PES leaders meeting to take place in Madrid on February 21



The next PES leaders meeting will be held in Madrid this weekend – on February 21 (Saturday). The event, which will be hosted by the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), will gather PES leaders, Prime Ministers and EU Commissioners to discuss pivotal issues such as our common fight against extremism, a particularly urgent matter since the tragic events in Paris and Denmark. Another top priority for the PES family will be a joint declaration that will outline the PES roadmap for creating more, better and fairer jobs.

PES President Sergei Stanishev said: “One of the main goals of Saturday’s meeting is to ensure that what happened in Paris and Denmark does not happen again. If we want to preserve the security of everyone, we need to promote inclusive, tolerant societies that respect our democratic principles and the rule of law. The other key priority of the PES leaders will be to define a clear set of principles and actions to foster sustainable growth, social and gender equality and decent jobs for all citizens”.

PSOE leader Pedro Sánchez expressed his pleasure to host the leaders meeting, stating that; “only Social Democrats can pave the way in Europe for a fair recovery that gives the rights back to the middle and working class”.

Journalists can register to the event by sending an email to:

The draft agenda of the meeting:

February 21: PES Leaders meeting in IFEMA (Centro de Convenciones Norte)

· 10.20 - 10.50: Doorstepping / arrival of leaders to the venue
· 10.50 - 11.00: PES family picture
· 11.00 - 11.05: Start of meeting with press in the room
· 11.05 - 14.30: Meeting (closed doors, no press allowed)

The opening interventions by Pedro Sánchez, Felipe González and Sergei Stanishev will be broadcasted via live streaming at the PSOE website.

At 15.00, leaders will join a commemoration ceremony of the terrorist attack on Atocha Station in 2004 to be held in the Forest of Remembrance at El Retiro Park.

Press points / press conferences to be confirmed during the day.

The event will be covered in English on the PES FacebookTwitter and Instagram
hashtag #PES4jobs

Feel free to use our PES set on Flickr where photos of the meeting will be uploaded during the weekend. Also, a video will be posted on the PES YouTube Channel in the coming days.

For more information and updates, check the PES and the PSOE websites.