Make Europe an Economic Powerhouse

The lack of quality jobs in many European countries is increasingly harmful, particularly to the Euro- pean youth. Without enough jobs, room for entrepreneurship and equal chances for everyone, the continent will not thrive. Entrepreneurship needs to be promoted and access to opportunities made easier. Unemployment should be tackled by investing in education and empowering citizens in their job search, and those in need have to be supported.

Create Jobs

  • Channel EU funds in challenged regions to create jobs, by sponsoring smart and environmentally friendly investments, such as high-speed railway connections, improved accessibility and connectivity to rural areas and clean, local energy production sites.
  • Increase public spending on professional and vocational education to increase lifelong employability and the international competitiveness of apprentices. A special focus will be placed on areas with high long-term unem- ployment.
  • Make it easier to find a job across Europe, by setting up a real European Labour Platform to match the unemployed and employers across Europe. Expand the European Employment Services (EURES) and foster better coop- eration with the private sector in order to move towards a truly united labour market.
  • Invest in programmes supporting decentralised digital labour, by provid- ing devices and digital skills trainings at low costs. Investments will be focused on regions with high unemployment rates and with low level of digital skills or access to technology.

Entrepreneurship

  • Make it easy to set up a business by creating a European Digital One Stop Shop. This will enable people to set up a business in 3 working days at a mini- mal administrative cost. To complement this, registration fees and processes will be harmonised and reporting, tax filing, and other government interac- tions will be streamlined across the EU.
  • Boost entrepreneurship and the creation of jobs, by scaling up invest- ments in technologies such as blockchain, big data, artificial intelligence and cloud technologies to help Europe's strategic sectors to compete globally.

No One Left Behind

  • Ensure decent living standards, by adopting a minimum income above pov- erty level in all Member States.
  • Support people who lost their jobs in sectors or regions affected by eco- nomic crises, by doubling the funding of the European Globalisation Adjust- ment Fund and making it more flexible. These mechanisms will make the tran- sition toward new jobs easier when a company ceases operations due to eco- nomic difficulties or moves outside the EU.
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The world economy is undergoing major transformations, resulting in both opportunities and chal- lenges for the continent. Europe needs to lead by example when it comes to the future of work, sustainability, competitiveness, and wellbeing. To this end, it is crucial for Europe to develop its research and innovation capacities. Amongst all technological developments to come, artificial intelligence is to be the most disruptive; Europe needs to be at the forefront of exploring its future potential.

Innovation

  • Ensure European excellence in the future by doubling the spending on Research and Development to 4% of EU GDP by 2025. Push countries to invest in innovation to master the environmental and social challenges of tomorrow.
  • Become smart in Artificial Intelligence, by creating the EU High Level Arti- ficial Intelligence Coordination Office to gather the best minds and businesses in the field, set up a European AI Initiative, and establish high ethical standards for AI.
  • Make Artificial Intelligence available and accessible for everyone, by increasing the European Investment Bank’s support for AI investments to at least €1 billion a year by 2020, and by setting up a centralised “AI-on-demand- platform” to provide a single access point to key AI resources in the EU.

Future of Work

  • Protect the dignity and safety of workers, especially in new sectors. Pro- vide workers with non-traditional long-term contracts (e.g., gig, platform, free- lance) with standards of protection comparable to those applicable to tradi- tional forms of work.
  • Create flexible workplaces via an EU-wide Working Time Choice Act, enabling workers and employers to negotiate flexible forms of work that reflect the needs of the individual, the team, and the business.
  • Prepare the European labour force for the challenges of tomorrow, by setting up the European Sector Skills Council to research the skills needed in the future. This will enhance synergies between the private and public sector.
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For Europe to reach its full potential, the education of its citizens must be a core priority. Education allows for the creation and sharing of knowledge, which enhances both mutual understanding and social cohesion. Volt wants to upgrade education from an early age duty to a lifelong companion, while improving the learning of formal and informal skills, and their recognition across Europe. This will ensure citizens stay employed and find better suited jobs.

Education

  • Enable more people to experience different European countries, by increasing the budget for EU exchange programmes (ERASMUS+), especially for secondary school students, apprentices and disadvantaged students.
  • Make sure that everyone can keep up with a rapidly evolving society, by extending lifelong learning to all, throughout their professional and personal lives.
  • Bring education to the next level, by increasing EU funding for teachers, school teachers, and introducing new teaching methods. This will adequately address how different students learn best and enhance their educational success.

The “Volta Programme”

  • Establish the EU “Volta Programme”, that will provide comprehensive financial support for all training activities, including the reskilling and upskill- ing of people.
  • Make it easier to study and work anywhere in Europe, by increasing the transparency and recognition of knowledge, skills, and competences.
  • Increase the focus on digital literacy for all ages, by starting online educa- tion and coding at an early age, by introducing respective life-long learning and vocational trainings, and by emphasizing mental health and social well-being in digital environments.
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