Innovation: We believe that in a continuously evolving society we should try new solutions - innovation is in itself a value that we should strive for, at all times.
Efficiency: As an internal administrative value, we believe that waste in any form needs to be reduced. A state needs to honour the resources entrusted to it and needs to honour the time and resources of the citizens at all times.
Listening: Whenever we interact with each other and with citizens, first we listen. Then we make an effort to understand them by putting ourselves in their shoes.
Looking for an evidence-based solution: Whenever entering a policy debate, we look for a solution that works based on evidence and facts We subscribe to a constructive approach of policy-making meaning that we will support specific policy proposals we believe work towards our vision of society. Whether in government or opposition we will take into consideration other parties' proposals. We will never oppose others for the sake of opposing them or to gain political points.
Respect: We firmly believe in our vision, values, and ideas. However, we also believe that the best outcomes come from true and respectful confrontation of ideas. You will never hear us insult or attack for no reason other political parties.
No attachment to position and power: We are in politics to tackle the challenges our societies are facing, to provide solutions to citizens, to build a future where everyone can enjoy the highest standards possible. We do not do politics to seek positions or individual power. This is not about anyone of us. This is about all of us. This is why we believe in strictly limited terms and that no one should hold more than one position of political power.
Building leadership capacity: We believe that true change comes only when people work together to achieve it. This is why we believe in developing leadership capacity at all levels: from top formal Volt leadership roles to the volunteers and the citizens they reach out to. By constantly training and periodically rotating leaders, Volt ensures that it doesn't depend on any single individual but finds its strengths in its collective capacity for action. Equally, by investing in the community organizing model, Volt believes that citizens themselves should build their own capacity to tackle the challenges they're facing and engage with Government as active and powerful counterparts.
European societies of the 21st century face many social, political, and economic challenges.
On the social level, many citizens are excluded from partaking in society and living a decent life. Our system neglects certain disadvantaged groups and regions. The pillars of our social system – the foundation of our societies – are becoming less and less sustainable. Immigration and integration require a re-thinking of our national and European identities and stretch our idea of solidarity.
National politics seem to be stuck in old divisions of left versus right and liberal versus conservative, but fail to give answers in an insecure and fast-changing world. This perceived insecurity creates a room for extremist movements and parties, who offer ready-made and simplistic answers to questions of security, identity, and solidarity. The European Union, the political and social project of our grandparents and parents, is blocked by quarrels of competenceand failure to align on shared interests.
Our national economies face low growth rates, derailed financial sectors and lack the conditions to nurture innovation. Economic crises yield detrimental effects on our daily lives. Diverging economies become a threat to European cohesion. Digitization and automation of labour threaten to make large parts of our workforce obsolete, while globalized markets exert pressure on our wage levels. Markets become more and more influential in shaping many spheres of society, ranging from education to the arts and sciences.
Volt is a pan-European progressive movement.
(1) Pan-European, because we strongly believe that in addition to change at the national level, we need a strong and united Europe to confront the challenges described.
(2) Progressive, because we promote new answers to build a better future, rather than chasing mistaken images of a long gone past.
(3) A movement, because it is time to unite and become a strong voice to promote our beliefs.
Volt strongly believes that European states and Europe as a whole can overcome the current social, political, and economic challenges; and that our old continent can become an area of highly functioning, livable, and enlightened societies. Volt strongly believes in democratic decision making regarding its own political agenda, not along the lines of classical party doctrines.
The Individual, the State and the Economy
The rights of the Individual
We believe in the right of individuals to choose how they want to lead their life. This includes the rights to choose one’s religion, sex, sexual orientation, secondary education, profession, and personal goals. Furthermore, we believe that individuals should have the right and duty to contribute to the development of their own community, to mold a more efficient and inclusive society.
