The Party of European Socialists (PES) is a social-democratic European political party. The PES comprises national-level political parties primarily from member states of the European Union (EU) and other nations of the European continent. The PES member parties are themselves members of the Socialist International. The Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) is the political group in the European Parliament of the PES. The PES also operates in the Committee of the Regions (in the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions) and the European Council. The PES is currently led by Sergei Stanishev, former Prime Minister of Bulgaria.
President: Sergei Stanishev (BG)
Parliament Leader: Martin Schulz (President) (DE), Hannes Swoboda (Group Leader) (AT)
Founded: 1953 ...
The PES has selected a candidate for Commission President. That's good news. However, the entire process falls short of the “democratic and transparent process” that was promised
November 6th 2013, with a press release and press conference and rather little fanfare, may nevertheless mark an important step for the future of EU-wide democracy. For it was with this statement that the Party of European Socialists (PES) confirmed that Martin Schulz is 'candidate designate' for Commission President. This means that if the PES and its component parties win the European Parliament ...
Parliament backs optional European sales law The European Parliament on Wednesday (26 February) voted for a proposal for an optional European Sales Law which aims to provide a coherent set of rules for the marketing of digital products and related services instead of 28 different rules in member states.The European Commission's proposal seeks to give businesses and consumers the choice of using a single European sales law for their cross-border contracts when offering goods across the EU.
However, the approach will leave national legislation untouched. Instead, it will provide an incentive to develop a high-standard law that is appealing to traders and consumers.
The optional European Sales Law also allows small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to market their goods on the basis of one single law across Europe and the need to ensure consumer confidence through a high level of protection standards.
Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner, said in a statement that the Parliament vote was very good news for Europe and for
Internet guru: Digital world must have in-built ethical system SPECIAL REPORT / As the Barcelona Mobile World Congress ends, EurActiv explores the ethical aspects of the internet and the move towards ever-more connected objects and devices. Per Strömbäck, editor of Netopia, says machines can and should be adjusted to fit the moral values of individuals and the wider society in which they operate.Per Strömbäck is the editor of Netopia, an organisation working to develop a free and open internet, which recently published a report on ethics in the digital world. He was answering e-mailed questions from EurActiv’s editor and publisher, Frédéric Simon.
Can individuals maintain control of their privacy in a world where personal data circulates freely among machines? Or is there necessarily a trade-off between the two?
Privacy is already a challenge with today’s technology and services. Most of us voluntarily trade privacy for free services like search and e-mail – and involuntarily we are monitore
Steinmeier's mission impossible? A continuing refusal to deal with the NSA scandal and its fallout will be a sign of Germany’s degradation in the US’s geostrategic outlook. The next two days are crucial. Steinmeier’s repair-and-reconfirm mission faces a significant challenge, writes Annette Heuser.Annette Heuser is executive director of the Washington, DC-based Bertelsmann Foundation.
As German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrives in Washington, DC today, his mission is to repair a badly frayed partnership and reconfirm its importance. There may be many items on the bilateral to-do list ― Ukraine, Syria, Iran, just to name three ― but it is the NSA scandal that continues to overshadow the entire German-American relationship. The success of the foreign minister's visit hinges on getting his hosts to understand that.
Those who thought the war in Iraq brought the once-rock-solid partnership to an unparalleled low now stand corrected. US surveillance ac