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Third Conference of the Chairpersons – “Towards a Progressive Europe”

The chairpersons met in Berlin for the 3rd #ProgressiveEurope conference hosted by the SPD parliamentary group. 22 / 23 February 2017 | Berlin
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Third Conference of the Chairpersons – “Towards a Progressive Europe”

The 3rd #ProgressiveEurope conference is hosted by the SPD parliamentary group in Berlin 22 / 23 February 2017 | Berlin
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60 Years in the Making: Europe as a Social Community

Conference in Berlin on a social Europe in response to growing inequality and ever-increasing nationalism in the EU 16.02.2017 | Berlin | Axel Schäfer
Hungary: Budapest, 4 September 2015 

In response to hundreds of refugees and other migrants taking to the road with the aim of walking to Austria, Hungarian Red Cross immediately activited its response teams. The Red Cross has been providing food, water, blankets, clothes and first aid to those in need along the main highway from Budapest to Austria. 

Over 140,000 people have applied for asylum in Hungary already in 2015. In recent weeks, the number of people arriving in the country has increased dramatically, resulting in a major bottle neck and leaving hundreds sleeping rough at train stations each night. 

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Handling the refugee crisis: Progressive views from Hungary

Hungarian socialist parliamentarians presented their proposal for the management of the refugee crisis called “Responsibility & Security” 20 January 2017
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Watchdogs and Veto players of the Brexit negotiations

Europe’s parliaments will keep an eye on Brexit negotiations 16 December 2016 | Valentin Kreilinger

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Third Conference of the Chairpersons – “Towards a Progressive Europe”

The chairpersons met in Berlin for the 3rd #ProgressiveEurope conference hosted by the SPD parliamentary group.22 / 23 February 2017 | Berlin
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The conference provided a platform for interesting debates on a wide range of topics as well as an opportunity for social democrats and socialists in the national parliaments of the EU to strengthen their ties.

Conferences of the Presidents

Third Conference of the Chairpersons – “Towards a Progressive Europe”

The 3rd #ProgressiveEurope conference is hosted by the SPD parliamentary group in Berlin22 / 23 February 2017 | Berlin
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“Towards a Progressive Europe” – this remains the objective of the conference, especially in currently tumultuous times in Europe and the world. After successfully strengthening ties at the conferences in Rome and Paris, the chairmen and chairwomen of the social democratic and socialist parliamentary groups of the national parliaments come together in Berlin for this year’s first gathering.

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60 Years in the Making: Europe as a Social Community

Conference in Berlin on a social Europe in response to growing inequality and ever-increasing nationalism in the EU16.02.2017 | Berlin | Axel Schäfer
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"Bundestag" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by martingerz2

On 16 February 2017, the SPD Bundestag will host the conference “60 Years in the Making: Europe as a Social Community.” The conference will provide a platform for an exchange on a stronger, fairer and more social Europe.

The French parliament demands concrete actions to increase social justice in Europe

As a reaction to the debate on the European social rights package there is a bundle of demands from France with concrete propositions to fight social injustice1 February 2017
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The European Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly passed a package of demands as a reaction to the debate of the European Commission which which should specify the results and thus ensure the social protection of the Europeans through coordinated approach.

Opinions Migration Hungary

Handling the refugee crisis: Progressive views from Hungary

Hungarian socialist parliamentarians presented their proposal for the management of the refugee crisis called “Responsibility & Security”20 January 2017
Hungary: Budapest, 4 September 2015 

In response to hundreds of refugees and other migrants taking to the road with the aim of walking to Austria, Hungarian Red Cross immediately activited its response teams. The Red Cross has been providing food, water, blankets, clothes and first aid to those in need along the main highway from Budapest to Austria. 

Over 140,000 people have applied for asylum in Hungary already in 2015. In recent weeks, the number of people arriving in the country has increased dramatically, resulting in a major bottle neck and leaving hundreds sleeping rough at train stations each night. 

Photo: Stephen Ryan / IFRC
Foto: Stephen Ryan (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

While inflows of refugees went through the Hungarian border in late Summer 2015 before the right-wing and conservative Government built a fence on the southern border, the parliamentary group of the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) formulated a year later a proposal with far-reaching demands addressed to the Government for a change in the current migration policy.

Opinions Brexit

Watchdogs and Veto players of the Brexit negotiations

Europe’s parliaments will keep an eye on Brexit negotiations16 December 2016 | Valentin Kreilinger
Greek Parliament
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Since UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced that “Brexit means Brexit”, many wonder how the process of negotiating Brexit will unfold. What governments and EU institutions do, will in any case be controlled by parliaments. They matter when it comes to Brexit. Valentin Kreilinger, Research Fellow at the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, explains why.

Opinions Budget Portugal

Portuguese Budget Proposal 2017: Another Step Towards Consolidation

An analysis by João Paulo Correia15 November 2016 | MP João Paulo Correia
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Within a compact overview, Vice-President of the Socialist Group at the Assembleia da República João Paulo Correia depicts the point of departure of the current Portuguese Government and points out the main objectives for 2017. The ambitious budget proposal aims to combine financial consolidation, growth and employment enhancing policies and improvements in pensions and social security.

MPs' Conference

Third Conference – Towards a Progressive Europe

European MPs met on 15-16 September in the Portuguese Parliament15-16 September 2016 | Assembleia da República, Lisbon
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On invitation of the Parliamentary Group of the Portuguese Socialist Party, the #ProgressiveEurope Interparliamentary Conference gathering MPs specialised in fiscal and budgetary affairs took place in the Assembleia da República on 15-16 September 2016. The European parliamentarians were welcomed by César Carlos, Chairman of the Socialist Group at Assembleia da República and by Paulo Trigo Pereira, Vice-Chairman of the financial and budgetary affairs committee. (more…)

Conference of the Presidents Press release

European progressive Parliamentarians together in Paris

Social democratic and socialist Presidents of parliamentary groups met for the second time12-13 September 2016 | Assemblée nationale, Paris
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On Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 September 2016, the parliamentary group of the French Socialists in the Assemblée nationale organised in Paris the second Conference of the Presidents of socialist and social-democratic parliamentary groups from the European national parliaments. During this two-day conference, parliamentarians debated and submitted proposals on the future of the Eurozone and of the European Union.

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A new platform for #ProgressiveEurope

The Presidents of European socialist and social-democratic parliamentary groups launched the website in Paris13 September 2016 | Assemblée nationale, Paris | #ProgressiveEurope
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The Presidents of European socialist and social-democratic parliamentary groups gathered during a second meeting on invitation of Bruno Le Roux, President of the French Socialist, ecological and republican group. At this occasion, the new platform #ProgressiveEurope has been officially launched. This platform will let more interaction between European Progressives and with the greater public.