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Party of European Socialists' Newsletter

20 April 2011

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Financial Transaction Tax call grows and grows as nearly 400,000 e-mails sent to EU Commission

As part of the Europeans for Financial Reform (EFFR), the PES continues to build on the growing calls for a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT). This week saw nearly 400,000 e-mails sent in response to the European Commission’s consultation on tax in the financial sector.

See video on next steps in the FTT campaign below

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World
PES Foreign Policy Network announces major ‘democracy and progress’ conference in Tunis Event marks first ‘post-revolution’ European Political Party involvement in the region
Štefan Füle, Sergei Stanishev, Yonnec Polet

The Party of European Socialists (PES) Foreign Policy Network announced a major conference to be held in Tunis (Tunisia) on 28-29 April. The Network chair, former Prime Minister of Bulgaria Sergei Stanishev, stated that the meeting will be; “the first conference held by a European Political Party in the region since the revolutions”. Mr. Stanishev stated that; “The PES event will provide a solid progressive platform to promote democratic principles.”


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Economy
It is up to us to tell the European Commission to stop speculating on the benefits of a Financial Transaction Tax

By: PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, Ani Podimata MEP, Pervenche Beres MEP

As you already know, we at the Party of European Socialists (PES) and at the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group in the European Parliament are with you in the Europeans for Financial Reform (EFFR), fighting for a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) at the European level. This socially beneficial tax would raise € 200 billion per year, to be destined for the European social model, for development and to fund climate change, all of which we fight for tooth and nail.

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PES Women
Violence against women: European Parliament report puts pressure on Commission

On 5 April the European Parliament adopted a report on violence against women presented by Eva-Britt Svensson MEP. The report denounces the lack of coherence between national laws on the issue. The main concern is that this makes the level of protection for women very uneven, and calls on a EU directive to effectively combat gender-based violence across Europe.

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My PES
PES activists’ initiative: an opportunity to campaign for your ideas

The PES has initiated an exciting process to enhance the participation of individual members in PES party life: The PES activists’ initiative. Thanks to the initiative the voice of activists is heard within the PES structures.

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EDITORIAL

We believe in the European Union - a Different Kind of European Union

PES President, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
By: Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, Attila Mesterhazy, Victor Ponta, Sergei Stanishev, Grzegorz Napieralski

As we witness the European Federation of Trade Unions (ETUC) demonstration in Budapest (9 April) there is a growing realisation among European citizens that the situation today is not “politics as usual”. In the last two and a half years the continent has been shaken by the biggest economic crisis for two generations. An initial honeymoon period of neo-Keynesian policy was soon washed away by a Conservative driven ‘austerity-only’ agenda. Now people all over Europe are feeling the pain, the social exclusion, and the injustice of this agenda. Nowhere is this more evident than in the ‘new’ EU Member States.

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News from PES members

José Sócrates reelected PS Portugal leader

 
Forthcoming events

28-29 April - PES Euromed Conference
5-6 May - 4th PES Balkans Conference
9 May - Europe's Day

 
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PES adopts stringent anti-corruption plans for EU politics “Ethics in Politics - For Strong Moral Conduct through a Strong Moral Code”

The PES leadership has today adopted a set of stringent measures to ensure the highest standards in public office. This strong declaration comes after the recent corruption scandals that came to light in the European Parliament.

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Re:new

Re:new process gathers pace

A significant step forward in the PES Re:new process was made last Friday (April 15) at the 3rd Advisory Committee of Progressive Societies.
Under the chairmanship of PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, participants examined contemporary society and the role of the individual.

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