The Way to the Young

Pre-election platform for the European Parliament 2019-2024

INCREASING DIRECT DEMOCRACY AND REPRESENTATION OF CITIZENS IN THE EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS

1. The direct election of a European president by all EU citizens, who will replace the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Council.

2. Empowering the European Parliament to directly draft and vote on bills. Remove the European Commission's monopoly on the legislative initiative and expand the influence of the directly elected European representatives.

STRONG COMMON FOREIGN, SECURITY AND DEFENSE POLICIES

3. Establishment of a common European army, which, among other functions, should safeguard the external EU borders including the Bulgarian one.

4. Common EU policy regarding the migration problem.

a. Strict policy on how to distinguish the difference between refugees and economic migrants. Acceptance of refugees representing small minorities. Conditional acceptance of economic migrants on a national basis by countries that need to reinforce their workforce.

b. Strict control of people threatening EU security entering the EU.

5. Continuation of the close cooperation with NATO and the UK for EU’s defence.

EFFECTIVE JUSTICE FOR ALL CITIZENS AND GUARANTEE OF THE RULE OF LAW IN ALL MEMBER STATES

6. Extending the powers of the European Prosecutor in order to monitor and prevent the abuse of powers and influence in the Member States.

7. Reforming the judiciary following the best European practices:

a. End of party appointments: amendment of the quota principle in the Supreme Judicial Council of Bulgaria to a consensus mechanism.

b. Further accountability of the state accusation: reduction of the Chief Prosecutor's mandate with an opportunity for re-election.

Transparency and equality before the law: Directly elected civil participants in the Supreme Judicial Council of people without a legal education.

Judicial independence and legal capacity development: participation of students from the law faculties of universities in the distribution of cases.

A PROSPEROUS EUROPEAN ECONOMY: PROMOTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP, FAIR COMPETITION AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES

8. Modernization of the state administration through e-government and services for citizens:

a. Immediate introduction of electronic voting in Bulgaria for more civil activity and democratic legitimacy.

b. Introduction of Electronic Citizenship for Persons and Legal Persons following the Estonian Model.

9. Bulgaria - where the big decisions are made - accession to the Eurozone and lobbying for a bank union and a European Minister of Finance:

a. Accession of Bulgaria in the Eurozone in the fastest way possible in order to gain access to the €500 billion European Stability Mechanism (EMS) in times of economic crisis.

b. Modernization of the Bulgarian banking industry, assurance and insurance systems.

10. Making Europe and Bulgaria leaders in science, innovation and new technologies:

a. Achieve at least 4% of GDP investment in Research & Development.

b. Doubling the number of patents per capita and achieving a leadership position on a global scale.

c. Pan-European stimulation of a closer interaction between universities, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the business to spur innovation and the development of the high-tech industries

11. Small and medium-sized businesses at the heart of prosperity - promoting the development of high-tech, innovative SMEs through privileged access to European funding and increased control over the distribution of agricultural subsidies:

a. Prioritization of SMEs in the allocation of state and European funding.

b. Access to European markets for all - introduction of a digital platform for the creation of international partnerships, administrative support and advice.

Less bureaucracy for more economic prosperity - reducing bureaucracy for SMEs and administrative barriers between member states.

INVESTMENT IN OUR FUTURE - PRIORITIZATION OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES

12. Effective and efficient education in the 21st Century: Changing the principle of funding, from a quantity-based methodology (number of students) to a quality-based one (of the academic work of the teachers and the achievements of the students).

13. Development of universities at a European level in Bulgaria:

a. Concentration of resources in several higher education institutions so Bulgaria can have a top 500 university and eventually a top 250 university in the world rankings.

b. Reducing the number of state-funded universities in Bulgaria.

Investments in education as the main driver for accelerated economic development: prioritization of the financing of STEM subject development in all education stages.

RADICAL HEALTHCARE REFORM FOR А RELIABLE CARE FOR ALL CITIZENS

14. Quality health care through the development of European programs for the prevention of socially significant diseases (child health and maternity, cardiovascular and brain diseases, oncological diseases, addiction prevention).

15. Better treatment of Bulgarian citizens by laying the foundations of a European health system:

a. Integration of donor banks between Member States.

b. Development of medical tourism in Bulgaria and facilitation of access to treatment abroad of Bulgarian citizens through the creation of common European clinical paths (such as in the field of rehabilitation and balneotherapy).

16. Introduction of eHealth and electronic health cards for all citizens.

PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND CITIZENS’ HEALTH BY INNOVATION AND THE EFFECTIVE USE OF NATURAL AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES

17. Improving air quality by prohibiting the burning of solid fuels in major European cities, including Sofia.

18. Promote affordable electric public transport.

19. Modern jobs and 'green economy' - stepping up the policy of the transition to 'green' energy and improving the European emissions trading market.

20. Prohibition of the use of disposable plastic products and switching to environmentally friendly alternatives.