PES welcomes Udo Bullmann as newly elected president of the S&D group

20/03/2018

Udo Bullmann

Udo Bulmann in a discussion during the PES Council in Lisbon, December 2017

The Party of European Socialists welcomes the election of Udo Bullmann as the new president of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D). The PES is ready to continue the strong co-operation with the S&D under his leadership in the run up to the 2019 European elections.

PES president Sergei Stanishev said: ‘I am really happy that Udo Bullmann will lead the S&D group in the European Parliament. He is a real fighter for social justice and for a sustainable economy, two key goals for the PES. As a Member of the European Parliament, he has tirelessly promoted a social agenda for Europe, solidly rooted in social democratic principles. I am certain he will successfully steer the left turn our political family is taking and I know he will lead us to success in policy making.

I would also like to praise esteemed colleague Kathleen van Brempt for her strong commitment to a progressive, just and fair Europe. Now that the leadership race is over, I believe that the S&D Group will continue to work as a strong team, drawing on the expertise of every single MEP.

The way both candidates presented their vision on the future of the S&D Group and of Europe as well as  the existing and fully transparent campaign is an inspiration for our political family”, Stanishev added.

The PES is determined to increase its co-operation with both the S&D group and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, taking advantage of the fact that the presidents of all three entities are Members of the European Parliament.