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PES confirms names put forward for common candidate


22 Oct 2018


Public Affairs
The Party of European Socialists has today announced the candidates vying to lead the Party into the 2019 European elections. 
The deadline to submit nominations was on 18/10/2018 at 23.59. To qualify, a candidate needed to secure a nomination from a PES full member party or organisation, and the support of 25% of PES full member parties or organisations.
Two candidates submitted qualifying nominations:
Maros Sefcovic, Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union
Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission for Better Regulation, Interinstitutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights
The nominations of both candidates will now be certified by the PES Working Group on the Common Candidate, which is set to meet on 26 October 2018.
For further information about the PES Common Candidate process see:
Notes for editors
All 28 EU member states are represented by their progressive parties at the PES, which brings together 34 socialist, social democratic, labour and democratic parties as full members. Together with 12 associate parties and 12 observer parties from outside the EU, we fight for a better and more progressive Europe.
The current president of the PES is Sergei Stanishev.
The Socialists & Democrats Group is the parliamentary group of the PES.



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