Activity Report of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament

Foreword by Gianni Pittella, S&D Group president.

This Activity Report of the S&D Group is a continuation of the reports submitted to the PES Congress in Prague, Brussels and Rome. In the meantime, the European elections, the appointment of the Juncker Commission and the beginnings of a new European Parliament have taken place in a new political context for the S&D Group, now led by Gianni Pittella.

This report was updated on 29 April 2015.

The 2014 European elections were a warning shot for the European project. The turnout was a mere 42.6% for the whole European Union. Eurosceptic and populist parties succeeded in making alarming inroads in various countries. At the other end of the political spectrum the radical left also made progress.

The voters were clearly sending a signal of distrust regarding a European project equated with austerity, against a background of political, economic and major social crisis.

The social divide in Europe is a tragic reality. Social inequalities on our continent have become comparable to those in the United States. More than ever, our political family must prove that the problem is not Europe, but what the right has done.

Europe needs an economic and social paradigm shift, and we have worked towards this during the electoral campaign and since the beginning of this new Parliament.

We are taking steps to ensure that Europe moves from a model of pure, harsh austerity to an alternative based on sound public finances, but also on growth, solidarity, the creation of decent jobs and an ambitious European social model. It will be our Group’s responsibility to continue to further these goals in our parliamentary work.

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