\[ESP - Party Principals & Constitution\]

  • European Socialist Party - Principals
    The four principles on which the European Socialist Party is based upon are Freedom, Equality, **Community **and Democracy.

    These principles will be at the centre of the policies which the ESP will offer to every European citizen. These will be the values which will rule our campaigns and our political activity when in the European Parliament.

    Freedom is a fundamental human right. No society is free unless the men and women who make up that society are free individuals. Poverty, homelessness, unemployment and ignorance are the enemies of freedom. ESP extends the same freedom to all members of society and opposes the victimisation of individuals on the basis of class, colour, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, race or ethnic origin.

    Equality implies reorganising society with the specific object of creating a more equal distribution of wealth and power, and not just opportunities for individuals to become powerful or wealthy. The ESP sees equality not only in economic terms but also in terms of social political and economic rights. It is necessary for the individual to enjoy these rights under the law if there is to be full and true equality.

    Socialism realises that men and women by necessity and by choice live in co-operation with each other. In the community or the workplace, the trade union or the social club there is a common sense of belonging and of purpose. The spirit of Community places the ESP on the side of the oppressed, not only in Europe but also in all countries of the world.

    Democracy is fundamental to the concept of giving power to people to shape their own lives. This empowering of people should cover all aspects of life, including culture, politics, justice and the workplace.

  • European Socialist Party - Party Organisation
    The European Socialist Party organisation and procedures are democratic. They are designed to encourage the maximum amount of debate and free open exchange of opinion within the Party. The organisation and procedures which we use reflect our socialist values and distinguish the ESP as a uniquely democratic organisation. They provide a guarantee to all Party members that they have a right to be heard and that they will be listened to.

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  • European Socialist Party - Party Constitution

    **Principals and Articles of the Constitution **

    • The ESP strives for the achievement of equality, social and economic justice, community solidarity and freedom. It seeks to have these values reflected in the laws and institutions of the European Union.

    • We believe in the right of all citizens to participate fully in society and to develop their personal and social identity in a Europe that is truly democratic, fair and inclusive.

    • The ESP is a democratic socialist party and is part of the international socialist movement working for equality and to empower citizens, consumers and workers in a world increasingly dominated by big business, greed and selfishness.

    • The ESP was founded in 2006 to provide a means by which working people could bring about social and economic justice. The aspiration of the party is to "close the gap between what ought to be and what is". Despite the European Union's economic wealth, class divisions continue to exist and many of its citizens continue to experience, from childhood, major inequalities in wealth, health and life chances.

    • Tackling growing poverty and inequality throughout the world, in all their manifestations, is the single greatest challenge now facing humanity. The ESP stands for democratic, workable global institutions to confront this challenge; and asserts that people in the developed world have a particular responsibility to accomplish the structural changes required to share the world's resources more equitably.

    What the ESP stands for:

    • The ESP believes in tackling the underlying conditions which generate the systematic and deeply rooted inequality which people experience. The achievement of equality requires that society be reorganised with the specific objective of a more equal distribution of wealth and power.

    • The ESP is committed to recognising and valuing diverse identities and experiences.

    • The ESP believes that community solidarity, a common sense of belonging and a willingness to work for the common good in the local and the wider community, is essential to creating a good quality of life for all.

    • The environment is central to a true sense of community, locally and globally. Without clean water, air and safe food there is no life. All human interaction with the environment must be sustainable so that we can meet the needs of today without compromising the rights of future generations

    • The ESP believes in a democracy in which all people can participate in decision-making on an equal basis wherever their interests are affected. To function effectively, democracy requires access to information and analysis through a media that is under diverse ownership and underpinned by effective freedom of information legislation. A commitment to democracy requires an equality in political competition, with proportionate resources being available to all parties within the political system.

    • The ESP rejects the use of force, intimidation and violence as a means of achieving political aims in a democratic society. It also rejects all forms of corruption in political and public life.

    • The ESP stands for a dynamic, positive role for the Union [EU] working through responsive and accountable public institutions at state and inter-state levels. In expressing the democratically determined public good, the Union [EU] can be an enabling, civilising and bonding force. The Union [EU] is central to the creation and distribution of wealth through the investment, development and management of the our assets and resources. It is also responsible for the provision of effective, high quality and accountable public services, regulation of markets for the public good, and a fair taxation system.

    • The ESP affirms the role of the European Union in ensuring that all men, women and children enjoy basic human rights, including the right to a home, to an adequate standard of living, to proper levels of health care and education and to employment. Such rights should not depend on income, power or privilege.

    • The ESP favours an efficient and competitive public sector, operating in an open, mixed economy, responsive to consumer needs, generating and maintaining quality employment and a sustainable environment.
      Freedom involves not only the freedom of individuals to pursue personal goals and to seek to fulfil their potential, but also freedom from external oppression, hunger, ignorance and fear. All people should have opportunities for enjoyment of and participation in cultural life and this should be fostered and supported by the Union [EU].

    • The ESP's vision is of a European Union contributing to the sustainable development of the earth, to solidarity and mutual respect among peoples, to the eradication of poverty and the protection of children's rights, the strict observance of internationally accepted legal commitments and peace between States. The ESP fully supports the development of a democratic and social European Union through which our vision can be achieved.

    What the ESP does

    • The ESP believes that its principles and values provide the best means by which the EU can be transformed into a more equal, safe, caring and prosperous society.

    • The ESP believes that political action is central to the achievement of a fair society. The political process provides the best means of articulating the difficult choices facing society and of providing the leadership needed to address them.

    • The ESP is committed to democracy and equality in the way it operates as a political party. It seeks to draw towards the Party all of those who share its vision and to value their contribution whether as members, activists, supporters or voters.

    • The ESP works on a daily basis to advance the values and objectives set out in this Constitution and is committed to promoting these principles in its parliamentary activities and in all institutions in which it may participate.

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