Hans van Baalen was elected President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party on a two-year mandate on 21 November 2015 at the Party Congress in Budapest (Hungary). He got re-elected in 2017 (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) and last October in 2019 at the most recent Congress in Athens, Greece. For 10 years Hans van Baalen has been an active Member of the European Parliament specialized in Security, Defence and Foreign Affairs. Before, he was a Member of the House of Representatives in the Netherlands from 1999 to 2002 and from 2003 to 2009. He was also the President of Liberal International between 2009 and 2014 before becoming LI President of Honour.