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18/02/2021 PES Presidency: wellbeing and sustainability must be key drivers for recovery

Meeting by videoconference, the PES Presidency today held a strategic discussion on socialist and democratic priorities for the future of Europe.

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11/02/2021 Attacks on press in Hungary and Poland are deeply concerning, EU must defend media freedom

The PES is deeply concerned about developments in Hungary and Poland, where right-wing governments are seeking to supress free and independent media. Socialists and democrats will not stand by whilst press freedom is attacked inside the EU. A free press is an essential part of democracy.

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05/02/2021 PES Women: 2021 must be a turning point for gender equality and women’s rights

Meeting online for the first time this year, the PES Women Executive reiterated its call and commitment to place women’s rights and gender equality at the centre of European politics in 2021.

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01/02/2021 MEPs must be allowed to examine situation at Croatian-Bosnian border

The PES condemns attempts by Croatian authorities to obstruct Socialist and Democratic MEPs from determining whether reports of inhumane conditions for migrants at the Croatian-Bosnian border are true. The PES finds this to be a very serious incident – European lawmakers must not be impeded in their official duties.

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01/02/2021 PES Migration and Integration Network welcomes Commission Action Plan for inclusive asylum and migration

The European Commission’s New Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion is a welcome step to put inclusion and social cohesion at the heart of Europe’s asylum and migration systems, the PES Migration and Integration Network stated today as it hailed the plan presented by Commissioner Ylva Johansson.

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28/01/2021 EU must make the most of milestone Porto Social Summit, PES Social Europe Network says

The European Union must seize the opportunity of the Porto Summit to advance the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights in full, the PES Social Europe Network (SEN) said today as it called on all European leaders and political families to fully get behind the milestone event.

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27/01/2021 PES home affairs ministers: measures necessary to contain the spread of the pandemic should not undermine Schengen integrity

European countries are having to take unprecedented measures to deal with an unprecedented crisis. This is necessary to save lives. At the same time, they must also embrace mutual trust and cooperation to safeguard Schengen for the future, PES home affairs ministers concluded today as they met by videoconference.

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27/01/2021 FEN Network: Fair taxation and economic governance are essential for a real EU recovery

An in-depth reassessment of European taxation and economic governance is essential for the EU’s recovery from the devastating economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the PES Financial and Economic Network said today.

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21/01/2021 PES supports European Parliament resolution demanding the liberation of Selahattin Demirtas

The Party of European Socialists stands behind the resolution adopted today by the European Parliament demanding the liberation of Selahattin Demirtaş – a Kurdish opposition leader who has been held in prison in Turkey since 2016. Demirtas is the former co-chair of the PES-associate pro-Kurdish party HDP (People's Democratic Party).

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20/01/2021 Biden Harris presidency brings hope of renewed transatlantic relationship

Today’s inauguration marks the beginning of a new era of US-EU relations, the Party of European Socialists said today. After the failed experiment of the last four years, trust and cooperation can finally be rebuilt.

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