setting out the Principles which make cities and local communities liberal, and the actions that a Liberal Mayor should take.
At the 4th Liberal Mayors Summit which took place on 2 December in Amsterdam participating mayors from across Europe together launched a call for action for Europe Day on 9 May 2019.
At the 6th Liberal Mayors Summit in 2020 more than 60 mayors & regional leaders call for a Sovereign, Decentralised, Federal Europe after our special Europe Day summit, hosted by President François Decoster, with a special rendition of Ode to Joy from Bratislava, courtesy of its Mayor Matúš Vallo, issuing a declaration with 9 points for 9 May.
The 7th Liberal Mayors Summit will take place on 26 November 2020. Together with the European Commission Vice-President Vera Jourová mayors will discuss the EU’s first Rule of Law report.