October 22, 2014 4:11 PM
The European Parliament voted today to approve the Juncker Commission, putting in place eight strong social-democrats who will shape Europe’s future. Frans Timmermans will act as first vice-president, leading the Commission’s work in key policy areas such as sustainable development and the rule of law. Timmermans will also supervise the important balancing act between EU policy and national government sovereignty.
October 22, 2014 11:15 AM
PES leader Sergei Stanishev met today in Strasbourg with Corina Cretu - Commissioner - designate for Regional Policy. Her portfolio is imporant for all European countries and particularly important for the countries of Eastern Europe, where the poorest European regions are.
October 16, 2014 11:50 AM
On 15 October in Luxembourg, PES Ministers for Employment and Social Affairs met ahead of the EPSCO Council to discuss the new European Commission mandate. The Ministers expressed their continued commitment to a renewed focus on social policy and social dialogue in the next five years.
October 16, 2014 8:37 AM
PES President Sergei Stanishev today strongly criticised the actions of two Belgian Ministers who have sparked concern with their actions as regards Nazi collaboration in Belgium during World War II. Stanishev called for the Belgian Prime Minister to publicly condemn them. The Ministers’ comments and relationships have caused great concern among the Belgian public, and cast a shadow over the new Conservative-Liberal Government.
October 15, 2014 5:09 PM
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The PES Democracy and Society Network in cooperation with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, the European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity and the Karl Renner Institute are jointly organising the two-day conference “Enhancing Democracy: Our Main Priority”, a high-level conference in Vienna, from 21 to 22 November 2014 to discuss the current situation, challenges and advancements relating to democracy and fundamental rights.