S&Ds - Weekly Update. This week's highlights and what's coming up

Weekly Update - 14 to 18 March 2016

Quote of the week
“The European Parliament – the only institution elected by the citizens – has the historical duty to become the pillar of a new EU devoted to growth, the social agenda, a migration policy based on solidarity and shared responsibility, a more ethical political system and economy and investment in a new sustainable development model.

It is crystal clear that this programme for change cannot be carried out through an EPP monopoly over the EU Institutions. In the framework of a fair institutional balance, a socialist president of the EU Parliament is the only prerequisite condition for this change.
This is the Europe citizens want. I will keep fighting for this Europe!”

- Gianni Pittella

Activities summary

We are kicking off the new year with a series of interesting conferences and workshops scheduled for the upcoming week. The implementation of the European Child Guarantee and Consumer Rights in the Digital World are the two topics under scrutiny in the following days.

We are also still accepting applications for our third edition of the School of Democracy, scheduled to take place this April in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Upcoming activities

Our Group is looking forward to the next plenary session in Strasbourg, as we will be fully backing Gianni Pittella in his campaign to be president of the European Parliament. Elections are scheduled for January 17 and you can find more information via Twitter and Facebook.

The implementation of the European Child Guarantee is one of our Group’s priorities. So our vice-president Maria João Rodrigues will host the S&D Conference - Winning the Fight Against Child Poverty: Implementation of a European Child Guarantee on 11 January. As the topic is of great interest to many across Europe we will also webstream the entire event on our site. For more information, you can also email s-d.empl@ep.europa.eu.

Our second event this month is the workshop on Consumer Rights in the Digital World. We will be focusing on the contact law proposals on the supply of digital content and online sales of goods. The event will take place on Thursday, January 12 and the entire conference will be webstreamed on our site.

And since the younger generation will always be close to the hearts of our Group, we are preparing for the third edition of the School of Democracy. Registrations are now open for the event which will take place 19-23 April, 2017 in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Young people aged 18 to 25 are encouraged to register and send us their views on democracy in order to be one of the 100 candidates selected to attend this year’s event.