Political System Reform

The laws regulating political parties are still young and underdeveloped. Up to 2016 there weren't any laws regulating them and today the Electoral Commission is incapable of acting on certain provisions of the law. This needs changing.

Political Parties

  • Decouple media outlets from political parties. Political party ownership of media outlets does not balance out, issues are generally not binary. 

    • Ensure the political parties work to publish their audited accounts within 2 years. 

      • Lack of cooperation would be penalised by fines on the party.

      • Parties may ask for a 2-year extension, once, if they have been cooperative throughout the process in regularising their audited accounts.

      • The decoupling can only commence once audited accounts are published.

    • Ensure decoupling involves separation of administration and finances.

    • Allow One and Net to continue operating, separate from the political parties, to ensure media plurality.

  • All political party activities, businesses & social enterprises should be regulated by political party financing law.

    • Ensure all income a political party earns through its activities adheres to political party financing law to ensure a full picture of a party’s finances.

    • Reform Political Party Financing Law to ensure it can regulate political party activities, businesses & social enterprises.

    • Resolve the Constitutional issue of the Electoral Commission being investigator, prosecutor and judge of breeches in the law by creating separate bodies performing each role.

      • The Electoral Commission can't investigate cases since the laws put it in breach of the  Constitution and the European Convention, including the right to a fair hearing.

  • Provide free auditing services for small parties with less than €5,000 in assets. 


  • Adopt a fixed-term parliament. By removing the Prime Minister’s prerogative to call elections, and adopting a fixed 5-year parliament term.

    • A snap election can only be called through a vote of no confidence or if the government resigns.

    • We will define clear boundaries of when an ‘election campaign’ starts and ends, to ensure political parties & candidates can transparently provide their campaign spending.

  • Make being a Parliamentarian a full-time occupation, and ensure proportional remuneration.

The 5+1 Challenges

Volt has defined 5+1 fundamental Challenges that need to be tackled in each European country and in Europe as a whole.

Why 5 + 1 Challenges?

The 5 Challenges are basically the same for every country, but their implementation can be adapted on the national level to take into account local realities.

The +1 Challenge – our proposal to reform and strengthen the EU – is identical across all our national programmes.

View the policy portfolio
  • 01

    Smart State

    Education and digitalisation are key elements of the 21st century

  • 02

    Economic Renaissance

    An innovative economy must be the engine of society's progress

  • 03

    Social Equality

    No-one should be left behind - no matter their gender, income, religion. or origin

  • 04

    Global Balance

    Europe needs to assume responsibility for its role in global challenges

  • 05

    Citizen Empowerment

    People must be empowered to influence politics beyond elections alone

  • +1

    EU Reform

    We love the EU - this doesn't mean there is no room for improvement