PSD had no representative to the summit of the Party of European Socialists (PES) held in Brussels on Wednesday.
“It was a national disgrace on Wednesday, as PSD had no representative to the summit of the Party of European Socialists, where decisions were made on the candidates to run for the European Commission presidency and the Brexit strategy was discussed, meaning the very issues Romania should be concerned about in view of taking over the EU Councils presidency in two-month time,” journalist Dan Alexe informs, quoted by digi24.ro.
PES officials have confirmed that PSD had been invited and it would have been the most numerous party and most important as Romanians take over the EU Presidency in January.
The journalist says PES received no explanation from PSD.
Among the participants were PES President Sergei Stanishev, several European Commissioners and Prime Ministers from Spain, Sweden, Portugal and Slovakia. First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, also attended the summit, along with the left-wing parties in the EU.
Heads of government, EU commissioners, Members of the European Parliament, social-democratic members of the Committee of the Regions, along with leaders of the PES member parties, met to discuss the European elections in 2019 and exchange views ahead of the European summit, which will focus on Brexit, migration and the EMU, pes.eu informs.
PES President Sergei Stanishev said: “The PES has the will and the means to lead a powerful and engaging campaign for the 2019 European elections. Next year’s vote will be a turning point for the European Union. There is an urgent need to regain citizens’ trust to ensure that the Union survives, improves and refocuses on the people.”
At the meeting the PES heads of state and leaders welcomed the two candidates – Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union and Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission for Better Regulation, Interinstitutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights.