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The Youth Organisation Freedom and Democracy
, officially abbreviated as JOVD
, is one of the oldest political youth organisations in the Netherlands
The Netherlands is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, located mainly in North-West Europe and with several islands in the Caribbean. Mainland Netherlands borders the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east, and shares maritime borders...
. It is a liberal organisation for people aged between fourteen and thirty one. Current President is Martijn Jonk and current Vice-President is Dennis van den Oever.
JOVD has a contract of cooperation with VVD
The People's Party for Freedom and Democracy is a conservative-liberal political party located in the Netherlands. The VVD supports private enterprise in the Netherlands and is often perceived as an economic liberal party in contrast to the social-liberal Democrats 66 alongside which it sits in...
The organisation is responsible for having trained many staatssecretarissen and well known members of the House of Representatives. For example, Mark Rutte
Mark Rutte is a Dutch politician who has been Prime Minister of the Netherlands since 14 October 2010, as well as Minister of General Affairs in the Rutte cabinet...
, Leader of the VVD and Dutch Prime Minister was JOVD chairman from 1988 to 1991.
JOVD publishes the political magazine Driemaster for its members and stakeholders. Currently elected editor in chief is Vivianne Vermeulen.
JOVD is a member of both LYMEC and IFLRY.