Initiatives and Activities

The S&D Group's MEPs work hard to support many campaigns and initiatives, highlighting important causes and bringing people together to find better solutions for the key problems we face in Europe. Read more about these activities below and find out how you can get involved.

S&Ds: EU Trust Fund for Africa must put the people first

4Africa

NEWS: S&Ds win the first battle for justice on the traceability of conflict minerals Over the last two years, we have fought a lonely but ethical political battle to ban 'conflict minerals' – sources of minerals which feed conflict and violence – from the European market. Finally, thanks to the stubbornness and political commitment of S&D Group leader Gianni Pittella, our spokesperson on conflict minerals Marie Arena and the S&D chair of the international trade committee...
President Pittella meets EU Commissioner Stylianides. EU leaders must commit themselves to secure more funds devoted to education in humanitarian emergencies, say S&Ds, S&D vice-presidents Enrique Guerrero Salom and Victor Boştinaru; Linda McAvan, chair o

EDUCA - an S&D initiative

The world is facing an increasing number of conflicts, natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies. Among those affected, children are the most vulnerable.A whole generation of children – especially girls and young women – face a bleak future without education.We need to invest in their future!
Social rights are back on the European agenda, but concrete action is urgently needed, say S&Ds

Social Rights

TOGETHER FOR A SOCIALLY JUST EUROPEEurope must rise to the challenge of a new era. Faced with growing inequalities and many changes, from globalisation and economic uncertainty to digitisation and new technologies, we must embrace new opportunities but defend our values. This means securing and updating fundamental social standards for everyone. The European social model is about your job, your #SocialRights and your future. It’s about creating a fair and decent society where everyone...
Together Platform - Join the debate - April 2017

Europe Together

EUROPE TOGETHER Event - Our Choice: A Sustainable Social Europe Decent working conditions, social rights, closing the gender pay gap, a European Child Guarantee, empowering trade unions - these are not just topics for discussion - these are the policies we want to see implemented in our daily lives in the European Union. As Socialists and Democrats we have done our best to ensure that these policies turn into realities. But to make them fair and equal for all, we need everyone’s input...
End Energy Poverty Initiatives

End Energy Poverty

Today, over 50 million Europeans are forced to live their lives in energy poverty. This means that they are not able to pay for the electricity and gas they need, which can have serious effects on their health and wellbeing.Clean and affordable energy is a basic right for every European citizen – no one should be left in the cold!The European Commission has launched a plan for a European Energy Union which aims to ensure a sustainable, affordable and secure energy mix. We fully support...

School of Democracy

School of Democracy, 19 to 22 April 2017 - Our 3rd edition!Share your opinions with other young people on issues such as the role of Europe in the world, development, migration, fair trade, democratic challenges and experiences and the rise of illiberal democracy.The Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament are deeply committed to the promotion of equal opportunities, diversity and multiculturalism. Therefore, feel free to tell us more about your economic, social and...

Digital Union

An inclusive Digital Union for EuropeEurope is undergoing a digital revolution. We can see its impact on our daily lives: from online voting to faster broadband, from better ways to communicate to online shopping, and from useful digital tools to new hi-tech industries and jobs.We welcome the opportunities this revolution offers for all European citizens and want to tackle potential challenges head on.
Taxes must be paid where profits are made to fight tax evasion by multinationals, #TaxJustice, TaxJustice, Hugues Bayet, LuxLeaks and Panama Papers scandals, fight tax evasion, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),

TaxJustice

Ordinary taxpayers have paid dearly for the irresponsible gambles of greedy bankers, while for the richest few, paying tax can be carefully avoided.Too many big corporations and rich individuals are getting away with exploiting legal loopholes, shopping around for the most favourable jurisdictions and hiding money offshore in tax havens.Europe needs #TaxJustice.