PES President Sergei Stanishev states "Constitutional Reform in the Arab Spring countries open new era for citizens"


Sergei Stanishev

Today in the European Parliament a joint seminar on Constitutional Reform between the PES, S&D Group, GPF, FEPS and sister parties from the region Ettakatol (Tunisia) and Fatah (Palestine) was organized. The seminar was attended by PES PresidentSergei Stanishev and Hannes Swoboda leader of the S&D Group in the European Parliament and tackled very important topics on Constitutional affairs with Members of the European Parliament, member parties from Europe and the region and constitutional experts. Issues such as the separation of powers, ensuring social rights and women's rights in a Constitution, protection of fundamental rights and the role of religion in the Constitution were discussed extensively.

PES President Sergei Stanishev stated that "Today's seminar was a huge success. This is a very important topic to focus on because a Constitution touches the lives of every citizen and will for decades after it is formulated." 

He continued that "One size will not fit all in a Constitution and today we discussed the different components that can be found in a Constitution. We as socialists and social democrats have a clear vision of what democracy is: it must ensure equality between citizens, equality between women and men, clear separation of powers and checks and balances. The Constitution is a framework and we will work with and support our sister parties to ensure a proper implementation in order to develop true democratic societies."

The PES has been actively engaged with our partners from the region since the beginning of the Arab Spring last year, organizing two Conferences in Tunis and establishing a Task Force on the Arab Spring. In the coming months there will be a seminar on an Arab economic and social development plan and in the fall there will be another Conference organized in the region.

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