Young European Socialists

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Young European Socialists (YES)
ECOSY logo
Formation 1992 (1992)
Headquarters Rue du Trône 98
1050 Brussels, Belgium
President Kaisa Penny
Secretary General Thomas Maes
Parent organization Party of European Socialists
Affiliations International Union of Socialist Youth,
Progressive Alliance

Young European Socialists (YES) formerly ECOSY (European Community Organisation of Socialist Youth) is an association of social-democratic youth organisations in the European Union.

YES is the youth organisation of the Party of European Socialists (PES) and is a member of the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY). The seat of the organisation is Brussels.

Full members status is held to the European Youth Forum (YFJ) which operates within the Council of Europe and European Union areas and works closely with both these bodies.

Kaisa Penny (SDY Finland and SONK) is YES president, Thomas Maes (Jongsocialisten) is Secretary General.


YES was founded as the European Community Organisation of Socialist Youth (ECOSY) in November 1992 in Oegstgeest/The Hague. The preparatory committee consisted of Philip Cordery (MJS, France), Joris Jurriëns (JS-PvdA, Netherlands), Jens Geier (Jusos, Germany), Giustina Magistretti (Italy) and Pascal Smet (Belgium).

Before 1992 the European activities had been coordinated inside Iusy, especially in the European Leaders Meeting. The foundation of ECOSY had been controversial. In particular, the Austrians and the Swedish promoted an all-European organisation, including the non-EU members.

The European Socialist Youth (Esy), founded in parallel, was only a weak organisation, a short time later renamed as European Committee, one of the Iusy continental committees.

The organisation's name was changed to Young European Socialists (YES) at the 11th Congress in Bommersvik in 2013.

Member organisations[edit]

Beside these 48 full member organisations there are 16 observer members

Current Ecosy praesidium (2013-2015)[edit]

YES President Kaisa Penny
  • President : Kaisa Penny (SDY and SONK Finland)
  • Secretary general : Thomas Maes (JS Belgium)
  • Vice-President : Daniel Cornalba (MJS France)
  • Vice-President : Naomi Dutzi (SJÖ Austria)
  • Vice-President : Ellinor Eriksson (SSU Sweden)
  • Vice-President : Maruschka Gijsbertha (JS Netherlands)
  • Vice-President : Eduard Kopáček (MSD Czech Republic)
  • Vice-President : Lora Lyubenova (ELYA Bulgaria)
  • Vice-President : Jonas Manthey Olsen (DSU Denmark)
  • Vice-President : Andro Scholl (Jusos Germany)
  • Vice-President : Mafalda Serrasqueiro (JS Portugal)
  • Vice-President : Nina Živanović (SDY Serbia)
  • President of the Control Commission : Thomas Graham (Labour Students UK)


Since the founding of ECOSY in 1992 until 1997, the presidency rotated simultaneously with the EU Presidency

  • 1992 Tracy Paul (Young Labour)
  • 1993 Henrik Sass Larsen (Danmarks Socialdemokratiske Ungdom)
  • 1993 Ronald Gossiaux (Mouvement des Jeunes Socialistes / Belgium)
  • 1994 ./. (Neolaia Pasok)
  • 1994 Reinhold Rünker (Jusos in der SPD)
  • 1995 Renaud Lagrave (Mouvement des Jeunes Socialistes / France)
  • 1995 Martin Guillermo (Juventudes Socialistas de España)
  • 1995 Paco-Luis Benitez (Juventudes Socialistas de España)
  • 1996 Vinicio Peluffo (Sinistra Giovanile)
  • 1996 Mick McLoughlin (Labour Youth)
  • 1997 Thomas Windmulder (Jonge Socialisten in de PvdA)

Afterwards, ECOSY has an elected president

  • 1997–1999 Andreas Schieder (Sozialistische Jugend Österreich)
  • 1999–2001 Hugues Nancy (Mouvement des Jeunes Socialistes / France)
  • 2001–2003 Jan Krims (Verband Sozialistischer StudentInnen Österreichs)
  • 2003–2005 Anders Lindberg (Sveriges Socialdemokratiska Ungdomsförbund)
  • 2005-2009 Giacomo Filibeck (Sinistra Giovanile)
  • 2009-2011 Petroula Nteledimou (Neolaia PASOK)
  • since 2011 Kaisa Penny (Demarinuoret & SONK)

Secretaries General[edit]

  • 1992–1997 Philip Cordery (Mouvement des Jeunes Socialistes / France)
  • 1997–1999 Pau Solanilla (Juventudes Socialistas de España)
  • 1999–2003 Yonnec Polet (Mouvement des Jeunes Socialistes / Belgium)
  • 2003–2005 Ilias Antoniou (Neolaia Pasok)
  • 2005-2009 Ania Skrzypek (Federacja Młodych Socjaldemokratów)
  • 2009-2011 Janna Besamusca (Jonge Socialisten in de PvdA)
  • since 2011 Thomas Maes (Jongsocialisten; ex Animo)


Summer camps[edit]

External links[edit]