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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 […]

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

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

Even the defeat of Daesh will not rid Iraq of terrorism and radicalisation, and the region will still need support:

Even the defeat of Daesh will not rid Iraq of terrorism and radicalisation, and the region will still need support: this was one of the main conclusions from a conference organised by the Party of European Socialists in Iraqi Kurdistan. The conference in Sulaymaniyah was held under the title ‘The challenges of ending the conflict: […]

By |15/12/2016|News, PES, Top|0 Comments

PES calls for UN-sponsored global conference on migration and asylum policies

 „We need safe legal avenues and effective integration policies for those granted asylum under our common rules. Safe legal avenues are needed to save lives and effective integration policies are needed to offer opportunities to those fleeing war and oppression. But first of all we need to have a proper European asylum system with proper […]

By |10/07/2016|News, PES, Top|0 Comments

Stanishev: UK should start the leaving process as soon as possible

Prime Ministers and Leaders of the Party of European Socialists during a coordination meeting, organized by the leader of the Party Sergei Stanishev, have agreed that there should be no delay before the UK begins the process to leave the European Union.

Urging the UK and the EU to act calmly and responsibly, the leaders agreed […]

By |30/06/2016|News, PES, Top|0 Comments