Live updates: PES European Council preparation meeting
Prime ministers, commissioners and leaders from the Party of European Socialists are today meeting in Brussels to discuss common positions in advance of the Special European Council on 17-18 July.
PES President Sergei Stanishev will welcome participants to the meeting, which will begin at 19:00.
This page will post live updates on the meeting.
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19:30: Prime Minister Sanchez, Prime Minister Marin, Prime Minister Abela, S&D Leader Iratxe Garcia and European Parliament President David Sassoli
The prime ministers of Spain, Finland and Malta in today's meeting, alongside the leader of the S&D and the president of the European Parliament.
19:25: Meeting begins
PES President Sergei Stanishev opens today's meeting with prime ministers, European Commissioners and leaders from the PES political family.
19:20: European Parliament President arrives at PES meeting
The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, arrives at the PES meeting.
19:10: Finnish PM at PES meeting
Finland’s Sanna Marin is the latest prime minister to arrive at the PES preparation meeting, joining other progressive leaders.
19:00: Swedish PM arrives at PES meeting
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has arrived at today's PES Pre-Council meeting.
18:56: Executive Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans arrives at PES Pre-Council meeting
"I think we, social democrats, can make the difference" Frans Timmermans has told EbS ahead of today's PES meeting.
18:54: PES President Sergei Stanishev, European Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni and S&D Leader Iratxe Garcia
PES President Sergei Stanishev, European Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni and S&D Leader Iratxe Garcia speaking ahead of today's meeting.
18:43: Welcome to live updates from the PES
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