5+1 : EU Reform
Making Europe work for citizens!
The European Union is our common project. After centuries of conflict, together we have managed to create a Union that has ensured peace and prosperity for over 60 years. We are proud of this achievement. The EU has limits, which is why Volt advocates institutional reform.
We want to reduce the role of the Council in the EU over time and we want to give MEPs the opportunity to propose legislation as soon as possible. This right is now only possible for the Commission, and here Volt wants to democratise the EU in a very fundamental way.
We are striving for a more federal Europe, where we are united on several things - such as foreign policy, financial policy and defence. This, combined with a strong principle of subsidiarity, will strengthen both Europe as a whole and us citizens.
The need for a humane and sustainable refugee policy is necessary and that is why we in Volt Europe also want a reform of the Dublin Convention. We propose corridors that move asylum seekers from recipient countries and instead to where one prefers to receive asylum. Once the asylum process has begun, asylum seekers will be registered in a common European register, because we must do this together. Final country of residence is then based on objective factors in that country such as population density, prosperity and age of the applicant. This reformed system will allow European countries to contribute both housing opportunities or funding.
The opt-outs have been a longstanding source of division in Denmark -mostly on grounds of misconception. The opt-outs do not change Danish sovereignty according to the constitutional §20, they are means of more cooperation to the benefit of Danes.
The current opt-outs are doing Danish interests a disservice in the face of our European neighbours and we see a removal of the opt-outs as a source of strengthening Danish institutions. Volt is about connecting Europeans and to boost collaboration. With respect to past concerns, it is time for Denmark to step up and not just join, but become a stronger member and leader in Europe, by sharing best practices and collaborating.
It is our aim to have an extensive and exhaustive conversation about our Opt-outs so that at the end of the day, the Danish concerns are properly heard all over Europe and that they are addressed so that Danes will choose to say YES to the European cooperation in the EU.
The judicial opt-out hampers Denmark’s ability to work with Europol, it makes it impossible for Denmark to collect student debt in other EU countries and third-country nationals based in Denmark working in other European countries experience great difficulty in ensuring their health coverage because of this opt-out. Denmark is not legally required to partake in the quota system, but as a matter of the day Denmark is to adopt all changes to the Dublin regulation or not partake at all. This mechanism, where judicial matters are designed by other countries that affects Denmark by law, but we have no means to partake in the design of the laws and directives is unsustainable.
Denmark is one of the most experienced military nations, but the Common Security and Defence Policy makes it impossible for Denmark to join in EU-led military operations that would serve Danish interests. PESCO and the European Defence Fund are no longer abstract ideas, but concrete tools that Denmark will not directly benefit from. The architecture of European security is being built, and Denmark stands outside of the door. The pursuit of observer status, if granted, will not secure Denmark a mandate in the development of security in Europe that safeguards our national security. Volt believes that no amount of parallel agreements can secure the same level of information and coordination that systems operated by multiple countries can.
Our Danish currency is a Euro in all but name. Our monetary policy is directly linked to the policies of the European Central Bank and Volt will support both the reform of the ECB and increase its mandate to include provisions on unemployment, sustainable growth, crisis prevention and mitigation. At the current state of Denmark has no mandate to influence the monetary policy that directly affects the kroner, and much European coordination will continue to happen between the euro countries. The kroner is seen as a national symbol, of which we respect, though seeking the highest economic benefits for Denmark the full adoption of the euro will strengthen business.