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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 […]

By |14/06/2018|News, PES, Top|0 Comments

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 […]

By |14/06/2018|Bulgaria, News, Top|0 Comments

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 […]

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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 […]

By |14/06/2018|News, PES, Top|0 Comments

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 […]

By |10/03/2018|News, PES, Top|0 Comments

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 […]

By |23/02/2018|News, PES, Top|0 Comments

The PES welcomes the new Commission strategy adopted today on the Western Balkans’ European prospects.

PES President Sergei Stanishev said:

“The progressive family has always actively promoted EU integration for the Western Balkan countries. They need a strong incentive for positive reform, especially to fight anti-democratic pressures.

“The PES will support all its member parties from the region in their effort to uphold high democratic standards, strengthen the rule of law and […]

By |07/02/2018|News, PES, Top|0 Comments

Europe must unite to face down populism

Portuguese prime minister and PES president Sergei Stanishev delivered closing speeches after two days of productive discussions in Lisbon.

Speeches from Mr Costa and Mr Stanishev underlined the close relationship between PS Portugal and progressive parties from across Europe, and the determination of socialists and social democrats to deliver solidarity and social justice for the people […]

By |05/12/2017|News, PES|0 Comments

United PES parties endorse common candidate and commit to progressive alternative for Europe

The Party of European Socialists has voted overwhelmingly to choose a common lead candidate for president of the European Commission in the 2019 European elections.

Delegates at the 2017 PES Council debated and adopted a resolution not only reaffirming their commitment to the Spitzenkandidat process — an initiative first proposed by the PES and subsequently adopted […]

By |05/12/2017|News, PES|0 Comments

PES leaders from the Western Balkans discuss integration

Progressive Parties and foundations from the PES family in the Balkan region have discussed the challenges of further Balkan integration on the path of EU accession, on Saturday, at the Western Balkan Summit in Sarajevo.

PES delegation, with president Sergei Stanishev and Deputy Secretary General for International Affairs Giacomo Filibeck, attended the meeting and expressed support […]

By |23/11/2017|News, PES|0 Comments