Social Democratic Party "Harmony"
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|Social Democratic Party "Harmony"|
Russian minority politics
|European affiliation||Party of European Socialists (observer)|
|European Parliament group||Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats|
|Politics of Latvia
The Social Democratic Party "Harmony" official translation "Social Democratic Party "Concord" (Latvian: Sociāldemokrātiskā Partija "Saskaņa", SDPS, Russian: Социал-демократическая партия «Согласие») is a Latvian center-left political party founded in 2009 through the merger of four left-wing and left-to-centre Latvian political parties: Harmony Centre alliance: the National Harmony Party, the New Centre and the Social Democratic Party. The Daugavpils City Party merged into the new party in 2011. The unification of these parties was the result of a long process aimed at the consolidation of the social democratic forces of Latvia. Since 2009, the Social Democratic Party Concord has been led by the chairman of the Concord Centre parliamentary group Jānis Urbanovičs.
The core values of the SDP Concord are equality, justice and solidarity. The party believes that the creation of a socially fair society is to be achieved through reforming the liberal market system by democratic political means. SDP Concord advocates consistent implementation of the principle of equal rights and opportunities, for effective protection of national minorities, combats discrimination of any kind, supports political and ideological pluralism.
SDP Concord is a member party of the union of political parties ‘Concord Centre’, founded in 2005, and is the strongest party of this block. The Chairman of the ‘Concord Centre’ is the Member of the Social Democratic Party 'Concord', the mayor the capital of Latvia Riga, Nils Ušakovs. The ‘Concord Centre’ block also includes the Latvian Socialist Party (chairman - MEP Alfreds Rubiks). Over the recent years, ‘Concord Centre’, according to opinion polls, has been the most popular political party in Latvia, increasing its representation in the national parliament with each subsequent election.
In the parliamentary elections of 2011 the ‘Concord Centre’ ranked first with 31 out of 100 parliamentary mandates. Nevertheless, the ‘Concord Centre’ works in opposition. In the ‘Concord Centre’ parliamentary group the SDP ‘Concord’ is represented by 28 MPs. According to the results of the municipal elections of 2009, the Social Democratic Party ‘Concord' is represented in 39 out of the 119 municipalities of Latvia, mostly in large cities. SDP ‘Concord’ is the ruling party in the largest municipality of the country, in Riga.
SDP ‘Concord’ is the only mass political party of Latvia with social democratic ideology represented at the national level.
At the Congress of the Party of European Socialists in September 2012 a decision was taken to grant SDP ‘Concord’ the observer status. SDP ‘Concord’ is in favour of further European integration, not only in respect to the common market, but also general social standards.
- "Parties and Elections in Europe, "Latvia", The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck". Parties & Elections. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
- http://www.saskanascentrs.lv (in Russian and Latvian)