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PES in the EU


The PES is politically represented in the directly elected European Parliament, at governmental level in the European Council and Council of Ministers, and in the Committee of the Regions. The European Commission – although an independent, collegiate body – also numbers several members from PES parties amongst its commissioners.


European Parliament

  • Martin Schulz (SPD Germany) is the President of European Parliament
  • The Group of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament has 191 members, and is the only political group in the European Parliament with representatives from all 28 member states
  • Gianni Pittella is the President of Socialists & Democrats Group


European Commission


European Council and Council of the EU

  • PES Prime Ministers and Leaders meet regularly before European Summits to discuss common policies and goals that should be achieved during the European Council
  • The High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) is Federica Mogherini. She chairs the Foreign Affairs Council and conducts the Common Foreign and Security Policy
  • The PES is also represented in the ministerial formations of the Council of the EU


Committee of the Regions

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The reports of the death of Social Democracy have been greatly exaggerated. The PES is back on the track of jobs and growth and calls for investing in European Youth

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This week, we European Socialists and Democrats marked 40 years of the Helsinki Act, which facilitated dialogue between East and West and brought a certain security in Europe.

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Over the last few days the PES has worked hard to tackle two very important issues. First of all the PES organised together with the Global Progressive Forum, the Socialist & Democrat Group in the European Parliament and the Arab Social Democratic Forum a conference on the refugee crisis in...