First and foremost in the establishment of good governance and a good government are guiding principles, which all institutions and organisational decisions must aim to entrench. In its policy proposals, Volt follows six guiding principles.
- Democracy. Volt supports institutions that give more decision-making power to the European people. This implies both ensuring that citizens’ representatives hold the bulk of the power and that these representatives have incentives to represent the general interests of their constituency.
- Subsidiarity. Volt supports increased competencies at the European level only if that is the level at which they are best handled. All matters should be handled by the most appropriate level of government.
- Efficiency. Volt supports the establishment of institutions that can act, in particular those that are not gridlocked by the need for consensus.
- Transparency. Volt supports popular involvement in political decision-making and believes that the people need to have access to what their representatives discuss and decide.
- Clarity. Unlike the current institutional set-up, Volt supports institutions and procedures that citizens can understand and make their own.
- Ease of citizen involvement.[^1] Volt supports a system that, from elections to popular contributions, is designed to simplify and encourage citizens’ involvement. Our policy proposals below rest upon these principles.
- Future Fit (Ready): Volt reflects their decision-making with regards to the needs of present and future generations.