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20/11/2014 Statement of solidarity on the political developments in Bulgaria

PES expresses its deep concern about the latest political developments in Bulgaria. We deplore the fact that the new government, created after the early parliamentary elections, is highly dependent on a political formation known for its nationalist, anti-humane, anti-European and xenophobic views. This support is based on an official agreement between Patriotic Front and the leading party in the government - GERB, member of EPP.

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18/11/2014 PES President supports Victor Ponta as the “Prime Minister who follows a progressive, social and democratic agenda for Romania”

After a tight race in the Romanian presidential elections, the Party of European Socialists (PES) President Sergei Stanishev wants to express his full support for the PSD candidate Victor Ponta, who has been Prime Minister of Romania since May 2012.

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18/11/2014 PES European Affairs Ministers meet in Brussels

Today, 18 November, Ministers from the PES family in charge of European Affairs met to coordinate their positions ahead of the General Affairs Council in Brussels.

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13/11/2014 ECJ ruling on abuse of social systems deals a blow to populists

Today the Court of Justice of the European Union presented its ruling (C-333/13) on the question whether EU foreigners living in another EU country can claim social cash benefits from the host Member State’s authorities without having worked in that host State. The issue was dubbed ‘benefit tourism’ by populists who are trying to use the issue to stir xenophobic and anti-EU resentments. The Party of European Socialists has always denounced these attempts to put the freedom of movement into question, and that the existing framework is up to the task of dealing with the few marginal and individual cases of abuse. This is further reinforced by the recent judgment of the European Court of Justice which set out that Member States, after a case-by-case review can refuse to grant social benefits to economically inactive Union citizens who exercise their rights to freedom of movement solely in order to obtain another Member State’s social assistance.

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11/11/2014 PES President at SAMAK Congress: “Europe and the Nordic Model can and must go hand in hand”

PES President Sergei Stanishev spoke today at the SAMAK 24th Nordic Workers’ Congress, underlining that “the Nordic model could be a model for Europe”, specifically the Nordic labour market model. His speech made reference to NordMod 2030, the joint Nordic research project commissioned by SAMAK and FEPS that studies the development and renewal of the Nordic model up to 2030.

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10/11/2014 The fall of Berlin Wall, “a democratic domino effect that changed the lives of millions of Europeans“, says PES President

Sunday 9 November marks 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the Party of European Socialists (PES) joined the celebration of what has been called the ‘peaceful revolution’.

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07/11/2014 PES President on Luxembourg leaks: “Europe now more than ever needs equal and redistributive tax systems”

The publication of the findings of the Consortium of the Investigative Journalists regarding the tax evading practices of 343 companies via Luxembourg underlines the need for Europe to take strong political action. The PES has been calling since long for a robust policy to combat tax evasion and tax fraud as well as creating a legal framework for closing down tax havens. Moreover, we have been demanding the introduction of fair corporate tax systems that put an end to unfair tax competition between Member States. Public finances have been put under severe pressure due to the economic and financial crisis. Tax evasion and tax fraud widen the fiscal gap as well as the ability of Member States to mitigate the effects of the crisis and undertake much need investments.

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07/11/2014 PES Finance Ministers meet to discuss the state of play on the Financial Transaction Tax

The Party of European Socialists (PES) Finance Ministers met today at the PES Headquarters in Brussels to discuss developments on the negotiations regarding the implementation of the Financial Transaction Tax. The Ministers continued their exchange on the EU’s Investment Plan and were informed of the various initiatives planned by the PES and its members. They also had the chance to exchange views on budgetary matters in view of the upcoming ECOFIN Council that will approve the Budget for 2015.

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06/11/2014 PES joins over 100,000 Belgian citizens to protest against new conservative government

Over 100,000 Belgian citizens took to the streets today to protest against the new conservative government and its economic and labour reforms. The new government, which took office on 11 October, intends to extend the pension age, affect salaries and endanger public services. The Party of European Socialists, led by PES Deputy Secretary General Yonnec Polet, joined the demonstration in Brussels.

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05/11/2014 PES President: we must transform migration "into an opportunity for all"

PES President Sergei Stanishev delivered today the keynote speech at this year's Call To Europe Conference organised by FEPS.

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