The Importance of the Common European Election Programme

The Importance of the Common European Election Programme

European Pirates are moving on to the next level by adopting the Common European Election Programme (CEEP) and getting ready for the European elections of May. The CEEP was adopted by consensus, last November, in Athens

So far, Pirate Parties of France, Germany, United Kingdom, Catalonia, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Netherlands have adopted the CEEP, Sweden has adopted it, except for two paragraphs and Austria has ratified the older version. More parties are going to do the same in the coming weeks.

Martina Pöser, European Coordinator for PPDE, talked to Pirate Times about the importance of the CEEP: “I hope that being part of a visible Pan-European movement will boost the spirits of all Pirates in Europe and give us the necessary push for the European elections” Martina emphasized and noted that “we still need to find a common strategy based on the CEEP to advertise Pirate ideals across Europe for the upcoming elections”.

Pirate Times: It’s the second time since the Uppsala Declaration, in 2008, that European Pirates agreed to a common political agenda. Are there any differences between those two Declarations of Uppsala and Athens?

Martina Pöser: First of all, the Uppsala Declaration was much less concrete, didn’t name many concrete measures and didn’t cover as many topics as the CEEP. We now also have proposals for trade agreements, open data, open access, education policy, net policy and many very concrete terms. You can already see this when you compare the length of each programme. And this is without substracting the part of the Uppsala Declaration that deals with election strategy and how to act in the European Parliament later on. This is still missing now. We still need to find a common strategy based on the CEEP to advertise Pirate ideals across Europe for the upcoming elections.

Pirate Times: Why is the CEEP so important and what do you expect from it?

Martina Poser: The importance of the CEEP is in my opinion that it is a broad base for common politics of all Pirates in the EU. It shows that we have much in common and will act as a basis for the parliamentarians in the EP later on as well, I hope. So that not only those parties which will have MEPs will be represented in the Parliament, but all other European Pirates as well. And I hope that we will come up with some ideas for common election campaigns in the next months and make the CEEP fruitful even before the elections as common ground.

Pirate Times: And now what’s next for the PPEU?

Martina Poser: I hope that the PPEU will come into existence in March and will be a link between the European Pirate Parties and the Pirate MEPs. It also hopefully will serve as a tool for public relations and boost Pirate opinions on European policy via press coverage. If we get funded later on, we might also use it for organising events and campaigns all over Europe. The successful efforts to create a PPEU and have a CEEP show that the Pirate movement in Europe has come a long way in working together and trusting each other. I hope that being part of a visible pan-European movement will boost the spirits of all Pirates in Europe and give us the necessary push for the European elections.

You can read the CEEP translated in other languages here

Featured image: CC BY-NC-SA from images by  Samuel Ronnqvist and PPI