Djuna Bernard, seen far right at the 35th anniversary of Déi Gréng in June 2018, has confirmed she is standing for election as co-president of the party.
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The new parliamentarian has confirmed that she has handed in her candidacy to be the next co-president of the Greens.
Aged just 26, Djuna Bernard first made her name when she launched the (now defunct) "Refugees Welcome to Luxembourg" Facebook page during the refugee crisis in the summer of 2015.
She holds a master’s degree in non-profit management at Heidelberg and has been actively involved in the scouting movement (she was the representative of Luxembourg scouting internationally) and the Red Cross, and is also a former President of the National Youth Council. In December 2017 Delano's team awarded Bernard the "newcomer" title in the "insitutions" category at Maison Moderne's Celebrating Luxembourg awards.
She entered parliament for the first time for Déi Gréng following October’s elections after Sam Tanson was named as a cabinet minister (for culture and housing) and thereby freed up a seat in the Chamber of Deputies for Bernard, who placed 6th on the party’s list for the Centre constituency.
Déi Gréng has a tradition of having joint presidents of the party, one female and one male. RTL reports that incumbent male co-president Christian Kmiotek is standing for election again and following the success of the Greens at the October elections he is likely to retain his post. Bernard, if successful, would take up the post vacated by Françoise Folmer, who resigned in June last year before the elections.