Next in our series introducing Luxembourg’s political parties is the ADR, the self-proclaimed defender of the Luxembourg language and family values.
Delano: When was your party first established?
ADR: The ADR was created at the Convict Centre on 12 May 1987 under the name “Aktiounskomitee 5/6 Pensioun fir jiddfereen”, a group lobbying for people to receive 5/6 of their final salary as a pension.
Delano: Who founded it?
ADR: Among the founding members, two are still active today--Roby Mehlen (honorary chairman) and Gast Gibéryen (chairman of the ADR parliamentary group).
Delano: Why what it set up? Was there a key event that led to its establishment?
ADR: The action committee was initially set up to tackle the inequality between public and private sector retirees. The motto 5/6 signified that private sector employees should also benefit from a retirement pension of 5/6 of their final salaries, as did public sector employees at that time.
Delano: What were its guiding principles at that time?
ADR: The ADR’s mission was to identify and fight against inequality between the different sectors of activity in Luxembourg with regards to social security and, especially, pensions. It was because of this that the ADR saw 4 deputies elected to parliament in the 1989 general elections. Once elected our deputies had to cover all political debates and questions and, thus, ADR has evolved into a real political party in Luxembourg.
Delano: How have they changed over the years?
ADR: The principal objective of ADR, namely the equality and social security and pension systems, was achieved in 1999. Since this time, public and private sector pensions have been calculated in the same way with each sector benefiting from improved conditions.
ADR also defends family values and the right of parents to take responsibility for their children’s education and their right to choose schools, crèches etc. ADR also fights for the identity and language of Luxembourg.
Delano: Briefly, why should voters select your party in October?
ADR: The ADR is committed to genuine integration and defends the primary place of the Luxembourgish language, as well as traditional family values.
Please note that Delano is introducing the political parties for your information only, not to promote one over the other.