Volt Lille - Manifestation

Our priorities

for the legislative elections

We are aware that as a small party we have to focus on certain priorities in the legislative campaign. Our members have developed and voted on these priorities and the following measures that we would like to try to implement should we win your trust and vote to be elected.

I. Europe

Push for European institutional reforms


> Advance the discussion for a European democratic republic

  1. Giving the European Parliament the right of legislative initiative;
  2. Convene a citizens' convention to draft a European Constitution;
  3. Ensuring own funds for the EU;
  4. Harmonise European electoral law.

> Strengthen the links between the local level and the European level

  1. Build a database of projects and best practices across the European Union for local authorities;
  2. Set up European Residents' Councils at municipal level in communities with more than 50,000 inhabitants.

> Extend the ECB's mandate and ensuring its independence

  1. Working for the financial independence of the European Union;
  2. Make the Council and the European Parliament co-legislators on economic and financial affairs;
  3. Create a European Ministry of Finance;
  4. Extend the ECB's mandate to environmental preservation, full employment and growth.

Develop our European defence forces


> Gradually provide the European Union with a common armed force by pooling purchases as a first step

> Rethink the use of our European defence forces

  1. Expand the scope of our European defence forces to include disaster relief units.

Move towards a European labour market and labour rights


> Make Europe a lever in the fight against unemployment

  1. Support the funding and development of EURES and a European Mobility Ombudsman Office;
  2. Make appropriate use of the Youth Employment Initiative;
  3. Extend Erasmus+ and support for vocational and language training to more and less qualified people.

> Make Europe the bulwark against the impact of globalisation

> Volt, Europe's local solution

  1. Volt is the missing link to enable the coordinated deployment of these policies at local, national and European level.

II. Democracy

Promote the representativeness of opinions and citizen participation


> Reform financing of political parties

  1. Set up the "Bank of Democracy" to help small parties participate in elections and open their bank accounts;
  2. Introduce democratic equality vouchers and allow every citizen to donate €7 on their tax return to the political party of their choice;
  3. Lowering the campaign cost reimbursement barrier to 0.5%.

> Facilitate participation in elections

  1. Introduce a single ballot paper, paid for by the state;
  2. Abolish the number of candidates required to stand for election;
  3. Introduce proportional representation and single ballots in municipal, departmental, regional and national elections.

> Extend the right to vote to European citizens for all elections

  1. Experiment with majority judgment;
  2. Introduce postal voting.

Adapt our democracy to the 21st century


> Abolish the semi-presidential system and establish a parliamentary system

  1. Elect a parliament with full proportional representation, in which the prime minister is appointed by the parliamentarians and can be dismissed;
  2. Adopt the model of constructive censure.

> Change our system towards more democracy

  1. Elect the president after the parliamentary elections;
  2. Set up days for voting on laws in the general assembly to avoid the absence of MPs;

> Advance decentralisation

  1. Make regions responsible for the maintenance of their cultural heritage;
  2. Make the regions responsible for the protection of the coastline against climate change;
  3. Make regions responsible for cooperation with neighbouring regions in other countries and launch an initiative towards reforming the number of municipalities and integrating the departments into the regions.

Ensure transparency in politics and the media


> Improve the transparency of political life

  1. Publish personal donations to political parties above €2,500;
    Proactively publish quarterly statistics on government revenue and expenditure;
  2. Make full transparency of elected officials' expenses from the envelopes made available to our elected officials mandatory;
  3. Ensure transparency of subsidies to associations to free them from political control.

> Ensure that the Constitutional Council is an independent institution

  1. Make judicial competence mandatory for membership of the Council, as this is common practice in the EU;
  2. No longer automatically appoint former presidents to the Council and refrain from using an appointment as a reward for a long political career;
  3. Ensuring greater impartiality of the Constitutional Council.

