Stanishev: PES will continue its missions until the full respect of the rule of law in Turkey

Today a PES delegation supported the co-chair of our Kurdish associate party HDP, Selahattin Demirtas on the day of his first court hearing, since he was jailed without legal foundation in November last year. The hearing took place in the Anadolu 34th Penal Court of First Instance in Istanbul and Demirtas testified via videoconference from the prison of Edirne.

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Sergei Stanishev:Europe needs change

“Social dialogue is one of the core values of our political family. We are convinced of the importance of a constant exchange between employers and workers’ trade union in order to agree on the essential rules that regulate work in companies, sectors and economies as a whole. This is why we have always stood, and will always stand, strongly in […]


Socialists with a new vision for Europe

Activists from all over Europe are gathering in Prague for the biggest event of the political calendar for social democrats: the Party of European Socialists Council 2016.

Entitled ‘Saving Europe’, the Council is focused on the future of the EU, with special emphasis on the PES ‘Act For Youth’ campaign – fighting to improve prospects for children and young people in […]


Stanishev: We will initiate a debate for Turkey in the European Parliament, a freezing of the negotiation process is not excluded

The Turkish authorities prevented a PES delegation in Turkey to visit opposition leader Selahattin Demirtaş in prison, in the North-Western town of Edirne. The delegation led by PES president Sergei Stanishev was held a press-conference in the middle of the road outside the prison. The Turkish police and the gendarmerie tried to prevent any contact between the delegation and the media gathered around the […]



A big pan-European political event took place simultaneously in 30 different European countries on 16 November – the European Youth Plan Action Day.
Supporters in 83 cities gathered to show their will that the European Youth Plan be implemented as soon as possible. The plan is initiated by the Party of European Socialists and aims to provide more and better jobs for […]


PES President agrees with Commissioner Andriukaitis on a progressive health agenda



PES President Sergei Stanishev met with Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and a food Safety, on 25th October in Strasbourg.
“Health is a priority concern for young people. The in-depth Millenial Dialogue study conducted by our Foundation FEPS shows that 93% of the youth identifies healthcare as a top priority. It is our duty to address this concern, as part […]


Stanishev: Most European leaders DO NOT support new sanctions against Russia

“I do not see the sanctions against Russia to have any positive effect. The mistrust and confrontation between us have
reached the peak of the Cold War. This situation is not positive for the resolution of conflicts and to the common fight against the global challenges.
That is why most of the European leaders do not support new sanctions.”, declared […]


Stanishev, Ninova, Iotova push forward the European Youth Plan in Bulgaria

‘The Party of European Socialists’ European Youth Plan was elaborated in cooperation with the S&D Group in the European Parliament and all PES member parties. We are committed to making it a reality’, said S&D MEP and PES President Sergei Stanishev. He spoke at the #Act4Youth campaign launch event today in Sofia, Bulgaria, together with BSP Chair Kornelia Ninova and […]


Stanishev in Paris: No time to lose

¨We are the political family that should step forward in shaping the future of the EU. Unlike the right wing, we the progressives cannot waste more time before we come united in the name of the European project.  We will propose concrete measures to preserve the European project.¨, stated the PES leader Sergei Stanishev during the Summit of Heads of […]


Hollande host the II Progressive Summit in Paris tomorrow

The Party of European Socialists will discuss progressive policies to fight the economic crisis and boost growth and jobs on the European level in a meeting at the Château de la Celle Saint-Cloud – in the vicinity of Paris – this Thursday, 25th of August, 2016.

This will be the second time the PES leaders meet in Paris this year – […]


Sergei Stanishev: Reintroducing death penalty in Turkey could harm country’s relations with the EU

„Death penalty is brutal and fundamentally unjust. We are deeply worried that the Turkish leadership is promoting the idea of re-introducing it. We call on the government for maximum restraint and caution in the aftermath of the attempted coup. Any step in the direction of reintroducing the death penalty could harm the relations between Turkey and the EU. Rejecting the death […]


Sergei Stanishev: The refugee inflow concerns not just Italy but the whole EU

The refugee inflow concerns not just Italy but the whole EU. This is what PES President Sergei Stanishev stated opening a PES conference in Rome entitled ‘Progressive answers to Europe’s challenges in the Mediterranean: A new foreign, security and development policy for the Middle East and North Africa’.

The event was hosted by the ruling PES-member party Partito Democratico of Italy. […]