PES welcomes Paul Magnette as new PS President


The Party of European Socialists (PES) warmly congratulates Paul Magnette on his appointment as new president of the Belgian Socialist Party (PS). On Thursday evening, at a special meeting at the PS headquarters in Brussels, the mayor of Charleroi was unanimously elected as successor to Interim President Thierry Giet.

PES President Sergei Stanishev stated that; “Paul’s election is a key step for the future of Belgian socialism. His remarkable credentials on social and environmental issues and his vision for both his country and Europe make him a most valuable member of our progressive family. I strongly welcome his election and I am confident that, under his leadership, the PS will make even a bigger impact on the progressive heart of Europe”.

Jean-Pascal Labille replaces Magnette as minister for public enterprises, cooperation and cities in the federal government.

Watch Paul Magnette speaking at the PES Convention in 2011: