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February 03, 2016 9:02 AM

Commission is failing Women

Iratxe Garcia Perez

The European Commission’s commitment to dealing with women has been questioned by progressive politicians today. In the European Parliament Plenary session in Strasbourg session the Chair of the FEMM Committee Iratxe Garcia Perez MEP (S&D and PES Presidency member) took the European Commission to task for failing to issue a strategy which would effectively bring equality for women. While women still suffer from discrimination and lag behind in pay and access to top positions, the European Commission is neglecting in its duty to deal with this key issue.

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February 02, 2016 2:15 PM

Keep Schengen to Preserve Our Union

Border control

Reacting to recent speculations about a possible exclusion of Greece from the Schengen area, PES President Sergei Stanishev said:

"Over 850,000 refugees crossed the sea to reach Greece in the last year, landing on handful of small islands. The task of managing the number of people arriving is gigantic, particularly across a maritime border. No one country can be expected to manage these numbers on its own, and can certainly not be called to engage in illegally pushing refugees back.

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January 28, 2016 6:04 PM

PES reiterates call to deepen the Economic and Monetary Union

CVE-20160128-PES-102.jpgHigh Level representatives of the Party of European Socialists met today in Brussels to discuss the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union in order to make Europe less vulnerable to future economic shocks.

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January 25, 2016 3:35 PM

Elections in FYR Macedonia will fail without further reforms

Sergei Stanishev

On Monday (18 January) the Parliament of FYR Macedonia dissolved itself, announcing early elections on 24 April. This happened in spite of the fact that two major preconditions for fair elections – an audit of the list of voters and media reform – have not yet been fulfilled. Despite repeated criticism from actors involved in the mediation process the Parliament proceeded with its dissolution. A temporary government has been in place in FYR Macedonia ever since PES associate party SDSM released evidence last year of widespread wiretapping on part of the government, revealing large scale corruption and interference with the justice system. 

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January 22, 2016 4:11 PM

PES Declaration on the situation in Poland

Poland - demonstration for freedom of media

The state of democracy in Poland is being pushed into sharp decline and is at risk. European authorities must do all they can to stop this downward spiral. This was the assessment of the situation in Poland from the Presidency of the Party of European Socialists (PES), a high-level decision-making body within the Party. The Presidency supported the European Commission’s use of the Rule of Law Framework as a good starting point.

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