Stanishev endorses Schulz as S&D Group President



Sergei Stanishev took his seat as an MEP in the European Parliament today, and congratulated Martin Schulz for his election campaign on behalf of the PES. Sitting in the constitutive meeting of the S&D Group, Stanishev also endorsed Schulz’s nomination as the new Group President.

“Martin Schulz led an excellent election campaign across Europe. The initiative of our PES family to propose the common candidate process has strengthened European democracy.” Said Stanishev. “Our S&D Group has remained the only stable force in the European Parliament, while the EPP lost 20% of its vote, and other mainstream Groups also suffered. We must now give Martin Schulz a mandate to negotiate a strong package of top positions and policy priorities for the next five years. As President of the PES, I offer my help to him in this important role.”

Stanishev will chair a meeting of the PES Presidency on 19 June in Brussels. He will then bring together PES Heads of State and Government for a Pre-Council meeting in Ypres on 26 June, ahead of the expected nomination by the European Council of the next European Commission President on 27 June.