The Secretaries-General of the member parties of the Party of European Socialists (PES) met in Warsaw, Poland to discuss the preparation for next year’s European elections. President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, who was recently confirmed as the common candidate of the European socialist and social democratic parties for the President of European Commission, also participated in the event. In her speech, Hungarian MEP and PES Women President Zita Gurmai outlined the key challenges of the election campaign and the upcoming legislative term.
According to Ms Gurmai, during the campaign, PES and its member parties have to prove to the voters that they are the parties of women. Both women and the youth will be key target groups of the 2014 elections and the PES wants to represent their interests in the EU legislation not only in the campaign but also after the elections.
‘Ensuring the balanced representation of women, reducing youth unemployment, closing the gender pay gap and fighting against gender-based violence: these are the key challenges ahead of us,’ stressed Ms Gurmai. She also added that PES outlined several proposals that can deliver tangible and measurable results in these fields. Improving the situation of women and the youth, however, is a cross-cutting objective for the European socialists.