The PES cancels its congress in Bucharest

 The Party of European Socialists (PES) has cancelled its major congress due to be held in Bucharest on September 28-29. Hannes Swoboda, the leader of Socialists & Democrats at the European Parliament has said that the Congress of European Socialists could be instead organized in Brussels which is a quieter city.

The Party of European Socialists transfers its major congress to Brussels

The Party of European Socialists (PES) major European Congress was due to be held in Bucharest on September 28th and 29th, 2012. These congresses are organized every two and a half years, once during the year of the elections for the European Parliament, and once at mid-term. Next September Bucharest Congress was intended to select a new leader and prepare the 2014 European elections. The Congress should also have adopted a process presented by the socialists as more democratic and transparent for the selection of their candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission in 2014. The socialists are still hoping to succeed to Barroso benefiting from the failure of the European right wings to find a way out of the crisis for Europe. It was thus capital for socialists from every country for this Congress to be a success.

Médiapart had explained as soon as Saturday, August 4th that this summer political turmoil in Romania was threatening the organization of this major European Congress in Bucharest, Bucharest, a test for the Party of European Socialists (PES).

Thursday, August 30th, 2012 at noon, the former Socialist President of Romania Ion Illiescu said: it would be more practical to held the PES Congress in Brussels (...) but there is no correlation with the recent events in Romania.

Hannes Swoboda, the leader of the Socialists & Democrats Group (PES-PES) at the European Parliament confirmed shortly after the relocation of this major European Congress of European Socialists in Brussels.

This decision follows a meeting between the Socialist Prime Minister of Romania Victor Ponta and Vice-President of the Socialist International Ségolène Royal in Cape Town, South Africa during the XXIVth Congress of the Socialist International.

Médiapart had already announced the cancellation of the visit to Bucharest of Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs; official visit that was scheduled for September 3, 2012.

To understand how this summer political turmoil in Romania, shale gas, electoral fraud, phantom menace of a coup, etc. had become an awkward situation for European Socialists, see our summer series of 10 papers in Médiapart:


Please remember that the European Popular Party (EPP) had also planned to held its 2012 European congress in Bucharest on October 17‐18. What is the EPP going to do now?

Readers of Financial Times, please note that our analyzes (and title) were used without any quotation in an article of August 16th (which appropriately enough focuses on plagiarism): Ponta will put European socialist to the test.

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