The main European Political parties have large offices in Brussels. It is important to underline the difference between European political parties and political groups in the European Parliament or in the Committee of the Regions; in some cases the same name is used.
Ø For example ALDE is the Alliance of European Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament. The ALDE group currently comprises 68 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from 21 countries of the Union and is led by Guy Verhofstadt, a Belgian Liberal (OpenVLD).
Ø The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Party is the party for liberal democrat values in Europe. The ALDE Party consists of 60 member parties.
Ø There is also another different ALDE entity, The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the European Committee of the Regions - a political group that represents liberal & democrat city mayors, regional presidents and ministers, and local and regional councilors in the process of developing EU policies and laws.
European political foundations were funded from October 2007 to August 2008 by action grants awarded by the European Commission under a pilot project. From September 2008, the European Parliament took over the funding and now awards annual operating grants. The grant may cover up to 85% of a foundation's expenditure, while the rest should be covered by own resources, such as membership fees and donations.
European Left (party)
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