The appeal, which has been drawn up in 16 European languages, addresses employees in the following terms: “Everyone who wants to have their say on the future development of the European Union should exercise their right to vote. Europe concerns each and every one of us. This is why we, the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Group and the Group Works Council, jointly call upon all of you to take part in the election. Exercise your right to vote and help shape the future of Europe.”
The reasons given are as follows: “A united Europe which has a viable future and is strong in international competition is in all our interests. The single European market, cross-border trading and freedom of movement for specialists and the exchange of knowledge are essential prerequisites for our competitiveness. However, a united Europe is more than all that. It has brought the continent freedom and prosperity following centuries of bloody wars and disputes.”
As a conspicuous signal of its commitment to Europe, the Group has installed a banner with the slogan “Volkswagen votes for Europe” on the southern power plant at its Wolfsburg plant The banner, with the symbol and blue color of the European Union, has a size of 12 x 27 meters and is to remain in place until the day of the European election in Germany, May 26, 2019.
Volkswagen Group’s commitment to participation in the European election has a long tradition. Before the first election in 1979, Volkswagen already published a comprehensive article on election questions and an advertisement with an appeal to vote in its employee magazine.
The Volkswagen Group currently employs about 490,000 people, or three quarters of its global workforce, on the European continent. The Group records about half of its sales revenue in Europe. The 12 group brands come from seven European countries, where there are 69 production plants.