PES Local's objectives are:
• To reinforce local autonomy on the basis of the European charter of local autonomy adopted by the Council of Europe, in 1985.
• To encourage contacts and co-operation between the parties and their organisations of elected members, notably by exchange of publications, organisation of seminars and conferences, on themes appropriate to local authorities.
• To construct a network of elected local and regional socialists in order to develop the exchange of ideas and to defend their interests.
• To encourage co-operation between the socialist parliamentary groups in the European Parliament, in the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and in the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE), as well as in the Committee on Local Authorities of the Socialist International (SI).
PES Local is directed by a Bureau. This is composed of two members representing each party or organisation of elected members. The Executive Bureau of PES Local was re-elected in June 2018, and meets twice a year on average. The President of PES Local is Christophe ROUILLON, Mayor of Coulaines, Conseiller général of Sarthe, Vice President of the Association of French Mayors in charge of European affairs, President of the PES-Group of the Committee of the Regions.
The Secretary General is Marc TARABELLA, MEP, Mayor of Anthisnes (Belgium).
First Vice-President is Roland SCHÄFER (Germany), Mayor of Bergkamen, Member of the Bureau of the Bundes-SGK, First Vice President of the Association of German Towns and Municipalities, Member of the Executive Bureau of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
The Vice Presidents are:
Maria da LUZ ROSINHA (Portugal), National Secretary of the Portuguese socialist Party for Municipalities and Local Autorities, Member and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Environment, Spatial Planning, Decentralization, Local Government and Housing of the Portuguese Parliament
Tom JUNGEN (Luxembourg), Mayor of the Municipality of Roeser, Secretary General of LSAP, Chairman of the Forum of Socialist Local Representatives of Luxembourg, Member of the Committee of the Regions;
Kata TÜTTŐ (Hungary), Deputy Mayor of Budapest, Member of the party executive of the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP), Alternate Member of the Committee of the Regions.
The Treasurer is Dr. Andreas HÖFERL (Austria), Director of the SPÖ group in the Parliament of the City of Vienna, Vice-Chairman of the Association of Socialist Local Representatives of Austria (GVV)
Deputy Secretary General is Peter HAMON, Deputy Director and Secretary for European and International Affairs of the Bundes-SGK, Head of the Secretariat of PES Local.
Claudy LEBRETON, former President of the Conseil Général of the Departement Côtes d’Armor (France),
Martine BURON, former Mayor of Chateaubriant (France), Herbert SCHMALSTIEG, former Mayor of Hanover (Germany), Bernard POIGNANT, former Mayor of Quimper (France), and Jean-Claude VAN CAUWENBERGHE, former Minister-President of the Governement of Walonie (Belgium) are Honorary Presidents.
Mónika LAMPERTH, former Minister (Hungary), Kurt GASSNER, former Mayor of Schwertberg (Austria) and Sir Steve BULLOCK, former Mayor of Lewisham (United Kingdom), are Honorary members of the Bureau.