ALDE to refuse financial support from private companies in European election campaign
The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), a European parliamentary group, announced on Tuesday that it was abandoning its private financing after a warning by The Republic on the Move (LRM), its probable ally in the European Parliament in Strasbourg after the May European elections.
ALDE was criticised by Marine Le Pen, whose far-right National Rally follows that of Emmanuel Macron in the voting intentions, for receiving money from Bayer-Monsanto, manufacturer of the controversial weedkiller glyphosate. In a statement, ALDE confirmed having accepted financial contributions from companies for the organisation of its elections – “very minimal, in the most transparent way and in total agreement with the European rules” -and announces that it will cease to do so “following debates in France” .
“To put an end to all confusion, the party’s office has decided today to end any business sponsorship , ” says Hans van Baalen, president.
The Republic’s campaign director for the European elections, Stéphane Séjourné, denounced the financial ties and announced that the future MPs of Emmanuel Macron’s party would not sit alongside ALDE without change. “Neither the Republic in motion nor the Mouvement Démocrate [MoDem] are members of the European Liberal Party ALDE and have no vocation to be members of this party”, wrote Mr. Séjourné in a statement.