Oana Marangoci is voting in Luxembourg parliamentary elections for the first time this year. She shared her perspective on the poll with Delano. Photo credit: Shariel Batista Photography.
34 year-old Romanian-born IT developer Oana Marangoci gained her Luxembourg nationality in November 2016.
She describes herself as “a late bloomer, a storyteller, and a woman in constant search for ways of expression and self improvement”.
A first-time voter who has lived in Luxembourg City for more than 10 years, she wants the new parliament to do more about rental accommodation, the environment, and to support those who suffer burnout more.
More laws on renting, recycling and reimbursing psychological support
“Most people buy a house but I am reluctant to engage in a loan for 20-30 years. Finding rental accommodation is a struggle and the owners and real estate agencies have a lot of power--stories of abuse are very common,” she told Delano last week. “I’d like to see the problem of rental accommodation addressed more intensively.”
In recent months Marangoci has also noticed a significant increase in the number of burnouts, especially amongst her acquaintances who work in the financial and audit sector. “There is not much of a legal framework to impose on companies to adopt measures to prevent burnout. When it happens, companies have zero responsibility and the psychological support needed is not reimbursed,” she said. She’d like to see a better legal framework for the prevention of burnout and mobbing, and also reimbursement of psychological healthcare by the National Health Fund (CNS).
“We might think that we live in an environmentally friendly country, but we are far from being perfect,” said Marangoci. She stated that poor public transportation forces people who live close to the city to buy cars, and suggested public transport could even be free, given only a tiny part of its cost is covered by tickets and subscriptions.
She went on to highlight that public events such as city marathons or festivals produce an enormous amount of plastic and food waste including promotional objects, cups and cutlery: “I wonder whether the collected recyclable waste is transformed ethically or exported to underdeveloped countries?” she asked. Marangoci wants stronger laws for more sustainability and waste reduction.
Open political debate in other languages
“I am not in complete agreement with any of the parties, but I have an idea of what representation I would like to see in the future parliament,” Marangoci said.
Although she has learned Luxembourgish for a long time and passed the nationality test, she struggles to understand everything if the campaigns are only in the national language. “I think that some public debates in other languages would help non-native speakers who have the right to vote.”
She also argued that Luxembourg could do with more expression of political opinions through talk shows or even political satire that would represent the diversity of the country.