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11/12/2013 PES Women denounces the hijacking of the report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights by the Conservatives

Today, the vote in the European Parliament on the draft report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), prepared by Edite Estrela, S&D Portuguese MEP and PES Women executive member, has failed to be adopted and instead an alternative weak resolution put forward by the EPP and ECR was carried.

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11/12/2013 The PES supports the demand for more European values and standards in Ukraine

The PES is following with great concern the current situation in Ukraine. In the last couple of days swelling protests for freedom, democracy and rapprochement towards the EU have been answered by violence on part of the government and police.

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10/12/2013 PES Finance Ministers meet to discuss Banking Union

On December 10 the Party of European Socialists (PES) Finance Ministers met in Brussels ahead of the ECOFIN Council to discuss and coordinate their position in relation to the ECOFIN agenda.

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07/12/2013 Grassroots campaigners gather from all over Europe for Martin Schulz ‘first ever pan-European door-to-door canvassing planned’

300 Party of European Socialists (PES) activists and campaigners from all over Europe gathered in Paris today to kick off the Martin Schulz’s field organising campaign to become European Commission President.

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06/12/2013 Nelson Mandela: 1918 - 2013

The world has lost a great political leader and a human being with immense integrity and strength. Nelson Mandela was an inspiration to people all over the world, black and white, men and women, young and old.

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06/12/2013 PES Women President: "For a more inclusive and gender-sensitive Europe"

"While Europe has never been more at the center of the debates, while European citizens understand the importance of the decisions taken at European level, they also feel very much excluded from this debate. We are in desperate need of a more inclusive European democracy", said Dr. Zita Gurmai MEP and PES Women President in Rome, during the conference on "European Democracy" organized by the S&D Group in the European Parliament.

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22/11/2013 Mr Barroso and Ms Reding, you have 6 months to act on combating Violence Against Women

© Amy Dianna For International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (VAW) on 25 November 2013, PES Women President Zita Gurmai recalls that it is crucial to prioritise the fight against VAW in view of the upcoming European elections. The PES, as the Party for Women, gives full priority to this issue, which remains one of the most widespread violations of women’s rights within the European Union today. In Europe, 7 women die every day from male domestic violence.

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11/11/2013 PES and SOLIDAR supports Philippines Akbayan Citizens Action Party and LEARN Haiyan Typhoon relief drive

The Philippines Akbayan Citizens Action Party has called on the PES and Solidar to help in their relief drive to combat the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Speaking from Sofia, Party of European Socialists (PES) President, Sergei Stanishev, said that he had received a letter from Risa Hontiveros, Chairperson of the Akbayan Citizens Action Party. He said that; “it was essential that we mobilise to increase aid for the regions and for the lives that have been devastated by this typhoon. Our sympathies and condolences are extended to the people of the Philippines, but we must concentrate our efforts on mobilising practical support for the survivors.

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29/10/2013 PES President meets Knesset leaders ahead of meeting with President Abbas, as prisoner release row continues

Sergei Stanishev, President of the Party of European Socialists (PES), today met with Israeli political leaders in the Knesset (Israeli Parliament). The meetings come ahead of his talks with Palestinian President Abbastomorrow. The PES delegation met Labor Party leader Shelly Yachimovich, and Zahava Gal-On, the party leader of Meretz.

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15/10/2013 PES Finance and Social ministers joint declaration: Five Guidelines for a Fair, Social and Sustainable Europe

PES Ministers of Social Affairs and Employment gathered today with PES Economics and Finance ministers in a first-of-its-kind meeting in Luxemburg. This joint meeting is a major example of the long-term commitment of the PES to ensure that social policy and economic policy are both weighed – and formulated – together. The ministers agreed a joint declaration that emphasises that economic sustainability and social justice must go hand in hand, and identifies five guidelines for a fair, social and sustainable Europe:

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