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20.07.2017

PES cohesion conference: Solidarity is a guarantee for EU future

Europe’s social democrats call for a strengthened cohesion policy post-2020, focused on decent jobs, clean environment, investment in human capital and new technologies, a packed hall of conference delegates heard today.

Some 150 delegates, plus online participants, discussed leading contributions from European Commissioners Corina Creţu and Maroš Šefčovič, PES president Sergei Stanishev, Committee of the Regions first vice-president Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Slovakian deputy prime minister Peter Pellegrini, […]

09.06.2017

PES: Conservatives & populists routed as UK Labour celebrates spectacular election result

UK voters have rejected both Conservative opportunism and right-wing populism in a shock election result that has increased Labour’s vote share and fatally undermined the credibility of current prime minister Theresa May.

The result demolished the existing Conservative government majority and saw Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party win some 30 additional seats, making Labour a strong contender for government in the negotiations to come.

Commenting on the results, […]

09.06.2017

PES President and two Bulgarian prime ministers with a strong commitment to EU

A conference on the future of Europe was held in Sofia at the initiative of PES president Sergei Stanishev. Both the current Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borisov (EPP) and the former head of Bulgarian government Simeon Sakscouborgota (ALDE) participated in the event organized by the PES, showing the strong commitment of Bulgaria to the European project.

The conference, called Europe back on track, was a discussion […]

29.04.2017

PES leaders stand firm on European and international challenges

Europe’s progressive governments will fight to protect the rights of EU and British citizens as a top priority in the negotiations on Brexit, leaders from the Party of European Socialists agreed today.

Socialist and social democrat prime ministers and presidents from across Europe met to agree common positions on the Brexit negotiation guidelines, as well as other challenges facing the EU, in advance of the full […]

29.03.2017

PES still hopes for fair Brexit, avoiding disaster

As a pro-European party, we deeply regret the decision of the UK to leave the European Union.

Commenting on the UK government’s plan to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, PES president Sergei Stanishev said:

“The months ahead will be challenging for Britain and for the EU. But progressive parties across Europe, linked by the Party of European Socialists, are united in their clear priorities […]

28.03.2017

PES sees demand for social justice in Bulgaria, welcomes consolidation of the Left vote

The Party of European Socialists congratulates its Bulgarian member party BSP for the strong result they achieved during the snap general elections in Bulgaria this Sunday. The Bulgarian Socialists doubled the strength of their parliamentary group, jumping from 39 to 80 seats.

PES president Sergei Stanishev said:

“Securing 80 seats out of 240 is a strong success for the BSP and for the PES. The process of […]

Sergei Stanishev on Macedonia

Sergei Stanishev at the Protest in Skopje, 17th of May