Empowering European Democracy

It’s time to create a more democratic EU that people can truly trust. Our vision is to elevate citizens’ interests and place their voices at the heart of decision making by creating stronger links between Europeans and their institutions. Through the European Democracy Act, we pledge to create a democratic system that is genuinely representative, accountable and responsible to citizens’ needs.

Fairer voting in European elections

Volt wants to move towards a single constituency in which voters elect representatives from transnational lists and the number of MEPs elected is as close as possible to the proportion of votes received. Furthermore, we will ensure voting rights for all mobile EU citizens in their country of origin and their host country after 2 years of residency.

Empowering citizens in politics

Volt aims to bring about real citizen participation by empowering Europeans to initiate policies, reducing the number of signatures for a citizens’ initiative and improving online signature collection. Ensuring citizen involvement in policy-making will also mean creating a more trustworthy and transparent political landscape by introducing stricter lobbying regulations and improving public access to information.

Standing up for rule of law

Volt will address threats to democracies in member states and accelerate infringement procedures to protect democratic values, human rights or the rule of law. We will ensure that the EU has robust mechanisms to protect its founding values, fight corruption and ensure the safety of journalists.

Information across borders

Volt wants to strengthen pan-EU collaboration in key areas to improve access to information across borders. We support the creation of a strong network of European public broadcasters and remove geo-blocking so that content is not limited to one country. We will also cultivate a financially sustainable ecosystem of open-source software that reduces our dependence on volunteer efforts for critical IT infrastructure.

The 5+1 Challenges

Volt has defined 5+1 fundamental Challenges that need to be tackled in each European country and in Europe as a whole.

Why 5 + 1 Challenges?

The 5 Challenges are basically the same for every country, but their implementation can be adapted on the national level to take into account local realities.

The +1 Challenge – our proposal to reform and strengthen the EU – is identical across all our national programmes.

Read our 2024 Electoral Programme
  • 01

    Smart State

    Education and digitalisation are key elements of the 21st century

  • 02

    Economic Renaissance

    An innovative economy must be the engine of society's progress

  • 03

    Social Equality

    No-one should be left behind - no matter their gender, income, religion. or origin

  • 04

    Global Balance

    Europe needs to assume responsibility for its role in global challenges

  • 05

    Citizen Empowerment

    People must be empowered to influence politics beyond elections alone

  • +1

    EU Reform

    We love the EU - this doesn't mean there is no room for improvement