Coming Monday, February 25th, Catalan president Artur Mas, will participate in the second meeting of European Liberal Democrats in government, which is held in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and organized by the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, and ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe).
The meeting starts at 13.15 hrs and will last all day. Among the participants are the British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the German Vice Chancellor and Minister of Economic Affairs, Philipp Rösler, the Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vesna Pusic, the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Pensions, Alexander de Croo, the Danish Minister of Economic Affairs, Margrethe Vestager, the Swedish Ministers for the Environment and European Affairs, Lena Ek and Birgitta Ohlsson, and the Estonian Minister of Social Affairs, Taavi Roivas.
On behalf of the Dutch government will participate the State Secretary for Finance, Frans Weekers, the State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science, Sander Dekker, as well as the Ministers of Security and Justice, Defence, and Housing and Civil Service, respectively Ivo Opstelten; Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and Stef Blok.
Also attending will be, among others, the Vice-Presidents of the European Commission, Olli Rehn and Neelie Kroes, as well as commissioner Karel de Gucht, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the President of the European Investment Bank, Werner Hoyer, the President of the Rumanian Senate, Crin Antonescu, the President of ALDE, Graham Watson, and the leader of the ALDE group in the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt. NB: the meeting will be held behind closed doors.
During the meeting, President Mas will comment on the current political and economic situation in Catalonia, giving particular attention to the austerity and growth policies carried out by the government. In addition to the main session, Artur Mas has planned various bilateral meetings with different European leaders.
The Catalan president will be available for the press at his arrival at the meeting (12.30 hrs; West-Indisch Huis; Amsterdam). After the meeting has ended, around 19.15 hrs, Artur Mas will also address the press in order to evaluate his participation in the meeting.
This will be the second meeting of European Liberal Democrats in government that the Catalan president attends. The previous meeting was held in London in January 2011. On that occasion, the President, in addition to participating in the plenary sessions, held private meetings with different European leaders such as the British Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, and the Vice-Presidents of the European Commission, Olli Rehn and Sim Kallas.
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