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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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25/01/2012 PES Secretary General Philip Cordery met with Mr Faruk Loğoğlu, Deputy Chairman of the CHP, Turkey.

Today the PES Secretary General Philip Cordery met with Deputy Chairman of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Mr. Faruk Loğoğlu. During the meeting the current political situation and struggles in Turkey were discussed. The PES is concerned about the continuing repressions of freedom of speech and assembly in Turkey. This ominous situation has recently escalated with the case against CHP leader Mr. Kemal Kilicdaroglu. The PES criticizes the politically motivated actions of the State Prosecutor in this case.

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26/11/2011 Leaders’ conversation on A just world: “we can only succeed if we are together”

“What is happening in Tunisia is an example for the Middle East and the entire world”. This was the beginning of the speech given by Khelil Ezzaouia (Ettakatol - FDTL Tunisia) during the third plenary of the Party of European Socialists (PES) Progressive Convention. The plenary, titled “A just world”, explored issues such as migrant rights, decent work and the European response and responsibility in the Arab spring revolutions that have spread across the Middle East and North Africa.

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25/11/2011 PES Women and Zijkant Sp.A mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25th November

Zij Kant, the Women’s organisation of Flemish socialists Sp.A and PES Women today marked International day for the elimination of violence against women. The event took place during the PES Convention and was entitled the ‘Ugly Face of Abuse’.

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04/10/2011 PES President congratulates Montenegro Parliament Speaker and Party Leader Ranko Krivokapic for steady advancement on EU membership

Poul Nyrup Rasmussen meeting Ranko Krivokapic PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen met Ranko Krivokapic, Leader of the PES Member Social Democratic Party of Montenegro. The Montenegrin Party Leader was in Brussels in his capacity of Parliament Speaker and Head of Delegation of the 3rd EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (SAPC).

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29/09/2011 PES demands to know if EPP condone Croatian HDZ party's refusal to allow Bosnian Government to be formed

Commenting on the continuing political stalemate, PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen stated that; "I am very concerned about the attitude of HDZ, a Member Party of the European Peoples Party (EPP). By maintaining such an unacceptable stand in the negotiations and blocking every compromise eleven months after the elections, they are showing their total disregard for the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the country as a whole. One must ask if the EPP is aware of the irresponsible conduct of its party?”.

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