Think European -act locally!

The 2021 municipal election program of Volt Danmark

We are Volt. The only European political movement.
We are a party that is only four years old, but we are already active in 16 countries with elected representatives at local, national and European level.
Because our challenges are too big to tackle alone, we have the same policies across Europe, adapted to local conditions.
We need more cooperation, citizens with stronger democratic voices and a party that not only listens to citizens but involves them broadly in the solutions to the big and small challenges that face our community.

Volt will change the way we do politics.
We don't belong to an ideological wing, we put our trust in science and people, we insist on working pragmatically with real problems, not the cosmetic or the polemic ones.
By examining root causes, we solve the problems that arise from them. Without ideological hang-ups or spin.

Volt approaches politics with a positive and progressive mind.
We believe the future is Made in Europe and that our European values are too valuable to be left in a nationalistic rut.
We want to lead the transformation of our society so no one is left behind. We are running for elections so we can present a new way of thinking in politics.
We take responsibility and insist on dialogue and bringing the best experiences from around the world to our solutions.

Volt is pan-European precisely because we insist on developing our policies together.
We are borderless in our thinking: Beyond municipal borders, beyond national borders; we have an international outlook because we live in a global world and therefore we need elected representatives who operate and act internationally.

With courage, energy and conviction, we will do things differently and keep Denmark on a common European track. Volt is active in all EU Member States and we cooperate across borders because our challenges do not respect national borders.

The climate, Covid-19, labour market realities, refugee flows and technological developments.

These are issues that we can either ignore or address. We in the Volt are taking responsibility and addressing these challenges and we want YOU to join us!
We are running for local government because we want to empower citizens in Denmark and give more people a real voice in our society. We want to put our Danish ideas into play with the rest of Europe and raise the voice of citizens at local, national and European level.

That's why we go to the polls for climate responsibility, democratisation and an economy fit for the 21st century. 

Reading Guide

This is how we have put our programme together

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In the Volt, we have grouped our visions to reach across the classic political spectrum. We have done this because we base our values on the fundamental European values of human rights, human dignity, democracy, freedom, equality and the rule of law. We define our challenges as follows:

  • A Smart State

In our globalised world, we need to be at the forefront of digitalisation and internationalisation. This requires us to create opportunities for lifelong learning and to expand our digital capacity. We therefore want to strengthen both our digital AND our human solutions.
Volt wants a cohesive society that empowers citizens and enables them to contribute new ideas and solutions where it makes sense.

  • Economic Renaissance

Our economy is changing and we need to adapt. We need to improve our sharing economy and our working conditions to fit the way our society is now organised. We want to improve opportunities for small and start-up businesses, including by focusing much more on open source software solutions, and we need to break down the 20th century ideologies that hold back new solutions.

  • Social Equality

We are facing big challenges and we need to tackle together. This is why we take social inequality seriously. By fighting racism, discrimination and protecting LGBTIAQ+ rights, we are fighting for a stronger society. Broad access to housing, education and development strengthens the foundations of a strong society that leaves no one behind.

  • Global Balance

Achieving global balance requires a circular economy and a review of our consumption. It requires that we, as citizens, are seen as an active part of the solution and that policies enable citizens to make climate-friendly choices in their daily lives.

  • Citizen Empowerment

Our greatest challenge is that our democracy is under attack. The world is facing too many challenges for us citizens to just stand by, that's why we want citizens to play a more active role - that's why in Volt we want to restore the role of associations in democratic processes, introduce citizens' assemblies and increase transparency!

Smart State

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In the fight against climate change, many of the battles are taking place in cities and we can make a big dent in our emissions through better renovation projects, by rethinking the way we cool our cities and by electrifying our transport systems. At city and municipal level, the Volt will therefore fight for smarter housing and building techniques, as well as more variable and smarter transport systems. We will do this in close cooperation with cities from across Europe to deploy the continent's best solutions.

Digitalisation and internationalisation are part of this evolution, where we exchange ideas, share solutions and collaborate broadly to reach at least the goals of the Paris Agreement.

