ARF Joins Party of European Socialists as Observer Member

BUDAPEST (A.W.)—The 10th Congress of the Party of European Socialists (PES), held in Budapest from June 12-13, approved the Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s (ARF) membership in the organization as an observer member.

The Congress also approved the accession of Georgia’s Georgian Dream Party, as well as socialist parties from Egypt, Morocco, and Italy.

“As a member of the PES, the ARF is presented with new opportunities for cooperation with other European socialist organizations,” said Armen Rustamyan, an ARF Bureau member and leader of the ARF faction of the National Assembly of Armenia.

During the Congress, the PES elected a new leadership, with Sergei Stanishev of the Bulgarian Socialist Party re-elected president.

The Congress also adopted, by unanimity, three resolutions—“United for Jobs,” “United for Democracy,” and “United for Peace.”

The PES brings together the socialist, social democratic, and labor parties of the European Union. There are 32 full-member parties from the 28 EU member states and Norway. In addition, there are 11 associate and 10 observer parties.

The PES aims to strengthen the socialist and social democratic movement throughout Europe; contribute to forming a European awareness and to expressing the political will of the citizens of the EU; define common policies for the European Union and influence the decisions of European institutions; and lead the European election campaign with a common strategy, as well as a common candidate to the European Commission presidency.

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