For a cleaner and safer planet

The Socialists and Democrats have a vision for a fairer and more sustainable Europe, a society that puts the people's well-being first and thinks of the environmental legacy for future generations. We can achieve this through greater energy efficiency, a circular economy and by tackling climate change. This goes hand in hand with renewing European industries, moving towards a sustainable-growth model and creating new jobs. We are fighting for a Europe where everyone has access to wholesome food and good quality, affordable healthcare.

Our work on the environment, public health and food safety

Our MEPs promote our progressive vision in this committee in a wide range of policy areas including waste and resource management, air and water quality and the protection of biodiversity, among many other areas of importance to us all.

Our achievements

At the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in 2015 we pushed for ambitious climate targets to keep the EU at the forefront of climate action. The COP21 turned out to be a landmark moment: 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. The global average increase of temperature must be kept well below 2°C and efforts will be made to limit it to 1.5°C.

In the lead up to the Climate Conference, we led on 21 progressive proposals for the COP 21 Paris Agreement - binding, universal and dynamic and we continue to fight for these.

Every European citizen has the right to high quality, safe food. They also have the right to know how, where, and under what conditions their food is produced, processed, packaged, labelled and sold. Food producers should also be protected from dishonest practices along the supply chain. We also have consistently objected to authorisations of GMOs and are calling for the legislative framework to be overhauled.

The Socialists and Democrats have also successfully led campaigns to introduce laws for the mandatory labelling of the 'country of origin' on beef, pork, lamb, goat and poultry.

Our group is also at the forefront of the fight against endocrine disruptors - chemical substances affecting human hormones - to which we are all exposed on a daily basis through products such as food packaging, crops grown with certain pesticides and possibly even tap water.

Our priorities

Tackling climate change

Our ambition is to avoid further global heating and leave a less polluted world for our children - and this goes hand-in-hand with stimulating the economy and creating sustainable new jobs. But the fight does not end with the Paris Agreement - we have built a progressive majority in the European Parliament to demand legislation setting up ambitious and binding targets for greenhouse-gas reductions and increasing use of renewables and energy efficiency to de-carbonise the economy.

A circular economy

Every year, around 600 million tonnes of waste are thrown away in Europe, which could be reused and put back into the economy. The S&Ds are calling for ambitious EU targets and goals, and for new tools to help each country move towards a more sustainable, resource-efficient, circular economy.

A circular development model means that the value of products and resources is kept in the economy for as long as possible and the generation of waste is minimized. To achieve this transition, the S&D Group is pushing through ambitious policies to change the way we use, re-use, recycle and recover our resources. We are also leading the fight to put an end to plastic litter.

Safer food for all

We, the S&Ds continue to fight for better consumer protection and for more transparency around what we eat. We want to see country-of-origin labelling for meat in processed foods and dairy products, and we want to ensure that food agreements with international partners prioritise consumer health.

MEPs involved

DANCE Seb
Vice-chair
United Kingdom
GUTELAND Jytte
Coordinator
Sweden
DALLI Miriam
Member
Malta
PLUMB Rovana
Member
Romania
BALT Marek Paweł
Member
Poland
BONAFÈ Simona
Member
Italy
BURKHARDT Delara
Member
Germany
CERDAS Sara
Member
Portugal
CHAHIM Mohammed
Member
Netherlands
FLAŠÍKOVÁ BEŇOVÁ Monika
Member
Slovakia

See our latest actions

Press release

Iratxe García addresses the SPD parliamentary group in Berlin: “We count on you to build a more sustainable and progressive Europe”

Press release

S&Ds say: EU Commission wake up! Endocrine disruptors must be regulated to protect citizens’ health

Press release

LIFE programme is key to shift to a sustainable economy both for people and for the environment, say S&Ds

Position papers

Position paper
Published:
S&D Group Position Paper for a renewed Africa-EU Partnership
Position paper
Published:
S&D position paper on migration & asylum
Position paper
Published:
S&D ENVI recommendations for better access to medicines in the European Union
Position paper
Published:
Circular economy
Position paper
Published:
Towards a Digital Union - Our Progressive Vision
Position paper
Published:
Sustainable development agenda post-2015
Position paper
Published:
Towards an Energy Union
Position paper
Published:
DEVE (Development) policy paper for development and humanitarian aid priorities 2014-2019

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S&D Group - Position paper : Circular Economy Policy
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