Category Archives: PES and sister parties

Your invitation to the 2012 PES Congress

The 2012 PES Congress, which had been scheduled to be held in Bucharest, has been transferred to Brussels. As a result, the PES Activists forum, which was due to take place before the congress, has been postponed until the coming months.

However, Brussels Labour members are invited to attend the PES Congress and surrounding events.

In this document you can find full details, including information on the PES Women Annual Conference (Thursday 27 September), the PES Activists Meeting and PES Policy Forum Round Tables (Friday 28 September) and the PES Congress itself (Saturday 29 September).

You should register in advance by clicking here. Please indicate the meetings you wish to attend so that the organisers can estimate participation.


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Italian PD event on Friday 15 June

The Brussels section of the Partito Democratico is pleased to invite you to an evening to present the Italian candidates who are on the list of the Parti Socialiste for the communal elections.

To get to know our candidates, have a drink together and listen to good music, we would be delighted to welcome you on Friday 15 June from 21:00 at the Club Union St-Gilloise (Chaussée de Bruxelles 223, Forest).

This will also be an opportunity to remember the importance of the right for foreigners to vote and the administrative formalities that are necessary to be able to exercise that right.

Grotere kaart weergeven

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Reminder – Registration for the Communal elections

Should you wish to vote in the next local elections in Belgium on Sunday 14 October 2012, you will need to make sure you are registered by Tuesday 31 July 2012.

For Brussels residents, registration is very easy. Just print out and complete the application form in the link below and send it to your “Maison Communal” (see links below for your commune).

Anderlecht | Auderghem | Berchem-Ste-Agathe | Bruxelles Ville | Etterbeek | Evere | Forest | Ganshoren | Ixelles | Jette | Koekelberg | Molenbeek-St-Jean | Saint-Gilles | Saint-Josse-Ten-Node | Schaerbeek | Uccle | Watermael-Boitsfort | Woluwe-Saint-Lambert | Woluwe-Saint-Pierre

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Next branch meeting – French elections with Catherine Trautmann MEP

The next Brussels Labour branch meeting will feature Catherine Trautmann MEP of the French PS, who will talk about the French elections.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday 29 May at the Press Club Europe, Rue Froissart 95, 1000 Brussels.

Doors open at 19:30, with the meeting beginning at 20:00.


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Wednesday 20 June 2012

Belgian Communal elections: Pascal Smet – Flemish Minister for Education, Youth, Equal Opportunities and Brussels Affairs

L’Horloge du Sud, Rue du Trône 141, 1050 Ixelles

Venue open from 19:30 – Meeting at 20:00If you would like to eat, please come early and order before the meeting starts.


Tuesday 10 July 2012

Brussels Labour Summer Social – Kindly hosted by Maggie Coulthard & Peter Wragg

Rue Alphonse Hottat 33, 1050 Ixelles

Maggie has asked us to inform you that it is impossible to park near their house, so please take public transport (bus 95 Ave de la Couronne, bus 71 Flagey, bus 59 Ixelles hospital, or tram 81 Germoir or Brasserie stops)

Please join us from 19:30 and bring a bottle! (Out of respect for our host, the Social will end at 22:30)

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Belgian local elections – don’t miss your chance to vote!

The next communal elections in Belgium will take place on Sunday 14 October. Did you realise you can vote?

Electoral law in Belgium recognises the right of all EU citizens to vote in – and stand for – local elections, and casting your vote could make all the difference in your commune.

But you have to register. If you haven’t done so yet, then don’t delay!

Brussels Labour strongly urges you to take up this opportunity to support the socialist candidates in the Brussels communes, who will include candidates from other EU member states. At least two Brussels Labour members will stand.

Your registration form has to be submitted by 31 July 2012 and copies are available at the electoral registration service (service électorat) in your commune, with specific details provided on their websites. If you registered for the 2006 elections, then you don’t need to do so again.

You can find out why your commune matters to you here.

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Visit by Joan Burton, Irish Labour Party deputy leader

Our comrades in the Irish Labour Party would like to invite Brussels Labour members to two meetings with Joan Burton TD, Irish Minister for Social Protection & Labour Deputy Leader, this Friday, 17 February:

“Ireland’s Future in a Changing Europe, Developing a Mutual Understanding”

Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) Brussels Branch
Permanent Representation of Ireland, Rue Froissart 50, 1040 EtterbeekFrom 12.45-14:00 – Snack lunch is provided but pre-registration essential via email to the IIEA.

Meeting with the Irish Labour Party Brussels & friends

Place de Londres, 13 Place de Londres, 1050 Ixelles – map
Meeting starts at 18:00

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Guest blog from Julian Priestley: Opening a New Front in France

The election campaign now well and truly underway in France probably matters more directly to us in Britain than the razzmatazz of the American elections in November (providing of course that the more gruesome Republican candidates are weeded out in the primaries).

François Hollande may not have been the first choice for many socialists – his very ‘ordinariness’ places charisma outside his range; his programme is cautiously social democratic, not transformative; other more exciting contenders have – how can we put it delicately? – fallen by the wayside. But he was the democratic choice of three million Socialist party members and sympathisers in an open primary which gave the Left a game-changing kick-off in the campaign.

His assured performance at the rally at Le Bourget in late January, addressing 25,000 supporters (that’s ten times the size of the Sheffield rally and without the gaffes), on TV and in a programme which rightly places all the emphasis on jobs and growth have given him a head-start. In the French presidential and legislative elections in April and May of this year Europe’s Left has its first chance of re-gaining power in a major EU member state since 2004.

This matters. First it means that at the top table in Europe there will be at least one significance voice opposed to the technocratic imposition of continent-wide austerity which is the mantra of the currently all-powerful centre-right. Hollande is committed to re-negotiate the ‘Fiscal Pact’ to be agreed in principle by 25 member states in March.

The French socialists do not reject budgetary discipline but want, quite reasonably to avoid arbitrary straight-jackets being imposed on member states without any accompanying measures for growth, and without adequate parliamentary safeguards. And their party has started working out a coordinated economic programme with German social democrats in the fairly confident expectation that ‘Merkozy’ will be seen by 2013 as a kind of historical aberration. Continue reading Guest blog from Julian Priestley: Opening a New Front in France

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