Defending and Extending the Freedom of Movement
Elimination of border controls within Schengen and a plan to extend free movement beyond it
The freedom of movement is a fundamental human right — and a cornerstone of the European Union. We will defend free movement by demanding the immediate elimination of all border controls within the Schengen area. In the long-term, we aim to extend the freedom of movement to countries beyond the European Union, providing even greater freedom to the people of the world to travel freely and choose their place of residence. In order to participate in that regime, countries would have to meet certain standards concerning the border regime, economic development, human rights, and rule of law.
Expanding the Cohesion Fund
Greater cohesion funding to support underdeveloped regions of the EU
We are proposing a significant expansion to the EU Cohesion Fund in order to support underdeveloped regions of the European Union. We aim to devolve cohesion funding from the member-state level, providing funds to localities in need and empowering them to invest in local services. We will also expand the remit of the EU Cohesion Fund to include investment in housing, health, and other social facilities.
European Teaching Corps
A Europe-wide initiative to train and deploy a new generation of teachers
We are proposing a Europe-wide initiative to train a new generation of teachers. The European Teaching Corps will support university graduates to teach in primary and secondary schools across the EU. The goal is both to provide new opportunities to young people to become teachers and travel the continent, but also to increase the multi-lingual resources in Europe’s primary and secondary education system.
Public Sector Erasmus
We will foster cooperation between EU employees across member-state public sectors
The public sector employs millions of Europeans and serves millions more each day: its performance is crucial to Europe’s well being. We will introduce an Erasmus for civil servants to foster cooperation between employees of EU institutions and officials in member-state public sectors. The programme aims to promote the exchange of best practices in carrying out public service, from the domain of health and care to justice and security.
Public Media Fund
Co-finance projects a wide range of content and release it across the EU
We will create a new European Public Media Fund that will co-finance projects at the local, regional, and member-state levels. The Fund will contribute a certain percentage of the production costs of a wide range of content, including films, podcasts, documentaries, and radio programs that enrich a progressive, democratic, and pluralistic transnational conversation. In return, the Fund will receive limited licenses for public distribution in the whole EU.
Relocation of all plundered works and curatorial representation from former colonies
We demand the immediate decolonisation of European culture. We call for the relocation of all works plundered from former colonies to be returned to their original homes. In cases where the works remain in Europe, we will ensure that the pieces are framed to give viewers a clear understanding of their colonial heritage. We will also push for curatorial representation from former colonies in preparing shows that reflect on Europe’s history of colonisation.
Commemorating Common History
A new course on the History of Europe for primary and secondary students
Europeans share a common history, and it deserves a special place in our education system. We are proposing the development of a new course on the History of Europe for primary and secondary students across Europe, encouraging schools to adopt common content to commemorate shared history.