Building the Social Democratic Union

YES Congress 2015

Nina Zivanovic from the Social Democratic Union (SDU), Serbia was elected Secretary General of the Young European Socialists (YES) in May 2015.

With Labour's support, the SDU continues to grow -- recruiting new members; building an alliance of left-wing movements; and raising its international profile.

Nina's election is the first time an individual from the Western Balkans has been elected to the board of any European political organisation. She is a beneficiary of the Weekend Academy and other training delivered by the SDU with support from the Labour Party. 

Despite losing its representation in the Serbian Parliament for the first time in over 10 years, the SDU is well on its way to strengthening its structures, having established three new branches and increasing its membership in over two thirds of the existing branches.

As well as Nina's election to YES, a second party activist - Anita Mitic - was recently elected to the most prominent human rights NGO in Serbia and the party has a new leadership which is dominated by members of the youth wing. Under this new leadership, the party is building informal relationships with trades unions and other like-minded NGOs whilst also investing in a new alliance with other progressive parties.

YES is the autonomous youth wing of the Party of European Socialists (PES). The Secretary General coordinates the work of the Bureau and Presidium and implements their decisions. She also manages the association and runs it on a day-to-day basis in its office in Brussels.  The SDU was invited to the PES Congress for the first time in June 2015.

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