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Every citizen of the EU is entitled to a dignified life. Unfortunately, already before the crisis, many members of society were socially excluded and pushed into poverty and their number will increase as a result of the crisis. In order to curb this process we have to raise awareness and promote action at all possible levels of governance. Social inclusion concerns must gain stronger emphasis within the EU’s macroeconomic coordination.

Social inclusion must be actively promoted by providing general access to active labour market policies. Contrary to the conservative and liberal standpoints, we believe that stronger policies are needed to actively combat poverty by reducing social inequality and the number of working poor, and ensuring a basic income and social integration scheme for all. Active labour market policies and re-training also have to support industrial restructuring, as they reinforce job creation together.

The European Social Fund and comprehensive Youth Guarantee schemes bear great potentials to integrate the unemployed into the labour market and to (re-)train workers. At national level, special attention must be paid to integrating women, migrants and other disadvantaged groups into the labour market and make use of their innovation potential, for example by providing access to micro-credits.


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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