Our vision and values
Volt's vision is to establish politics as the responsibility of citizens.
The more we delegate our responsibility by voting for the representatives of a political world that exists for its own purposes and serves special interests instead of those of all citizens, the less we will be able to find answers to the issues of the present.
We are volunteers, not professional politicians.
As citizens, we work in local communities and associations all over Europe. We try to listen, collect and exchange ideas, learn from each other and collectively develop the proposals that make up our policy agenda.
As members, we facilitate dialogue between the citizen communities and the administration. We take positions and share our proposals so that they can be implemented by anyone. We present lists of citizens for elections, trying to find the best candidates to represent and help govern a community.
As elected representatives, we work to implement our citizens' agendas. We want to continue to listen to and exchange with citizens instead of making decisions solely on the basis of our given positions. We stick to our values and standards of transparency and we try to set an example by redefining the state of politics in order to provide a liveable future for all, including future generations.
We have defined the following values as common principles for our work and for creating policy agendas in all European countries:
We believe in the inalterable dignity of the human being. This respect and appreciation of every human being is at the heart of our political conception. We believe that no human being is the same as another and that this diversity enriches our society.
We believe in the right of everyone to be able to decide their own destiny, regardless of their origin or values. We believe that every human being must be able to fully unlock their potential according to their own definition, whoever they are. We believe that everyone should be able to participate actively in society.
By default, everyone is equal before the law, and laws should not target individuals. We fight all forms of discrimination because we believe that every human being should be able to reveal their full potential, no matter who they are. Moreover, citizens must be able to believe in the reliability and justice of their state.
We believe that the individual should be free to live his or her freedom and express his or her personality, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of another. The individual is not only a citizen, but also a private individual, who must be able to live out their potential outside the political dimension. Moreover, the state must always prefer to inform citizens and allow rather than force them.
We are Europe and Europe is us. If we understand that our individual future is intrinsically linked to the destiny of all other Europeans, we can fully understand that solidarity is the foundation of our European society. We believe that solidarity should guide our individual and collective actions and, by the same token, our policies. No citizen, no region, no country should be left behind.
Our aim is to move towards a better future, which is why we believe that sustainability is a key element. Our economies, our individual behaviour, and the administration of our states must be built sustainably, in terms of nature, finance, or any other common resources.