FIRST PES COMMON CANDIDATE : MARTIN SCHULZ
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On the 1st of March, 2014, the PES organised for the first time a European election Congress where a Common Manifesto was adopted and the Common Candidate designate for the post of Commission President, Martin Schulz, was elected by over a thousand participants in Rome, Italy.
PES member parties across Europe joined forces to campaign for the European elections, and a mass grassroots movement sprang up in support of Martin Schulz, aiming to ‘knock the vote’ in support of his candidacy. These campaigners spread the word about how the European citizens had for the very first time a genuine choice in the future direction of the EU.