The stories of these citizens are similar to those of other 50 million Europeans who today live in energy poverty. For us, creating an Energy Union has to be about social justice and ending energy poverty too. Today we bring you to Portugal to hear the stories of the community of Porto and how their lives are affected by not having access to affordable energy.

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"Without a Social Europe, the European project will hit against a brick wall!"

These are the words of our President Gianni Pittella at the March for Europe in Rome today.

The Declaration signed today by European leaders in occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome is not perfect. For us, we cannot go on with business as usual. We want to change this Europe. This is why we...
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60 years ago the leaders of six European countries met in Rome to lay down the foundations of the greatest political project of our continent. The dream of uniting people to stop war became a reality. Today we find ourselves at a crossroad and we as Socialists and Democrats cannot accept a set back. Our history is that of a political force who has always been fighting for more integration....
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We're almost ready! Only a few hours until our #EuropeTogether event kicks off at 17:00. We'll be broadcasting the whole event live here on our FB. Join in the debate here, on twitter via #EuropeTogether or on our Together online platform:
"Massive tax cheating by wealthy individuals and enterprises not only penalises ordinary tax payers, public finances and social spending, but also threatens good governance, macroeconomic stability and social cohesion"

Read the latest post on our #PanamaPapers blog by S&D MEP Emilian Pavel ⇩ #TaxJustice

Understanding offshore activities and illicit financial flaws – Investigating the Panama Papers

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There's just one day to go until the next #EuropeTogether event. This time we're in Rome to talk about the #FutureofEurope. Last week we went out on to the streets to hear people's ideas, opinions, aspirations and hopes for a better Europe! Hear what they have to say below ⇩
A year ago, many people hadn't heard of this neighbourhood of Brussels. Since then we've seen a lot of stories about Molenbeek, the majority of which haven't portrayed a nice picture. We need a positive vision for our youth and for our future. These talented young citizens and how their project is making a real difference for their community is something that inspires us and that we believe...
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One year on from the Brussels attacks, our response to hatred must always be more love, more democracy, more freedom and more solidarity. We will never forget.

Un an après les attaques à Bruxelles, notre réponse contre la haine doit toujours être plus d'amour, plus de démocratie, plus de liberté et plus de solidarité. Nous ne devons jamais oublier.

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À l'occasion des prochaines élections françaises, Gianni Pittella, le Président du Groupe S&D, a rencontré le candidat socialiste, Benoît Hamon.

Aux yeux des sociaux-démocrates européens, Benoît Hamon est le candidat de la gauche pour l’élection présidentielle en France.

Comme lui, nous nous battons pour une Europe solidaire et juste qui protège les citoyens et qui tourne le dos à...
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Too often we think that our voices are irrelevant, that European democracy does not work, that we cannot change our common future. We want things to be different! As the European Union approaches its 60th anniversary in Rome this week, we are launching a space of dialogue and debate to shape a common vision for a new direction for Europe! Join the debate on the future of Europe, your ideas...
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Thousands of people face hatred and discrimination every single moment of their lives. Imagine all that energy being put to better use!
Extremists and populists use discrimination as a means to impose their beliefs and to instil fear. Let us fight fear with our own weapon - solidarity.
Let’s all #FightRacism every day and do our part in making Europe a safe place for everyone! No one is born...
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Spesso pensiamo che la voce dei cittadini europei non conti, che la democrazia europea non funzioni, che non possiamo cambiare il nostro futuro. Ma questa volta deve essere diverso! A Roma, dove l'Unione Europea festeggerà i suoi 60 anni, noi vogliamo aprire un dialogo per costruire una direzione diversa per un'Europa più giusta e solidale! E vogliamo farlo insieme a tutti voi, per mandare un...
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The fight against energy poverty is crucial. Citizens are suffering as costs are increasing but incomes are not. It doesn't have to be like this - with relatively minor investment to improve energy efficiency and grants to renovate houses, we could drastically improve the lives of millions of citizens in Europe. In the European Parliament we fight to #EndEnergyPoverty.

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In 2017 is it too much to ask that when people do a job they are paid for it? We don't think so. Yet in recent years we have seen the rise of the era of unpaid internships. It's a vicious cycle that means you can't get a job without experience and you can't afford to live while getting that experience. The cycle must be broken.
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The #FutureofEurope is more uncertain than ever. For too long pro-EU forces have let the populists and nationalists have free reign to destroy what we have built together. Well we're not letting them get away with it anymore!

On 24 March we'll be in Rome for the next stop on our #EuropeTogether journey to discuss the future of our Union. And if Europe is to have a future we must hear the...
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Politics can be frustrating. Progress can be slow and hard fought. But weeks like this can make all the effort worthwhile. This week we had two major successes: Thanks to our fight #ConflictMinerals will have no place in the EU market. And upon our request Mr Korwin-Mikke was sanctioned for his remarks. Demonstrating that misogyny has has no place in this house.

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27 conflicts in Africa are related to minerals! Today the European Parliament adopted a new law to exclude conflict minerals from the European market. With the new law we can ensure the traceability of tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold, all minerals that we can find in our mobile phones, computers, microwaves, and many other household devices. Now we will be able to know that these products...
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It's time to seize the initiative and to decide what future we want for the EU, rather than letting it continue to be eroded by populists and nationalists! That's why on 24 March we'll be hosting our TOGETHER event in Rome, to set out a progressive agenda for the #FutureofEurope.

We need your input, comments and ideas. Below is the second part of the draft declaration on our priorities and...
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Our position is clear. If the Declaration of Rome on the Future of Europe is not ambitious and does not include important priorities such as the creation of a Social Europe and the governance of the Eurozone, we ask the President of the European Parliament not to sign it. For us, it would be like betraying all the European citizens who want to change this Europe. It is time to decide which...
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