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28/08/2012 PES Women welcomes Ouafa Hajji as new President of Socialist International Women

The Party of European Socialists (PES) Women congratulates Ouafa Hajji (Socialist Union of Popular Forces, Morocco) on her appointment as President of the Socialist International Women (SIW). The election took place on August 27 at the 20th SIW Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. PES Women also sends its warm congratulations to Marije Laffeber(Labour Party, Netherlands), who will be the new Secretary General of the organization.

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28/06/2012 PES leaders propose plan for EU summit that 'boosts our economy while strengthening our democracy'

The President of the Party of European Socialists (PES), Sergei Stanishev, has outlined the conclusions of the PES leaders meeting ahead of today's European Council. Mr Stanishev, who was accompanied by the head of the Portuguese Socialist Party, Antonio Jose Seguro, made a strong call for 'concrete progressive' decisions at the EU summit.

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11/06/2012 PES Task Force on the Arab Spring supports progressives forces across the Arab world

On 6 June the PES held a meeting of its Task Force on the Arab Spring in the PES Headquarters in Brussels. The meeting was an opportunity for progressive parties from the region and PES member parties to meet and discuss the current state of play of the revolutions and what our future actions together will be. In attendance was FFS Algeria, ESDP Egypt, USFP Morocco, Fatah Palestine, FDTL Tunisia, PS Belgium, spa Belgium, PS France, PD Italy, PSOE Spain, SAP Sweden, PS Switzerland and LP UK, the European for Democracy and Solidarity and Solidar.

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07/06/2012 PES President Sergei Stanishev states "Constitutional Reform in the Arab Spring countries open new era for citizens"

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.

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05/06/2012 PES Secretary General Philip Cordery meets with Mustapha Ben Jaafar, President of Tunisian National Constituent Assembly

On 5 June PES Secretary General Philip Cordery met with Mustapha Ben Jaafar President of the Tunisian Constituent Assembly in Brussels. They discussed the current political situation in Tunisia, the drafting of the Tunisian Constitution and the economic situation in Tunisia. Mr Cordery welcomed the important work of Ettakatol and its leader Mustapha Ben Jaafar in the democratic transition and crucial period for the future of Tunisia.

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23/05/2012 PES supports Eurobonds as a “stability and solidarity tool for the Eurozone”

The Party of European Socialists (PES) has expressed its support for making Eurobonds a priority at the next EU summit (28 June). Ahead of the informal EU summit of 23 May, the PES Prime Ministers and leaders met in Brussels to discuss how to promote their growth agenda.

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14/05/2012 Only Boris Tadic and the Democratic Party (DS) are capable of leading Serbia to EU Accession

For the past years the Serbian people and government have been working tirelessly towards EU Accession. Under the leadership of the Democratic Party (DS) Serbia has met all the criteria set down by the EU in order to achieve Candidate Status.

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02/03/2012 PES welcomes Serbian EU ‘Candidate Status’

Serbian President Boris Tadic The European Council on the 1st March 2012 decided to grant Serbia official candidate status, furthering the progress towards Serbian Accession to the EU. The PES President,Sergei Stanishev stated that this decision was due to the work of the Government, the DS Party and particularly President Boris Tadic’strategic vision. “Each post on this path has been navigated by Boris Tadic and the DS Party with assuredness. Each request from the European Union was met. From the initial Commission assessment to yesterday’s Council decision, each challenge has been negotiated with a steady hand”, said the PES President.

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01/03/2012 “Invest in EU economy, invest in youth” PES tells European Council

Ahead of the 1st of March EU Summit, the Party of European Socialists (PES) has called for investment in the EU economy and investment in youth. In an open letter sent to the European Council, the PES made a strongly worded critique of existing conservative policies. “Spending cuts, further deregulation of the labour market and liberalisation of the service sector are not the answers”, the letter warns.

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24/02/2012 PES President praises Tadic’s domestic reforms in Belgrade visit

PES President Sergei Stanishev and leader of S&D Group Hannes Swoboda met with Serbian President Boris Tadic and Prime Minister of Serbia Mirko Cvetkovic in Belgrade. The delegation praised the domestic achievements of Tadic’s government and the strong push towards European integration. The meetings took place ahead of the general elections.

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