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Promoting green growth is not only a necessity in times of climate change, it also offers new opportunities. Transforming our economy will safeguard existing jobs and create new jobs, for example in the renewable energy sector, in industry, in construction, in transport and in agriculture. The EU is world leader in many green technologies and a rapidly increasing demand in this sector will create new growth, helping the EU to overcome the crisis. Promoting and investing in more resource efficient production and transport and more climate conscious consumption will reduce the use of energy and raw materials and therefore increase the competitiveness of Europe’s economy.

Green growth requires ambitious and well designed policies and measures to become reality. On the European, national and regional level, regulations to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate friendly products, financial tools such as green taxes, green bonds, a Financial Transaction Tax and subventions, a strong carbon market, green labelling, investments in research and development and re-skilling of the European labour force are needed. Special attention must be paid to ensure a fair transition, allowing all citizens to profit from the transformation process.

In the framework of the PES Environment and Climate Change Network, PES environment ministers meetings and other activities, the PES continues to contribute to green growth and to define a strong vision of the social democratic family on this topic.

Further Information and relevant documents:

PES Positions

PES Discussion Paper: Progressive recovery plan

PES Working Paper: Creating smart green growth and jobs

Official Documents

Europe 2020 Strategy

Background Documents

Study by the InternationaL Energy Agency

UNEP Study


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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