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PES Congress

The PES Congress is taking place this 10-11 November, in Malaga.
The Congress is co-organised with PSOE and will bring together PES heads of state and government, leaders, activists, and supporters from across Europe for two days of intense discussions. The Congress will set out political priorities, elect the PES leadership, and adopt a key resolution setting the stage for the upcoming European elections.

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PES Congress 2023: Party of European Socialists to meet in Málaga, Spain

PES Congress 2023: Party of European Socialists to meet in Málaga, Spain

Our heads of state and government, leaders, activists, and supporters from across Europe will gather in Spain this November for the 2023 Congress of the…

PES: Giorgio Napolitano will be missed by Italy, and by Europe

PES: Giorgio Napolitano will be missed by Italy, and by Europe

The PES is deeply saddened by the death of Giorgio Napolitano – the longest-serving President of the Republic in Italy and a true believer in…

The leader of Socijaldemokratska Partija Hrvatske (SDP), Pedja Grbin (second from right) speaks at the PES Congress in Berlin in October 2022, hours after the PES adopted a resolution in support of Schengen access for Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania.

Schengen: PES condemns false statements by Prime Minister of Croatia

‘Fake news’ – this is the response from the Party of European Socialists (PES) to claims from Prime Minister of Croatia, Andrej Plenković, that European…

Future of Europe & Neighbourhood
Pictured from right: PES President Stefan Löfven, Vice Chairman of Eurasia Group Gerald Butts and Senior Director of International Climate Policy - CAP Action Frances Colón

PES joins Global Progress Action Summit

PES President Stefan Löfven and PES Executive Secretary General Giacomo Filibeck were present in Montréal, Canada, to take part in high-level discussions on priorities such…

Pictured front row from left: Marc Angel MEP, Cyrus Engerer MEP, Malta's Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms and Equality Rebecca Buttigieg MP, and Rainbow Rose President Dajana Bakić, pictured with members of Rainbow Rose at EuroPride 2024

Socialists and democrats gather together for the last EuroPride before crucial European Parliament elections in 2024

Rainbow Rose, the Party of European Socialists (PES) and the Partit Laburista of Malta form the largest party-political delegation in support of Malta EuroPride 2023….

Democracy, Justice, Rule of Law
Members of the PES Women Executive meeting by videoconference

PES Women: LGBTI rights are human rights

PES Women stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Rainbow Rose, the Party of European Socialists (PES) and the Partit Laburista in Malta this week in support of Europe’s…

Gender Equality, Feminism, Diversity
Libya floods

Floods in Libya: Coordination and saving lives must be the priority

The Party of European Socialists (PES) is deeply saddened by the devastating floods in Libya earlier this week, which took more than 5,000 people’s lives, with…

Peace, International Affairs & Cooperation
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the plenary in Strasbourg after delivering the State of the Union Address 2023.

PES on SOTEU: it’s time to finish what we started

Following today’s State of the European Union (SOTEU) speech, we send a clear message to the European Commission President: no distractions, no diversions, no delays…

European Commissioner for Economy, Paolo Gentiloni, announcing the proposals at a press conference today in Strasbourg, France. Photo: EC - Audiovisual Service

PES welcomes ambitious reform of EU corporate tax rules

The Party of European Socialists (PES) welcomes the announcement by Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni of proposals for an ambitious reform of corporate taxation in…

Economy, Finance, Cohesion
Pictured from left: PES Executive Secretary General Giacomo Filibeck, leader of the democratic opposition of Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, PES President Stefan Löfven, and former Foreign Minister of Sweden Ann Linde.

2023 Anna Lindh Prize: PES President Löfven celebrates Belarus opposition leader Tsikhanouskaya

We stand in solidarity with you in the fight for democracy and justice in Belarus – this was the message conveyed today by the President…

Future of Europe & Neighbourhood


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PES Social Europe Network meeting

11 Oct

PES Financial and Economic Network (FEN) meeting

12 Oct

PES Presidency 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.

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, sustainabil

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated inequalities, with the past years intensifying the socioeconomic, environmental, health and climate related impacts on the lives of older persons, especially older women who constitute the majority of older populations.We are working with our sister organisation ESO – European Senior Organisation to ensure good living standards, quality healthcare and better conditions for older citizens all over the EU.Happy International Day of Older Persons! See MoreSee Less
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The far-right is not unstoppable.Together we will stand up to extreme-right forces in the 2024 EU elections, like PSOE and Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón have done in Spain.Together we will build a fairer, more sustainable Europe for all ✊🌹Read more 👇www.euractiv.com/section/elections/news/sanchez-asks-eu-socialists-to-follow-spanish-example-to-s… See MoreSee Less
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