Our Political Priorities

At Volt, we are building a future with the highest human rights as well as environmental, social, and technological standards, where everyone has the same opportunity to succeed, under one great democracy across Europe. Only by acting together can Europe’s unlock its full potential and meet its shared challenges.

Our priorities are:

One Europe

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Only by coming together and acting as one can Europeans defend their traditional values of freedom, dignity, solidarity, civil engagement, free economy, democracy and the rule of law.

To achieve this strong union, we must take the next step in European integration to create a Federal Union, with a President elected by the European citizens and a Federal Ministry of Economics and Finance implementing one budget.

We must also reform the parliamentary system and remove the need for unanimous decisions that presently often blocks the Union's actions.

As a logical consequence, most other national institutions must be unified under this Federal Union, with a highlight on joint Security and Defence forces

Economic Innovation

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Decisive action is required to ensure Europe's economic and technological advantage in the digital age.

We want to double R&D investment throughout the Union, with a particular emphasis on Artificial Intelligence, of which we will lead both the development and oversight.

Throughout Europe, ideal conditions for entrepreneurship must be established, with a Digital One-Stop-Shop to set up a business within 3 working days, and the necessary financial support for training and re-skilling of citizens must be provided, in consonance with an overhaul of EURES, the European Employment Service.

So that no-one is left behind, growth will be kickstarted in the most challenged regions through the development of energy and mobility infrastructure.

Education Overhaul

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Governments are failing to prepare Europeans for the world ahead.

We want to overhaul European education systems, building digital skills and code literacy from primary school and extending opportunities for lifelong learning to the population at large. 

Under the Volta Programme, we will increase funding for teachers at all school levels and introduce new methods to the classroom, bolstering the dignity of the teaching profession and making it more attractive to the brightest.

Europe needs engaged and responsible citizens, and schools will be a pillar of the healthy public sphere we must build.

Another major goal is to expand Erasmus+, encompassing ever more universities as well as high school and vocational students.

Green Emergency

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The climate crisis is one of the most serious challenges we face in the 21st century.

Drastic action and enormous investment will be required merely to mitigate its full impact.

We must steer our industries towards sustainable and renewable production.

We will implement taxes on carbon as well as plastics and penalise single-use products and non-recyclables.

We will also end fossil fuel subsidies. These revenues will fund smart energy grids and mobility systems throughout the EU.

Because sustainability begins at home, we will foster proximity farming, achieving the double benefit of bolstering both local economies and biodiversity.

Fairness and Equality

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To remain strong, Europe must give all of its citizens the chance to contribute meaningfully, leaving no-one behind.

We want to move toward a Guaranteed Minimum Income, take decisive steps to reduce child poverty, and institute affordable housing.

The ravages of economic crises and technical revolutions, such as the emergence of Artificial Intelligence, require particular attention.

We will double the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, supporting the transition towards new jobs when old industries fail.

More broadly, we will enforce equal rights for all and move to break the "glass ceiling". 

For decades, tax avoidance by multinationals has undermined the financing of public services. They must pay their fair share, with a Europe-wide minimum corporate tax of 15%

Labour & Inclusion

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In order to excel in the future world, Europe must develop Europeans’ potential to the fullest.

This means ensuring that professional training is aligned with long-term workplace demands, a task for the European Sector Skills Councils.

We will regulate the rights of workers in the "gig economy" of part-time, freelance and platform work, and create flexible working arrangements.

With simplified mechanisms to obtain expert work visas and temporary visas that are beneficial both for the EU and the original country, Europe must become a unique destination for talent.

We must also create the conditions for refugees and asylum-seekers to enter the workforce from day one, improving the skills recognition system and providing them with language training

Own your Body

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We advocate legalising sex work and ensuring that safe working places exist. Sex workers must get insurance, healthcare and other standard protections.

Every person must have the right to determine how to end their life with dignity, as long as no other person’s life is harmed. For this, in addition to medical attention, a wide range of support must be made available. In particularly grave situations, persons should be able to seek assistance to terminate their life.

Women must have easy access to contraceptive means, including no barriers to the morning-after pill, as well as to abortive measures until the second trimester

We aim to legalise altruistic surrogacy agreements, while ensuring that it does not increase the power of black markets.

Justice & Legal

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Our's is a zero-tolerance policy towards corruption, private interests dictating state policy, white-collar crime, and corporate tax avoidance.

With this in mind we aim to overhaul and improve the judicial system, act against white-collar (corporate and financial) crime; and regulate, protect, and incentivise whistleblowing

In order to combat tax evasion we support initiatives aimed at ensuring that profits are taxed in the region where they are generated.

Furthermore, multinational online companies must be taxed for their “digital presence” and the value they generate in a country.

We support initiatives to expand corporate social responsibility, ensuring compliance and ethical standards.

External Relations

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Foreign policy should become an exclusive EU competence. The European External Action Service (EEAS) must be strengthened and EU representations around the world be transformed into EU embassies

A unified EU Refugee Policy is needed to manage refugee flows from outside the EU. The Dublin system needs to be reformed, and a settlement system must be defined (e.g. based on population, population density, wealth, age, and growth).

The new system should provide for penalties for those countries who do not abide by it.

Legal pathways into Europe must be increased and improved in order to effectively manage flows of refugees and asylum seekers. 

A strong Europe must stand up for its citizens. The protection of our citizens, territory, and values is one of the core tasks of the EU. For this purpose, the EU needs a common defence system and a fully integrated defence force under the control of the European Parliament.

How you can become active and contribute to policy-making at Volt

On the European level

As a member of Volt you can propose and develop European policies!

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  • As a member of a national Volt chapter you are also a member of Volt Europa. As such you can propose new policies for the European Policy Portfolio of Volt!
  • Our European Policies are developed by working groups constituted by the proposing member, other Volt members, and by external experts, where necessary and appropriate.
  • Once a new Proposal has been developed and meets all requirements regarding form and content, it will be put to vote at a European General Assembly of Volt.
  • After a Policy Proposal is accepted by voting, it becomes part of the Policy Portfolio of Volt Europa. 

In this way you can directly influence Volt’s European Policies and be assured that your opinion is taken into account!

On a national level

Participate in your national Volt Chapter and develop policies for your country!

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  • If you, as a member of a national Volt Chapter, see the need for a new or updated national Volt Policy, you can request that a working group be set up. The working group includes you as the proposing member and other Volt members, and it can be supplemented by external experts.
  • The working group develops a Policy Proposal. Once all requirements are met and the Proposal has been confirmed to be in line with the Policy Portfolio of Volt Europa, it is put to vote at the national General Assembly.
  • After an accepting vote at the General Assembly the Proposal becomes part of the Policy Programme of the national Volt Chapter.

Thus, you can actively participate in the development of national Volt Policies and make your voice be heard!

Do you want to learn more about the national Policies of Volt? Then visit the national Volt pages of your choice.

On a local level

Influence politics in your town or city by collaborating in your local Volt team!

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  • By joining your local Volt team - or even by establishing a new local Volt team in a town where there is still no such team - you can make an important contribution to local politics:
  • As a member of a local Volt team you can propose Policies aimed at solving local or regional challenges.
  • Together with the other members of your local team you will discuss your ideas and develop a Policy Proposal.
  • The national Policy Team must confirm that the Proposal is in line with Volt’s principles and the national Policy Programme. After that the new Policy will become part of the political programme and election programmes of Volt in your town or region.

In this way, you can make your voice heard and directly influence the development of local Volt Policies! 

Do you want to learn more about local Policies of Volt? Please visit the city or regional pages on the relevant national Volt pages.