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We bring together the Socialist, Social Democratic and Labour Parties of the European Union and shape progressive policies.

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PES Congress

The PES Congress took place on 10-11 November, in Málaga.
The Congress was co-organised with PSOE and brougt together PES heads of state and government, leaders, activists, and supporters from across Europe for two days of intense discussions. The Congress set out political priorities, elected the PES leadership, and adopted a key resolution setting the stage for the upcoming European elections.

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PES cohesion ministers support strong cohesion policy ahead of European elections and beyond

PES cohesion ministers support strong cohesion policy ahead of European elections and beyond

Building on the progress achieved thanks to European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms Elisa Ferreira, PES ministers in charge of cohesion emphasised the need for…

Economy, Finance, Cohesion
Pictured from left: Agnes Jongerius, EMPL Coordinator, Member of the European Parliament, S&D, Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Ana Mendes Godinho, meeting Chair and Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Portugal, and Yonnec Polet, Deputy Secretary General, PES.

Finalise platform work directive and improve life for millions, PES EPSCO demands

Time is running short to deliver for Europe’s 28 million platform workers before the end of this mandate. This was the stark warning as government…

Employment, Social affairs, Health
Israel-Gaza: PES president welcomes the ceasefire agreement and hostages release

Israel-Gaza: PES president welcomes the ceasefire agreement and hostages release

On the recent ceasfire agreement between Israel and Hamas, the PES president Stefan Löfven said: “I welcome the agreement that allowed the first release of…

Peace, International Affairs & Cooperation
Members of the PES MIN meeting by videoconference

PES calls for urgent adoption of EU migration pact

The EU must urgently adopt the new Pact on Migration and Asylum. This was the call today from progressives meeting in the Migration and Integration…

Democracy, Justice, Rule of Law
PES stands by Frans Timmermans and the GroenLinks-PvdA to protect democracy and Europe

PES stands by Frans Timmermans and the GroenLinks-PvdA to protect democracy and Europe

The PES commends the PvdA-GroenLinks coalition led by Frans Timmermans for the strong election result, for standing for a more just and sustainable society, for…

Democracy, Justice, Rule of Law
Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sánchez (left) and PES President Stefan Löfven on stage at the PES Congress in Málaga, Spain

European Socialists hail Pedro Sánchez’s investiture as Spain’s next PM

The Party of European Socialists (PES) commends Pedro Sánchez on securing parliamentary support to lead a new progressive government after his investiture as Prime Minister…

Pictured from left: Klara Geywitz, Federal Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Building, Germany, Roderick Galdes, Minister for Social and Affordable Accommodation, Malta, Raquel Sánchez Jiménez, Minister for Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda, Spain, and Marina Gonçalves, Minister for Housing, Portugal.

Ministers focused on action to boost social housing and combat homelessness

Convening in Gijón and ahead of the Informal Ministerial Meeting on Housing and Urban Development hosted by the Spanish Presidency, ministers from the Party of…

Employment, Social affairs, Health
Heads of state and government, European Commissioners, and leaders of member parties and organisations at the PES Leaders’ Meeting during the PES Congress in Málaga.

High level speakers at the second day of the PES Congress in Malaga

Determination for 2024 European elections, as PES Congress hails new members of PES leadership team Heads of government, European Commissioners, progressive members of the European…

PES President Stefan Löfven addressing the 2023 PES Congress

Stefan Löfven re-elected President of the Party of European Socialists

European socialists and democrats enlarged their political family to the East, stood for peace and democracy in Europe, South America and in the world Former…



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PES Justice ministers meeting

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PES Competitiveness Ministerial (COMPET) meeting

What we fight for

Europe needs to overcome inequality, fight for tax justice, tackle the
threat of climate change, harness the digital revolution, ensure a fair
agricultural transformation, manage migration better.
  • Employment, Social Affairs & Health

    In our electoral programme, we said it loud and clear: our top priority is that Europeans, women and men, must have a decent job that allows good quality of life. We fight for a Europe that leaves no-one behind. Through education, training and social programmes when needed, everyone should be given a chance at a good life. More about Employment, Social Affairs & Health
  • Energy & Environment

    The PES stands for a sustainable, energy-efficient and environmentally aware Europe. We stand for an ambitious European Green Deal: the EU must be at the forefront of protecting nature and its resources and the fight against pollution and climate change.
    More about Energy, Environment & Climate Change
  • Economy & Finance

    We believe that the economy must always serve society, and not the other way round. Throughout the 2008 financial crisis, and the 2019 coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been fighting for investment in jobs, growth-inducing sectors and people – and in particular youth – as a crucial element to bring about a sustainable economic recovery. The fight is far from over, but we’ve managed to bring about a shift in European policy, bringing the EU slowly back on track. More about Economy & Finance
  • Youth & Education

    Together with its partners, the PES has launched a major campaign to put young people’s issues at the top of the EU agenda: UpToYouth. This campaign builds on the PES European Youth Plan, which focused on improving the prospects of young people across Europe. We want action on young people’s priorities: climate change, tackling youth unemployment, access to quality education, healthcare for all, and decent housing. More about Youth & Education
  • Equality

    We are a feminist party, which fights for equal rights and opportunities for all women, men and non-binary people. Gender equality and LGBTI rights are crucial for well-functioning democracies, and any form of discrimination is unacceptable in our modern European societies. More about Equality
  • Democracy & Human Rights

    Enhancing European democracy is one of our main priorities. We want to engage the public and policy makers around three main pillars: fundamental rights, accountability, and participation. More about Democracy & Human Rights
  • Future of Europe

    Europe’s future belongs to all of us. That’s why it must work for everyone, reflecting the needs and aspirations of all our citizens. A Europe that works for the people. We are fighting for a resilient European Union, with stronger institutions that are better connected with citizens. We want an EU which meets future challenges and delivers the more social and sustainable Europe citizens want. More about Future of Europe
  • International Affairs & Cooperation

    The PES is working for a better world. Europe has a major role to play on the international scene and must show its commitment to a just, democratic, peaceful and sustainable world. The PES works with progressive international partners to support this vision in Europe, its neighbourhood, and beyond. More about International Affairs & Cooperation
  • Security & Justice

    The security and safety of all citizens in Europe is a key priority. Together with our Justice and Home Affairs Ministers, representatives from our parties and partners, we’re pushing for an agenda that prioritises the security of all citizens hand in hand with social and integration policies, always with full respect of individual and collective rights. More about Security & Justice

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PES Women promoting gender equality and women’s rights

PES Women is the women’s organisation of the Party of European Socialists (PES) promoting gender equality and women’s rights both inside and outside the party.

PES Women website

PES activists fight for a fairer Europe

PES Activists are the grassroots of the socialist and social democratic family.

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