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Our first an main priority is for Europeans, women and men, to have a decent job that allows good quality of life. Yet, an end of the economic and employment crisis is not in sight, and  Europe is in urgent need for large-scale investments. The PES therefore strongly supports a European Investment Plan for both public and private investment that creates jobs and growth.

There are areas where, despite the crises, there is enormous potential for new job creation in Europe through investments in strong infrastructures, a smart re-industrialisation and greening the economy. There are also many employment opportunities in the health care sector and in social services, due to the ageing of society. The job potential in all those sectors is much bigger than the number of jobs we will have lost by the end of the crisis.

Job creation efforts however should not focus only on future sectors. Neither should they only provide opportunities for the best qualified and most experienced workers. Employment and economic policies should promote the principles of solidarity and equal access, so that all those who want and are able to work, have the opportunity to do so. To tackle the mismatch of labour supply and demand, diverse and tailored job creation approaches could be effective on the short term.

International trade agreements must not undermine the EU’s and its Member States’ ability to protect people’s human and social rights and decent work. We have to ensure that workers’ rights to safety and a decent pay are respected. These social standards and goals should be supported among the EU’s partner countries as well; therefore the EU has to promote the implementation of the ILO Decent Work Agenda and the Global Employment Pact.


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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