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Party of European Socialists' Newsletter

24 March

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PES Leaders' conference in Athens, 4-5 March 2011

PES PM’s and Deputy PMs statement ahead of the European Council 24-25 March

At the European Council meeting on 24th and 25th March 2011, decisions will be taken which will have far reaching consequences on the European economy and our societies.

The Party of European Socialists (PES) and its Prime Ministers and Deputy Prime Ministers, firmly reiterate our call for a balanced approach in tackling the economic, financial and social crisis in Europe. We commit to promoting efficient and fair solutions to reunite the necessary fiscal consolidation with strong sustainable growth, high employment and social progress.


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PES Women
PES Women call for the EU to address mainstream issues like gender pension gap and not just ‘women in the boardroom’

PES Women launch pension campaign video; “It’s different for women”

Speaking before the launch of the Party of European Socialists (PES) campaign, ‘It’s different for Women’, the President of PES Women, and Hungarian Member of the European Parliament, Zita Gurmai MEP stated that; “On International Women's Day, the European Union must send a signal that the lives of ordinary women are central in our concerns. On the fundamental issue of pensions, the European Commission should be leading the charge in closing the structural gaps between men and women. It is all very well to look at the gender gap in the boardroom, but outside those windows there are gender gaps that continue long into old age”.

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World
PES Leaders support democratic changes in North Africa
Civilians demonstrate for democracy in Egypt

PES Leaders gathering in Athens have agreed on a strong declaration supporting the democratic changes undergoing in North Africa. The Socialist leaders welcomed recent democratic revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and expressed their support for legitimate democratic aspirations in the countries of the region.

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PES meeting in Budapest highlights contrast in European media standards
Press Conference, 17 March 2011

Icelandic MP outlines ‘gold standard’ proposal

The Party of European Socialists (PES) and the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) held a meeting on European media transparency and press freedom, on 17-18 March in Budapest. Presentations by international experts underlined major differences between countries in relation to the conditions that media are facing. The Icelandic Modern Media Initiative tabled by progressive MPs was presented by an Icelandic Member of Parliament as an example of media transparency and contrasts sharply with the Hungarian media law, which severely restricts the freedom of the press.

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Economy
Socialists win big European Parliament vote on Financial Transaction Tax and Eurobonds
Financial Transaction Tax logo

PES President calls it a ‘massive vindication’ of our progressive economic strategy

On March 8th, Anni Podimata MEP and the socialist and democrats (S&D) group in the European Parliament achieved a big victory on the economic direction that the European Union should take. Despite last minute attempts by the European Peoples Party (EPP) to remove key proposals on FTT and Eurobonds, the Socialist group stood firm and won the vote.

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EDITORIAL

Highlights - PES Leaders meeting, Athens, 4-5 March

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News from PES members

Congratulations to the Irish Labour Party on entering Government

The conservative Romanian government jeopardizes basic rights of workers and weakens the country's welfare system

PES declaration on Bosnia-i-Herzegovina

 
Forthcoming events

24-25 March - European Council
12 April - PES Women Executive Meeting
13 April - PES Foreign Policy Network
14 April - PES Presidency Meeting

 
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PES Network launches debate about a European-wide phase out of nuclear energy

During the meeting of the PES Environment and Climate Change Network, many social democratic and socialists parties underlined their preference for a fast European-wide phase out of nuclear energy. During the meeting, members of national parliaments, MEPs and experts from civil society discussed the conditions under which nuclear energy could be replaced by renewable energy as soon as possible. The discussions at the network will serve as a basis for a declaration on this issue to be adopted by the PES Presidency on the 14th April.

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The Party of European Socialists welcomes the decision by the Romanian Social Democratic Party to exclude Adrian Severin MEP from party activities and calls on Mr. Severin to resign from the European Parliament

The PES has welcomed the swift decision by PSD to expel Adrian Severin MEP from “all political positions within the party”. The move follows recent revelations by a UK newspaper about the improper conduct of Mr. Severin. PES leaders also welcomed the decision of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) Group in the European Parliament, which has also expelled Mr. Severin.


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Economy
PES Leaders meeting in Athens

PES in Athens call for new EU economic direction

The leaders of the Party of European Socialists (PES) adopted on March 5th the text; 'Europe is in the wrong hands', which sets out a clear alternative to the 'austerity only' agenda.

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World
Stefan Füle (European Commissioner) & Kristian Vigenin (PES Taskforce Chair)

PES Task Force on Western Balkan Enlargement discusses region’s EU path with Commissioner Füle

The Party of European Socialists convened its third Task Force meeting on Western Balkan Enlargement on 17th of March 2011 in Brussels. The European Commissioner for Enlargement, Stefan Füle, took part to the meeting in the context of the annual European Commission’s progress reports on candidates and potential candidates countries for EU membership as well as the wider EU policy vis-à-vis the Western Balkans. High-level representatives from PES EU and Western Balkans Member parties were present.


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