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.

The Future of Europe - Shaping our Future Together

Europe Together

TOGETHER - A new direction for a progressive Europe - Stand up for our future! The crises and difficulties that our Union has been facing during the last years need no introduction. Unemployment, the eurozone crises, Brexit, growing populism and anti-European feelings, large refugee and migration inflows, geopolitical insecurity, extreme right-wing politics and the rise of post-factual politics, to name a few. It would seem that half a century of European Union accomplishments are not...
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...
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Social Rights

TOGETHER FOR A SOCIAL EUROPE UNIONThe European social model is about more than just markets and profits. It is about your job, your rights and your future; things that create a fair and decent society where everyone is included. Our social model is in danger and we need to defend it. But we also need to have the bravery to move forwards. For this we need a more socially just Europe!We created this website to make it easier for you to find out what is on the social agenda of your S&D...

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.

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


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...
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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.

Relaunching Europe

How can we Relaunch Europe together?Across the European Union, leading politicians have been joining citizens, academics and cultural and social organisations in a series of events to discuss the future we want for Europe.With in-depth discussions that get to the heart of the issues that affect us all, we want to build an inspiring alternative vision for the future of Europe and its citizens.Each event focuses on a specific theme in order to explore the arguments and build our...