PES News http://pes.eu/en/news/feed en PES and Common Candidate praise Maltese PM on civil union bill http://pes.eu/en/news/pes-and-common-candidate-praise-maltese-pm-civil-union-bill <div class="field field-summary field-field-summary"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">PES and Martin Schulz, PES Common Candidate, congratulate Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and the Maltese Labour Party on the adoption of the civil union bill. &nbsp;The bill will grant same-sex couples the legal protections, privileges and obligations granted to married heterosexual couples, including the right to adopt children jointly.</span></span></p> </div> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:55:46 +0000 Freyja Steingrims 49887 at http://pes.eu PES President demands release of Palestinian leader on the 12th anniversary of his abduction http://pes.eu/en/news/pes-president-demands-release-palestinian-leader-12th-anniversary-his-abduction <div class="field field-summary field-field-summary"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">On the 25<sup>th</sup> of March PES President Sergei Stanishev met with Fadwa Barghouti, wife of Marwan Barghouti, renowned Fatah member and Palestinian reconciliation figure. Marwan Barghouti has spent a total of 17 years in prison, of which the last 11 years consecutively. The meeting took place in Amman at the Conference ‘A common vision for a progressive Arab world’ co-organized by the PES on the 24<sup>th</sup> and 25<sup>th</sup> of March.</span></span></p> </div> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:14:59 +0000 Freyja Steingrims 49885 at http://pes.eu Banking Union: PES family makes sure that taxpayers will no longer have to pay for rescuing banks. http://pes.eu/en/news/banking-union-pes-family-makes-sure-taxpayers-will-no-longer-have-pay-rescuing-banks <div class="field field-summary field-field-summary"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">After a series of negotiations Europe is now equipped with a set of concrete rules and procedures that should be followed when a bank is in trouble. The creation of a Single Resolution Mechanism with a Single Resolution Fund is of historical significance, it reinforces the foundations of the European Union. This breakthrough agreement adds more safeguards on citizens’ money and promotes the sustainability of public finances. From now on it will be the responsibility of the banking sector to pay the bill and not of the taxpayers.&nbsp;</span></span></p> </div> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:28:59 +0000 Freyja Steingrims 49883 at http://pes.eu Statement from PES President in Response to Basescu’s TV threats on 12 April http://pes.eu/en/news/statement-pes-president-response-basescu-s-tv-threats-12-april <div class="field field-summary field-field-summary"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Sergei Stanishev, PES President, today condemned the veiled threats issued by Romanian President Traian Basescu against an MP investigating allegations of corruption against Basescu’s daughter:</span></span></p> </div> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:54:41 +0000 Freyja Steingrims 49881 at http://pes.eu Thousands #knockthevote for Martin Schulz http://pes.eu/en/news/thousands-knockthevote-martin-schulz <div class="field field-summary field-field-summary"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">The weekend of 12-13 April again saw thousands of grassroots activists take part in another weekend of voter contact for the European elections. The PES demonstrated once more that it is the only party with the community contacts to organise a genuine European wide mobilisation. Excited by the idea of Martin Schulz's campaign to become European Commission President, the stories from the campaign frontline continue to grow.</span></span></p> </div> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:41:18 +0000 Freyja Steingrims 49879 at http://pes.eu PES Women President and Estonian Social Affairs Minister call for immediate action on Equal Pay http://pes.eu/en/news/pes-women-president-and-estonian-social-affairs-minister-call-immediate-action-equal-pay <div class="field field-summary field-field-summary"> <div style="font-family: Tahoma, 'Sans Serif', Arial; font-size: 11px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">During her visit to Estonia, Zita Gurmai, PES Women President met with Social Affairs Minister Helmen Kütt and discussed the worrying existing gender pay gap in Estonia.&nbsp;</span></span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:56:51 +0000 Freyja Steingrims 49877 at http://pes.eu Power to women for European Elections in Pärnu; closing the gender pay gap! http://pes.eu/en/news/power-women-european-elections-p-rnu-closing-gender-pay-gap <div class="field field-summary field-field-summary"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Today, the Social Democratic Party of Estonia (SDE) is hosting this years 3rd event of the Equal Pay Action Days. Between 9 and 21 April different actions and gatherings are organised to raise awareness and mark the Equal Pay Day in Estonia, which is the highest in the EU reaching 30%. Thanks to KADRI, the SDE women's organisation, the Equal Pay Day as well as an Action Plan by the government were put into place in 2011 and yearly specific recommendations and actions have been put forward to reduce and eventually close the gender pay gap.