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PES Congratulates new S&D Group President Gianni Pittella

The PES offers its congratulations to Gianni Pittella MEP, who was elected this week as Group President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. Pittella represents the Italian Partito Democratico, who officially joined the PES in March 2014.

PES President Sergei Stanishev said “After their stunning election results in May, electing the PD to this post sends a strong message to Europe. They are an important part of our political family and their energy and ambition will be hugely beneficial. Gianni Pittella will be an excellent leader of the Group, bringing his long experience of the Parliament, where he was first elected in 1999.”

Pittella has stated that his focus will be on solidarity across Europe, and fighting against the inequalities that persist after the economic crisis of recent years. With Pittella leading the S&D Group in the Parliament, and his party leader Matteo Renzi in charge of the Council for the next six months, we expect to see great synergies between the two institutions and concrete results for Europe’s citizens.

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