About my candidacy for the parliamentary elections with déi gréng
I have lived in Luxembourg City since I was 4 years old. I went to school here, got involved in the local music association at an early age and am still active today. After studying in Paris, Lisbon and Nancy, I came back to live here.
Luxembourg has an enormous quality of life, which I learned to appreciate even more through my time abroad. I am convinced that if we want to preserve the quality of life for the future and make sure that everyone can benefit from it, then we as a society have to innovate and implement change. I am commited to ensuring that the young people of today and the next generations can live on an intact planet.
This can only be achieved by protecting our environment, preserving our resources and acting in solidarity with each other. And it requires a strong voice of young people. That is why I am involved in politics.
Affordable housing for everyone
Housing is a fundamental right. Without affordable housing, you cannot have a good life. In Luxembourg, this fundamental right is currently not guaranteed. This must change! After years of overlooking the problem, things have started to move in the last 5 years. Never before has there been so much investment into affordable public housing.
However, it is clear that a problem that has not been addressed for 20 years cannot be solved in just 5 years. Therefore, it is important to continue these efforts in the coming years with clear and quick measures.
As spokesperson for the Young Greens, I have repeatedly advocated for more far-reaching measures in favour of affordable housing in recent years, and with success: recently, additional support for the purchase of a new home was introduced, which we as Young Greens had demanded. I want to continue this commitment in the coming years.
In the area of housing policy, I am particularly committed to:
- More investment in affordable housing that remains in public hands.
- Targeted financial support for young people looking for their first home and as well as for tenants.
- Consistent and rapid taxation of undeveloped building plots and vacant housing in order to mobilise them and thus ensure more supply on the housing market.
- State support for alternative forms of housing such as housing cooperatives or intergenerational housing for a broader range of housing oriented towards people’s needs.
- Better protection for tenants.
A future-oriented economy
I believe that the economy must serve the people and not the other way around. This means not wasting unnecessary resources and treating our environment with care. It also means that everyone can work under good working conditions and make a living from their salary. And it means that we do not focus on blind growth, but on a sensible development of our economy.
There has been progress in this regard in recent years, for example in renewable energies, which have been massively expanded. But there is still much room for improvement in all sectors, from the financial sector to industry and agriculture. The next few years are therefore crucial to set the right course and achieve climate neutrality.
My priorities in economic policy:
- The use of alternative indicators such as the “Luxembourg Index of Well-Being” in addition to GDP, in order to focus not only on material well-being but on what is really important, e.g. when drawing up the national budget.
- Clear and binding strategies in all sectors to achieve climate goals.
- A Green New Deal for Luxembourg with massive investments in the future and an even more attractive framework of investment aid and tax incentives for companies and households on the way to climate neutrality and resource conservation, e.g. with bonus building savings contracts for energy-efficient renovation.
- More support for young enterprises that want to try out new things.
- The promotion of welfare economy balance sheets, in which companies measure not only their profit but also their added value for society.
- A financial centre that is number 1 in terms of climate, environment and human rights.
A fair tax system that leaves no one behind
Through my work as a parliamentary attaché, I have been intensively involved with tax policy in recent years. I am thus convinced that we urgently need to modernise our tax system.
The potential benefits of a tax reform are big – we just need to have the courage to make use of them. After years of mainly talking about it, I am committed to making it an absolute priority in the next legislative period.
I am committed to a tax reform that:
- Especially in times of inflation, relieves those who are most affected by it and are in danger of slipping into poverty.
- No longer discriminates citizens on the basis of their living situation, i.e. whether one is married, in a registered partnership, a single parent or single. It is time for a uniform, fairer tax category for all.
- Ensuries fairer taxation. Those who have accumulated a lot of wealth must make a greater contribution, e.g. with a higher top tax rate.
- Makes our tax system more environmentally friendly, e.g. by making the switch to renewable energies or resource efficiency more attractive in tax terms.
- Supports young people at the beginning of their careers with a tax-advantaged starting budget that can be used for sustainable mobility or housing.
A strong voice for young people
Young people will be affected by today’s political decisions the longest. As spokesperson for the Young Greens, I therefore also want to bring a young dynamic into parliament – and do my part to ensure that young people have a strong voice.
Therefore, on 8 October, I hope for your support for my candidacy and for the entire Green List!
The entire election programme of the Greens for the parliamentary elections is available HERE.