ACTIVITY REPORT of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. FROM BUDAPEST TO LISBON - 3 years of challenges for the S&D Group.
This activity report of the S&D Group is a continuation of the reports submitted to the PES Congresses in Rome and Budapest. It covers the largest part of the 2014 – 2019 EP term-of-office, and the activities and achievements of the S&D Group successively led by Gianni Pittella and Udo Bullmann.
Since the PES Congress in Budapest in June 2015, the S&D Group has been faced with many challenges in a radically right-wing dominated Parliament. Even though our political family managed to maintain its position after the 2014 European elections with more or less 25% of the seats, the global picture in the EP had changed dramatically. Despite massive losses, the EPP remained the biggest political group. The extreme right, populist, Eurosceptic and xenophobic parties made a major breakthrough, and went on to establish two, and later three political groups. The radical left too made substantial gains.
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