PES Council adopts unanimously its first Fundamental Programme

Caroline Gennez

The Party of European Socialists (PES) adopted unanimously the Fundamental Programme at its Council in Sofia. The programme, the first of its kind, outlines the Party’s policy goals for the future of Europeans and the European Union for the coming years. After adopting its Declaration of Principles, this is the second step of the open policy-renewal process that the Party launched in 2009. The PES now has a solid and engaged platform for elaborating a strong manifesto for the 2014 European elections.

The Fundamental Programme is the culmination of a wide-ranging and open consultation process that involved over 2,000 representatives from civil society, academia, trade unions, PES activists and member parties. For the past nine months the Advisory Board on the Fundamental Programme, composed of representatives from all member parties, has gathered the input to elaborate the Fundamental Programme.

After the vote, the Chair of the Advisory Committee on the Fundamental Programme, Caroline Gennez declared: “We are the first European political party to have engaged in such an in-depth political exercise: we have developed a new narrative for social democracy and a framework of reference for all our member parties. This framework is anchored in our five core values of freedom, democracy, equality, solidarity and justice. At the same time we have successfully outlined a positive programme that looks beyond the immediate future, and indicates clearly where we want Europe to go in the next 10 to 15 years. This is a strong building block towards next year’s election manifesto”.

The Fundamental Programme is built on three pillars:

  • First, a new political economy to democratize economic decision-making processes so that all stakeholders are accountable to one another and hold democratic control in a social market economy.
  • Secondly, a new Social Deal for Europe to empower people through quality education and meaningful jobs and to deliver social justice as well as the promise of fulfilling lives.
  • Thirdly, a European Union of solidarity to create a European society and to strengthen internal cohesion. This will increase the European Union’s capacity to act at the international level for peace, prosperity and progress.

You can find the Fundamental Programme here