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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2024 PES Election Congress

The 2024 PES Election Congress took place on 2 March, in Rome.
The PES Election Congress elected Nicolas Schmit as our common candidate and adopted the PES manifesto for the EU elections of this June.

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European Commissioner Ylva Johansson speaks at the European Parliament session on the Pact on Migration and Asylum, 10 April 2024, Brussels, Belgium. Photographer: Alexis Haulot. Copyright: © European Union 2024 - Source : EP

Agreement on Pact on Migration and Asylum: strong compromise towards a permanent and sustainable approach

After years of complex negotiations, the EU finally has an agreement. With the new Pact on Migration and Asylum, Europe is taking responsibility with concrete…

Peace, International Affairs & Cooperation
Pictured from left: S&D MEP Robert Biedroń, FEMM Committee Chair; S&D MEP Carina Ohlsson; S&D MEP Evelyn Regner, Vice President of the European Parliament; Zita Gurmai, PES Women President; S&D MEP Marc Angel, Vice President of the European Parliament; S&D MEP Marek Balt.

PES European elections candidates pledge to protect women’s rights

Women’s rights and gender equality have always been at the centre of our political family’s foundations and values. Securing women’s rights and progressing gender equality…

Gender Equality, Feminism, Diversity
PES signs European Commission Code of Conduct for the 2024 European Parliament elections

PES signs European Commission Code of Conduct for the 2024 European Parliament elections

The European elections must be a transparent, fair and ethical battle of ideas. Today, the Party of European Socialists (PES) reconfirmed its commitment to this…

Pictured front row from left: PES Secretary General Giacomo Filibeck, PES Vice-President Victor Negrescu, SPD Germany Spitzenkandidat and PES Executive Vice-President Katarina Barley, S&D President and PES Executive Vice-President Iratxe García, PES Common Candidate Nicolas Schmit, Prime Minister of Romania Marcel Ciolacu, Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz, PES President Stefan Löfven, Leader of CHP Özgür Özel, Prime Minister of Kosovo Albin Kurti. Pictured back row from left: PES Deputy Secretary General Yonnec Polet, Leader of PSDE Moldova Ion Sula, head of PSD-PNL candidate list for the European elections Mihai Tudose, Leader of the Labour Party Ireland Ivana Bacik, President of YES Enric López Jurado, Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government Owen Bonnici.

In Bucharest, we stand together for our Europe

Social, democratic and sustainable – this is our Europe. That was the message as the Common Candidate of the Party of European Socialists (PES) Nicolas…

DEM candidate Abdullah Zeydan

Turkey: PES condemns ban on Kurdish candidate Abdullah Zeydan after Sunday’s historic victory

The Party of European Socialists condemns the decision by Turkey’s Ministry of Justice to ban Abdullah Zeydan from office despite his clear victory in the city…


Turkish local elections: Opposition victory heralds change

The PES congratulates its Turkish associated member parties CHP and DEM on their stunning victory in the Turkish local elections held on Sunday. CHP (Republican…

Future of Europe & Neighbourhood
PES stands with Zita Gurmai against persecution from Orban regime

PES stands with Zita Gurmai against persecution from Orban regime

The PES is deeply worried by the news that the Hungarian Prosecutor’s Office interrogated Zita Gurmai, president of PES Women and a member of the…

Gender Equality, Feminism, Diversity
Serbian Parliament Plenary

PES condemns hate speech used in the Serbian Parliament

The PES condemns the hate speech used by prominent members of the Serbian ruling party during a recent session of the National Assembly of the…

Future of Europe & Neighbourhood
PES Women at CSW: eradicate poverty of women and girls to strengthen global gender equality

PES Women at CSW: eradicate poverty of women and girls to strengthen global gender equality

From 11 – 15 March, PES Women President Zita Gurmai, Vice-President Katrine Skov, and Coordinator Ana Pirtskhalava were in New York for the 68th session of the…

Gender Equality, Feminism, Diversity


More events
13 Apr

Common campaign event with SOCDEM, Czech Republic

14 Apr

Common campaign event in Budapest

20 Apr

SPÖ Austria campaign launch

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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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.

📢 The campaign doesn’t stop!Nicolas Schmit, the PES common candidate to the European elections is touring the continent to discuss with citizens and promote our manifesto for a more social, democratic and sustainable EU.Last week he was in 🇵🇹 Portimão – Housing conference (4-5 April)🇷🇴 Bucharest – "We stand together, for our Europe" conference (6 April)And this weekend he will be in 🇨🇿 Prague (Saturday)🇭🇺 Budapest (Sunday)Check the best photos of the week and stay tuned for more updates!#EuropeWeWant See MoreSee Less
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🌹 As President of the European Commission, Nicolas Schmit , our common candidate to the EU elections, will deliver better conditions for workers, empower the next generation and provide progressive solutions to the challenges our societies are facing.#EuropeWeWant See MoreSee Less
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🇪🇺 We are proud of our common candidate for the #EP2024 elections, Nicolas Schmit.🙋‍♂️ Do you want to know more about him?📲 Check our video and learn about his background, his work and his pledge to improve European citizens’ lives in the next mandate.#EuropeWeWant See MoreSee Less
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