PES in Paris: Post-Brexit Europe is our common challenge
The future of Europe after the Brexit referendum result and the long term prospects of the European Socialists and Democrats were the two main subjects for discussion at an informal dinner in Paris bringing together leaders from the Party of European Socialists (PES). The participants agreed that the European Socialists and Democrats should take responsibility and lead the European agenda in this challenging and uncertain period.
PES President Sergei Stanishev said: “We must show that our alternative policies are more relevant than ever and that we are committed to lead change in Europe now, following the adoption of the ‘PES Roadmap following the UK referendum - A New Agenda for Europe 2016-2019’ a starting point for PES setting out its new and ambitious plans for Europe.”
“Europe after Brexit is our common challenge. Today we launched a process of broad consultations, which aims to generate an in-depth debate and action throughout the PES family - among our member parties, our party representatives, the S&D group, our MPs, MEPs, activists, the Young European Socialists, PES Women, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies and the Committee of the Regions. And this debate and consultation must lead to us to set out our vision of a future Europe, which is to be discussed during the PES Council in December 2016 in Prague”, Stanishev added.
The leaders from the Social-Democratic family expressed once again their support for the European Youth Plan. They acknowledged that the young generation is more and more detached from politics and that progressives should be the one to bring the youth back in the game.
Furthermore, the participants also discussed the refugee crisis prior to the PES international conference on migration, which is scheduled to take place in Paris tomorrow (8th of July).
Read the PES Declaration "Ten points to tackle the refugee challenges"
List of Participants:
Sergei Stanishev, PES
Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, PS France
Elio Di Rupo, BELGIUM PS
John Crombez, BELGIUM SP.A
Kornelia Ninova, BULGARIA BSP
Jan Hamacek, CZECH REPUBLIC
Reijo Paananen, FINLAND SDP
Philip Cordery, FRANCE PS
Jeremy Corbyn, GREAT BRITAIN LP
Sylvana Rapti, GREECE PASOK
Brendan Howlin, IRELAND LP
Colum Eastwood, NORTHERN IRELAND SDLP
Ana Birchall, ROMANIA PSD
Maria Joao Rodrigues, S&D Group in the European Parliament
Markus Tons, PES Group in the Committee of the Regions
Zita Gurmai, PES Women
Laura Slimani, YES
Massimo D'Alema, FEPS
Aleksandar Pejović, DPS Montenegro
Sandro Gozi, PD Italy
Radmila Sekerinska, SDUM Macedonia