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 […]


Eurozone on the agenda for Bulgarian leaders

Senior politicians from Bulgaria are meeting in Sofia today at the initiative of PES president Sergei Stanishev to discuss the future of Bulgaria in the eurozone.

The event is co-hosted by the PES’s European parliamentary group, Socialists & Democrats, and the parliamentary group of the centre-right European People’s Party.

As a former prime minister of Bulgaria as well as the leader of the country’s Socialist delegation in […]


PES and European Parliament unite to oppose Philippine abuses

The Party of European Socialists welcomes the overwhelming support of Members of the European Parliament to oppose human rights abuses by the government of the Philippines.

Around 12 000 suspected drug dealers have been murdered either by the police or government-supported gangs as part of a programme of extra-judicial killings authorised by the Philippines government.

MEPs today passed a resolution by a large majority, condemning President Duterte’s […]


PES supports launch of accession negotiations with Albania and Macedonia

The Party of European Socialists supports the European Commission’s proposal to open EU accession negotiations with Albania and Macedonia.

PES president Sergei Stanishev said:

“These talks in themselves will have a very positive effect in the region. When launched, they will constitute a very powerful incentive for reform in both countries and for wider cooperation within the region. I congratulate the European Commission and High Representative Federica […]


The Party of the European Socialists is astonished at the remarks of the president of the European People’s Party, Joseph Daul, addressed to the Bulgarian socialists.

In an official press statement from GERB (ГЕРБ), a member party of the EPP, Joseph Daul was quoted on 9 March as saying, “I think Bulgarian socialists do not exist since Bulgaria took the Presidency, because Boyko Borissov is the most successful leader in Europe”.

PES president Sergei Stanishev replied:

“Mr Daul may find it interesting to note that, according to the latest polls, BSP (БСП) has […]


PES prime ministers discuss Spitzenkandidat and long-term EU budget

Prime ministers and European Commissioners from Europe’s progressive family today restated their determination that the next President of the European Commission must not be appointed behind closed doors, but must instead be the candidate able to command majority support in the European Parliament following the 2019 elections.

Meeting today at the PES headquarters, the leaders committed to building a coalition of progressive forces in Parliament in […]

Sergei Stanishev on Macedonia

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