European Spring Common Policy (beta)
There is a critical distinction between pandering populism and substantive narratives… the programmes to back them up. DiEM25 has enabled a vast trust of international policy experience to be harnessed to direct democratic inputs from people like you, from every walk of European life who want their lived experience to be inscribed into programmmes underwriting our futures.
DiEM25 welcomes you to add your voice to the tens of thousands already shaping a future for our children and grand-children that no one will have to feel ashamed and rueful for.
Fantastic news! You are all now invited to amend and propose ideas for our European Spring policy programme that we will take to the May 2019 European Parliament elections. In order to do so, please sign up at our.europeanspring.net/users/sign_up, which is a common platform of communication with all our prospective partners as well as independent progressive voters.
To submit a proposal, simply click on a part of the policy diagram, read what we have so far on that topic and then use the “amend” or “propose” buttons underneath, or go to the forum to discuss solutions first. If you submit your proposals this way, and join the forum discussion there, your ideas can be picked up transnationally, including by people who aren’t members of DiEM25.
Alternatively, you can review the beta programme on this page and send comments to email@example.com – comments sent that way won’t be added to the conversation at our.europeanspring.net however. The deadline for comments is 30th September, since some countries have tight deadlines to submit the party programme ahead of the elections, but the European Spring Council still has to approve this deadline.
The election of our common candidate for the presidency of the European Commission (spitzenkandidat) and any votes to decide policy questions with regard to the European elections will also take place on this new platform, since this has to be agreed transnationally by all participating parties.
Ready? Let’s go!
Have your say on the European Spring Programme
~ Before 30th September 2018 ~
The European Spring Council met in Paris on June 8 2018, and passed the first draft of its ambitious and inspiring political programme which is now opened to all members. Now it’s your turn to have your say as a DiEM25 member by making any amendments or proposals you wish on the programme. Read the current version of the programme, sign up on the member’s page or email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your amendments or proposals.
Some proposal ideas
Here are some draft proposal ideas to get you started. If you agree with the following proposals that aim to ‘Democratise Europe’ and ‘Deepen International Solidarity’ following Brexit, you might submit them as drafted, or submit your own amended formulation – effectively making them your own.
You are encouraged to use the full scope of this democratic policy-building apparatus by reading the A New Deal for Europe common policy programme which is embedded in this page as an interactive flipbook, and using the Guidelines for Submissions in Building DiEM25’s Progressive Agenda for Europe, which can also be found above in this page.
Democratising policy formation is integral to our broader goals for recovering the spirit and cohesion of a functional public sphere. Get involved with our collectives to make this a truly collaborative endeavour.
So, let’s organise ourselves into our own collectives, and start formulating our own submissions for the DiEM25 policy programme.
DEADLINE for Proposal/Amendment submission: 30th September 2018
Proposal 1 – Policy: Democratise Europe
All EU citizens deserve to be represented in the
Following a reduction of MEP members following the UK exiting the European Union, European Spring will call for the creation of EU extraterritorial constituencies that will take some of the 46 seats made available for possible EU enlargement to ensure representation of European citizens living in 3rd countries, including but not limited to the UK.
Proposal 2 – Policy: Democratise Europe
All EU citizens deserve to be able to vote
Following campaigns from organisation such as Europeans Throughout the World, European Spring will call for enabling voting (aiming ultimately for a digital solution) in European elections to ensure that all Europeans have a representation in the European parliaments regardless of where they live in the world. As it stands, EU citizens who do not reside in an EU country cannot vote in Parliamentary elections, or have to travel back to their home country to do so. Under this proposal, Consulate Generals of EU member states in countries abroad should be responsible for allowing Europeans abroad to vote, as they do for national elections. As an UK National Collective, we are struck by the 3 million EU citizens in this country who will be deprived of a vote in the May 2019 elections, given they have already been deprived of a vote in a referendum on their future, held hostage, and will have to pay £72 for the privilege. Communities elsewhere, such as the millions of Italians in Argentina and South America should not be excluded. This measure also furthers our aim to deepen international solidarity.
Proposal 3 – Policy: Deepen International Solidarity
To limit the impact of Brexit on UK citizens
Following the potential loss of EU rights of UK citizens living in the EU, European Spring will call for the setting up of a fast track accession to citizenship programme. UK citizens would be able to apply to become citizens of the EU country where they live if it allows for dual citizenship, or any other EU country if not.
Proposal 4 – Policy: Deepen International Solidarity
To limit the impact of Brexit on EU citizens
Following the potential loss of UK rights for EU citizens living in the UK, European Spring will call for the EU to make the setting up of a fast track accession to UK citizenship programme a priority in the post Brexit negotiations. EU citizens would be able to apply to become UK citizens if the EU country where they come from allows for dual citizenship, or to be offered an alternative guaranteeing minimum loss of rights if not.