The department oversees the Parliamentary Committees on:

  • Constitutional Affairs
  • Legal Affairs
  • Civil Liberties, Justice and Home affairs
  • Petitions

The department contributes to the S&D Group's effectiveness on these committees through:

  • assisting our MEPs in preparing legislative and non-legislative texts and amendments
  • negotiating Parliamentary texts with other Parliamentary groups, working with or on behalf of S&D MEPs
  • providing briefings, background notes and research on legislative and political issues
  • helping co-ordinate a common approach between MEPs working on different Parliamentary committees
  • providing organisational support to S&D MEPs: organising meetings, providing information and keeping them informed about the relevant activities of the European Commission and Council of Ministers
  • advising our MEPs and staff on matters concerning EU internal policies
  • liaising with trade unions, NGOs and other civil society organisations
  • liaising with our press and communications team and responding to queries from the public, in order to ensure the fullest transparency in the Group's work
  •  organising events and preparing publications related to the Group's work.

The department is also responsible for the S&D Working Groups on:

  • Digital Europe
  • Extremism, Populism, Nationalism and Xenophobia

More generally, this department is responsible for long-term strategic and political planning, and overall for relations with:

  • National parliaments
  • Trade unions and civil society (including Non-Governmental Organisations)
  • Forums such as the Committee of the Regions
  • Sister organisations such as the Party of European Socialists, and the Progressive Alliance
  •  Foundations including the Foundation for European Progressive Studies.

The current head of this department and deputy secretary general is Frazer Clarke.

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Head of Department, Deputy Secretary General
CLARKE Frazer
United Kingdom
LEENAARS Rianne
Assistant
Netherlands

Digital Europe (2)

MLS Vaclav
Political Advisor
Czech Republic
TASASIZ HANAVAN Esra
Assistant
Belgium

Extremism, Populism, Nationalism and Xenophobia (2)

TUSAR Anita
Political Advisor
Slovenia
PIISPA Minna
Assistant
Finland