Live updates: PES European Council preparation meeting


PES Pre-Council meeting

File photo: PES President Sergei Stanishev

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.




Sergei Stanishev

19:25: Meeting begins

PES President Sergei Stanishev opens today's meeting with prime ministers, European Commissioners and leaders from the PES political family.






EP President Sassoli

19:20: European Parliament President arrives at PES meeting

The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, arrives at the PES meeting.






Finland PM

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.












PM Sweden

19:00: Swedish PM arrives at PES meeting

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has arrived at today's PES Pre-Council meeting.






Frans Timmermans

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.




European Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni, PES President Sergei Stanishev and S&D Leader Iratxe Garcia

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.





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