We want a stronger and more stable European Union, with the means to tackle the concerns of Europe's citizens on the big issues where Member States alone cannot. The EU needs to complete its Internal Market in energy and digital services whilst leveraging capital markets to help fund the new infrastructure that will power our economy in the years ahead and create new and sustainable jobs. Europe must also remain true to its values and uphold fundamental rights of freedom, equality and non-discrimination. The EU also needs to change institutionally, eliminating waste and operating more efficiently.
Guy Verhofstadt was born in 1953 and studied law in Ghent. Over the years, he took up a number of high profile posts in Belgian politics, including MP in the House of Representatives, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for the Budget and Senator. In July 1999, he became Prime Minister of Belgium, and over the next ten years he headed three separate governments. Mr Verhofstadt was elected MEP in June 2009 and has been the leader of the ALDE group since then. He is married and has two children.