A true friend of Georgia, Dutch politician, President of the Alliance for Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE) Hans van Baalen passed away on 29th of April 2021.
This is a huge loss for Georgia – President van Baalen was an outstanding supporter of Georgia, who contributed to solve the recent political crises and improve the political process in the country.
Hans van Baalen was devoted to liberal values. Throughout his whole life he served liberalism both in his own country and beyond its boundaries. Hans van Baalen was the member of Dutch House of Representatives in 1999-2009. He served as a member of European Parliament for another ten years in the period between 2009-2019. At the same time he was the President of Liberal International in 2009-2014. In his late years, since 2015, Hans served as the President of ALDE Party.
Our deepest condolences to his wife, son, friends and European Liberal movement.