Politics: One month before the elections for the European Parliament, six candidates from Luxembourg took time to discuss their party’s agenda for Strasbourg at a town hall meeting organised by Amcham.
Photo: Benjamin Champenois
The 2014 European Parliament elections are perhaps the most significant to date, because according to the Treaty of Lisbon the new parliament will be able to recommend to the council of ministers its candidate for the next president of the European Commission.
With non-Luxembourg EU citizens resident in the Grand Duchy now able to vote in the EP elections regardless of their length of residency, the American Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg decided to ask representatives of local parties to engage with its members and guests at a meeting in Strassen last Tuesday evening.
Significant gains were made among the British and Irish communities, which Schroeder said could be attributed largely to the commitment shown by the respective ambassadors of those countries, Alice Walpole and Diarmuid O’Leary, to encouraging their citizens to register on the electoral roll.
The debate was co-organised with Delano and the European Parliament Information Office in Luxembourg. Candidates from six parties showed up for the debate, including Gina Arvai (Déi Gréng), Sven Clement (Piratepartie), Marc Angel (LSAP), Claude Radoux (DP), Roy Reding (ADR) and Fabienne Lentz (Déi Lénk).
Moderated by Delano’s Duncan Roberts, the debate allowed candidates to highlight aspects of their party’s manifesto for Europe and their attitude towards the role they think the European Union should play.
The debate covered topics ranging from voter turnout to youth unemployment, the EU budget to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Treaty negotiations.