The pirate party wants to bring new ideas and a generational shift into the capital's administration.
Pictured: the flyer of the pirate party for the local elections
Photo: Maison Moderne
Pirate party presents local election manifesto
Luxembourg’s pirate party (Pirate Partei) wants to enter the local council after the Sunday 8 October elections.
Lead candidate Sven Clement said his party represents “a new voice for a new generation.”
The party’s three priorities are to make the capital a “viable” and attractive place to live in, to make it fit for the future and to let citizens decide when and how far the city can grow (by having a more transparent local government). The “half” priority is to deliver new ideas and question old wisdoms.
Their motto “modern, fair, transparent” reflects the traditional issues of the party: transparency and technological progress. The pirates are demanding a register of public subsidies, the right to access local information, and the removal of the “Visupol” CCTV cameras
The pirate party is arguing for the liberalisation of the public internet infrastructure, but that only the state can ensure coverage of the whole country. On the other hand, the want all basic infrastructure, such as water, gas, electricity or waste management, to be under the control of the state or local councils.
In addition, the manifesto calls for free access to state subsidised sports and culture institutions. The party also deals with issues of representation; it wants non-Luxembourg residents to be automatically included on the electoral register, that the agenda and minutes of local council sessions be made public, that the use of Luxembourgish should be promoted (through more language classes) and that larger local councils should make all documents available in Portuguese and English.
The pirate party has submitted candidate lists in the following communes: Luxembourg city, Clervaux, Esch-Alzette, Petange, Remich and Kehlen.
The list of the candidates of the pirate party in the capital is headed by Sven Clement and also includes Rudolphe Aben, Lucas Arndt, Tshering Bhutia Nima, Lhamu Bhutia Nima, Pierre “Pierrot” Bis, Patrice Bonnet, Jeff Cigrand, Pascal Clement, Marc Gerges, Alain Knaff, Lucie Kunakova, Thibaut Milan, Laurent Lionel Moretti, Mario Morettoni, Silvia Nunes Ferreira, Stefano Picco, Mauro Pisa, Marco Reckinger, Anita Roth, Maringlen “Glen” Sheqeri, Michael Vandeputte, Max Wagner, Simon Walker, Amy Walker, Jo Wampach and Mike Weynandt.