Saturday, December 4, 2010
There are no predicted outcomes to this process and the Campaign for a PES Primary will continue to campaign for the selection of our candidate for Commission President through democratic primaries. However, we warmly welcome the very important step forward that the PES Council has taken and look forward to submitting our proposals to the working group.
A copy of the full resoluton can be read here.
The members of the working group are listed below:
Ruairi Quinn Labour, Ireland
Karl Duffek SPÖ Austria
Gilles Mahieu PS Belgium
Saïd El Khadraoui sp.A Belgium
Tero Shemeikka SDP Finland
Alain Richard PS France
Achim Post SPD Germany
Paulina Lampsa PASOK, Greece
Tibor Szanyi MSZP, Hungary
Piero Fassino PD Italy
Frans Timmermans PvdA, The Netherlands
Titus Corlatean PSD, Romania
Andrej Horvat SD, Slovenia
Diego Lopez Garrido PSOE Spain
Ann Linde SAP, Sweden
Wayne David Labour, UK
Petroula Nteledimou ECOSY
Zita Gurmai PES Women
Martin Schulz S&D Group in the EP
Philip Cordery PES
Thursday, December 2, 2010
"We, European socialists and social democrats, will select our candidate through a democractic and transparent process. We will take this step towards a more democratic European Union in an open and confident approach ..."
"We will apply these principles to our own house and strengthen the internal democracy of the PES by bringing on board all our parties and all levels within the parties. Our common candidate will be chosen in an open way, we need to reinvigorate European citizens' engagement with European politics, and thus engage our members in one way or another. If we want to be a credible, modern and forward-looking alternative, the PES must have a democratic, transparent and inclusive process, which is both understandable and flexible and ensuring both the quality and the legitimacy of the candidate."
"Therefore, the PES sets up a Working Group "Candidate 2014", to discuss and propose a process. The discussion could include:
- the criteria to stand as a candidate, including proposals for endorsement
- the scope of the electorate
- the selection procedure
- the organisation and financing of the selection process
- a timetable for the selection"
"The decision on the process on how to select the PES common candidate will follow this timetable:
PES Council 2010: Establishment of the Working Group "Candidate 2014"
June 2011: Intermediary report of the Working Group "Candidate 2014" to the PES Presidency
September 2011: Final Report ... to the PES Presidency
PES Council 2011: Proposal from the PES Presidency to the Council. Adoption of the process by the Council"
The debate is to begin shortly ... follow its progress on www.pes.org or at www.twitter.com/pesprimary.
Members of the Campaign for a PES Primary are blogging from the PES Council in a very cold and snowy Warsaw. You can follow our tweets here or on our Facebook page here.
Key events at the PES Council are:
Thursday (02 DEC)
13h00 Reception for PES activists from 13h00 in the main restaurant
18h00 Debate on how the PES will select its candidate for Commission President
(you can follow this debate almost live at www.pes.org)
Friday (03 DEC)
13h00 Fringe meeting & Debate on how to select the PES candidate for Commission President
(this meeting wil be addressed by Desmond O'Toole and José Reis Santos of the Campaign for a PES Primary as well as PES activists from France and Paris-based think tanks active in this area).