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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Members of the PES Women Executive meeting by videoconference, 9 December 2022

PES Women: to protect women’s rights we must defend human rights defenders

Today, on International Human Rights Defenders Day (9 December) – and ahead of International Human Rights Day tomorrow (10 December) – PES Women’s message is…

Gender Equality, Feminism, Diversity
Schengen: PES disappointed that European unity falters at key moment

Schengen: PES disappointed that European unity falters at key moment

Croatia is a welcome addition to the Schengen club, but failure to admit Bulgaria and Romania is a serious blow for European unity at a…

Future of Europe & Neighbourhood
European Commissioner Nicolas Schmit addresses PES EPSCO ministers, Brussels, Belgium, 8 December 2022

PES EPSCO ministers push for ambitious Platform Work Directive

Ahead of today’s EU Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO), ministers from the Party of European Socialists (PES) met at the PES…

Employment, Social affairs, Health
PES welcomes Western Balkans Summit outcome

PES welcomes Western Balkans Summit outcome

A strengthened strategic partnership brings the Western Balkans closer to its European future – the Party of European Socialists (PES) says and warmly welcomes the…

Future of Europe & Neighbourhood
Participants in the PES COMPET, meeting by videoconference

EU must show modern-day slavery the red card

Products made with forced labour must be prohibited from the Union market, European socialist ministers agreed today. Ministers from the Party of European Socialists (PES)…

Economy, Finance, Cohesion
Members of the PES FEN participated in the hybrid meeting both in person from the PES headquarters in Brussels and online across Europe

Financial and Economic Network: fiscal rule revision is welcome move for investment in the future

More green and social investment is vital for Europe’s economic success. Member states must swiftly move forward with reform of the Stability and Growth Pact,…

Economy, Finance, Cohesion
Pictured from left: European Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen, Chair of the PES Network and Portuguese Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Francisco André, and PES Executive Secretary General Giacomo Filibeck.

PES development ministers call for clear and consistent dialogue between the EU and African Union

Meeting ahead of today’s Foreign Affairs Development Council, developments ministers from the Party of European Socialists (PES) discussed the latest EU-African Union summit and the…

Peace, International Affairs & Cooperation
Photography by Ukrainian Photographer Liana @liart.ph

PES Women: we demand zero-tolerance for gender-based violence. The line has been crossed.

PES Women relaunches campaign to end violence against women and make Europe a zero-tolerance zone for gender-based violence. On International Day for the Elimination of…

Gender Equality, Feminism, Diversity
PES EU ministers urge unity to protect citizens affected by the war in Ukraine and continued support for Ukraine

PES EU ministers urge unity to protect citizens affected by the war in Ukraine and continued support for Ukraine

Meeting ahead of today’s General Affairs Council, PES EU Ministers called for European unity in the face of major challenges that affect all European citizens…

Future of Europe & Neighbourhood


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12 Dec

PES Agricultural ministerial (AGRIFISH) meeting

13 Dec

PES General Affairs Council (GAC) meeting

15 Dec

PES EU Council preparation 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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