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Reflection paper on Security and Defence

Over the last few years, the EU Security and Defence policy has become a major priority for EU citizens and politics. New types of challenges have emerged: proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, regional conflicts resulting in migratory flows, competition for natural resources, energy...


Harnessing globalisation: 10 overarching S&D priorities

Definitions of what Globalisation is vary immensely. Nevertheless, no matter how we define it, we must all acknowledge that Globalisation is now not only a process; it is a fact of life for citizens, workers, companies and countries alike. Drivers of globalisation such as enhanced trade,...


S&D Group Position Paper for a renewed Africa-EU Partnership

Africa is at the heart of our globalised world. Although it is a continent often seen through the lens of global problems, it is also at the forefront in creating new opportunities. Therefore, the time has come to move on from the old-fashioned view of Africa which focused on poverty,...


S&D position paper on LGBTI rights

LGBTI rights are human rights: according to international human rights standards, every nation is obliged to protect all lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans and intersex people (LGBTI) from torture, discrimination and violence. In the European Union, the European Treaties and the...


For balanced trade: EU - China

The S&D Group supports strengthening EU-China relations based on a level playing field. Therefore we would like the EU-China commercial relations to be based on certain conditions.

The EU should speak with one voice. The EU impact of the EU commercial policy towards China is often...


Sustainable development agenda post-2015

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set up a framework for global efforts to improve people's lives worldwide by addressing extreme poverty in its many forms and promoting gender equality and environmental sustainability.

At the threshold of the 2015...


Investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms in ongoing trade negotiations (ISDS)

The S&D Group opposes the inclusion of ISDS in Trade Agreements in which other options to enforce investment protection are available, whether domestic or international. In agreements with countries that have fully functioning legal systems and in which no risks of political interference in...


Let's unblock the "maternity leave" directive! Or why this is not an old-fashioned text

3 steps-schemes PROPOSAL

Revision of Directive on Maternity leave - compromise to be negotiated

18 weeks statutory leave as follows:

- 6 weeks mandatory fully paid (incl. transfer to partner) +

- 12 weeks paid in accordance