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PRESS INVITE - Liberal leaders meet in Brussels on 13 December


12 Dec 2012 23:00



Event Type

L - Conference, forum

Organiser type

Federations / Associations


EU Priorities 2020

Event Location


Event Description

At the invitation of Sir Graham Watson MEP, President of the European Liberal Democrats, the following leading liberal figures will meet at the Concert Noble in Brussels ahead of the European Council meeting on Thursday 13 December 2012. Confirmed as attending so far:

Prime ministers and Deputy Prime ministers:

  • Andrus Ansip, Prime Minister of Estonia
  • Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands
  • Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Pensions, Belgium
  • Didier Reynder, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Belgium

Members of the European Commission:

  • Neelie Kroes, Vice President, Commissioner for Digital Agenda
  • Olli Rehn, Vice President, Commissioner for Economic & Monetary Affairs
  • Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science

Member of the European Parliament:

  • Guy Verhofstadt MEP, Leader of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament, Belgium


Concert Noble, rue d'Arlon 82 in Brussels


11:45 - 12:00       Arrival of the participants

12:00 - 13:20       Liberal ministers and Commissioners meeting (Meeting not open to the press - photo op scheduled. Light lunch and refreshments will be offered to the accredited Press)

13:20 - 13:25       Official picture (available upon request)

13:30 - 14:00       Press conference


Please send all accreditation requests to Didrik de Schaetzen, ALDE party Head of Communications; on +32 479 33 10 27 or at


Note to editors

On Monday 10 December between 09.30 and 10.30, Sir Graham Watson will host a breakfast briefing for journalists at the ALDE Party Secretariat (Rue Montoyer 31, Brussels) where he will provide a liberal perspective on a number issues in the news. Any members of the press wishing to attend should confirm attendance to or at +32 479 33 10 27.