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 Vice President Kati Piri, PES Treasurer Caroline Gennez, PES Executive Secretary General Giacomo Filibeck, PES Secretary General Achim Post, PES President Stefan Löfven, PES Executive Vice President Katarina Barley, PES Vice President Victor Negrescu, PES Deputy Secretary General Yonnec Polet.

PES Presidency focuses on action for a fair and sustainable Europe

A Europe with strong social rights – as reinforced through EU social summits – and a sustainable future – as championed in the European Green…

From left to right: First row - Josep Borrell, Elly Schlein, Frans Timmermans, Mette Frederiksen, Pedro Sanchez, Stefan Löfven, Olaf Scholz, Sanna Marin, Jens Stoltenberg, Antonio Costa Second row: Caroline Gennez, Conner Rousseau, Katarina Barley, Paolo Gentiloni, Iratxe Garcia, Lars Klingbeil, Magdalena Andersson, Ylva Johansson, Elisa Ferreira, Helena Dalli Third row: Yonnec Polet, Giacomo Filibeck, Kati Piri, Nikos Androulakis, Paul Magnette, Jonathan Cummings, Attje Kuiken, Uri Zaki, Achim Post, Victor Negrescu, Maros Sefcovic

EUCO must be a positive force for people, planet and protection of EU values

Heads of government, European Commissioners, party leaders and other high-level figures from the Party of European Socialists (PES) met in Brussels, Belgium, this morning to…

Meeting chair and Finland’s Minister for European Affairs and Ownership Steering Tytti Tuppurainen (left) and PES Deputy Secretary General Yonnec Polet

PES Europe ministers urge to strengthen EU community of values

The European Union must never turn a blind eye to rule of law challenges in member states, Europe ministers from the Party of European Socialists…

Democracy, Justice, Rule of Law
Participants of the PES Foreign Policy Network meeting

PES Foreign Policy Network: Ukraine must be fully and fairly rebuilt

Our support for Ukraine has no end date, European socialists and democrats said today as they called for longer-term planning to begin for the fair…

Peace, International Affairs & Cooperation
Back row, pictured left to right: FEPS Policy Analyst Laeticia Thissen, PES Women President Zita Gurmai, PES Women Vice President Elke Ferner, and Vice-President of the European Parliament Evelyn Regner. Front row, picture left to right: Member of the Cabinet of European Commissioner Helena Dalli, Lesia Radelicki, Co-founder of Digital Ladies & Allies, France, Louisa Renoux, SPI CGIL Head of International Department Silvana Cappuccio, and Wipro Global Chief Privacy Officer and Co-founder of Women Leading in AI, Ivana Bartoletti.

PES Women at CSW67 – Ensuring Gender Equality in Digitalisation

From 6 – 10 March, PES Women was in New York for the 67th Commission on the Status of Women. Each year PES Women seizes…

Gender Equality, Feminism, Diversity
EPSCO 13 March

PES EPSCO: strong platform work directive must be delivered this mandate

European progressives are ramping-up their push for new EU legislation to improve conditions for workers who deliver services through online platforms like Uber and Deliveroo….

Employment, Social affairs, Health
Pictured from right: Slovenian State Secretary for Justice Igor Šoltes, Portuguese Minister for Justice Catarina Sarmento e Castro¸ Spanish Minister for Justice Pilar Llop, and Maltese Minister for Justice Jonathan Attard at the PES offices in Brussels, Belgium.

PES justice ministers call for stronger enforcement and harmonisation of EU sanctions

Close loopholes and harmonise the enforcement of restrictive measures against Russian, Belarusian and all oligarchs backing the brutal invasion of Ukraine while observing human rights…

Security, Justice
Pictured from left: Caroline Gennez, Belgium's Minister for Development Cooperation, Francisco André, Chair of the PES ministerial network and Portugal's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Dan Jørgensen, Denmark's Minister for Development Cooperation.

Solidarity must drive EU development policy

Solidarity must drive EU action to address global human development challenges, ministers from the Party of European Socialists (PES) agreed today. Human development – as…

Peace, International Affairs & Cooperation
PES President Stefan Löfven (eighth from left), PES Secretary General Achim Post (fifth from left), PES Executive Secretary General Giacomo Filibeck (first left) and other high-level progressives at the FES Zeitenwende Conference in Warsaw, Poland, today.

Zeitenwende Conference: PES leaders united for more sovereign Europe

Europe must become more independent, more resilient and a stronger foreign policy actor. This was the message sent from Warsaw, Poland, today by Europe’s socialists…

Peace, International Affairs & Cooperation


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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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🇺🇦 Supporting Ukraine, ensuring energy affordability and security, and building stronger social rights for citizens 👨‍👩‍👧🧑‍🦳 – our political family united behind these priorities yesterday as 🌹PES heads of government, European Commissioners and leaders met in Brussels.Stefan Löfven, Olaf Scholz, Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, António Costa, Mette Frederiksen, Sanna Marin, Jens Stoltenberg, Frans Timmermans, Maroš Šefčovič, Paolo Gentiloni, Ylva Johansson, Nicolas Schmit, Iratxe Garcia Perez, Lars Klingbeil, Elly Schlein, Attje Kuiken, Paul Magnette, Conner Rousseau, Νίκος Ανδρουλάκης, Magdalena Andersson, אורי זכי – שמאל אמיץ, Caroline Gennez, Katarina Barley, Victor Negrescu, Kati Piri, Achim Post, Giacomo Filibeck, Yonnec Polet See MoreSee Less
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🇪🇺🇺🇦 One year from the elections, Europe is in a very complicated context. The war in Ukraine, the rise to power of the far right, and a sense of uncertainty in the face of the economic and energy crises, these issues are weighing down on citizens.✊ Europe must not be a passive observer. We are working to bring more social cohesion, democracy, and prosperity to the many. These policies can be a source of hope for Europe and its citizens.Read more 👇pes.eu/pes/euco-positive-force-people-planet-protection-eu-values/ See MoreSee Less
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🇪🇺 The European Union must never turn a blind eye to rule of law challenges in member states, said PES ministers, meeting ahead of the General Affairs Council (GAC) today.⚖️ The agenda and narrative of the anti-democratic and anti-European forces of the far right, which is backed by some conservative and liberal right-wing parties, is a major concern for democracy. These forces often legitimise infringements of the rule of law, challenge the primacy of European law, and promote a climate of distrust of democratic institutions. ✊ As PES governments, we will continue opposing this and working for equality, social rights and a fairer and more sustainable Europe for all.More on the PES General Affairs Council (GAC) ministerial meeting 👇pes.eu/democracy/europe-ministers-strengthen-eu-community-values/ See MoreSee Less
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