Tax Justice

Ordinary taxpayers have paid dearly for the irresponsible gambles of greedy bankers, while for the richest few, paying tax can be carefully avoided. Too many big corporations and rich individuals are getting away with exploiting legal loopholes, shopping around for the most favourable jurisdictions and hiding money offshore in tax havens. Europe needs #TaxJustice.

Panama Papers Blog

Tax Justice. Want to find out more on what we in the S&D Group have been doing in the European Parliament to unveil these shady tax dealings? Make sure to check out our blog ‘Investigating the Panama Papers’ where our MEPs shared their experiences and impressions from their work for #Taxjustice in Europe.

Our fight, Women's Rights

Equality between women and men is a fundamental right recognised in the Treaty of Rome of 1957 and in the Charter of Fundamental Rights. Although the EU has adopted many texts to promote equal opportunities, ensure fair treatment for men and women, and combat all forms of discrimination, nowhere near enough progress has been made and women still face many daily inequalities. The S&D Group wants an inclusive and equal Europe for everyone. There is still a long way to go.

School of Democracy

The School of Democracy is an S&D Group yearly initiative where 100 young people from across Europe and abroad are invited to debate on the key political issues and challenges of our times. Over three days of passionate discussions with MEPs, academics, policy-makers and renowned journalists, young people are given a unique opportunity to express their views, concerns and hopes. Over the years, the School of Democracy has built a vivid community of young people committed to a better and progressive vision of Europe and the world.

Social Rights

Europe must rise to the challenge of a new era. Faced with growing inequalities and many changes, from globalisation and economic uncertainty to digitisation and new technologies, we must embrace new opportunities but defend our values. This means securing and updating fundamental social standards for everyone. The S&Ds have always fought for this and we’re leading the fight in the European Parliament to make it real – through a ‘European pillar of social rights’. We want to make sure this pillar is solid, with enforceable rights, fairer economic policies and properly funded public investments.

S&Ds with Africa

A more mature and contemporary Africa-EU partnership can help us address the global challenges we face. Together we can strengthen democracy and human rights, and foster sustainable economic and human development in our societies. Good co-ordination of the EU's external policies is vital if we want to make the most of the global opportunities we are presented with and be a responsible actor on the international stage.

End Energy Poverty

Today, over 50 million Europeans are forced to live their lives in energy poverty. This means that they are not able to pay for the electricity and gas they need, which can have serious effects on their health and wellbeing. Clean and affordable energy is a basic right for every European citizen – no one should be left in the cold! The Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament has written a manifesto on this topic, which you can read here.

Digital Union

An inclusive Digital Union for Europe. Europe is undergoing a digital revolution. We can see its impact on our daily lives: from online voting to faster broadband, from better ways to communicate to online shopping, and from useful digital tools to new hi-tech industries and jobs. We welcome the opportunities this revolution offers for all European citizens and want to tackle potential challenges head on.

EDUCA - an S&D initiative

The world is facing an increasing number of conflicts, natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies. Among those affected, children are the most vulnerable. A whole generation of children – especially girls and young women – face a bleak future without education. Pressure from the S&Ds has helped put education in emergencies in the spotlight and it is now being taken seriously at an international level, with more money and better co-ordination beginning to make a difference.


Faced with the refugee crisis, European governments have failed miserably. While European countries bicker amongst themselves, people are dying and Europe continues to disintegrate. We, the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament and across Europe, call on the European heads of state and government to work together to achieve real progress. We must act now to save lives, to save Schengen, to save Europe.

Europe Together

The future of Europe is now! The Together initiative brings policymakers closer to citizens with debates online and across Europe to draw up a roadmap for the 2019 European Parliament elections.  Join us to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the future lying ahead. Join us and make your voice heard!

Global Progressive Forum

The GPF was created in 2003 with the goal of connecting progressive forces from around the world and developing a global progressive agenda. We are active in all the continents, promoting worldwide campaigns and commitments to action. Our priorities are democracy and human rights, social justice, sustainable growth and social progress.

Progressive society

Sustainability has to be the approach for and of the people. Together, we will build a progressive and sustainable Europe piece by piece from the bottom up. It is our mission to bring together cities and regions, trade unions and enterprises, NGOs and academics and - most importantly – you, the citizens of Europe around this common goal. Let's fight together for a fairer and uplifting society. For a healthy planet that provides opportunities for everyone. For politics that put the people's well-being first. For a Progressive Society!