Speaker: Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, President of the Party of European Socialists, former Prime Minister of Denmark Former Danish Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen was elected President of the Party of European Socialists in 2004, succeeding Robin Cook in the post. In his position, Rasmussen coordinates the political vision of the party, ensuring unity, chairing the party presidency and representing the party on a regular basis. As PES President he is also President of the Global Progressive Forum and sits on committee of Transatlantic Dialogue, which fosters cooperation between progressives from the USA and Europe. Rasmussen's influence in politicising the PES can be seen in the party's headline political initiative, New Social Europe. Based on a report written by Rasmussen and former President of the European Commission Jacques Delors, this aims at creating a "fairer, more inclusive, and more dynamic society".