My top priorities in the EGP committee would be:
1. To place the goal to end austerity politics as the EGP’s political priority
2. To facilitate the trans-European fight against TTIP/CETA/TiSA
3. To give ammunition to tackle the spread of racist, far-right politics in Europe
1. Ending austerity politics
Austerity politics has been unsuccessful in sustaining even an inkling of economic prosperity for the majority and has outright failed in getting Europe out of the economic crisis, meanwhile causing unbearably large human suffering in the process. It our responsibility as Greens to build a credible alternative to neoliberal dogmatism and to gain the greatest popular support possible to start a new era of shared economic prosperity.
2. Fighting TTIP/CETA/TiSA
These agreements are threatening the fundaments of our democratic principles: equality before the law, right to informed decision making and parliaments’ rights to pass laws. The threat of these agreements is to disallow alternative economic policy-making in Europe, so fighting them should be a priority for everyone who cares about democracy. Yet I understand how complex of an issue these agreements are, and I have experienced the difficulty of trying to convince voters of its importance in the streets of Budapest. I believe the Committee could do the work of translating these complex issues into simple, effective political messages.
3. Tackling the spread of far-right politics in Europe
In many European countries the Greens are direct rivals of the far-right in the youth vote, something that signals our great responsibility in tackling the continent wide spread of these far-right voices. The way in which we must fight this politics is to show that the current political establishment is indeed out-of-touch, but far-right parties are also part of this establishment and many times follow the interest of foreign political powers and of capital accumulation over human wellbeing.