Fianna Fáil will host the 33rd annual Congress of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party in Dublin next month.  More than 500 delegates from all over Europe will attend the three day event, beginning on 08 November 2012.


Along with hundreds of local, national and European elected officials travelling to Dublin, the below have confirmed their participation so far:


•      Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the LibDems Party, United Kingdom;

•      Carl Haglund, Minister of Defence and leader of the SFP Party, Finland;

•      Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission;

•      Karolina Peake, Deputy Prime Minister, Czech Republic;

•      Vesna Pusic, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Croatia;

•      Lars Løkke Rasmussen, leader of the Venstre Party, Denmark;

•      Philipp Rösler, Deputy chancellor, Minister of economy & energy, FDP leader, Germany;

•      Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the ALDE group in the European Parliament.


Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin commented, “The annual ELDR Congress is the largest single gathering of European liberal parties each year and it is a privilege to host this year’s event in Dublin. 


“This event provides an opportunity to further strengthen Ireland’s relationship with our European partners.  It gives party leaders and officials from across the European liberal movement the opportunity to discuss in detail the key issues and challenges facing the European Union at this time.  Among the policy discussions, Fianna Fáil will host debates on the future of the euro and on the innovation economy.   


“With more than 500 delegates due to attend the congress in Ballsbridge, this event will provide a boost to the local economy and it again gives us the chance to showcase Dublin and Ireland on the European stage,” said Deputy Martin.