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2024 PES Election Congress

The 2024 PES Election Congress is taking place on 2 March, in Rome.
The PES Election Congress will elect our common candidate and adopt the PES manifesto for the EU elections of this June.
We will welcome progressive heads of state and government, European Commissioners, party leaders, activists, and supporters.

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PES Election Congress to take place in Rome

PES Election Congress to take place in Rome

Europe’s progressive political family will gather in Rome, Italy, on 2 March for the Election Congress of the Party of European Socialists (PES). Socialist and…

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PES Women brings Safe Place for Women campaign to local authorities in London

PES Women brings Safe Place for Women campaign to local authorities in London

PES Women presented the campaign ‘Safe Place for Women’ at their statutory meeting in London, attended by Claire Reynolds, Chair of the Labour Party’s Women’s Network, and Lib Peck, Director of London’s Violence…

Gender Equality, Feminism, Diversity
PES condemns liberals and conservatives for rejecting well-balanced compromise on platform work directive

PES condemns liberals and conservatives for rejecting well-balanced compromise on platform work directive

We regret that Member States in the Council were – yet again – unable to find agreement on the platform work directive. This outcome means…

Employment, Social affairs, Health
PES shocked and saddened about Alexei Navalny’s death

PES shocked and saddened about Alexei Navalny’s death

The Party of European Socialists is shocked and saddened by the death of Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny, found dead at age 47 in the…

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Pictured from right: PES Deputy Secretary General Yonnec Polet, PES FEN Chair and President of FEPS Maria João Rodrigues, and SPD Germany MEP Joachim Schuster

PES Financial and Economic Network: revitalise EU industry with a Made in Europe Strategy

The next European mandate must secure a long-term commitment to revitalise domestic industrial production. This was the focus as the Financial and Economic Network (FEN)…

Economy, Finance, Cohesion
Pictured from left: European Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen, meeting Chair, PES Executive Vice-President and Portuguese Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Francisco André, and PES Deputy Secretary General Yonnec Polet

Development ministers: far-right surge jeopardises EU’s international influence and geopolitical relevance

A right-wing shift at the European elections in June will put at risk Europe’s geopolitical relevance and soft power influence in Africa and other strategically…

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Young climate protester holds up placard with the message 'you decide'. Image: Dominic Wunderlich / Pixabay.

PES defends Green Social Deal against conservative and far-right propaganda

The Party of European Socialists (PES) will always defend a Green Social Deal against attacks from conservatives and the far-right. The European Green Deal was…

Environment, Climate, Energy
Socialist ministers stand by Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive

Socialist ministers stand by Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive

The Council must move ahead with new rules to improve transparency and accountability in Europe’s supply chains, European socialist ministers agreed today. PES Ministers welcomed…

Economy, Finance, Cohesion
Do not make nature restoration a scapegoat for farmers’ struggles

Do not make nature restoration a scapegoat for farmers’ struggles

Climate change and unfair global competition continue to create difficult conditions for Europe’s farmers, particularly small farmers and young farmers. A roll-back on nature protection…

Environment, Climate, Energy
Secretaries general and campaign managers meeting in London, January 2024

PES campaign heads meet to discuss path to European elections

Over 50 secretaries general and campaign managers from socialist and social democratic political parties across Europe met today for a strategic discussion on the upcoming…

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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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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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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.

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📺 On Saturday 2 March don’t miss the PES Election Congress live from #Rome.🌹We will welcome Marcel Ciolacu, Prime Minister of Romania; Enzo Maraio, leader of Partito Socialista Italiano; Lars Klingbeil, co-leader of SPD; and Magdalena Andersson, leader of Socialdemokraterna, as well as Prime Ministers, commissioners and other party leaders from our progressive family.The #PESCongress will elect Nicolas Schmit as our common candidate to the European elections and adopt the PES manifesto.🤓 Follow the Congress live: www.facebook.com/events/761508838897461/ See MoreSee Less
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