The European political community of Volt discusses the future of Europe in Prague

The European political community of Volt discusses the future of Europe in Prague

Oct 11, 2022, 5:53:11 AM UTC
Volt Europa's political community meets in Prague to adopt the political priorities for the European 2024 programme.
Volt France - l'assemblée générale à Prague

> Volt Europa organized their biggest general assembly yet to begin the preparations for the European elections.
> Elected officials of Volt showed out ahead of the EU leaders' summit and exchanged with country presidents.
> Members from across Europe worked on and voted on the political priorities for the 2024 European Programme.

Prague, 9th of October 2022

The annual general assembly of Volt Europa saw close to 1000 members from 31 countries coming to Prague to discuss the future of Europe and begin preparations for the 2024 European elections. Ahead of the Volt members assembly, Volt's version of the European political community's summit, the Country Council, united the national co-presidents for two days of coordination and joint preparation for the upcoming year and 2024 campaign. 

Sven Franck, co-president of Volt France: "The Country Council is a real differentiator. Which national party in France has bi-weekly meetings of country presidents from across Europe to push joint initiatives? Yes, Volt in France may still be small, but we play an important role on European level and will eventually be a complement to other established chapters under the helm of Volt Europa. Whether it's climate, migration or Ukraine, doing politics in France alone will only get us so far. Scaling it across Europe through the country council will be a game changer."

Ahead of the members' assembly in the Prague Congress Center, elected officials of Volt demonstrated for a Europe without vetos in front of the European political community summit initiated by Emmanuel Macron last Mai and exchanging with some country presidents as well as the present media. As the European political community, Volt Europa also extends beyond the European Union with the UK, Switzerland, Albania and the Ukraine playing an important role, the latter also organising the evening march and protest against the Russian invasion and war together with Pulse of Europe. 

The members' assembly saw the key priorities for the EP2024 programme being discussed and voted on with a preferendum. For the EP2024 elections, the joint programme for all countries will focus on a more democratic European Union, energy transition and safety as well as climate change mitigation, European defence and equal opportunities. The programme will be developed over the next months by all members willing to contribute until the next general assembly in Bucharest in June of 2023.

Sven Franck, co-president of Volt France: "Our programmes are developed bottom-up through a process that allows all members to participate and vote on our eventual programme. France is particular in elections focussing on personalities rather than ideas. This is a pity, because you can find a common ground between ideas while deciding between heads imposes a choice. For 2023, we have several initiatives planned to try to raise awareness and give a place for ideas and political renewal in the French political system."

About Volt

As the first truly pan-European party, Volt is committed to reforming the European Union and responding to today's challenges in a coordinated way at European level. Volt's vision: a progressive Europe with an inclusive society, a climate-friendly economy, an adaptable education system and self-determined digitalisation.

Volt is convinced that only the democratic participation of all European citizens will prepare us for a sustainable, economically strong and socially just future. This is why Volt acts at all levels - from local to European, as a movement and as a party. The movement gives everyone a voice and the opportunity to engage politically from within society. Today, Volt is present all over Europe: thousands of people of all ages and professions are involved in 30 European countries with teams in hundreds of cities.

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