About us

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.

Members

Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Cyprus
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
The Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom
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Our political priorities

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Building solidarity and social justice

Building solidarity and social justice

We fight to build a European Union of solidarity that leaves no people and no places behind.

Our priority is to promote the crucial role of local and regional authorities as the engines for social justice, innovation and integration.

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Investing in sustainable development

Investing in sustainable development

We work to make sustainable equality a reality for the European Union.

Our priority is to make sure that the targets set by the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals become cornerstones of the next long-term EU strategy, and thus also become central elements of the EU's cohesion policy.

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Fighting the climate crisis

Fighting the climate crisis

We believe that local and regional authorities are key to an ambitious climate strategy for the European Union.

Our priority is to push for ambitious binding climate targets of 50% CO2 reduction, 40% renewable energy and 40% energy efficiency by 2030 and to reinforce recognition of the central role of cities and regions in the energy transition.

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Pushing for a migration compact based on solidarity

Pushing for a migration compact based on solidarity

We need a fair and comprehensive EU asylum and migration policy which offers protection to those in need and is based on solidarity between EU Member States and regions.

Our priority is building safe and legal access to the European Union and giving cities and regions more resources for integration.

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Strengthening democracy in Europe and beyond

Strengthening democracy in Europe and beyond

We want the European Union and its values to be cornerstones for societies that are diverse, open and free of any type of discrimination.

Our priority is to strengthen European democracy and the protection of fundamental rights at all levels and increase citizens' participation.

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