&nbsp;</span></span></p> </div> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:44:01 +0000 Freyja Steingrims 49870 at http://pes.eu PES Presidency sets out battle plans for European Election Campaign http://pes.eu/en/news/pes-presidency-sets-out-battle-plans-european-election-campaign <div class="field field-summary field-field-summary"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">The PES Presidency met today in Brussels to discuss the coordination of its European election campaign. Member parties made clear that they will demonstrate in the coming six weeks the clear and fundamental differences between the Party of European Socialists (PES) member parties and the Conservative parties of the EPP group.</span></span></p> </div> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:42:08 +0000 Freyja Steingrims 49866 at http://pes.eu Schulz connects more with voters as Top European candidates clash on France 24 http://pes.eu/en/news/schulz-connects-more-voters-top-european-candidates-clash-france-24 <div class="field field-summary field-field-summary"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">This evening France24 hosted the first head-to-head debate between Martin Schulz, PES Candidate for European Commission President, and his conservative opponent and former chair of the Eurogroup, Jean-Claude Juncker.</span></span></p> </div> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:16:35 +0000 Freyja Steingrims 49864 at http://pes.eu Martin Schulz joins Elio Di Rupo at progressive rally in Brussels http://pes.eu/en/news/martin-schulz-joins-elio-di-rupo-progressive-rally-brussels <div class="field field-summary field-field-summary"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:12px;">The Party of European Socialists gathered in Brussels at a three-day conference with friends, partners and members from all over Europe last week. Participants outlined the key issues for the European elections at the Renaissance of Europe event, organised by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS).</span></span></p> </div> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:54:04 +0000 Freyja Steingrims 49860 at http://pes.eu PES demonstrates with ETUC for quality jobs and a social Europe http://pes.eu/en/news/pes-demonstrates-etuc-quality-jobs-and-social-europe <div class="field field-summary field-field-summary"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Today hundreds of PES Activists participated in a demonstration organised by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) displaying support for decent jobs and a social Europe.</span></span></p> </div> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:00:12 +0000 Freyja Steingrims 49858 at http://pes.eu Young Bulgarians discuss European elections with PES Women President http://pes.eu/en/news/young-bulgarians-discuss-european-elections-pes-women-president <div class="field field-summary field-field-summary"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">On Saturday 29 March, the Youth Union of the Bulgarian Socialist Party met in the National Palace of Culture in Sofia to elect their new board and to discuss the issues affecting young people across the country. PES Women President Zita Gurmai addressed over 700 delegates from across the country, with a clear focus on youth unemployment and gender equality.&nbsp;</span></span></p> </div> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:42:12 +0000 Freyja Steingrims 49851 at http://pes.eu PES Common Candidate leads Spanish Campaign Launch http://pes.eu/en/news/pes-common-candidate-leads-spanish-campaign-launch <div class="field field-summary field-field-summary"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">The PES common candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission received a stunning welcome in Madrid on Sunday.&nbsp;<strong>Martin Schulz&nbsp;</strong>was invited to address the PSOE campaign launch by lead MEP candidate and PES Vice-President&nbsp;<strong>Elena Valenciano&nbsp;</strong>and PSOE General Secretary&nbsp;<strong>Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba</strong>.</span></span></p> </div> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:42:38 +0000 Pablo Garmon 49848 at http://pes.eu Hundreds of new Romanian PES activists join #knockthevote http://pes.eu/en/news/hundreds-new-romanian-pes-activists-join-knockthevote <div class="field field-summary field-field-summary"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">After a spectacular show of force in February – with a major rally of 3,000 Romanian PES activists in the Parliamentary Palace - the PSD continues to gather more and more engaged citizens under the umbrella of PES Activists Romania.