Volt Newsletter - December 2021
> The board - The European Momentum
> Towards the legislative elections
> Our teams on the ground
> Volt around Europe
> What happened on European level?
We wish everyone a great start to the new year! Stay healthy and in good spirits for whatever the new year may hold.
Thank you for your support!
The board - The European Momentum
On 1 January 2022, France takes over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Like other pro-European parties making suggestions to President Macron on what priorities to work on during our six-month term, our office has also developed a project called 'The European momentum'. For this project, we worked with our sections in the 27 Member States by asking each section to propose a concession that President Macron could demand from their government to legitimise the European Union. Six months is too short a time to find consensus on key issues among Member States, but it is enough time to negotiate the individual contributions that each country could make at national level with France orchestrating the effort.
Together with a team of French and European Volters, we published the white paper on 15 December (download it here) and we continue to send it to pro-European politicians and journalists in France and Europe as an example of what Volt Europa is able to develop when we work across the EU. Read more about it in an opinion piece on Sauvons l'Europe.
We were also invited to Popol's podcast to talk about the upcoming presidential elections, a union of the left and the upcoming EU Council presidency. The podcast is available here : Popol 2 - Episode 5
Towards the legislative elections
The elections are fast approaching and we have defined our selection process for candidates. We are looking for candidates and substitutes who are willing to stand for election to enable us to:
- to have a gender-balanced number of candidates,
- to try to reach 1% in 50 constituencies to qualify for public funding and maybe even get someone elected to the
- maybe even get someone elected to the National Assembly.
If you are interested in running with Volt, you can find all the information you need to fill out an application on the following page:
If you wish to participate in our campaign in general, please fill in our
News from our teams on the ground
In Nantes, the team also met to discuss upcoming events in the new year.
Finally our team in Bayonne is beginning to meet regularly and we are very happy to have another team which works on local and crossborder topics in the southwest of France.
We will continue our events in the new year provided the sanitary conditions allow us to meet. You can see all upcoming events on the following page:
Volt elsewhere in Europe
Volt will participate in several election in the coming months including our first election in Switzerland where Volt is fielding candidates in two districts of Zurich.
End of january we will have another chance to win seats in a third european national assembly during the legislative elections in Portugal. Volt Portugal will present candidates in 19 of the 22 electoral circles.
"Who would have thought two years ago, that we would arrive at such a pro-european coalition contact" declared Laurens Dassens, chef of the Volt Netherland group in the Dutch parliament to Les Echos. Read the complete article on the new coalition contract in the Netherlands.
What's happening on European level?
We have already talked about the Conference on the Future of Europe (COFE) and we are proud to announce that the third interim report of the Digital Platform Plenary includes several direct references to proposals made by Volt members. Thanks to the Volt Europe COFE team, Volt has concretely contributed to what will become the final document that will shape the future of the EU and Europe, as the Commission, Parliament and Council have committed to do.
Our proposals : Conference on the future of Europe proposals
Download the report here : 3rd intermediate COFE report
Happy new year !