We work to put your #SocialRights back at the centre of the European project to guarantee social protection to all citizens and workers. These are our proposal to push the social dimension of Europe forward:

A European directive on fair working conditions for all workers.

Ban on unpaid internships and on those which pay so little that workers can’t make ends meet.

✋Ban on zero-hour...
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As much as we might have wanted the #UK to remain in the European Union, we must respect the decision of the British people to leave. We want to see a new relationship that is beneficial for both sides. However, we will not accept a new agreement that undercut worker’s rights, social or environmental protections. If the UK wants to continue to sell products into the EU market without tariffs...
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From Strasbourg, S&D president Gianni Pittella reacts to the outcome of the EP presidential election and outlines our priorities for a new phase in the European Parliament
From Grillo to Tajani? Does Verhofstadt have the future of Europe in mind or only his personal career? After having tried to get the populist 5 Star movement on board last week, Guy Verhofstadt decided to jump to the right supporting Antonio Tajani as President of the European Parliament. This is a historic mistake. With today's election, the conservatives and right-wing forces are trying to...
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Tomorrow’s the big day! 751 MEPs will vote to elect the next President of the European Parliament. We all stand united behind Gianni Pittella in his bid to make our parliament more inclusive, transparent and closer to the citizens. Gianni is the right person for the job, there is no doubt about this. We need the support from all progressive forces to ensure that the conservatives and their...
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"A European Union without human rights as a top priority is a contradiction in terms. In these times of insecurity and crisis we have to strengthen our core values. We must do everything we can to safeguard the rule of law, protect refugees and migrants, fight against discrimination, xenophobia, hate crimes and hate speech, stand up for Roma rights, defend our LGBTI citizens and end violence...
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Gianni Pittella will be a President for all, he will make the European Parliament more inclusive and transparent, stronger and closer to the citizens. With #Gianni4President, we can make this Europe better. Let’s to do it together!
“European values are under threat. The existence of the European Union itself is under threat. The rise of populist and xenophobic movements, of hatred and racism seems to be bringing us back to the darkest times in our history. We need to stop this, we need to fight to make sure that our core values of diversity, openness and tolerance are respected. I have been leading this struggle for many...
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The robot revolution is underway. As computer processing speeds are increasing at a fast pace, robots will inevitably take an ever more important role in our daily lives, whether in our homes, at work or even in the streets. They will have a profound impact on our societies, our industries and the labour market. We have to think about the ethical and practical consequences to ensure robots...
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How much do you like “cookies”? Not the chocolate chip ones of course, but the little spying files used by websites and online advertisers to track your internet habits and personal data. The Commission wants to take a bite at them because a large majority of internet users (63%) accept cookies without reading privacy policy statements, despite the compulsory pop-up warnings. The idea would be...
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Watch Gianni Pittella outline his vision for the presidency of the European Parliament during the POLITICO Europe #EPpresident debate ⇩
Ten years ago, two countries joined the larger EU family. We were keen on welcoming #Bulgaria and #Romania in the European Union in 2007, knowing that only together we can achieve the standards and quality of life to which we all aspire.
We know it hasn’t always been an easy road to travel, but we are thankful for those who have endeavoured to travel it with us. It is solidarity in the face...
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"Slow progress on women's rights is not good enough. If I'm successful in my bid to become president of the European Parliament, I will accelerate our work in advancing gender equality. During my tenure as president of the S&D Group, our Group has been at the forefront in fighting for the rights of women and girls in the EU and around the world, be it standing alongside women in Poland who's...
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A European Parliament that is effective, transparent, closer to the citizens, and where equal political dignity is guaranteed for all MEPs and groups. This is what the candidacy of Gianni Pittella represents. The European Parliament – and each one of us – can be a driver for change, if we are brave enough to realise that we need to raise the bar to save the European Union. This is our chance!...
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The #Erasmus initiative has been a successful story for 30 years. A story of opportunities, discoveries, of building a community. Nearly 9 million young Europeans, from over 3.500 higher education intuitions, have had the chance to live that story, by traveling, studying and working in new countries and cultures. Let’s keep it going! 2017 marks the 30-year anniversary of one of the EU’s most...
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Former Portuguese prime-minister and president Mário Soares passed away this weekend at the age of 92. We are all mourning the loss of a great socialist leader who opened the door for democracy in Portugal after 48 years of fascist dictatorship, and made it possible for the country to join the European Economic Community back in 1986. We pay tribute to his vision and commitment to an ever more...
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"In the end, it all comes down to trust and decency. If Europeans are losing faith in the European project, its institutions and its leaders, it is also because of the unacceptable attitude of some European leaders and the opacity of the decision-making. Recent scandals of Barroso taking a job at Goldman Sachs or Neelie Kroes hiding ownership of an offshore company have had a disastrous impact...
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Tourism has this great potential of changing our world into a place of prosperity for everyone.
It’s not only about seeing new places. Tourism is actually one of the fastest growing sectors of the century: it stimulates growth, creates jobs, thus helping millions of people escape poverty. Almost 300 million people, to be more precise.
And if placed in the right hands, tourism, as an...
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Since the beginning of this year, European tax authorities have the obligation to automatically exchange information on their tax rulings and other sweetheart deals that enable many multinational companies to pay close to zero tax. It may seem obvious, but Socialists and Democrats had to fight hard for it, against reluctant conservatives and liberals. From now on, each EU state will be able to...
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