Volt Reacts to COVID-19 by Conducting Europe-Wide General Assembly Online

Volt Reacts to COVID-19 by Conducting Europe-Wide General Assembly Online

4/14/2020, 2:05:00 PM
Volt, the pan-European party, will conduct its 2020 general assembly fully online as a reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Hundreds of Volters will meet as planned on 2-3 May  after plans for Lisbon gathering had to be scrapped
  • Movement overcomes legal and technical obstacles to enable Europe-wide online discussion and voting

Europe – Volt, the pan-European party, will conduct its 2020 general assembly fully online as a reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hundreds of members will meet online on 2-3 May to set a new movement-wide strategy through 2024 and select a new treasurer. Discussing and voting will take place online.

“Volt’s General Assemblies are always an inspirational opportunity for Volters across Europe to get together and experience our unique pan-European spirit, and, despite it being held online, this General Assembly promises to be no different,”  said Volt Europa Board Member Eileen O’Sullivan. “We are saddened that we couldn’t hold it in person, but public health comes first. We want to do everything we can do to move forward with changing Europe for the better, and there is no time to waste, so we must do it online.”

Volt was founded in March 2017. Last year, it earned more than half a million votes across the continent and won its first seat in the European Parliament. Since then, its candidates have been elected to various municipal bodies in multiple countries. Volt aims to tackle pressing issues such as climate change, social inequality and health crises through a more democratic, unified Europe.

Volt is calling for unconditional solidarity among European nations in sharing medical capacities and equipment to help combat the global COVID-19 pandemic. The movement is convinced that a joint response and the sharing of best practices are the best way to minimise harm to the European people, rather than the unilateral closing of borders and suspension of democratic rights as seen in Hungary. To stabilise and revitalise the European economy, Volt advocates a large one-off joint debt issuance, so-called “Coronabonds”, via the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). 

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