- Pan-European party to compete in Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the UK
- No other party has ever managed to campaign in so many nations with one and the same programme
Luxembourg – Volt, the pan-European political party, will compete for seats in the European Parliament in eight different countries. By being the first party to campaign on the same programme across that many nations, the two-year-old party aims to pave the way for a truly European political space.
Volt has been admitted to the ballot in Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The party will field more than 150 candidates, with the youngest being 17-year-old Bibi Wielinga from Amsterdam and the oldest being Krasimira Gerginova, a 72-year-old from Sofia.
“A truly democratic Europe requires true European political parties,” said Andrea Venzon, the founder and president of Volt. “Our campaign shows that this is no longer just a dream.”
Volt is fielding candidates in separate countries in Europe since transnational lists are not allowed under European electoral law. For the first time in history, parties from eight EU member states will campaign on one programme, the Amsterdam Declaration.
Among other objectives, Volt seeks to make sure large companies contribute to public welfare by setting a corporate tax of 15 percent across the EU. It seeks to combat unemployment through green investments in disadvantaged regions and through a European job agency. It also wants to fight global warming by introducing a European carbon tax.
In order to satisfy electoral requirements in the various European countries, the party’s members and volunteers have collected tens of thousands of signatures, in most cases personally delivering them to the electoral authorities.
Other countries have set up rules which make it difficult for young movements to enter into competition with established parties. Italian electoral law required the collection of 150,000 signatures with minimum amounts required in the various regions, while the Danish one required 71,000 signatures, equivalent to more than 1 percent of the overall population. France required Volt, which is mainly financed by membership fees and crowdfunding, to print its own ballots at a cost of about 800,000 euros.
Even so, Volt’s candidate list includes people from additional countries who are able to contest the election in other member states.
Since being founded in March 2017, Volt has attracted more than 25,000 supporters across Europe. The party plans to compete in national, regional and municipal elections all over Europe following the European vote in May.