Fighting for our future: socialist youth and PES unite for a better Europe for young people

Fighting for our future: socialist youth and PES unite for a better Europe for young people

A fair, sustainable and democratic Europe – that is what young progressives will demand later this week at the 16th Congress of the Young European Socialists (YES), the youth organisation of the Party of European Socialists (PES).

PES President Stefan Löfven will address the Congress by video message and PES Executive Vice President Francisco André and PES Executive Secretary General Giacomo Filibeck will be present in Barcelona to exchange with young people on their priorities ahead of crucial European elections next year. 

At this defining and crucial time for Europe, the PES is committed to ensuring the voices of the progressive youth are heard. The climate emergency, an economic system that perpetuates inequalities, and the emergence of far-right forces all across Europe are direct threats to the future of this generation and the ones to come. As a political family, we are ready to fight for an alternative based on socialism, solidarity, feminism and climate justice.

Beginning on Thursday 19 October and concluding on Sunday 22 October, the YES Congress will convene at the Barcelona headquarters of the Socialists’ Party of Catalonia (PSC-PSOE). It will elect the YES leadership – President, Secretary General, Control Commission President, Vice Presidents, Control Commission Members, and Bureau Members – and debate priorities including youth empowerment, gender equality, and climate and social justice. Congress delegates will also participate in training and workshops.

Contributions to the Congress are expected from Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen, EU High Representative Josep Borrell, Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister of Spain and Minister of Economy and Digitalization Nadia Calviño, Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation José Manuel Albares, S&D Group President Iratxe García Pérez, Italy’s Partito Democratico Party Secretary Elly Schlein, Leader of the Opposition in Catalonia and First Secretary of PSC Salvador Illa, Mayor of Barcelona Jaume Collboni, S&D Group Vice President Pedro Marques, MEPs Laura Ballarín, Brando Benifei, Mohammed Chahim, and Javi López, and others.