Thriving Together

Though equality, fairness and democracy are fundamental European values, they are not a reality for everyone across the continent. Our society is divided by factors such as wealth, race, gender and ability: arbitrary differences that lift some up while excluding others.

Human rights are under threat, with attacks on reproductive rights, a rise in hate crimes against LGBTQIA+ people and unacceptable increases in islamophobia and anti-semitism. Meanwhile, new divides are being forged online by rampant disinformation, hate speech and the negative impacts of social media. 

Volt aims to harness the resources and wealth that Europe already possesses to provide citizens with the opportunities that we all need to flourish. We will ensure that factors such as geography, socio-economic status, gender, ethnic background and disability no longer act as brakes on a person’s wellbeing. From education and housing, to reproductive and digital rights, Volt will provide the means to create a Union that works for all its citizens, not just those privileged by circumstance.

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Promotion of inclusivity and fight against discrimination

Europe prides itself on being a region of openness, equality and freedom, but that cannot be true until our Union is equally fair for all. Millions of Europeans still suffer discrimination based on their race, religion, sexuality and gender. Volt is committed to fighting discrimination and exclusion to build a Europe where we can all be who we are and live as we please.

Lifelong Education for Social Mobility

Volt sees quality education at all stages of life as the driver behind social mobility and societal progress. As well as ensuring a high-quality education system for our youngsters, we need low-tuition universities, (re)training programmes and free daycare to make further education accessible for learners of all ages.

Affordable and accessible housing and vibrant cities

Most of us live in towns or cities. With the number of urban dwellers expected to grow, it’s time we created liveable, affordable and well-connected cities. Volt has a plan to make metropolitan areas better places to live by radically reimagining the housing market, investing in public and low-carbon transportation and advocating for 15-minute cities.

Better digital rights for everyone

We are living in a digital era, but citizens’ rights are far from being fully protected in the digital space. It’s vital that everyone enjoy the same rights online as they do offline, protected from hate speech, tracking or misuse of data. Volt is committed to championing digital rights in Europe and ensuring that no individual or company is above the law when it comes to protecting online freedoms.

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.

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  • 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