European Pirates: A Common Programme for European Elections

European Pirates: A Common Programme for European Elections

European Pirates are building the foundations of a pioneering movement, one that is unique in history, by compiling a common political agenda that links pirate ideology to real life.

After the manifesto of the European Pirate Party (PPEU) in Warsaw, Pirates will gather in Athens next weekend, 2 – 3 November , to jointly develop a common  programme for the Euro-elections in 2014. The meeting will take place in the headquarters of Pirate Party of Greece at the center of Athens under the Acropolis.

Participants in the working group will deal with the common programme agreed upon, Pirate Parties can still submit their proposals until the end of October. The finalization of the programme will be done in accordance with the following schedule that has been announced by PPGR’s international coordinator Antonios Motakis in the PPEU mailing lists:

30 October 2013 (3 days before the Athens Conference). Deadline for Pirate Parties to propose texts for the discussion of the common PPEU Election Program at the Athens Conference. For any proposal to be taken into account, it must be numbered and ordered into the structure of the PPEU Manifesto (including the “additional” section). All parties submitted texts will be merged into one common text at the Athens conference.

3 November 2013 (after the Athens Conference). The main goal of the Athens conference will be to hold a workshop where the merged and democratically agreed upon text will be produced based on all parties’ proposals for a common program. The workshop in the Athens conference will work mainly on a consensus basis. In case of disagreement, it may prepare some amendments that will be tabled for November 17th where formal decision making may take place.

17 November 2013 (after the first draft from the Athens conference). Parties will submit amendments for the common program. There should be a clear format for the proposed amendments and they will be decided one by during a Mumble conference, exact date to be determined.

Until 1 December 2013, the parties will have two weeks to veto any part of the program that is still not acceptable to them, and the remaining bits will compose the finalized European Common Program proposal to be approved by the parties. Based on this plan of action all Pirate Parties, that are interested in participating in the process and the aim to adopt the common program, can send their proposed texts to the PP-EU Programme development mailing list (pp-eu.programme)  The proposed texts should (as much as possible) be ordered in the structure of the PPEU Manifesto (See the section titles of the Manifesto).


German Pirates have already prepared a proposal to present at the Athens Conference, concerning the goal of European Pirate Party to build a solid democratic foundation for the European Union  and defend the freedom of the internet.

Germans emphasize that it will be crucial to design political processes that are more citizen-friendly so that everyone’s participation will be guaranteed, create a common European cultural space and demand the convocation of a constituent assembly (Constitutional Convention) for the European Union in order to restructure the political system of the EU and its relations to the member states and regions:

“The primary goal of all PIRATES will be to fix this and to build a solid democratic foundation for the European Union. In order to achieve that goal it will be crucial to design political processes that are more citizen-friendly and to create a common European cultural space. Political decisions at European level need to be preceded by Europe-wide debates – allowing for adequate participation of all. Without equal, non-discriminating communication adequate participation will not come into existence; hence, no proper decisions representing the general public interest may be taken. The internet as a new sphere of communication offers tremendous opportunities, providing the possibility for political development, helping to overcome political top-down, one-way communication, and breaking the dominance of the mass media. PIRATES will therefore defend the freedom of the internet with fierce determination at the European level as well as on the global scale.”

“PIRATES demand the convocation of a constituent assembly (Constitutional Convention) for the European Union. The aim of the Constitutional Convention will be to restructure the political system of the EU and its relations to the member states and regions, thus establishing a truly democratic foundation. The process to create this must be transparent and include the European citizens in a comprehensive manner. The members of this assembly are to be elected democratically and should represent the cultural diversity of the Union. All citizens will then hold a vote on the compiled draft of the constitution across the Union at the same time. PIRATES also demand that citizens should be able to take part in votes all over the EU, in order to influence European legislation. They should be able to suggest changes to legislation or stop European laws in the making by means of a “citizens’ initiative”. This European Citizens’ Initiative must be easy to use and free of charge. Changes in EU- contracts or the constitution of the EU may only come into effect if a majority of EU-citizens approve in a simultaneous vote across the EU. The EU-executive must see to it that these votes can be conducted even on short notice. The present EU legislation is dominated by the executive branch / the European Commission / at the expense of the legislative / the European Parliament. PIRATES demand to readjust the separation of powers, favoring the legislative branch. Therefore, the initiative- and decision- making power of the European Parliament should be broadened.

The proposal is analyzed through thematic sections such as, Data Protection and Surveillance Policy, Refugee Policy, Political Transparency and Anti-Corruption Policy, Open Access and Open Data, Net Policy, Copyright Policy, Free Software, Free Culture and Free Knowledge, Patent Policy, Agricultural Policy, Social Policy, Economic and Financial Policy, International Trade Policy, Energy Policy, Traffic Policy, Drugs and Addiction Policy.

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Stathis Leivaditis

About Stathis Leivaditis

The English “pirate” is derived from the Greek word “πειρατής” (peiratēs) and this in turn from the verb “πειράομαι” (peiráomai), “I attempt”, which is a derivative of the noun “πείρα” (peîra), “experience”. Coming from the depths of the centuries, the word “pirate” took on another dimension in our days. The ruling classes saw pirates as rebels and hated them. Rebels without a state, they were not submissive to any law, except from the laws they instituted themselves, improvising together. This is the feeling of a Pirate: when something doesn’t work, you have to attempt to bring a new concept. Sometimes it goes beyond a certain point and perhaps exceeds certain limits, because it is an expression of challenge; the challenge to change the system. I’m a member of the Board (and former chairman) of Pirate Party of Greece, also a member of press team of PPGR, former journalist, now a free lancer. I'm in the team of Pirate Times from the start, I joined voluntarily and consciously because I am interested to meet pirates from around the world, to exchange views and spread the pirate spirit.