30/01/2012 PES Prime Ministers meeting call on European Council to recognise need for investment
“A fiscal compact on its own will not provide solutions”. These were the words of the Party of European Socialists (PES) President, Sergei Stanishev following a pre-European Council meeting of PES Prime Ministers. Answering questions on the European Council debate, PES President Sergei Stanishev said that there needs to be clearly identified sources of financing. “Otherwise it is empty rhetoric”, said the PES President. Referencing the draft conclusions before the Council he commented; “Centre-right politicians need to make a leap from what are just words on a page to a genuine list of action points that can actually have an impact on people’s lives”.
25/01/2012 PES Secretary General Philip Cordery met with Mr Faruk Loğoğlu, Deputy Chairman of the CHP, Turkey.
Today the PES Secretary General Philip Cordery met with Deputy Chairman of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Mr. Faruk Loğoğlu. During the meeting the current political situation and struggles in Turkey were discussed. The PES is concerned about the continuing repressions of freedom of speech and assembly in Turkey. This ominous situation has recently escalated with the case against CHP leader Mr. Kemal Kilicdaroglu. The PES criticizes the politically motivated actions of the State Prosecutor in this case.
26/11/2011 Leaders’ conversation on A just world: “we can only succeed if we are together”
“What is happening in Tunisia is an example for the Middle East and the entire world”. This was the beginning of the speech given by Khelil Ezzaouia (Ettakatol - FDTL Tunisia) during the third plenary of the Party of European Socialists (PES) Progressive Convention. The plenary, titled “A just world”, explored issues such as migrant rights, decent work and the European response and responsibility in the Arab spring revolutions that have spread across the Middle East and North Africa.
25/11/2011 PES Women and Zijkant Sp.A mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25th November
Zij Kant, the Women’s organisation of Flemish socialists Sp.A and PES Women today marked International day for the elimination of violence against women. The event took place during the PES Convention and was entitled the ‘Ugly Face of Abuse’.
04/10/2011 PES President congratulates Montenegro Parliament Speaker and Party Leader Ranko Krivokapic for steady advancement on EU membership
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen meeting Ranko Krivokapic PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen met Ranko Krivokapic, Leader of the PES Member Social Democratic Party of Montenegro. The Montenegrin Party Leader was in Brussels in his capacity of Parliament Speaker and Head of Delegation of the 3rd EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (SAPC).
29/09/2011 PES demands to know if EPP condone Croatian HDZ party's refusal to allow Bosnian Government to be formed
Commenting on the continuing political stalemate, PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen stated that; "I am very concerned about the attitude of HDZ, a Member Party of the European Peoples Party (EPP). By maintaining such an unacceptable stand in the negotiations and blocking every compromise eleven months after the elections, they are showing their total disregard for the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the country as a whole. One must ask if the EPP is aware of the irresponsible conduct of its party?”.
28/06/2011 The PES calls for full respect of electoral results in Albania
The Party of European Socialists (PES) calls for full respect of legal and constitutional safeguards in Albania. It is deplorable that, in a democracy, electoral results are put in question. The Central Electoral Commission (CEC) should not have decided to recount the votes, as the counting process had been done under the supervision of both parties, and the victory of Edi Rama (Socialist Party of Albania, SPA) over Democratic Party (DP) candidate Lulzim Basha had been declared. Formal appeals have been filed by PES member party SPA.
24/05/2011 PES Secretary General meets SDP representatives from BiH in Brussels
(18 May, Brussels) PES Secretary General, Phillip Cordery, held talks with Damir Masic, the new Minister of Education and Science in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Sasa Magazinovic, President of the Parliamentary Group of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). The representatives gave an overview on the political situation in their country seven months after the Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
10/03/2011 PES President meets Montenegro Foreign Minister on country’s progress on EU path
PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen met the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro, Milan Roćen, during his visit to Brussels to attend the 3rd EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (SAPC).
07/03/2011 PES against the withdrawal of Hatip Dicle’s mandate and other Turkish MPs
The Turkish Supreme Electoral Board decided on June 21th to take away the mandate of Hatip Dicle in the Turkey Great National Assembly. The board determined that he could not hold office while being imprisoned, whereas before he was allowed to be a candidate. Hatip Dicle is not the only candidate elected who was removed from his mandate during the last weeks.