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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Our common candidate Nicolas Schmit

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PES EPSCO ministers: social dimension is essential in Council’s 2024-2029 strategic agenda

PES EPSCO ministers: social dimension is essential in Council’s 2024-2029 strategic agenda

Following the European Parliament election campaign, PES ministers gathered in Luxembourg to coordinate their efforts ahead of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs…

Employment, Social affairs, Health
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Socialists and democrats will continue working for a strong, democratic, Europe

European socialists and democrats will continue working for leadership of the European institutions that respects the verdict of voters – who entrusted socialists and democrats…

PES Cohesion Ministers

Deliver upwards social convergence in a cohesive Europe, urge PES ministers

One of the EU’s guiding strategic principles must be more cohesive societies in a more cohesive Europe – this was the conclusion as ministers from…

Economy, Finance, Cohesion
PES welcomes landmark approval of Nature Restoration Law

PES welcomes landmark approval of Nature Restoration Law

Today the Council reached a landmark agreement on the Nature Restoration Law, initiated by former Executive Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans. This…

Environment, Climate, Energy
PES Women Executive and Statutory meetings

PES Women Executive and Statutory meetings call for strong feminist 2024-2029 EU mandate

Post-European elections, PES Women held special Executive and Statutory meetings in Vienna, Austria, this weekend to take stock of the gender equality developments in the…

Gender Equality, Feminism, Diversity
Move Forward Party leader Chaithawat Tulathon. Picture: ชัยธวัช ตุลาธน - Chaithawat Tulathon

PES: court case against legally elected party threatens democracy in Thailand 

The Party of European Socialists expresses concerns regarding the current Constitutional Court case in Thailand against the Move Forward Party (MFP) based on its proposal…

Parti Socialiste-Place publique supporters at a European elections rally in Paris, France, 30 May 2024

PES supports the common front against the far right in France

PES President, Stefan Löfven, welcomed the agreement of a New Popular Front against the far right, signed by Parti socialiste-Place publique and the other forces…

PES Presidency commends Nicolas Schmit, names Chancellor Scholz and Prime Minister Sanchez as PES negotiators

PES Presidency commends Nicolas Schmit, names Chancellor Scholz and Prime Minister Sanchez as PES negotiators

Meeting today to assess the results of 2024 European elections, members of the Presidency of the Party of European Socialists commended PES Common Candidate Nicolas…

Nicolas Schmit, European Parliament

As the leading progressive group, S&Ds will work for a pro-European and democratic majority

The European Socialists and Democrats returned successfully as the second largest and main progressive group with at least 135 members for the 2024-2029 mandate of…



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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.

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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Party of European Socialists

Party of European Socialists


We are the Party of European Socialists. We work for a Europe with more economic justice, sustainability, non-discrimination and equality between women and men.