PES leaders: Zoran Zaev and Edi Rama have earned their EU path

Progressive governments in Albania and FYR Macedonia made it possible for the two countries to achieve a 2019 start date for EU accession negotiations.

The path to EU membership for both countries is high on the agenda at the pre-summit meeting of Party of European Socialists prime ministers today, attended by FYR Macedonia prime minister Zoran Zaev as well as Alexis Tsipras of Greece.

It follows the […]


PES common candidate during the PES Congress, 7 – 8 December in Lisbon

The Party of European Socialists will announce nominations for its common candidate for the President of the European Commission by 19 October this year, it was agreed today by representatives of PES member parties and organisations.

The PES Presidency meeting held in Riga, Latvia, fully supported the proposal that all PES member parties should be involved in a transparent and democratic process to nominate their candidates.

If […]


PES welcomes historic agreement between Athens and Skopje

The PES warmly welcomes the agreement reached by prime ministers Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev, and the governments in Athens and Skopje, in the long-running dispute over the name of the former Yugoslav republic.

Today, the Greek government announced its intention to recognise its northern neighbour as ‘Republic of North Macedonia’, and its counterpart in Skopje expressed its will to start the procedure of changing the […]


PES congratulates Pedro Sánchez on his election as the new prime minister of Spain

The Party of European Socialists welcomes the election of Pedro Sánchez, from our Spanish party PSOE, as the new prime minister of Spain. We look forward to his government forming a credible alternative to a conservative government hounded by corruption.

PES president Sergei Stanishev said:

“We warmly welcome the election of Pedro Sánchez, a progressive and honest pro-European, to lead the next government of Spain. He will […]


PES calls for an ambitious Eurozone budget to prevent future crises

The European Commission today released its proposal for a line in the EU’s long-term budget dedicated to the monetary union.

The proposal suggests creating a ‘reform delivery programme’ to incentivise structural reforms, and an instrument to tackle asymmetric shocks.

PES president Sergei Stanishev said:

“Today’s proposal is an acknowledgement by the Commission of the need for the eurozone to be ultimately given a budget to safeguard itself from […]


PES leaders call for stepping up of EU accession for Balkan countries

Meeting ahead of the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia, Bulgaria, progressive prime ministers and party leaders called for increased EU engagement in support of the European integration of the region.

The meeting, hosted by PES president Sergei Stanishev, welcomed Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and the prime minister of FYR Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, as well as the socialist prime ministers of Portugal (António Costa) and Malta […]

Sergei Stanishev on Macedonia

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