The Party of European Socialists

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 in Berlin on 14-15 October.
Hosted with support from the governing German SPD, it brought together heads of state and government, European Commissioners, party leaders and other representatives.
The Congress elected Stefan Löfven as new PES President and adopted the resolution “Leading Europe through change”.

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PES condemns the terrorist attack in Jerusalem

PES condemns the terrorist attack in Jerusalem

The PES condemns the terrorist attack that occurred yesterday outside a synagogue in East Jerusalem. Seven people have been shot dead and four more were…

Peace, International Affairs & Cooperation
Member of the PES Social Europe Network meeting in hybrid format, 26 January 2023

PES Social Europe Network presses for strong platform work Directive

Protect gig workers from exploitation by urgently adopting a strong Directive on platform work – this was the message sent to the EU Council and…

Employment, Social affairs, Health
PES Migration and Integration Network meeting by videoconference, 25 January 2023

No time to lose on new Pact on Migration and Asylum

The Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union must deliver progress on the EU migration deal, as mandated in the Roadmap on the…

Future of Europe & Neighbourhood
Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party

Thank you, Jacinda

Compassion with strength, optimism with focus – as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party, Jacinda Ardern showed the world what…

PES condemns wave of executions in Iran

PES condemns wave of executions in Iran

The Party of European Socialists (PES) strongly condemns the Iranian regime for its campaign of executions, carried out as it continues to violently suppress protests…

Peace, International Affairs & Cooperation
PES President Stefan Löfven (L) and European Parliament President Roberta Metsola at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium

PES President holds meeting with European Parliament President

The President of the Party of European Socialists (PES), Stefan Löfven, today held a constructive discussion in Brussels with the President of the European Parliament,…

German Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (left) and PES President Stefan Löfven at the Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin

PES President in Berlin for SPD Executive meeting

A more respectful, democratic and sustainable Europe – this is our common social democratic focus ahead of the European elections, leaders from the Party of…

File photo: European Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans at a press conference on delivering the European Green Deal, July 2021. Source: EC - Audiovisual Service

PES hails European agreements to tame energy prices, lower emissions and protect the vulnerable

European socialists and democrats today applaud major progress on delivering affordable energy for citizens now, as part of a longer-term strategy for a socially just…

Environment, Climate, Energy
Pictured from left: PES Secretary General Achim Post, PES President Stefan Löfven, S&D Group President Iratxe Garcia, PES Executive Vice-President Francisco André, and PES Executive Vice-President Katarina Barley

PES leaders: corruption has no place in our democratic institutions and in our society

PES leadership, progressive European Commissioners, and PES leaders gathered in Brussels, with the PES Presidency adopting strong declarations on fighting corruption, strengthening workers’ rights and…



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PES GAC ministerial meeting

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PES Housing Ministers 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.
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  • 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.

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PES activists fight for a fairer Europe

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

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