The Group of the Party of European Socialists (PES Group) in the European Committee of the Regions is a political group that brings together social democratic and progressive locally and regionally elected politicians from across the European Union. The Group aims at taking forward a progressive European vision with solidarity as well as social and territorial cohesion at its core.
The European Committee of the Regions is the EU's assembly of local and regional representatives. Its purpose is to involve presidents of regions, mayors, regional and local councillors in EU policy making, and thus to give a voice to the European territories, which are directly responsible for the implementation of around 70% of the EU legislation. Thanks to their dual mandate at local/regional and European levels, the 350 members from the 28 EU Member States play a key role in addressing the EU's challenges at grass roots level.
Our work in the European Committee of the Regions
The PES Group works to achieve its political priorities through its work in all six thematic commissions of the European Committee of the Regions, covering a broad range of policy areas relevant to local and regional authorities. These commissions produce political recommendations on proposed EU strategies and legislation, as well as on issues identified by the Committee as being of key importance to Europe's cities and regions.
Our work in Europe
The PES Group organises meetings and citizens debates in cities and regions across Europe, bringing policymakers together and connecting them directly with the lived experience of Europe's citizens. The Group also hosts workshops, seminars and cultural events to encourage debate and drive political action on some of the most important issues facing Europe's citizens.