Date(s) the 28/10/2019
During the 37th session of the Congress, the Assembly of the Socialist Group of Congress approved by a large majority the proposal of President Fassino to adopt the name of "Group of Socialists, Greens and Progressive Democrats".
This decision makes it possible to give visibility to the plural character of the group which today consists of 193 members: 138 members belonging to 31 socialist and social democratic parties and 53 members of 43 progressive parties of different inspiration. Alongside the local elected socialists and social democrats, the Germans, the Dutch, the Icelanders, the French, the Finns and the Swedes Greens sit in the group. There are representatives of democratic left parties such as the Greek Syriza, German Die Linke, Diko of Cyprus, Kurdish AHP and with them representatives of democratic-progressive parties from Central Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Ukraine and Russia.
"Around the socialists - declared President Fassino - local elected representatives of a broad front of parties of the democratic and progressive left have gathered and it is therefore right that the plural character of the Group is also valued in the name."
"It is a choice - underlined Fassino - that they have also done in the European Parliament where the Group is called "Socialists and Democrats” and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe where the Group has adopted the name "Socialists, Greens and Democrats".
"Joining all progressives - concluded Fassino - is all the more important today in the face of the populist offensive that in many European countries undermines democracy and the rights of citizens. United to be stronger in defending local democracy and to win our values of democracy, solidarity, social justice, gender equality, sustainability. I am sure that this unitary spirit will motivate each of us to multiply our daily political commitment”