Volt Europa

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Volt Europa
PresidentAndrea Venzon
Vice PresidentDamian Boeselager
FoundersAndrea Venzon
Colombe Cahen-Salvador
Damian Boeselager
Founded29 March 2017; 2 years ago (2017-03-29)
HeadquartersLuxembourg
Membership25,000+[1]
IdeologySocial liberalism
European federalism
Pro-Europeanism
Progressivism
Colours     Purple
Website
volteuropa.org
Flyers by Volt in Germany

Volt Europa (frequently abbreviated Volt) is a pro-European political movement that serves as the pan-European structure of EU parties for the European Parliament elections in May 2019. It was founded in 2017 by Andrea Venzon, supported by Colombe Cahen-Salvador and Damian Boeselager. The organisation follows a "pan-European approach" in many policy fields such as climate change, migration, economic inequality, international conflict, terrorism and the impact of the technological revolution on the labour market.[2]

History[edit]

Volt Europa was founded on 29 March 2017 by Andrea Venzon, supported by Colombe Cahen-Salvador and Damian Boeselager. According to the founders, the foundation was a reaction to growing populism in the world and to Brexit.[3][4] In March 2018, the first national subsidiary party was founded in Hamburg, Germany. The subsidiary with the most members is Italy, the home country of Milanese Andrea Venzon, the first ideator.[5] Volt is now active with a national movement in every EU member state.

Volt Europa was incorporated as a non-profit association in Luxembourg under the name Volt Europa,[6] Vox Europe was the former name of the organisation.[7] Today, the movement has more than 25,000 members in more than 30 European countries.[1] Around 70% of the current members are reported to not have been politically active before joining Volt.[8]

From 27 October to 28 October 2018 Volt Europa hosted its General Assembly meeting in Amsterdam, presenting the Amsterdam Declaration programme for the European Parliament as well.[9]

From 22 to 24 March 2019 Volt Europa hosted its first European Congress in Rome[10], presenting its candidates for the 2019 European Parliament election. The keynote speakers list included:

Political agenda[edit]

Economically, Volt Europa supports digitization, investment in the green and blue economy, the fight against poverty and inequality (also with the establishment of a European minimum wage), a more unified European tax system and the public-private partnerships to revive economic growth and reduce unemployment; it also supports solid investments on welfare policies, in particular related to education and healthcare.[11] Socially, Volt supports anti-sexism, anti-racism and LGBT+ instances. Institutionally, supports vast reforms of the European Union: a common management of migratory phenomena, a European army and eurobonds.[12][13][11] In media reporting, the organisation is described as aiming to foster democracy on the EU level and build European patriotism.[14] It stresses the importance of a united European voice that is heard in the world.[15] Also, it supports the idea of a federated Europe with a strong European Parliament in which the citizens become the very center of European democracy.[16][17]

Volt is distinct from other pro-European movements such as Pulse of Europe or the European Federalists as it aims to participate in European, local and national elections through its subsidiary organisations in EU member states. Its first major objective is the European Parliament elections in May 2019.[18] In this sense, Volt Europa is a transnational party and could be described as supporting the notion of demoicracy. Volt Europa is supposed to serve as an umbrella organisation to the national subsidiaries.

Volt Europa has been compared to Emmanuel Macron's La Republique en Marche movement[19] and could also be compared to recent pro-European parties such as NEOS in Austria.

Elections[edit]

European elections 2019[edit]

Member state Leading candidate List approved
Italy Andrea Venzon TBD
Germany Damian Boeselager, Marie-Isabelle Heiss Green tickY 15 March 2019[20]
France Colombe Cahen-Salvador TBD
The Netherlands Reinier Van Lanschot Green tickY 9 April 2019[21]
Belgium Christophe Calis, Marcela Válková Green tickY 4 April 2019[22] (Flanders)
Bulgaria Nastimir Ananiev TBD
Luxembourg Rolf Tarrach Green tickY 27 March 2019[23][24]
Austria Benjamin Wolf Red XN not approved[25]
Sweden Michael Holz Green tickY 2 April 2019[26]
Spain Chema Larrea Green tickY 18 November 2019[27]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Volt Forlì al congresso paneuropeo di Roma 2019". Forlì Today (in Italian). 24 March 2019. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  2. ^ "About us". Volt. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Volt: Jugendpartei will die Idee der Europäischen Union retten". Wirtschaftswoche (in German). Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Volt wants to become the first pan-EU political party". The Economist. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  5. ^ "POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by the Barilla Foundation: Europe in 4 speeches — New US ambassador — A different Brexit story". POLITICO. 11 May 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Legal". Volt. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  7. ^ Disegni, Simone. "I millennial di Volt vogliono dare la scossa alla Ue: rilanceremo l'Europa". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  8. ^ ""Nous voulons créer le premier parti paneuropéen"". Libération.fr (in French). Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Nieuwe partij wil van Europa een krachtpatser maken". RTV Rijnmond (in Dutch). Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Il congresso. La sfida transnazionale di Volt Europa, il partito dei millennials". Avrebbe (in Italian). Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Volt Europa - Vision". volteuropa.org. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Otto e Mezzo - Giù le mani dall'Europa". la7.itf (in Italian). Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Volt Europa si candida in sette Paesi e punta a 25 deputati". ilsole24ore.com (in Italian). Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  14. ^ "POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by the Barilla Foundation: Europe in 4 speeches — New US ambassador — A different Brexit story". POLITICO. 11 May 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Scende in campo la generazione Erasmus. Una conversazione con Andrea Venzon, presidente di Volt". European Circus (in Italian). Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  16. ^ Dvořáková, Věra. "Volt wants to "energise Europe" – but how?". The New Federalist. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  17. ^ Disegni, Simone. "I millennial di Volt vogliono dare la scossa alla Ue: rilanceremo l'Europa". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Volt - Eine neue Partei für Europa". www.hamburg1.de (in German). Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  19. ^ tagesschau.de. "Europawahl 2019: Italiener will für die EU begeistern". Tagesschau (in German). Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  20. ^ Bundeswahlleiter, Der (15 March 2019). "#Bundeswahlausschuss lässt Wahlvorschlag von „Volt Deutschland" zur #EP2019 zu". @Wahlleiter_Bund (in German). Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  21. ^ "Kandidatenlijsten verkiezing Europees Parlement 2019 onderzocht". www.kiesraad.nl (in Dutch). 10 April 2019. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  22. ^ "Europese partij Volt heeft Brusselse lijsttrekker: 'Europa meer slagkracht geven'". bruzz.be (in Dutch). 6 April 2019. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  23. ^ "Elections: Le mouvement "Volt" présentera une liste complète pour les européennes". 5minutes.rtl.lu (in French). Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  24. ^ "New party to present candidates for the European elections". today.rtl.lu. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  25. ^ "Volt sorgt in Österreich nicht für genug Spannung - derStandard.at". DER STANDARD (in German). Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  26. ^ "Val till Europaparlamentet - Partier och valsedlar". data.val.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  27. ^ "Volt elige su cúpula en Madrid: "La campaña europea es solo el primer ladrillo"". elpais.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 April 2019.

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