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Mouvement Écologique wants government dedicated to sustainability
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Mouvement Écologique wants government dedicated to sustainability

03.09.2013 From our online archive
The “Mouvement Écologique” (Méco), an environmental organisation in Luxembourg, has said that it wants to see a clear commitment to sustainability by the next government as a whole, not just individual ministries.

(CS/mig) The “Mouvement Écologique” (Méco), an environmental organisation in Luxembourg, has said that it wants to see a clear commitment to sustainability by the next government as a whole, not just individual ministries.

President Blanche Weber commented at a press conference on Tuesday that the next government will have to tackle essential questions about the future of the country, adding that promises made need to be fulfilled and that plans need to be put into action.

Like fellow environmental organisation “Natur&Ëmwelt”, the Méco suggests that the “super ministry” of Sustainability, Infrastructure, Transport, Environment and Regional Planning should be split up.

Weber explained that the organisation suggests the creation of smaller ministries:

  • Ministry of Mobility and Regional Planning
  • Ministry of Climate, Energy and Environment
  • Ministry of the Interior, Urban Development and Housing
  • Ministry of Health, Food Safety and Consumer Protection
  • Ministry of Middle Classes and Economy

In a 68-page brochure, the organisation outlines further issues, which it is expecting the new government to address, from making politics more accessible to citizens, to investing in education, making EU policy more transparent, stopping the loss of biodiversity, connecting economy and sustainability and protecting the environment, among others.

According to Méco, sustainability is not just an environmental issue, but affects all areas of policy-making, from creating a sustainable housing policy, to a sustainable health care system. The organisation has previously criticised the Grand Duchy's ministries for lacking in awareness about sustainability.

Méco has also sent a questionnaire of 13 questions to the country's political parties running in the elections. The questions only allow for 'yes' or 'no' answers, with the organisation wanting the parties to show where they stand on key issues.

For more information in German click here. The documents will also soon be available in French.