The role of the State
We believe that the State is the guarantor for the rights of every individual, the enabler for the young and for vulnerable individuals to partake fully in society, and the system of solidarity by which we ensure a minimum decent standard of living for everyone. No one should be left behind. As a mean, rather than an end in itself, we believe the State should intervene as little and as fast as possible, and as much and as long as needed. We believe that the government should regularly and democratically decide on its way forward and constantly evaluate the State’s effectiveness in all its dimensions.
The free and fair economy
We believe that a free and open market economy, within the rules of a functioning legal system and with equal chances to participate and thrive, creates the greatest possible wealth for everyone. We believe that the state cannot plan or foresee innovations, but that it needs to create a space for innovation to take place and enable research. We believe that the market economy creates systemic imbalances, which need to be counterweighted. We believe that the agglomeration of additional wealth should be possible for the hard working. We believe that the right to a decent life includes leisure. We believe that we need to value all professions, especially those that benefit our societies the most – for example those in education and care.
Definition of success
Our long-term vision is enshrined in three fundamentals goals:
(1) Maximization of prosperity
The maximization of the economic prosperity of European nations and their citizens in a sustainable manner.
(2) Elimination of prejudice and barriers
The elimination of prejudices and social barriers that cause the sufferance and discrimination of people who belong to minorities and groups historically discriminated against, or who come from socio-economic disadvantaged backgrounds.
(3) European integration
The creation of a Pan-European Progressive Movement, built upon national-level Progressive Movements, to foster the European integration in the near future.
Principles for the public sector
When designing policy and working in the public sector, we put a special emphasis on three key principles in order to improve the current impact of the public administration.
We express our ambition to improve the public sector and the socio-economic rules of our countries constantly.
We express the need to make the best use of our human, natural, and economic resources, in order to fight waste and value the resources given to us. We put a strong emphasis on moving towards a stewardship approach concerning our natural resources.
(3) Equal Opportunities
We express our conviction that every citizen should face the same opportunities when it comes to personal development and success, independent of age, region, race, sex, sexual orientation, and religion. In addition, we intend to narrow the rifts between the luckiest and the most disadvantaged in our societies.
We geloven dat iedereen het recht heeft om over zijn of haar eigen lot te beslissen, waar iemand ook vandaan komt of wat d waarden zijn. We geloven dat elk persoon, volgens zijn eigen definitie, zijn unieke potentieel moet kunnen bereiken, wie ze ook zijn. We geloven dat iedereen actief moet mee kunnen doen in de samenleving.
Elk persoon is gelijk voor de wet en wetten moeten niet gericht zijn op individuen. We bestrijden elke vorm van discriminatie omdat we geloven dat elk mens zijn eigen potentieel moet kunnen bereiken, wie hij ook is. Bovendien moeten burgers kunnen geloven in de betrouwbaarheid en eerlijkheid van hun staat.
We geloven dat elk individueel vrij moet zijn om zijn of haar persoonlijkheid te uiten, zolang dit geen inbreuk maakt op de rechten van anderen. Een persoon is niet alleen een burger, maar ook een privé persoon, die ook buiten de politieke dimensie zijn of haar potentieel moet kunnen bereiken. Bovendien moet de staat haar burgers informeren en steunen, in plaats van hen te dwingen.
We geloven in de onaantastbare waardigheid van de mens. Dit respect, deze waardering voor elke mens, is het hart van ons beleid. We geloven dat geen enkel mens hetzelfde is en dat onze diversiteit de samenleving verrijkt.
Onze focus is werken aan een betere toekomst. Hiervoor is duurzaamheid de sleutel. Onze economieën, ons individuele gedrag en onze overheden moeten ingericht zijn op duurzaam zijn, zowel op ecologisch, financieel en op elk ander vlak.
Wij zijn Europa. Pas als we begrijpen dat onze individuele toekomst intrinsiek verbonden is met het lot van alle Europeanen, kunnen we ons echt beseffen dat solidariteit de bouwsteen van onze Europese samenleving is. We geloven dat solidariteit ons moet leiden, zowel individueel als gemeenschappelijk, en in ons beleid. Geen burger, geen regio, geen land mag achterblijven.
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