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Environmental concerns do not stop at the borders of Member States and must therefore be also addressed at European level. Points of central concern are to continuously improve the resource efficiency and sustainability of the economy and to preserve nature and wildlife. The protection of the environment must be mainstreamed and further integrated into related policy sectors such as industry, transport and agriculture in order to improve policy coordination and achieve better results in protecting biodiversity at all levels.

Many species have become threatened during the last decades or even gone extinct. This trend must not only be halted but reversed. Same holds for the pollution of air, soil and water, which are the most general components of our ecosystem. Human activities have already greatly impacted this ecosystem and further harm must be prevented under all circumstances. The PES is committed to protecting and preserving not only Europe’s nature but to work towards a global solution. Deforestation must be halted, CO2 emissions must be capped and the pollution of oceans and rivers must be stopped in order avoid natural catastrophes like floods, droughts and storms that are caused by a disturbed ecosystem.

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6th EU Environmental Action Programme

EU Habitats Directive (consolidated version)

EU Birds Directive

EU Waste Directive


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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