European Board

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Valerie Sternberg

Co-president

28, Volt Germany

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Reinier van Lanschot

Co-president

30, Volt Netherlands

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Mihaela Sirițanu

Treasurer ad interim

26, Volt Romania

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Eileen O'Sullivan

Non-executive board member

23, Volt Germany

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Sofia Gentiloni Silveri

Non-executive board member

31, Volt Italy

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Cornelia-Florina German

Non-executive board member

38, Volt Romania

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Konrad Ritter

Non-executive board member

61, Volt Germany

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Joel Boehme

Non-executive board member

22, Volt Sweden

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Bruno Sánchez-Andrade Nuño

Non-executive board member

38, Volt Spain

First 100 days of the board of Volt Europa!

Dear Volters,

100 days have passed since we were elected in Sofia. We needed some time to adjust to our new roles before we could really get started. We’ve taken the time to meet up in person twice as the board, and we’ve met with national and european leaders of the movement once in Brussels. Now, we look to our goals for the next two years. 

First of all, the plan is to win elections so that we can turn our well-considered plans into concrete policy work. In Bulgaria, for example, we participated in local elections and won seats in four municipalities. The regional election in Italian Emilia Romagna went down this Sunday and we are preparing for regional elections in Germany, and this is only the beginning! 

Secondly, our goal is to create thriving Volt chapters in each European region.
We notice that after the European elections, we grew immensely in some countries and we remained small in others. To be truly a European party, we must not only have active volunteers in all EU countries, but the teams from different countries must also be in balance. 

Thirdly, we must strengthen the Volt community.
Volt’s trailblazing the future of politics, and thus we’re constantly challenged to see how the different parts of the movement fit together governance wise and as a community. For this, European events are useful. To that effect, We are planning a Volt festival for September and we intend to unveil the location of the next General Assembly, set for May 2, very soon! 

The fourth goal is to ensure that Volt has the right resources to operate sustainably.
While maintaining a full-time office would be amazing, we have not yet reached the financial resources to make that happen. More crucial for the movement than that, however, is our volunteer base. Thus, we are looking to to organize a Volt summer school for 100 Volters at the end of May. We’re also sending 19 Volters to the the online community organizing training at Harvard University. Read their stories at https://www.volteuropa.org/supportvolters and help them with their crowdfunding to make this possible. 

Our awesome tech team has transitioned us to our own tech infrastructure, which is one of our most important achievements so far. 100% European, carbon neutral online infrastructure, which is cheaper than what we had before!

The first hundred days have been fun and challenging. We’ve made improvements and mistakes, ranging from the complex transition from our old, Luxembourgish legal entity to the new, Belgian one of which our volunteers are members. Unfortunately this has included the resignation of one board member, and as such we look to the future with humility. 

The organizational side of Volt requires a lot of attention so we have been less politically outspoken than we strive to be going forward, and we intend to appoint general secretaries to make this easier.

What’s next?

The next 100 days we want to appoint General Secretaries, improve our governance, restart the policy development process, strengthen the European team further, complete the 2nd phase of the Strategy 2024 project, launch our next pan-european campaign, help our teams running in regional elections, as well organize the GA etc. etc. 

Last but not least: We are impressed by the ambition and quality of our talented Volt team in the European Parliament. We hope to see more great things from you <3 

We look forward to the next 100 days!

The EUR Board