European Elections: Fixed Positions on Mobility Issues

Eight months ago, ACL scrutinised the manifestos of various candidates in the parliamentary elections. We came to the bitter conclusion that mobility issues of today and tomorrow remained largely undervalued. What about the European deadline of 9 June?

Published on 12/05/2024, updated on 14/05/2024

Mobility, a crucial issue

On 26 March 1995, the Schengen agreements came into force. The aim? To ensure the free movement of people within the signatory countries of the European Union and to harmonise checks on travellers. Today, the Schengen area comprises 29 countries. While the terms of these agreements are regularly debated, they have at least had the merit of abolishing checks at Europe’s internal borders.

However, in the run-up to the European elections, the issue of mobility occupies a marginal place in the debates. It’s hard to exist when the main focus is on the war in Ukraine, migration policies, and common defence issues.

For ACL, however, mobility remains a crucial issue. That’s why the Club took a close look at the positions of the Luxembourg candidates from the 13 lists in the running. To say the least, the ideas expressed are varied, and even diametrically opposed. We have chosen to detail them in the order of the lists.

List 1 – Mir d’Vollek
List 1 emphasises the need for mobility to be accessible to all, particularly marginalised communities. Candidates call for increased investment in public transport and the promotion of alternative modes of travel such as car-sharing and cycling.

List 2 – VOLT Luxembourg
VOLT Luxembourg advocates an integrated European approach to mobility, with a focus on the interoperability of transport networks and the promotion of sustainable modes of travel. Its candidates also support the implementation of policies favouring cross-border mobility.

List 3 – LSAP
LSAP focuses on improving public transport and reducing dependence on the private car. Its candidates advocate measures such as free public transport and investment in cycling infrastructure to encourage more sustainable mobility.

List 4 – FOKUS
FOKUS advocates a pragmatic approach to mobility, emphasising the need to balance economic and environmental needs. Its candidates support policies aimed at modernising transport infrastructure while reducing carbon emissions.

List 5 – KPL
The Communists emphasise a vision of mobility centred on the needs of workers and the working classes. They call for massive public investment in public transport and democratised management of transport networks where users have some decision-making power.

List 6 – dei Konservativ
The Conservatives propose an approach based on protecting Luxembourg’s national interests in terms of mobility. They defend the maintenance of national independence in transport decisions and oppose any form of European centralisation.

List 7 – Déi Lénk
Déi Lénk takes a critical stance on current transport policies, highlighting the social and environmental inequalities associated with car dependency. Its candidates call for massive investment in public transport and a significant reduction in the use of private cars.

List 8 – DP
The DP promotes a vision of mobility based on technological innovation and environmental sustainability. The party highlights initiatives such as the promotion of electric vehicles and the development of recharging infrastructure to reduce CO2 emissions and improve air quality.

List 9 – ADR
ADR focuses on preserving national independence in transport policy. The party favours a more conservative approach to mobility, giving priority to protecting Luxembourg’s national interests in negotiations. Its candidates defend, as they did in the legislative elections, the maintenance of the internal combustion engine for individual transport.

List 10 – Zesummen – d’Bréck Zesummen –
d’Bréck advocates a balanced approach to mobility, highlighting the need to reconcile economic, social, and environmental imperatives. The candidates call for transport policies that promote multimodality and sustainability, as well as enhanced cooperation at the European level to meet cross-border challenges.

List 11 – CSV
The CSV emphasises the need for a balanced approach to mobility, combining the improvement of transport infrastructure, the promotion of multimodality, and the reduction of CO2 emissions. The party also stresses the importance of European cooperation in implementing effective solutions to the challenges of cross-border mobility.

List 12 – Déi Gréng
Unsurprisingly, the Greens place environmental sustainability at the heart of their mobility programme. The party advocates a transition to greener modes of transport, such as cycling, walking, and public transport, as well as policies to reduce dependence on the private car and promote pedestrian-friendly urban planning.

List 13 – Piraten
The Pirates emphasise transparency and citizen participation in transport policies. They defend a collaborative approach to mobility, emphasising technological innovation and the promotion of shared transport solutions to meet the changing needs of citizens.

What does ACL think? While mobility remains a major concern for Luxembourg residents (see our survey ahead of the legislative elections), the positions of the various candidates in the running reflect the complexity of the issues surrounding mobility. At the end of the day, sustainable, accessible, and freely chosen mobility remains essential to guarantee everyone a prosperous future in Europe and in Luxembourg.

By Patrick Théry