Party of European Socialists' Newsletter

12 November 2010

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Barroso and Van Rompuy

European Council outcome: Creating an EU of punishment and fear

The European Council of 28-29 October marks a new step in the Conservatives’ and Liberals’ austerity agenda for Europe, as unjustifiable sanction mechanisms are adopted.

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Economy
European progressives call on the G-20 to support Financial Transaction Taxes
Financial Transactions Tax (FTT)

The Europeans For Financial Reform (EFFR) coalition* urges G-20 leaders to make concrete progress towards the introduction of an internationally coordinated financial transactions tax (FTT) at the G20 summit in Seoul.

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Social Europe
EU Commission Single Market proposals ‘not ambitious’ enough - Too little is done for citizens says PES

The Single Market Act presented by the European Commission on 27 October is a step forward, but not ambitious enough. Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, President of the Party of European Socialists (PES), stated: “I welcome the fact that the European Commission is finally taking steps to promote the completion of the Single Market, but I am concerned by the gaps between the interests of the economy and the interests of the people. Adopting a ‘Citizenship Report’ which outlines how citizens receive support in buying property in other EU countries or how to register their cars, does not address the real concerns of citizens: The social dimension in the Single Market Act is weak and it does not sufficiently answer the challenge of 23 million unemployed Europeans and 80 million living in poverty.”

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Economy
Statement by Poul Nyrup Rasmussen on the AIFM directive agreement between European Parliament and Council 26 October 2010

“I welcome the European Parliament’s efforts in striking a compromise on the AIFM directive in the face of fierce lobbying. It has improved the original proposal of the European Commission, notably on depository liabilities and asset stripping. Hedge funds and private equity funds will now have to be more transparent on their investment strategies and on the use of leverage. I look forward to the European Parliament ratifying this deal on 11 November.

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Social Europe
Conservatives and liberals object to strong employment policies and social progress at Council meeting

The conservative and liberal majority in the Employment and Social Policy Council (EPSCO), meeting on 21 October, has objected any progress on fighting unemployment and overcoming poverty.

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EDITORIAL

G20 lack of progress should put pressure on Europe to lead

Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, PES President
Just before the start of the G20 meeting in Seoul, South Korea, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told journalists that the participants should realise; “budget consolidation and growth are two sides of the same coin”. Encapsulated in this little phrase is all that is wrong with the Conservative view of economic recovery. If they are two sides of the same coin, then one side is in great danger of being corroded into little more than rust. The ‘slash our way to recovery’ approach cannot work, as now, more than ever, there is a real dependency on public funds to stimulate recovery.

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News from PES members

Greek Socialists win first round of local elections

CSSD wins Senate majority as Czechs say No to Austerity

Hungary’s ruling party Fidesz overturns Constitutional Court prerogatives in an unprecedented and undemocratic move - Tax increase to be retroactively applied

PES Secretary General Pays Tribute to Northern Ireland’s only Pro-European Party

European Conservatives ‘demeans EU politics with petty personal attack on Zoran Milanovic’

 
Forthcoming events

November
15-16 -
Socialist International Council
22 - General Affairs Council
24 - Conference and Gender Ministerial on Combatting Violence against Women
25-26 - PES Delegation Middle East

 
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Environment
Linda McAvan, chairperson of the PES Environment and Climate Change network

PES call Commission’s Energy 2020 plan a charter for traditional energy companies - European Socialists draw up alternative energy vision for 2050

Commenting on the European Commission’s communication on Energy 2020, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, President of the PES, stated that: “Commission Oettinger posed the question today whether the EU was currently well prepared to meet the coming challenges on energy. His answer was no. Unfortunately, today’s communication of the European Commission ‘Energy 2020’ fails to make real progress on the main challenges. There is no real commitment on the core issues of reducing energy use, increasing the supply of renewable energy and upgrading energy grids. Instead of addressing the needs of energy consumers, such as rising energy prices, the Commission mainly prioritizes the interests of energy companies. This is a charter for traditional energy use.”

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Last chance to get Accommodation for Activists at PES Council Warsaw

There are some last spaces to be filled for the PES activists Council and PES activists Forum 2010 in Warsaw so you can still register.

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PES Women
Pay Gap for Women must be reduced

Pay Gap for Women must be reduced

PES Women welcomes the commitments made at the Conference on Equal Pay held Monday and Tuesday by the Belgian Presidency. In particular, it approves of the proposals for the EPSCO Council Conclusions in December, as presented by Belgian minister of Work and Equal Opportunities Joëlle Milquet.

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World
PES Froeign Affairs Network

PES Foreign Policy Network calls for EU foreign policy ‘based on fairness and boldness’

“We welcome the finalisation of the process on the European External Action Service (EEAS) and congratulate High Representative Catherine Ashton for the complex work and the institutional planning she has done since taking office in late 2009. The EEAS will be up and running on December 1st 2010, in time for the first anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty”. said (PES) Foreign Policy Network (FPN) and former Prime Minister of Bulgaria Sergei Stanishev.

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