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    Latvia's Progressive party wants to joint Party of European Socialists

    RIGA, Nov 14 (LETA) - The Progressive party on November 9 submitted an application for their admission to the Party of European Socialists (PES), the party announced.

    According to the letter that the board chairman of the Progressive, Maris Graudins, has sent to the PES President, Sergei Stanishev, the Progressive want to keep promoting the progressive values - equality and social justice in a green and sustainable economy.

    "We did well in the local elections this year and are confident about achieving positive results also in the coming general elections in Latvia and the European Parliament elections to be held in 2018 and 2019 respectively and helping to further the PES goals in Latvia and Europe," Graudins said.

    The PES comprises national-level political parties from all EU member states plus Norway. At present the PES has 33 member parties, 13 associated parties and 12 observer parties. Its political group in the European Parliament is the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D).

    The leader of the Progressive said that the party's participation in the European Social Democratic organizations was of strategic importance for Latvia.

    "All key decisions in Europe are made through compromises between the Progressive Alliance and the European People's Party group," Graudins said. The current Latvian associated member of the PES, the Harmony party, and its current and past MEPs had failed to defend Latvia's vital interests in this important political group but the Progressive are going to do it, the party leader said.

    • Published: 14.11.2017 12:27
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