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22/11/2012 PES preparatory meeting for EU Council: “The EU budget must be based as much on solidarity as on efficiency”

PES calls for European Youth Guarantee to be prioritized. Party of European Socialists (PES) President Sergei Stanishev said that “Our meeting showed that the PES family knows that what we need is an EU budget that responds to the economic crisis. It must allow us to deliver jobs and growth, and ultimately combat poverty and social exclusion. The European budget must be regarded as an investment budget. This is what will reconnect the European project to the citizens of Europe and convince them that we are working in their interest”.

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19/11/2012 PES President on Israel-Gaza conflict: “The region’s best chance of peace lies at the negotiating table”

The Party of European Socialists (PES) has shown deep concern about the loss of innocent lives in Gaza and Southern Israel. The ongoing conflict, which has cost thousands of lives in the last years, was renewed and intensified last week by violent episodes on both sides of the border.

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13/11/2012 PES calls for an Arab Social and Economic Development Plan in Jordan Conference

PES Vice President Jan Royal calls for “fully integrated and democratic plan” Taking part in a conference held in Amman, Jordan, the Party of European Socialists (PES) Vice-President Jan Royall remarked that; “democracy must be an absolute precondition for economic development”.

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11/11/2012 The delay in EU budget will be worth it if priority of ‘continent-wide’ economic recovery is remembered, says PES President

Responding to the developments today at the EU Council, the Party of European Socialists (PES) President, Sergei Stanishev, has said that the delay in securing an agreement on the EU budget; “Will be worth the wait if we remember that the single biggest priority is ‘continent-wide’ economic recovery in Europe”.

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31/10/2012 PES observer parties help establish Arab Social Democratic Forum

On 28 October the Tunisian Ettakatol Party, the Egyptian Social Democratic Party and the Palestinian party Fatah, established the Organization Committee of the “Arab Social Democratic Forum”

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22/10/2012 PES congratulates the Czech Social Democratic Party on victory in regional and senatorial elections

The Party of European Socialists (PES) welcomes the historic victory of the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) in the regional and senatorial elections held in the Czech Republic in the last weeks. On October 12 and 13, the ČSSD won the largest share of the vote in the majority of the regions – 30.37 percent of the overall votes –, and led to a clear victory of the left in the traditionally conservative Senate. This support was amplified in the second round of the senatorial elections on October 19 and 20 with a constitutional majority of 46 seats out of 81. This result makes the PES member party the strongest political force in the upper chamber of the Czech Parliament.

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18/10/2012 PES Prime Ministers and Presidents call on EU summit to honour June pledge for more jobs and growth

“To have credibility with the citizens of Europe we must follow through on our commitments” says Stanishev. Meeting to prepare positions ahead of today’s European Summit, the Party of European Socialists’ Prime Ministers and Heads of State, have called for pledges for more European solidarity ‘to be honoured’. The meeting participants, who included French PresidentFrançois Hollande, called for a swifter implementation of the Compact for Growth and Jobs agreed in June. The push comes after increasing frustration from progressive party leaders that the timetable on the jobs and growth deal were slipping.

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17/10/2012 PES Secretary General meets Labor leader Shelly Yachimovich, as Israeli General Election called: “Israel must use this opportunity to go in a progressive direction”

Meeting at the Party of European Socialists (PES) headquarters in Brussels, PES Secretary General Achim Post and the leader of the Israeli Labor Party Shelly Yachimovichdiscussed the social dimension of the crisis in both Israel and Europe. The meeting came as the Israeli Government announced snap General elections ‘as soon as possible’.

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16/10/2012 PES welcomes the European Medal of Tolerance for PES Balkan leaders, Josipović and Tadić

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.

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15/10/2012 PES congratulates SDP and DPS on Montenegro election victory

The Party of European Socialists (PES) welcomes the victory of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) of Montenegro in yesterday’s parliamentary elections. The “Coalition for a European Montenegro”, formed by the SDP and the DPS – both of them associate parties of the PES – won the elections with strong popular support.

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