Global Progress 2016: Progressive family of Socialists to debate prosperity, diversity, innovation and digital democracy



Leaders of the Party of European Socialists are in Montreal, Canada, to take part in the 'Global Progress 2016' conference. The event, which is being hosted by Canada2020 in partnership with the Center for American Progress and Policy Network, brings together over 200 representatives from 20 countries. During the debates, participants will be exploring the prospects for a socially and economically progressive international community. Welfare, diversity, innovation and digital democracy will be among the issues to be discussed.

PES leaders Lodewijk Asscher (Deputy Prime Minister of The Netherlands, PVDA) and Sigmar Gabriel (Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy in Germany, SPD) are both scheduled to speak later today. 

Under the patronage of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, this is the first time that the Global Progress Summit has taken place in Canada.

The following members of the progressive family of Socialists will attend discussions and panels on the future of governance and the impact of technology on the world:

  • Ann Linde, Minister for EU Affairs and Trade, Sweden, Social Democratic Party
  • Mikael Damberg, Minister for Enterprise, Sweden, Social Democratic Party
  • Lodewijk Asscher, Deputy Prime Minister of The Netherlands, Labour Party
  • Sigmar Gabriel, Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany, SPD
  • Hubertus Heil, Deputy Chairman of the SPD parliamentary group, Germany
  • Jonas Gahr Store, Leader of the Norwegian Labour Party
  • EEnrique Guerrero, Vice President of the S&D Group in the European Parliament
  • Juan Moscoso, PSOE Spain
  • Odd Inge, Social Democratic Party, Sweden
  • Helle Thorning-Schmidt, former Prime Minister of Denmark, Social Democratic Party
  • Giacomo Filibeck, PES Deputy Secretary General
  • Marije Laffeber, PES Deputy Secretary General.