These are Volt's focus areas at the municipal level to achieve a Smart State:

  • Prioritising intelligent renovation projects
  • Strengthening internationalisation by boosting access to knowledge and network
  • Engage in the C40-network between cities on a global level
  • Support coding and IT skills for all ages
  • Supporting the electrification of our transport sector
  • Smart road systems and regulations to reduce polution - maybe even letting our cars charge while driving

Economic Renaissance

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Digital platforms enable new ways of working. Flexible and creative job opportunities today have a different value than those we know from the industrial society. We also have a more global and international economy and the free movement within Europe's borders means that we need to think in new ways to ensure fair working conditions.

The idea of sharing and the sharing economy are closely related and we want to explore this further in the Volt. Microshares can enable the next generation to get a foothold in housing and other ownership markets while strengthening the green economy.

We also want to explore the possibility of new types of businesses. Culture took a hit during Covid-19, so let's explore ways citizens and artists can help each other, connect and develop.

This is how Volt wants to work for an Economic Renaissance:

  • Strengthen and develop the Future of Work with local labour market arrangements
  • Work for a responsible and sustainable sharing economy.
  • Launch physical CBD shops on a trial basis.
  • Host citizen driven music and art festivals

Social Equality

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There are structural inequalities in society that we continue to struggle with and on this Volt stands firm: discrimination cannot be tolerated and all of us citizens must have a fair chance to enter the housing market, the job market, have access to health solutions and be taken seriously in the fight for fair solutions.

Volt will fight for social equality on multiple fronts with an overarching focus on health, justice and structural change to address the root of problems, rather than treating symptoms.

Volt will address these issues to achieve social equalilty:

  • New social housing options with affordable prices
  • Support the Housing First-programme to tackle homelessness.
  • Stop bullying by strengthening teachers and the municipal suport efforts.

We are in a global race against climate change. As long as our consumption extends beyond our borders, we in the Volt believe we have an obligation to actively transform our everyday lives towards a greener, more renewable and sustainable lifestyle. This will be difficult because we all have certain habits in place, which is why Volt strongly advocates the active involvement of citizens in discussions about the local environment of the future.

We are facing a transport revolution while biodiversity is in decline. Ensuring one and preventing the other requires a concerted effort. At Volt, we believe the best way to do this is to forge better links in our communities, help each other make the best choices for the future and demand that our municipalities provide the best framework for making the right, climate-friendly and globally responsible choices.

Volt therefore has the following issues on its agenda

  • To fight period poverty.
  • To think creatively and increase the number of ways we can be active and do sports in our city;
  • Promote a responsible drinking culture among young people, and including them in the process as equal citizens.

Global Balance

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We are in a global race against climate change. As long as our consumption extends beyond our borders, we in the Volt believe we have an obligation to actively transform our everyday lives towards a greener, more renewable and sustainable lifestyle. This will be difficult because we all have certain habits in place, which is why Volt strongly advocates the active involvement of citizens in discussions about the local environment of the future.

We are facing a transport revolution while biodiversity is in decline. Ensuring one and preventing the other requires a concerted effort. At Volt, we believe the best way to do this is to forge better links in our communities, help each other make the best choices for the future and demand that our municipalities provide the best framework for making the right, climate-friendly and globally responsible choices.

To work towards Global Balance, Volt wants to:

  • Support and develop more Super Bike Paths, focussing on electric bikes;
  • Supporting the establishing of more bio- and local markets while also boosting local business opportunities;
  • Help develop more public transport alternatives to combustible engine vehicles;
  • Keep working for an effective sorting of trash;
  • Create Bio Diversity Commando Teams to boost local greening projects;
  • Seek to boost public/private partnerships to put more solar panels on roofs.

Citizen Empowerment

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In Volt, citizen participation is the key to democratic development.
As our society faces enormous challenges, it is more important than ever that we ensure that everyone is involved.
That's why we support citizens' groups and we want to ensure more transparency.
As an elected representative, trust is not something you are entitled to, but something you earn. It is time to support institutions such as the Citizens' Advice Bureau, abolish the Public Access Act and strengthen local media.

We will therefore work for the following:

  • Democracy HOuse and shared meeting places for associations and volunteers;
  • Boosted transparency for all citizens;
  • Citizen Assemblies for the big questions;
  • Engage Frederiksberg in the European Twinning programme;
  • Set up an office where renters can put their deposit to avoid rental scams;
  • Strengthen local media by setting aside a fixed percentage of the municipal budget to media development.