> Promote a free and pluralistic cultural and media landscape

  1. Encourage the treatment of quality journalism as a public good and not as a commodity;
  2. Ensure the safety and security of journalists and whistleblowers and keep the licence fee public to ensure a ́ healthy balance between public and private media journalism ;
  3. Encourage greater media coverage of EU affairs and ensure that media independence is guaranteed

III. Ecology

Achieve carbon neutrality in the French economy by 2040 through massive deployment of renewable energy and green hydrogen


> Develop renewable energies

  1. Develop renewable energies (RE) in the territories, by the territories and with the territory (establishment of a green energy mediator)

> Create a European market for decarbonised energy

  1. Making France a green energy export nation with interconnectors to Eastern Europe, Northern countries, the African continent and the Iberian Peninsula;
  2. Adapting the gas network to export hydrogen to other member states like Germany;
  3. Reforming our electricity market to (a) encourage the development of more flexible production sources (batteries, thermal storage, biogas) (b) adapt the remuneration of renewable energies to their specific financing structure, (c) accompany the electrification of other sectors (transport, industry, buildings) and (d) encourage interconnection with European countries (convergence of electricity prices).

> Deploy CO2 absorption technologies

  1. Incentivise private sector funding for decarbonisation projects (tax exemption)
  2. Provide compensation to impacted actors for their efforts (negative emissions: direct air capture, preservation and conversion of natural carbon sinks).

> Encourage the deployment of cooperative projects for local RES

  1. Promote photovoltaics for farmers, photovoltaic and onshore wind installations, biogas installations and municipal heat pumps etc.);
  2. Allow the co-creation of renewable energy projects in pre-defined areas;
  3. Accelerate administrative procedures (single authorisation, facilitate access to land, consider RE projects as non-artificial).

Make decarbonisation a strategic priority


> Define decarbonisation 'missions' at European level

  1. Engage research as well as the markets;
  2. Encourage financial actors to participate in the development of low-carbon technologies between R&D and market;

> Foster European public-private partnerships for basic research in decarbonisation technologies

  1. Enhance deep tech research oriented towards decarbonisation technologies;
  2. Further develop European research and industrial project partnerships for electrolysers, new generation solar panels (PV) and storage technologies (like the Airbus industrial project).

Ensure that financial mechanisms for a green transition are fully mobilised


> Dedicate the revenues from the carbon tax solely to social ecological transition measures

  1. Increase the flat rate tax on dividends in Europe to 35% (from the current 30%), of which 5% should be dedicated to just ecological transition projects, administered by the European Green Bank.

> Establish a public-private fund for the ecological upgrading of buildings

  1. Defiscalise energy efficiency renovation measures on residential buildings from the property tax;
  2. Create an independent branch of the European Investment Bank, the European Green Bank;
  3. Target 1 million homes renovated per year by 2028 (120,000 per year today).

> Provide financial incentives for investment in renewable energy

  1. Defiscalise RES investment measures by SMEs;
  2. Offer zero interest loans and no down payment for loans by individuals for RES investments.

> Give individuals the opportunity to put their savings to work for the energy transition

  1. The Caisse des Dépôts et des Consignations and/or the European Green Bank register individual and corporate accounts and co-finance local renewable projects by providing an annuity to the beneficiaries.

IV. Inclusion

Adapt education to today's needs


> Transform our education system to ensure adequate learning for all

  1. Launch a national plan for the renovation of learning spaces;
  2. Support the creation of level groups;
  3. Include disabled people in classes accompanied by training for teachers.

> Move from uniform to individual education

  1. Develop the tailor-made school;
  2. Make schools more autonomous;
  3. Lighten the curriculum and reduce teachers' working hours.

Move towards gender equality


> Enforce equal pay

  1. Reduce subsidies and loans to companies that do not respect gender equality.
  2. Revaluate female professions, particularly in the public service;
  3. Ensure that companies with more than 500 employees define their targets for representation in management positions, and small companies publish their gender equality ratios;
  4. Introduce equal parental leave;

> Adopt the 1 billion plan against gender-based and sexual violence

  1. Train our law enforcement agencies;
  2. Promote a prevention policy from primary school onwards;
  3. Ensure the construction or provision of emergency accommodation and women's homes throughout France.

De-demonise immigration to make it an opportunity


> Give migrants the right to work and support

> Improve the European immigration system

  1. Replace the Dublin Protocol;
  2. Unilaterally receive our quota of refugees established at European level.

> Encourage the settlement of refugees in desertified rural areas

  1. This encouragement must be part of a policy of upgrading these territories, with the state present as a social link, and not a sidelining of refugees and migrant workers who often rely on a social fabric to live fully.