Party of European Socialists' Newsletter

21 October 2010

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Extreme right

PES President calls for public debate with EPP President on how to confront the far right in Europe

Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, the President of the Party of European Socialists (PES) has called for a public debate with the President of the European Peoples Party (EPP), Wilfried Martens on how to confront the extreme right in Europe.

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Economy
FTT’ Legislation not Speculation’ campaign gains momentum across Europe

The PES decision to introduce national legislative actions calling for a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) has begun to gain in momentum. In the week when EU Finance Ministers again resisted calls to introduce an FTT at European level, the PES and Member Parties have forged ahead with plans to introduce actions in national parliaments.

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Social Europe
PES to resist attempts to weaken public pensions as Conservative attacks increase across Europe
M. Daerden, Belgium Minister for Pensions

Leading representatives of socialist and social democratic parties warned that the economic and financial crisis must not lead to weaker pension systems in Europe.

The warning came as attacks by Conservative Governments on Pensions increased across the continent. In France, trade union workers are heading into their 6th week of demonstrations against proposals by President Nicolas Sarkozy to raise the retirement age. This week also saw the UK Conservative Government announce plans to reduce public service pensions, while in Hungary, Prime Minister Orban has frozen state contributions to 2nd pillar pensions.

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PES Women
PES reaction on European Parliament vote to extend Maternity leave

The PES congratulates Portuguese Socialist MEP Edite Estrela on her successfully adopted report on the Maternity Leave Directive. Today’s vote in the European Parliament to extend maternity leave from 14 to 20 weeks, plus the inclusion of two weeks of paternity leave, received large support.

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Social Europe
PES reaction to EU Commission statement on the Roma in France : ‘Now we need to make sure procedures are put in place to stop any repeat of this story’

Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has announced the European Commission will not pursue infringement procedures against France.

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EDITORIAL

Confronting the rise of the Extreme Right ‘Confront Yes, Co-operate No’

Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, PES President
Given recent statements on the issue of the rise of the far right in Europe, I call on the EPP to publically debate our contrasting positions on the extreme right. ‘Confront Yes, Co-operate No’. This is the encapsulation of the PES attitude. I was very much emboldened by the leadership shown by our Presidency members in adopting the resolution ‘Confronting the extreme right: Our Way’. This was not a document that sets out some vague principles. No, it is a clear and unambiguous call to action against the rise of these parties and against the culture of fear that they promote.

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News from PES members

Sven Mikser elected new leader of the Estonian Social Democratic Party

Rasmussen criticises Romanian Parliament Speaker Anastase for allowing ‘Ghost MPs’ to pass Pension law

Democratic Party of Moldova welcomed into PES Family

PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen meets with Zlatko Lagumdžija, SDP Bosnia-Herzegovina Leader

In address to French Socialists Poul Nyrup Rasmussen calls for new European orientation

PES Member Parties ‘on the up’ in South East Europe

 
Forthcoming events

22 October - PES Women statutory meeting
26 October - Gender ministerial
28 October - PES Prime Ministers Meeting
1-7 November - PES Delegation to Japan

 
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Environment

EU fails to improve commitments for reducing CO2 emissions

As EU environment ministers refuse to set more ambitious emission reduction targets, the prospect of a failure of the Climate Summit in Cancún (December 2010) becomes more likely.

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Social Europe
PES Secretary General Philip Cordery opens the ECOSY Youth Employment Conferenc

PES Secretary General demands more jobs and better jobs for young people at ECOSY Youth Employment Conference

PES Secretary General Philip Cordery opened the ECOSY Youth Employment Conference in Rome by stating that it was not acceptable in today’s Europe that 1 young people out of 5 is unemployed. Youth unemployment rose by 36% in the last two years, due to the crisis that the conservatives and liberals fail to address and worsen by their austerity measures.

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You are invited to the PES activists Forum at the PES Council in Warsaw – December 2nd to 4th

The PES is holding its Council on 2-3 December 2010 in Warsaw followed by a PES activists Forum on 3-4 December.

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World
Global Progressive Forum Geneva Group

Washington top level progressive forum plans crisis recovery path

On 7 October, the Global Progressive Forum (GPF) Geneva Group met at the AFL-CIO Headquarters in Washington DC. Concerned with progressive strategies to overcome the ongoing global crisis, the topics of discussion included international financial market regulation; the global promotion of green economies and sustainable development as well as; ‘The Way out of the Crisis’, a catalogue of progressive strategies aimed at a lasting global economic recovery and to foster mechanisms for financial regulation, future crisis prevention and a fair and green world.

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