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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Pictured from left: PES Deputy Secretary General Yonnec Polet, S&D Group Secretary General Antony Beumer, Portugal’s Secretary of State for the European Union Tiago Antunes, meeting Chair and Finland’s Minister for European Affairs and Ownership Steering Tytti Tuppurainen, Vice-President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič and S&D Group Vice-President Mohammed Chahim MEP

PES Europe ministers: EU must stay firm on rule of law defence

The European Union must always defend its fundamental principle: that citizens have the same basic rights in every member state. This demand was restated today…

Democracy, Justice, Rule of Law
File photo: Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sánchez (left) and PES President Stefan Löfven at a PES European Council Preparation Meeting in Brussels, Belgium

PES: Pedro Sánchez and PSOE are up for the fight ahead

This summer, Spain will decide its political colour. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will go into that election with a clear progressive programme for a more…

PES President Stefan Löfven and Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa with high-level members of the PES family who particiapted in the PES Social Summit in Porto, Portugal.

PES Social Summit: socialists will reinforce rights for citizens

Gathering in Porto, Portugal, socialists from across Europe have committed to fight for stronger social rights for citizens. One year out from the European elections,…

Employment, Social affairs, Health
Members of the PES Migration and Integration Network meeting online

PES will continue push for adoption of Pact on Migration and Asylum during this mandate

The Migration and Integration Network (MIN) of the Party of European Socialists (PES) met online today to take stock of progress on the Pact on…

Future of Europe & Neighbourhood
Pictured on screen: President Löfven addresses the ETUC Congress in Berlin, 24 May 2023

PES President to ETUC Congress: trade unions and socialists deliver for workers

Shoulder to shoulder, the trade union movement and Europe’s socialists stand together for a fair deal for workers. This was the message that the President…

Employment, Social affairs, Health
António Costa Silva, Minister of Economy and Maritime Affairs, Portugal (centre) and Yonnec Polet PES Deputy Secretary General (right) at the COMPET meeting today

PES ministers celebrate tax transparency for multinationals

Progressive ministers look forward to greater tax transparency from large multinationals in the European Union, as the deadline for transposition into national law of the…

Economy, Finance, Cohesion
Pictured front row, left to right: Vice President Sebastian Pay, President Dajana Bakić, and Board Member Jessica Ekerbring. Pictured second row, left to right: Treasurer Carola Ebhardt, Vice President Sam Van de Putte, Board Member Victor Gutierrez Santiago, and Secretary General Ian Dylan Thomas.

Rainbow Rose elects new leadership team

Last weekend Rainbow Rose held its General Assembly in Brussels, hosted by Vooruit Belguim and its LGBTI network Regenboog.Rood and PS Belgium. The growing right-wing…

Gender Equality, Feminism, Diversity
PES in Porto to put Social Pillar in motion

PES in Porto to put Social Pillar in motion

One year out from the European elections, socialists from across Europe will return to Porto, Portugal, to discuss a key column of the socialist programme:…

Employment, Social affairs, Health
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, joint presidential candidate for six opposition parties, speaks to a large crowd of supporters ahead of Sunday’s elections

PES: 45% of Turkish citizens vote for democratic change

The campaign continues and European socialists hope all those demanding change in Türkiye seize the opportunity of the presidential runoff vote to make change happen….

Future of Europe & Neighbourhood


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PES Financial and Economic Network meeting

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PES Democracy Network 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.
    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.

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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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