The Council

PES Council 2017

The Council is the place where our political priorities are discussed. It meets every year, unless there is a Congress, and it gathers around 500 participants, including PES leaders, delegates, international guests and - since 2006 - PES activists. A Congress, by contrast, is the event where a new leadership is chosen.

PES Council Lisbon, 2017

In 2017, the PES Council took place in Lisbon on 1-2 December.

The Council was co-hosted by our sister party Partido Socialista (PS). On the eve of the Council, PES Women held their Annual meeting and the PES Activists' Forum gathered more than 200 activists from all over Europe.

The topic of the Council was #ProgressiveEurope: Renewal

Three resolutions were adopted: 


PES Council Prague, 2016

The 2016 PES Council took place on 1-3 December in Prague, under the title 'Saving Europe'.

At the top of our agenda was the future of Europe in an age of growing populism on both sides of the Atlantic. Our planning focused particularly on improving the lives and futures of young people – our top priority.

The 2016 Council was co-hosted by the Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) and was preceded by an activists event on 1 December, as well as a PES Women Annual Meeting on the same date.

Council Resolution "Saving Europe: for Youth and Progress" (other languages: FRDEESCZ)

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