Common European Election Programme

Net Policy

The digital revolution has changed social and economic structures throughout Europe; free and equal access to the internet is now a basic requirement for participation in civil society.

Citizens should have the option to access the Internet anonymously.

PIRATES wish to include the right of “digital participation” in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Net Neutrality

The principle of network neutrality must become European law to ensure strong incentives for investment, fair competition and equal treatment of everybody in the digital space.

International Trade Policy

Principles for Trade Agreements

PIRATES stipulate that in all negotiations of the European Union on trade agreements the following conditions must be met:

Patents

Patents in the Information Age

Patents mostly function as a deterrent to innovation rather than as an incentive. The patenting of knowledge in areas like genetics and biotechnology, as well as software, renders it a tangible threat to the future of our society.

Open Access and Open Data

Open Access

The results of any research funded, in whole or in part, by public money must be published in open access scientific journals or by other means which make them readily accessible to the general population for free.

Free Software, Free Culture and Free Knowledge

Free Software

PIRATES support the promotion of software that can be used, analysed, disseminated and modified by anyone. Free/Libre Open Source Software is essential for users' control of their own technical systems and provides a significant contribution to strengthening the autonomy and privacy of all users.

Copyright

PIRATES want a fair and balanced copyright law based on the interests of society as a whole.

Protection of Privacy & Civil Rights

Data Protection and Surveillance

Security in Freedom

The expansion of our civil rights, and protection of our freedom is a primary motivation for PIRATES.

The threat posed by unlawful and excessive surveillance measures, imposed on us by governments both foreign and domestic, whether in response to terrorism or other threats is grave. There is an immediate need for action to redress the balance and restore our privacy.

Transparency

Disclosure of influence on political decisions

PIRATES call for the disclosure of the influence of interest groups and lobbyists on political decisions to protect the democratic process and to make the basis of decisions transparent.

Whistle-blower Protection Law

PIRATES advocate for general and comprehensive legislation to protect persons who expose issues that are in the public interest, such as cases of corruption, insider trading, or ethics or human rights violations (“whistle-blowers”).

Citizen Participation and Open Government

Democracy Add-On for Europe

PIRATES demand the writing of a new European Union treaty designed to clarify and replace current treaties and address the need for democratic reform within the Union, provided it is accepted by the citizens of the Union through a referendum.

The present EU legislative process is dominated by the executive branch (the European Commission) at the expense of the legislative branch (the European Parliament). PIRATES seek an adjustment to the balance of power in European Institutions to favour the legislative branch.

European Union & Common Election Programme

The European Union

Given that self determination is one of the fundamental principles that we believe in, we believe that a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU should be offered to voters in the UK and that such a referendum should include the option for the UK to pull out of the EU and negotiate its own agreements with the EU as a whole or with  individual member states.

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