Newsletter September 2021

Newsletter September 2021

Sep 22, 2021

Dear Volters,

We are happy to present the eighth Newsletter of 2021 to you!

In this edition of our Newsletter, we will inform you about the following topics:

  1. Our reunion in Brasov
  2. Next General Assembly 
  3. The candidacy of our colleagues

We wish you a happy and informative reading! ( ͡o ω ͡o )


  1. Our reunion in Brasov

It happened! We met in Brasov! ❤(ˆ‿ˆԅ)

As I told you in the previous bulletin, Volt Romania took a “free” weekend to be able to participate in the Connecting Europe Express event and to work on a new project (which you will hear about as soon as possible (︡ ~ ͜ʖ ° ︠)).

What exactly is the Connecting Europe Express train and why was it so important? (⊙.⊙(◉̃_᷅◉)⊙.⊙)

If you watched our live then you certainly know everything there is to know, but for those who thought they would watch later and forgot or did not find it, here is our live .

But the brief explanation would be this, according to the official website of the European Union:

”As of September, the Connecting Europe Express will travel across the EU and stop in most European capitals to promote the many benefits of rail - for passengers, freight and the environment.  The project will also raise awareness of the importance of financing sustainable infrastructure such as rail, and EU support for such investment, including through the recently agreed new Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), worth €33.7 billion, as part of the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027.”

Did we do anything other than work? ¯\_( ͡ಠ ͜ʖ ͡ಠ)_/¯

Yes! The reason for this weekend was not just to work. It was also to get to know each other better and spend beautiful moments together! Next time we meet in a similar way, we will tell you what constellations and planets we saw. ;))

  1. Next General Assembly 

Soon, the first physical general meeting, from 2019, will happen! We are here to answer any questions you may have.

From when and until when?

One of the most important questions ٩(˘◡˘)۶! The program is as follows:

The meeting takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 16. and 17.10.

You can participate in this event not only as a member or volunteer of Volt Europe, but also as a guest.

The agenda includes:

Elections for the new Board (Board of Directors), which consists of 2 Co-Chairs, 1 Treasurer and 6 Members without Portfolio.

Those with access to our common Workplace platform can also follow the events regarding the presentation of candidates in the following days:

Friday, 01.10., Between 19:00 and 20:30 EEST and

Friday, 08.10., Between 19:00 and 20:30 EEST.

In addition, there will be discussions on last year's and future budgets, the results of external audits, votes on amendments to the Statute, information on the status of the "Volt Manifesto" project and a public action in Lisbon in connection with the Conference on the Future of Europe.

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Where will the meeting be?

This year the meeting will take place in .... Lisbon! But don't worry! If you can't get there then you need to know that the general meeting will be broadcast live on Volt Europa YouTube channel. 

I'm a volunteer and I want to help. How do I do it?

We're glad you asked! If you are in this situation then the solution is simple! Fill out this form and tell us how you can help!

We hope we have answered most of your questions, but if not, you can contact us on our social networks, on Workplace or by our e-mail romania@volteuropa.org !

  1. The candidacy of our colleagues

Because we were already talking about the General Meeting, then let us tell you about our candidates!

They are Diana Maria Olteanu,member without portfolio in the current Board Volt Romania , and Mihaela Sirițanu, the current treasurer of Volt Europe.

Diana is running for non-executive membership, here is a part of her speech: 

”(...) Volt Europe Board should give firstly, from my point of view, the political leadership input for all the chapters in a manner that, at some point, those chapters, all and in once (it would be preferable) should be helped by the Board to grow according to their needs, but with a very strong bond to the implementation of the core values that they took acknowledge, for the purpose that they can communicate from a suitable position with the Volt voters and here I see a practical solution: internal educational system. I think that right now Volt needs an inside education through training processes, addressed directly to teams by the Board representation in collaboration mainly with the Manifesto core team and the functional team of Volt Academics. I believe that the chapters need this help from the Board, to find the right solution for this flow of information going towards the chapters and vice-versa. Besides this, I consider that the system of tools that Volt already has, should always stay a supportive and ever learning field of communication between us, all, but an offline contact is always nevertheless the real touch of the voter. Therefore, the next logical step that I see, after strengthening the Volt chapters with the help of systematic training, I would support offline activities, knowing the voters in the streets, by common actions around all Europe at the same time, all together. All these actions inside training-outside movement should be connected in terms of timing and strategy.(...)

Good luck, Diana! 

Mihaela is running for the role of co-president of Volt Europe, here is a part of her electoral program:

”(...) Our problems spill over borders but our politics is restrained. Our issues are

linked but our politics is dispersed. We face crisis after crisis, but the European Union does not

do nearly enough. That’s why we started Volt, to come together and build a shared vision for the

future - a vision we will continue to bring forward, election after election, now and in the future.

All election campaigns begin when the previous ones end, and the 2024 elections are just around the corner. If we are to reach our goal of our own Parliamentary Group, we must dare to

be more present, more strategic and more political!

That is our call as Volt: to dare to do more, by leading the public debate and to provide European solutions. With that we will be able to spend the next years building credibility, mobilising our supporter base and bringing people together from all walks of life: students and union workers - human rights activists and entrepreneurs. Our leadership can galvanise marginalised communities and connect with social movements, faith groups and academics all across Europe.

Our task is to show voters that Europe means clean water, equal pay and job opportunities

without borders. We Volters know that a united Europe can tackle climate change, can tackle the pandemic and bridge socio-economic divides. Being bold, speaking with a loud voice on key

topics, and connecting issues across policy fields, borders and traditional political ideologies, is

the way to fulfill our purpose of dragging old European politics into the 21st century. (...)”

Good luck, Mihaela! 

Of course, we will keep you up to date with what is happening through this newsletter, but also on our social media accounts Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

That’s all for this month, 👋≧◉ᴥ◉≦

With best wishes, stay healthy!

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