"Sustainability has to be the approach for and of the people. Together, we will build a progressive and sustainable Europe piece by piece from the bottom up. It is our mission to bring together cities and regions, trade unions and enterprises, NGOs and academics and - most importantly – you, the citizens of Europe around this common goal. Let's fight together for a fairer and uplifting society. For a healthy planet that provides opportunities for everyone. For politics that put the people's well-being first. For a Progressive Society! "
Udo Bullmann, S&D Group President
"These are testing times for Europe and we must change our ways or it will fail. We need a fairer, more inclusive society that protects the weakest. We need to treat the environment with more respect and responsibility. Environmental policy is social policy, they are both aspects of the same coin. We need to combine social and environmental challenges in new ways to generate future progress for our citizens. There is still time to shape our future but we have to act now, showing more solidarity with the people and the planet. Only then Europe can pass this test of time and truly become a sustainable society."
Eric Andrieu, Kathleen van Brempt, Mercedes Bresso, S&D Group Vice-Presidents in charge of Economic, Social, Environmental, Industrial, Financial and Regional Cohesion issues.
The S&D Group in the European Parliament is undertaking a major reflection on Europe’s development. Rising inequalities, unlimited exploitation of natural resources, systemic crises are all interrelated consequences of neoliberalism, deregulated markets and of an unsustainable model of development.
Whilst being proud of our record of parliamentary achievements for more solidarity, more democracy together with more social/economic justice and respect for the environment in Europe, we believe that the UN Agenda 2030, signed by our 28 Member States and by the Commission, if taken extremely serious, could represent an extraordinary opportunity and a coherent framework to reverse current trends and move towards a new model of development for Europe, securing peace progress and prosperity for all.
Fighting for a truly Progressive European Society, with equitable and sustainable wellbeing for all at its core, will be a major goal in this respect.