EUROPEAN SOCIALISTS TO HOLD CONGRESS IN BUDAPEST NEXT WEEKEND

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Plenary session week 11 2015 in Strasbourg - European long-term investment funds

The congress of the Party of European Socialists (PES) to be held this weekend in Budapest will focus on the concepts of the United States of Europe and a “two-speed Europe”, Socialist MEP István Ujhelyi said.

István Ujhelyi said the topics to be discussed at the congress will be follow-ups to an article written by French and German economy ministers Emmanuel Macron and Sigmar Gabriel, published in The Guardian last week. The two ministers said the “survival” of Europe requires further integration and the creation of a joint treasury. Ujhelyi said the PES congress could start an internal debate on both issues. He said Hungary could not be allowed to miss out on tighter European integration. “Hungary cannot be in opposition to Europe,” he said. Youth unemployment will also feature on the agenda of the congress, he added.

In November 2014, the Presidency of the Party of European Socialists agreed to organise the next PES Congress in Budapest in order to the represent the European Socialist family in Hungary. According to the Hungarian Socialists (MSZP), the event will be crucial as a “pillar of support for all the Hungarian citizens who fight for greater democracy and the respect of human rights in the country.”

hungarytoday.hu – 08-06-2015