The S&D Group stands for an inclusive European society based on principles of freedom, equality, solidarity, diversity and fairness. Our MEPs are committed to fighting for social justice, jobs and growth, consumer rights, sustainable development, financial market reform and human rights to create a stronger and more democratic Europe and a better future for everyone. In today's times of crisis, the S&D Group's priority is to fight unemployment and ensure that our societies and markets become fairer. We want to give people back trust in the EU and hope for their future. These principles inspire our daily work, in the European Parliament and beyond.
Gianni Pittella was born in 1958 in Lauria, Italy. He graduated in medicine and surgery. At the age of 21, he was elected to the municipal council in Lauria and in 1996 he was elected to the Italian Parliament. He became a Member of the European Parliament in 1999. From 2009 to 2014, he was the EP’s first vice president, and in June 2014 he became acting president of the Parliament. He was elected president of the S&D Group in July 2014. Gianni Pittella is married, with two children, and has written several books on the future of Europe.