Serhat TUNAR –TDO-  Frans Timmermans set out his vision for the future of Europe in an impassioned speech at the Party of European Socialists (PES) Congress in Lisbon today.

Delegates packed into the Cidade Universitária to see Frans Timmermans take to the stage for the first time as the PES Common Candidate for the 2019 European Elections.

In a rallying call to progressives across Europe, Frans Timmermans said that only a social democratic victory at the European elections next year would secure a free, fair and sustainable society for people across Europe.

Addressing delegates, Frans Timmermans said:

“These are not ordinary elections. These elections are about the soul of Europe. We need to adapt to a changing world. We are the political force with the willingness and capacity to do this. We need to write a new social contract with Europe’s citizens.”

PES President Sergei Stanishev said: 

“This Congress has been about putting our party on an election footing. Together, we have set out our ambition for Europe, and we are standing behind the man who will deliver this future in May - Frans Timmermans.

1000 participants - prime ministers, party officials, delegates, activists, academics and guests - from 56 different countries took part in the Congress, making it one of the largest progressive gatherings ever organized by the PES.

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