Sergei Stanishev Re-elected as PES President



Stanishev elected at PES Congress in Budapest The ex Bulgarian Prime Minister, and incumbent Party of European Socialists (PES) President Sergei Stanishev has been re-elected as the PES President at the party’s congress in Budapest.

Sergei Stanishev will now lead the European socialists for another 2.5 years. His team of Vice Presidents and Secretary General will be appointed before the end of the PES Congress tomorrow.

Mr Stanishev said of his victory: "I am honoured and humbled to have been re-elected as President of the Party of European Socialists. I know that hard work stands ahead of me to grow socialism and social democracy in Europe, and I stand ready to take on that challenge. Thanks to all delegates, member parties and organisations who reconfirmed their confidence in me. This motivates me and the team to do more, and better, in order to really change Europe. I also want to thank the PES team for all their hard work and support over the years - I am sure that we can achieve a lot more together."

He added: "I believe that the PES will only be successful if we remember that our purpose is to change the world for the better, to ensure a dignified life for every individual and to achieve a fair and coherent society. My main goal is to gain peoples’ trust for this vision, and with that trust, to win the 2019 election."

Enrique Barón Crespo decided not to run for PES President.