PES congratulates Matteo Renzi and Partito Democratico

01/05/2017

Matteo Renzi

The Party of European Socialists warmly congratulates Partito Democratico (Democratic Party) of Italy on the successful primary elections to choose its party leader.

Some 2 million people voted in the primary process, which led to the election of Matteo Renzi with 70% of the vote.

PES president Sergei Stanishev said:

"On behalf of Europe's socialists and democrats, I congratulate PD for the bold and successful democratic primary process and Mr Renzi on his re-election as a result.

"Our family needs both engaged activists and energetic, determined leaders to write a new progressive page in the history of Europe."