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05/06/2012 PES Secretary General Philip Cordery meets with Mustapha Ben Jaafar, President of Tunisian National Constituent Assembly

On 5 June PES Secretary General Philip Cordery met with Mustapha Ben Jaafar President of the Tunisian Constituent Assembly in Brussels. They discussed the current political situation in Tunisia, the drafting of the Tunisian Constitution and the economic situation in Tunisia. Mr Cordery welcomed the important work of Ettakatol and its leader Mustapha Ben Jaafar in the democratic transition and crucial period for the future of Tunisia.

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23/05/2012 PES supports Eurobonds as a “stability and solidarity tool for the Eurozone”

The Party of European Socialists (PES) has expressed its support for making Eurobonds a priority at the next EU summit (28 June). Ahead of the informal EU summit of 23 May, the PES Prime Ministers and leaders met in Brussels to discuss how to promote their growth agenda.

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14/05/2012 Only Boris Tadic and the Democratic Party (DS) are capable of leading Serbia to EU Accession

For the past years the Serbian people and government have been working tirelessly towards EU Accession. Under the leadership of the Democratic Party (DS) Serbia has met all the criteria set down by the EU in order to achieve Candidate Status.

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02/03/2012 PES welcomes Serbian EU ‘Candidate Status’

Serbian President Boris Tadic The European Council on the 1st March 2012 decided to grant Serbia official candidate status, furthering the progress towards Serbian Accession to the EU. The PES President,Sergei Stanishev stated that this decision was due to the work of the Government, the DS Party and particularly President Boris Tadic’strategic vision. “Each post on this path has been navigated by Boris Tadic and the DS Party with assuredness. Each request from the European Union was met. From the initial Commission assessment to yesterday’s Council decision, each challenge has been negotiated with a steady hand”, said the PES President.

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01/03/2012 “Invest in EU economy, invest in youth” PES tells European Council

Ahead of the 1st of March EU Summit, the Party of European Socialists (PES) has called for investment in the EU economy and investment in youth. In an open letter sent to the European Council, the PES made a strongly worded critique of existing conservative policies. “Spending cuts, further deregulation of the labour market and liberalisation of the service sector are not the answers”, the letter warns.

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24/02/2012 PES President praises Tadic’s domestic reforms in Belgrade visit

PES President Sergei Stanishev and leader of S&D Group Hannes Swoboda met with Serbian President Boris Tadic and Prime Minister of Serbia Mirko Cvetkovic in Belgrade. The delegation praised the domestic achievements of Tadic’s government and the strong push towards European integration. The meetings took place ahead of the general elections.

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23/02/2012 PES Women welcomes Danish Presidency gender equality priorities to tackle youth unemployment

On 23rd March PES Women held its yearly statutory meeting in Copenhagen. In presence of Danish Minister for Gender Equality Manu Sareen and Spokesperson on Gender Equality Rasmus Langhoff MP, PES Women welcomed the Danish EU Presidency priorities to tackle gender inequality.

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22/02/2012 PES President Sergei Stanishev calls for a Renewed EU-Turkey Agenda

Twelve years after granting candidate status and six years after the start of accession negotiations, EU-Turkey relations are today at a virtual standstill. It is in the interest of Turkey and the EU that this process is reinvigorated. The goal is Turkish membership in the European Union. Accession must be an open-ended process with conditions, yes, but not with political vetoes. The European Socialist family is the political family most committed to EU integration and the enlargement process. Therefore the PES believes that it is crucial to launch a new EU-Turkey Agenda.

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15/02/2012 PES Congratulates the leader of SDP BiH on the formation of a State Government

This week, after more than a year without a government, the new State Government of Bosnia Herzegovina was formed. The government has been formed with Ministers coming from the six political parties involved in the negotiations. The new Government also adopted a new state budget.

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30/01/2012 PES Prime Ministers meeting call on European Council to recognise need for investment

“A fiscal compact on its own will not provide solutions”. These were the words of the Party of European Socialists (PES) President, Sergei Stanishev following a pre-European Council meeting of PES Prime Ministers. Answering questions on the European Council debate, PES President Sergei Stanishev said that there needs to be clearly identified sources of financing. “Otherwise it is empty rhetoric”, said the PES President. Referencing the draft conclusions before the Council he commented; “Centre-right politicians need to make a leap from what are just words on a page to a genuine list of action points that can actually have an impact on people’s lives”.

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