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The PES is politically represented in the directly elected European Parliament, at governmental level in the European Council and Council of Ministers, and in the Committee of the Regions. The European Commission – although an independent, collegiate body – also numbers several members from PES parties amongst its commissioners.

 

European Parliament

  • Martin Schulz (SPD Germany) is the President of European Parliament
  • The Group of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament has 194 members, and is the only political group in the European Parliament with representatives from all 28 member states
  • Hannes Swoboda is the President of Socialists & Democrats Group

 

European Commission

 

European Council and Council of the EU

  • PES Prime Ministers and Leaders meet regularly before European Summits to discuss common policies and goals that should be achieved during the European Council
  • The High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) isCatherine Ashton. She chairs the Foreign Affairs Council and conducts the Common Foreign and Security Policy
  • The PES is also represented in the ministerial formations of the Council of the EU

 

Committee of the Regions

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