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Demokratska stranka

Party name: Democratic Party
Country: Serbia
Acronym: DS
Type: Associate
Party leader: Bojan Pajtić
Status of the Party: Opposition
Last general elections date: 24/04/2016
Last general elections results: 6.02%

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PES and DS Serbia news

Between 4 and 6 June PES visited Belgrade, Serbia, to congratulate the newly elected leader of the Democratic Party Bojan Pajtic, meet several centre left parties, and assess the political and economic situation of the country after being hit hard by floods mid-May

Dragan Djilas, leader of the Serbian Democratic Party (DS)

The Party of European Socialists (PES) warmly welcomes the strong commitment to social democratic principles made by the Serbian Democratic Party at its extraordinary congress this weekend. (25th November). Dragan Djilaswas elected as new leader of the Serbian Democratic Party (DS). Boris Tadić was appointed Honorary President.

The Party of European Socialists (PES) congratulates the former President of SerbiaBoris Tadić (and current leader of the Serbian Democratic Party) and the President of CroatiaIvo Josipović on being awarded the European Medal of Tolerance. The aim of the prize is to honour extraordinary achievements of tolerance and political reconciliation in Europe. Both leaders are actively involved in the work of the PES.


Boris Tadic

The second round of the Serbian Presidential elections will take place on May 20th between Boris Tadic (Democratic Party) and Tomislav Nikolic (Serbian Progressive Party). The PES believes that Boris Tadic is the obvious candidate to lead Serbia in the coming years.

For the past years the Serbian people and government have been working tirelessly towards EU Accession. Under the leadership of the Democratic Party (DS) Serbia has met all the criteria set down by the EU in order to achieve Candidate Status.

Serbian President Boris Tadic

Serbian President Boris Tadic

The European Council on the 1st March 2012 decided to grant Serbia official candidate status, furthering the progress towards Serbian Accession to the EU. The PES President, Sergei Stanishev stated that this decision was due to the work of the Government, the DS Party and particularly President Boris Tadic’s strategic vision. “Each post on this path has been navigated by Boris Tadic and the DS Party with assuredness. Each request from the European Union was met. From the initial Commission assessment to yesterday’s Council decision, each challenge has been negotiated with a steady hand”, said the PES President.


PES President Sergei Stanishev, President of Serbia Boris Tadic

PES President Sergei Stanishev, President of Serbia Boris Tadic

PES President Sergei Stanishev and leader of S&D Group Hannes Swoboda met with Serbian President Boris Tadic and Prime Minister of Serbia Mirko Cvetkovic in Belgrade. The delegation praised the domestic achievements of Tadic’s government and the strong push towards European integration. The meetings took place ahead of the general elections.

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