</span></span></p> </div> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:27:21 +0000 Freyja Steingrims 49838 at http://pes.eu Spain is ready to #knockthevote for victory http://pes.eu/en/news/spain-ready-knockthevote-victory <div class="field field-summary field-field-summary"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">On Saturday 21<sup>st</sup> of February, <strong>Elena Valenciano</strong>, PES Vice-President and head of the PSOE list, kicked off the #knockthevote training with 80 PES activists of the Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE) in Madrid. Valenciano said: "The European elections in May are decisive for the future of European citizens. If we want to fight youth unemployment, we must act now on all political levels."</span></span></p> </div> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:02:36 +0000 Freyja Steingrims 49834 at http://pes.eu Belgian Parti Socialiste Launches European Campaign with Marie Arena as Lead Candidate http://pes.eu/en/news/belgian-parti-socialiste-launches-european-campaign-marie-arena-lead-candidate <div class="field field-summary field-field-summary"> <p class="x_MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">The&nbsp;<i style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Parti Socialiste&nbsp;</i>(PS)&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white;">named its top candidates for May’s European Parliament elections at their congress in Brussels this weekend. Marie Arena, Senator and former Minister-President of the Federation of Wallonia-Brussels,</span>&nbsp;is heading the list of candidates.</span></span></p> <p class="x_MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> </div> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:44:52 +0000 Freyja Steingrims 49836 at http://pes.eu As progressives gather in Amman, PES President Sergei Stanishev underlines importance of strong cooperation between EU and Mediterranean http://pes.eu/en/news/progressives-gather-amman-pes-president-sergei-stanishev-underlines-importance-strong-cooperati <div class="field field-summary field-field-summary"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Today, progressive parties from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa came together for a two day conference in Amman to discuss a common progressive agenda. The Conference started with opening speeches from PES President and BSP leader Sergei Stanishev, President of the S&amp;D Group Hannes Swoboda, Jamil Nimri, member of Parliament of the Jordanian Social Democrats, and Hussein Gohar, chair of the Arab Social Democratic Forum.</span></span></p> </div> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:45:07 +0000 Freyja Steingrims 49832 at http://pes.eu PES Family ensures banking union deal protects citizens http://pes.eu/en/news/pes-family-ensures-banking-union-deal-protects-citizens <div class="field field-summary field-field-summary"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">After a long series of negotiations, representatives of the European Council and the European Parliament, headed by S&amp;D MEP Elisa Ferreira reached a strong deal on the banking union early this morning. The negotiators agreed that the cost of an ailing bank should be covered by the banking sector itself, and that taxpayers should no longer have to carry the burden of the excess of the unbridled financial sector.&nbsp;</span></span></p> </div> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:39:30 +0000 Freyja Steingrims 49830 at http://pes.eu PES Women host empowerment seminar at UN HQ New York http://pes.eu/en/news/pes-women-host-empowerment-seminar-un-hq-new-york <div class="field field-summary field-field-summary"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">In New York, PES Women builds bridges between local communities and international decision-makers</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">On Wednesday 19 March at 18.00 in the UN headquarters in New York, PES Women and Vision Films presented the film "The Threshold of the Desert", followed by a debate on women’s empowerment with the participation of representatives from UN Women, UNPD and the civil society.</span></span></p> </div> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:17:09 +0000 Freyja Steingrims 49827 at http://pes.eu PES leaders promise new industrialisation and social recovery http://pes.eu/en/news/pes-leaders-promise-new-industrialisation-and-social-recovery <div class="field field-summary field-field-summary"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Leaders of the member parties of the Party of European Socialists (PES) met in Brussels for the final time before the European Parliament elections today. At a preparatory meeting for the European Council Summit, they focused on the key challenge for the next five years - translating a fragile economic recovery into a full social recovery.</span></span></p> </div> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:14:25 +0000 Freyja Steingrims 49825 at http://pes.eu