Manifesto

National politics seem to be stuck in old divisions of left versus right and liberal versus conservative, but fail to give answers in an insecure and fast-changing world. This perceived insecurity creates a room for extremist movements and parties, who offer ready-made and simplistic answers to questions of security, identity, and solidarity. The European Union, the political and social project of our grandparents and parents, is blocked by quarrels of competence and failure to align on shared interests...

Political values

  • Equal opportunities

  • Justice

  • Liberty

  • Human Dignity

  • Sustainability

  • Solidarity

The 5+1 Challenges

Volt defined 5+1 fundamental challenges that we want to advance in every European country. The reason for 5+1 is that the 5 first challenges will be adapted to the national level to take into account local realities, and the +1 challenge – our proposal to reform and strengthen the EU – will be identical across all our national programs. Those 5 first challenges provide guidelines to all Volt Chapters, and do not only deal with European competences.

  • 1. Smart State

    In times of transformation, governments must adapt to enable every citizen to fully participate and contribute to society, and provide for maximal social inclusion and mobility. Smart States must adopt new tools to earn their citizens' trust through accountable, transparent, and efficient governance. We will invest in our common future, including crafting innovative education systems, quality healthcare, and effective justice. Together, we will use technology for common prosperity.

  • 2. Economic Renaissance

    European economies need to become the engine of society’s progress and allow for a decent living standard for everyone. To achieve our vision we established three key levers: rebuilding economically challenged areas, fostering leadership in innovation, and pushing for the EU to become a ‘Social Union’. This requires innovative concepts and policies to reduce bureaucracy, strengthen the job market, revive innovation in our economies, invest in smart and sustainable productivity and trade, tackle unemployment, and create a more unified European social and fiscal system.

  • 3. Social Equality

    EU citizens and residents need to be guaranteed equal rights and opportunities, and human rights need to be respected and applied! To ensure that, we aim to introduce policies that tackle all types of inequalities and discrimination, alleviate poverty and provide access to basic needs. Most importantly, no one will be left behind! These policies include: bridging the gender gap by 2025, ensuring equal rights for all, and end homelessness in Europe.

  • 4. Global Balance

    In an interconnected world, Europe needs to assume responsibility for its role in global challenges, especially regarding climate change, food and water security, public health, migration and refugee crises. In line with the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, we aim to take actions on eradicating poverty, generating jobs, building a circular economy, ensuring fair trade, securing livelihoods and building infrastructure for sustainable development and growth.

  • 5. Citizen Empowerment

    European Citizens should be empowered to take informed political decisions, be able to influence politics beyond elections alone, and exercise their democratic rights within vibrant, resilient and highly deliberative democracies. We base our policies on best practices regarding the fostering of a healthy and pluralistic information and media landscape, tools & technologies to foster political citizen engagement and empowerment, and ways in which a vibrant democracy can be made to thrive, including through a strong civil society.

  • +1. EU Reform

    The European project has brought 70 years of peace and stability to our continent. However, the EU has been shaken by crises and Euroscepticism. In order to build on what has been achieved, the EU Reform team develops (1) ways to improve EU governance by proposing a clear path of institutional reform towards a federal European Union, and (2) concrete proposals for all policy fields.

Mapping of Policies

The following document is a constantly evolving work that outlines the policies proposed by Volt Europa.
It was written by around 200 team members from across the continent, with the input from a range of experts, and was drafted to provide guidelines for Volt's national chapters to craft programmes.

Flagship policies

Volt strives for a united Europe, in which all citizens across all its cities, regions, and states are provided equal opportunities to express their full potential.

Below you can find a list of policies that showcase Volt’s political direction. These policies are not a short version of a political program. They are a key positioning that we voted upon to show what Volt stands for, fights for, and what vision of society it wants to achieve. It therefore touches on EU, national, and regional competences. The list is not exhaustive, and it will be developed over time.

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