PES Congress, Brussels, 28-29 September 2012

The PES Congress is a major gathering of European socialist, social-democrats and labour members. It meets twice every five years and brings together delegates from PES member parties, numerous guests and PES activists. The responsibilities of the Congress include: deciding on the political orientation of the PES, electing the President and adopting changes to the statutes and to the membership status of parties.

The 9th PES Congress took place in Brussels, on 28-29 September 2012. 


Resolution "Together for the Europe we need"

The Congress delegates have unanimously adopted the general resolution, titled “Together for the Europe we need”. 


New Leadership

During the Congress, Sergei Stanishev (BSP Leader, Bulgaria) was elected PES President

The Congress has also elected Jean-Christophe Cambadélis (PS France), Elena Valenciano (PSOE Spain), Katerina Nevedalova (SMER Slovakia) and Jan Royall (Labour Party UK) as PES Vice-Presidents. The PES leadership team was completed by Achim Post (SPD Germany), new PES Secretary General, and by two deputy Secretary Generals: Marije Lafeber (PvdA Netherlands) and Yonnec Polet (PS Belgium).