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PES announces next Congress in Budapest

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The Presidency of the Party of European Socialists (PES) agreed today to organise the next PES Congress in Budapest, Hungary. Meeting at the PES Headquarters in Brussels, the Presidency members decided that the presence of the PES family in Budapest will be crucial as a pillar of support for all the Hungarian citizens who fight for greater democracy and the respect of human rights in the country, including the PES member party MSZP.

The PES has repeatedly denounced the erosion of democratic standards by the conservative FIDESZ government, with PES President Sergei Stanishev stating that; “Hungarian democracy is under siege”. Over the last years, media censorship, controversial Constitutional changes and attempts to criminalise the legitimate political opposition have been the alarming consequences of the authoritarian rule of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. PES Women President and Hungarian politician Zita Gurmai added her voice to the chorus of protests, saying that socialists “will not accept this authoritarian regime in the heart of Europe”.

The PES Congress will be held tentatively over the weekend of June 12-13, 2015. More details to come in the months ahead.

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