The Party of European Socialists intends to field a candidate for the presidency of the EU Commission in the elections to the European Parliament in 2014. The nomination and selection procedure is going to be based on ”consultation” of the members of the national PES parties, although not necessarily one or more regular primaries.
In the 2009 elections the European social democrats lacked a coherent and clear message, according to Marita Ulvskog MEP. Just resisting Barroso was not enough to make voters enthusiastic.
The European Citizen, who covered the PES Re:New convention as a euroblogger, saw the selection procedure as a good step for European democracy. It commits the PES to a more European campaign.
Ahead of the EP elections 2014 the PES challenges the other Europarties: the European People's Party EPP, the European Liberal and Reform Party ELDR and the European Green Party. Are they going to field top candidates selected through open procedures?