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.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic struck, the importance of our work has been highlighted more than ever. We reacted early with a full action plan to tackle the pandemic and we have been working hard to ensure every measure possible is considered and given the democratic scrutiny citizens expect.

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.

Find out more about our campaign on the European Green Deal.

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

LUENA LÓPEZ César
LUENA LÓPEZ César
Vice-chair
Spain
GUTELAND Jytte
GUTELAND Jytte
Coordinator
Sweden
BONAFÈ Simona
BONAFÈ Simona
Member
Italy
CHAHIM Mohammed
CHAHIM Mohammed
Member
Netherlands
PLUMB Rovana
PLUMB Rovana
Member
Romania
MORETTI Alessandra
MORETTI Alessandra
Member
Italy
WÖLKEN Tiemo
WÖLKEN Tiemo
Member
Germany
ANDROULAKIS Nikos
ANDROULAKIS Nikos
Member
Greece
BALT Marek Paweł
BALT Marek Paweł
Member
Poland
BURKHARDT Delara
BURKHARDT Delara
Member
Germany

See our latest actions

Event
Climate diplomacy ahead of Glasgow COP26
Video
Live recording of the S&D/PES Conference - From Gothenburg to Porto: The Path Towards a Social Europe
Press release
From Gothenburg to Porto: socialists set path to a fairer Europe

Position papers

Position paper
S&D position on the Renovation Wave strategy: win win win for climate, jobs and better quality of living for all
Position paper
S&D Position Paper: Towards a more sustainable single market for consumers and businesses
Position paper
A new EU long-term industrial strategy - A proposal by the Socialists and Democrats
Position paper
Tax justice to foster post-pandemic recovery. An S&D Roadmap
Position paper
Reform of the System of Own Resources of the EU for the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework
Position paper
The Covid-19 Pandemic: S&D recovery plan for democracy & fundamental rights
Position paper
A European Health Union. Increasing EU competence in health - coping with COVID19 and looking to the future
Position paper
A progressive gender-sensitive approach to the COVID-19 crisis
Position paper
Fighting the pandemic, tackling its aftermath and preparing for a better future.
Position paper
S&D Group Position Paper for a renewed Africa-EU Partnership
Position paper
S&D position paper on migration & asylum
Position paper
S&D ENVI recommendations for better access to medicines in the European Union
Position paper
Circular economy
Position paper
Towards a Digital Union - Our Progressive Vision
Position paper
Sustainable development agenda post-2015
Position paper
Towards an Energy Union
Position paper
DEVE (Development) policy paper for development and humanitarian aid priorities 2014-2019

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