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Democracy is many things. Democracy is the rule of law, it is representation, freedom of speech, media freedom, fight against discrimination, respect for privacy and human dignity. But above all democracy is a process, in constant evolution, and which it is for all of us to advance, constantly. We want to make sure that citizens can live in fair societies where democracy prevails in all areas of life and where the rule of law is a reality.

Enhancing European Democracy is our main priority and we want to engage the public and policy makers around three main pillars: fundamental rights, accountability, and transparency and participation.

We want our citizens to become active, through increased political participation and collaboration from local to national to European levels. For this reason, it is fundamental to fight abstention and apathy, two clear expressions of people’s frustration and disengagement. Without the active engagement of citizens, especially the younger generation, democracy will not only stop to developing further, but also past success will be threatened. This is why we have to seek new ways to face these challenges and lead open minded debates that truly enhance Democracy.

Statement following the terrorist attacks in Belgium. We are shocked by the horrific terrorist attacks in Brussels and in the National Airport of Zaventem that took many innocent lives on the 22nd of March. These barbaric and inhumane acts cannot be justified by any cause or any ideology.


The state of democracy in Poland is being pushed into sharp decline and is at risk. European authorities must do all they can to stop this downward spiral. This was the assessment of the situation in Poland from the Presidency of the Party of European Socialists (PES), a high-level decision-making...




What we are fighting for
Read the PES Common Manifesto for the European Elections 2014

Our Campaigns


In some countries as many as one young person out of two cannot find a job. We are calling for a European Youth Guarantee as a way to tackle youth unemployment.



Campaign info

5.7 million young people are currently unemployed in Europe and an additional 1.5 million are forced into precarious jobs. In some countries as many as one young person out of two cannot find a job.

The campaign “Your future is my future – a European Youth Guarantee now” is calling for a European Youth Guarantee as a way to tackle youth unemployment.

Campaign Material

  • Toolkit (EN)
  • PES guide on youth guarantee (EN)
  • PES appeal for a European Youth Guarantee (EN), (FR)
  • PES report: Combating Youth Unemployment (EN), (FR), (ES)
  • Factsheet on Youth Unemployment among Women (EN)
  • Campaign flyer (EN), (FR), (DE), (ES), (NL), (PT), (HU)

Campaign Video

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