PES in Paris: Post-Brexit Europe is our common challenge


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The future of Europe after the Brexit referendum result and the long term prospects of the European Socialists and Democrats were the two main subjects for discussion at an informal dinner in Paris bringing together leaders from the Party of European Socialists (PES). The participants agreed that the European Socialists and Democrats should take responsibility and lead the European agenda in this challenging and uncertain period.

PES President Sergei Stanishev said: “We must show that our alternative policies are more relevant than ever and that we are committed to lead change in Europe now, following the adoption of the ‘PES Roadmap following the UK referendum - A New Agenda for Europe 2016-2019’ a starting point for PES setting out its new and ambitious plans for Europe.”

Europe after Brexit is our common challenge. Today we launched a process of broad consultations, which aims to generate an in-depth debate and action throughout the PES family - among our member parties, our party representatives, the S&D group, our MPs, MEPs, activists, the Young European Socialists, PES Women, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies and the Committee of the Regions. And this debate and consultation must lead to us to set out our vision of a future Europe, which is to be discussed during the PES Council in December 2016 in Prague”, Stanishev added.

The leaders from the Social-Democratic family expressed once again their support for the European Youth Plan. They acknowledged that the young generation is more and more detached from politics and that progressives should be the one to bring the youth back in the game.

Furthermore, the participants also discussed the refugee crisis prior to the PES international conference on migration, which is scheduled to take place in Paris tomorrow (8th of July).

Read the PES Declaration "Ten points to tackle the refugee challenges"


Photos from the meeting


List of Participants:

Sergei Stanishev, PES

Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, PS France

Elio Di Rupo, BELGIUM PS

John Crombez, BELGIUM SP.A

Kornelia Ninova, BULGARIA BSP


Reijo Paananen, FINLAND SDP

Philip Cordery, FRANCE PS


Sylvana Rapti, GREECE PASOK

Brendan Howlin, IRELAND LP


Ana Birchall, ROMANIA PSD

Maria Joao Rodrigues, S&D Group in the European Parliament                

Markus Tons, PES Group in the Committee of the Regions

Zita Gurmai, PES Women

Laura Slimani, YES

Massimo D'Alema, FEPS

Aleksandar Pejović, DPS Montenegro

Sandro Gozi, PD Italy

Radmila Sekerinska, SDUM Macedonia