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 ...
Revised EU state aid rules 'could lead to closure of 100 small airports' Regional stakeholders from all over Europe are pressing the European Commission to show more flexibility over new guidelines on state aid for airports and airlines, warning these could have “damaging consequences” for local economies.The proposed revision of state aid rules to airports and airlines, unveiled by the European Commission in July this year, will allow start-up aid for launching a new route during a limited period of time and allow operating aid to airports under certain conditions for a 10-year transitional period.
The Commission launched a public consultation over the revised rules but EU regions, especially those that have seen their economic development boosted by local airports, find the new rules “worrying”.
10 year transition phase
Speaking at a panel discussion organised by the Assembly of European Regions on 2 December, Annabelle Lepièce, a lawyer representing the French region of Languedoc-Roussillon, warned that “if the guidel
Health experts call for EU to move on eating habits SPECIAL REPORT / Health campaigners are calling for the European Commission to take action to change people’s eating habits and curb rising obesity, but officials are wary that such a move may expose them to “nanny state” complaints, sources say.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 50% of Europeans are overweight and some 23% are obese. The figure is expected to rise over the coming decades.
The WHO says that people are consuming on average too many calories per day, up to 1,000 above the daily recommended intake, and too much red meat.
“In terms of the diet there is the [problem of] the absolute intake of calories. There needs to be increasing vegetable and fruits, decreasing red meat and decreasing salt intake - that’s a very important factor,” said Roberto Bertollini, the WHO’s chief scientist in Brussels.
The UK Department of Health backs up that claim, saying that reducing saturated fat intake from 12.7% of food energy pe
Libor/Euribor bank cartel hit with largest Commission fine EU antitrust regulators fined six financial institutions including Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and Citigroup a record total of €1.71 billion today (4 December) for rigging financial benchmarks.The penalty is the biggest yet to be handed down to banks for rigging the benchmarks used to determine the cost of lending, one of the most brazen violations of conduct since the financial crisis. It is also the highest antitrust penalty ever imposed by the Commission, the EU's competition regulator.
The other banks penalised are Société Générale, JPMorgan and brokerage RP Martin.
Deutsche Bank received the biggest fine of €725.36 million.
The European Commission said it would continue to investigate Credit Agricole, HSBC, JPMorgan and brokerage ICAP for similar offences.
The benchmarks involved are the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, the Tokyo interbank offered rate and the euro area equivalents. They are used to price hundreds of trillion
Ukraine Demos: Merkel Calls for Calm as Kiev Protests Intensify Around 5,000 opposition protestors gathered in the center of Kiev overnight. The pro-European demonstrators erected tents and barricades on Independence Square. The opposition, centered around boxer Vitali Klitschko, now wants to blockade important administrative buildings.