What we stand for / Economic Renaissance


Due to tax competition between municipalities, cantons and ultimately European countries, we are losing a lot of public money that could be better used elsewhere. At Volt, we want a fair tax system that strengthens small and medium-sized businesses and in which companies contribute their fair financial share to the common good.

  • Increase taxation of wealth instead of income
    The gap between rich and poor is becoming ever wider, while the middle class has been weakened in recent years. Taxes should be collected fairly and in a spirit of solidarity; Those who have more should also contribute more. Taxes should increasingly be levied progressively on wealth and taxes on middle and low incomes should be reduced.

  • Raise corporate taxes
    Across Europe, national effective corporate taxes are to be increased to at least 22%. In addition, national surtaxes should be introduced for lower tax jurisdictions in order to effectively reach at least 22% everywhere. This will end tax competition between countries and allow companies to make their fair contribution.

  • Introduce local sales taxes
    Companies should tax their sales where they are generated. This means that taxes no longer flow to foreign oases, but instead go to the people locally beneficial.

  • Minimum rates for gift, inheritance and wealth taxes
    In order to achieve fair taxation for wealthy private individuals, European harmonised minimum effective rates for gift, inheritance and wealth taxes should be introduced.

The 5+1 challenges

Volt has defined 5+1 fundamental challenges that need to be addressed in every European country and in Europe as a whole.

Why 5 + 1 challenges?

The 5 challenges are essentially the same for each country, but their implementation can be adapted at the national level to take into account local circumstances.

Challenge No. +1 - our proposal to reform and strengthen the EU - is identical in all our national programs. Here in Switzerland, our relations with the EU are the focus.

Take a look at our Europe-wide programme!
  • 01

    Smart State

    Education and digitalisation are key elements of the 21st century

  • 02

    Economic Renaissance

    An innovative economy is the engine for the progress of society.

  • 03

    Social Equality

    No one should be left behind - regardless of gender, income, religion or origin.

  • 04

    Global Balance

    Europe must live up to its responsibility in the world to secure our common future.

  • 05

    Citizen Empowerment

    European citizens must be able to make informed political decisions, independently influence politics beyond elections and exercise their democratic rights.

  • +1

    EU Reform

    We love the EU - but that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement.