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October 22, 2021

Swoboda: PES Congress, moved at PSD request

Hannes Swoboda, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats’ chairman (S&D) in the European Parliament, yesterday announced that the Social Democratic Party (PSD) requested to postpone or move to Brussels the upcoming PES Congress, so this event is not “overshadowed” by the internal political conflict, Mediafax reports. The decision regarding the transfer to Brussels will be formally announced these days. “We received a verbal request this morning from the president of PSD, Mr. Victor Ponta, during a meeting he had with me and PES President Sergey Stanishev,” Swoboda explained, adding that the discussion with Ponta took place during the meeting of the Socialist International, in South Africa. Swoboda added that the Ponta’s request will be followed by a letter with the same subject, which will be sent by the PSD leadership, and Stanishev will inform the PES presidium, then the decision on transferring the 28-29 September Congress from Bucharest to Brussels will be formally announced Friday, August 31, or at the beginning of next week. Earlier on Thursday, Socialist sources told EurActiv that PES is set to formalise a decision to move the 28-29 September Congress from Bucharest to Brussels. The same sources, who asked not to be named, said “only a couple of leaders” of the PES-affiliated parties across Europe had confirmed attendance at the Bucharest congress, the rest apparently being reluctant to be hosted by Ponta, who has been under fire since he took office this spring.Contacted by Mediafax, Social Democratic Party (PSD) Honorary President Ion Iliescu stated that if the location of the summit would be changed the reason would be that it is easier for the participants to go to Brussels. He does not believe the political turmoil in Romania led to this decision.

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