S&D Group Insist China Must Make Progress with Human Rights

China Human Rights

The S&D group has backed a European Parliament resolution on the EU-China strategy but insisted that the China must first make progress to protect human rights. For the S&Ds the consideration and ratification process for the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) cannot start until the Chinese sanctions against MEPs and EU institutions have been…

70% of the Population in Lebanon have Fallen into Poverty

Lebanon Poverty

Following a three-day fact-finding mission to Beirut, the S&D delegation, led by Vice-President Pedro Marques, and composed of MEPs Isabel Santos, Tonino Picula, Evin Incir and Nora Mebarek, have announced that the Socialists and Democrats will request an urgent debate in the next plenary of the European Parliament in Strasbourg to discuss the dreadful situation…

Beirut Explosion: One Year On There Are Still Scars

Beirut Blast

On the first anniversary of the catastrophic port explosion in Beirut, the Socialists and Democrats call on Lebanese authorities to ensure victims’ quest for truth and justice. More than 217 people were killed, and over 7.000 injured, as 2.750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded in Beirut’s port on 4 August 2020. Around 300.000 people were displaced, whereas the…

Women’s Rights

To mark International Women’s Day 2021, the S&D Group held a two-day online event, organised by the Sixth Progressive Youth Forum in co-operation with its partners. In a full day of workshops on Thursday for young people, the S&D MEPs working on gender equality issues and the EU Commissioner for equality, Helena Dalli, discussed how to tackle…

Vestager Appeals Court Decision on Apple’s Tax Bill

EU competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has decided to appeal the July EU General Court ruling annulling her 2016 decision ordering Ireland to recover €13 billion in state aid paid to Apple. Pedro Marques, S&D spokesperson on tax matters, commented: “We applaud Vestager for her willingness to push for more fairness in corporate taxation. We hope she…