Electoral programme 2023

Our national programme for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Luxembourg.

Our full election programme for the 2023 Chamber elections in Luxembourg is finally available and can be downloaded as a web version in three different languages:

However, you can also find out directly on this page what Volt stands for. What does Volt want to achieve in Luxembourg? We define ourselves on the one hand by our core values and on the other hand by our mission and goals for politics in Luxembourg. We address three main issues, which can be found below, divided according to the different themes.

Our individual policies on this site are shortened - for details, please refer to the election programme.

We want to shape our future

European. Democratic. Active.

A common Europe with a genuine parliamentary democracy, in which not individual heads of state and governments decide on the common future, but the directly elected parliament of all Europeans - and in the long term within a sovereign federal European Republic.

Climate-neutral. Entrepreneurial. Scientific.

A sustainable and generationally just market economy that sees opportunities instead of obstacles in decarbonisation, entrepreneurship and digitalisation. An economy that promotes structural and technological innovation and improves the lives of all people with a socially acceptable foundation.

We will make Luxembourg CO2 neutral by 2035 and climate neutral by 2040. With a self-determined and science-based transformation with opportunities for everyone.

Self-determined. Solidary. Inclusive.

A society in which everyone can participate and live healthily. A community that provides education, a resilient health system and financial means to support in difficult life situations. A society with a strong social cohesion to tackle together the challenges of today and tomorrow, in the city and in the countryside. A society where plurality is recognised as normality. In which discrimination is fought and equal opportunities and participation for all are central.

It is time to finally take action. Instead of burying our heads in the sand, it is time to seize the opportunities we have today and tackle the challenges of this decade now.

Volt is stepping up to shape this transformation and bring a breath of fresh air to politics. Volt comes at the right time to shape our common future – also in the Chamber of Deputies in Luxembourg.

For new politics. For a new Europe.


Promoting Europe and the European Union

Volt stands for Europe and Europe is not conceivable for us in any other way than with the European Union. In Luxembourg, too, we want to further strengthen the EU and its institutions in order to create an even more harmonious coexistence and an even closer connection with our neighbours. Luxembourg is the EU country par excellence, with 47% of its inhabitants being foreigners, 83% of whom come from the EU.


Empowering every citizen equally

Volt also stands for the empowerment of citizens, and by that we mean every citizen, regardless of gender, sexuality, nationality, religion or cultural identity. That's why we want to create even more tolerance in Luxembourg, which is characterised by its multiculturalism, and at the same time strengthen everyone's rights even more.


Commit to the climate and science

Last but not least Volt wants to promote green policies with a focus on the development of new technologies. We want to make Luxembourg not only a pioneer in zero emissions, but also promote renewable energies, new technologies in aeronautics, good education and a scientific community that moves Luxembourg forward.

Promoting Europe and the EU

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1. EU Reform

The EU is the most successful civilisational project since the Second World War and has enabled Europe's citizens to live in peace, freedom and prosperity. However, the partly outdated and entrenched political structures of the EU are increasingly reaching their limits in the face of current and future challenges. Volt is convinced that these challenges cannot be effectively met by doing it alone at national level, but only with stronger integration and more European democracy. For this reason, as a first step, we want to comprehensively reform and democratise the current structures of the EU. In the long term, a federal European republic based on a European constitution legitimised by the European citizens should emerge.


1.1 Reforming EU institutions

Our goal is to make the EU more democratic, more capable of action and more credible. This requires substantial reforms of the European legislature and executive.

  • We want to create a government capable of action and controlled by parliament that acts in the interest of the entire EU.
  • Volt advocates for a uniform European electoral law.
  • Volt strives for a uniform legislative procedure in the EU.
  • We want to strengthen the financial autonomy of the EU.
  • We want to increase the transparency of the EU institutions, especially in the Council.
  • We ensure compliance with and enforcement of the fundamental values of the EU as laid down in the Treaty on European Union (TEU).

1.2 European Republic

The member states of the EU are not managing to shape the European treaties in a way that gives the EU the necessary competences for an effective policy. We can only overcome this constant inhibition of the EU by developing it into a federal European Republic.

  • We want the citizens of Europe to jointly adopt a European Constitution and to unite in a European federal state, the federal European Republic. This will happen through a joint act of will by the populations of all European states.
  • We are open to a "coalition of the willing" in order to be able to take the necessary steps in parts of Europe more quickly. In building a federal European republic, others can join later.
  • This step requires a debate of all European citizens that will determine the future. We are committed to holding this debate at all levels.
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2. Strengthening European cooperation

Regardless of the current and future institutional framework of the EU, there are many pressing challenges where more intensive European cooperation is imperative and needed quickly. In our view, this cooperation is greatly facilitated by, but not bound to, closer EU integration - in particular the fusion into a federal European Republic. For us, a more closely coordinated European approach is already possible and indispensable, especially with regard to financial markets and tax policy, internal European security, climate policy and diplomacy, foreign and defence policy, promotion of research and development, and health.


2.1 Financial markets and coordinated tax policy

The lack of coordination in financial and tax policy in the EU is in need of reform in many respects.

  • An EU Ministry of Economy and Finance is absolutely necessary.
  • We support the introduction of an EU-wide financial transaction tax on securities, derivatives and all forms of financial market betting.
  • We want to advance the implementation of the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB) in Europe and thus with binding effect for Luxembourg.
  • We are committed to the enforcement of an appropriate European taxation of digital companies
  • We strive for a significant reduction of intra-European tax competition.
  • We advocate decisive action against tax havens in Europe and in third countries.
  • We want to strengthen the implementation and expansion of the international exchange of information between tax administrations to counter tax evasion.

2.2 Common Internal Security

Organised crime and terrorism do not stop at national borders.

  • We want to expand Europol into a fully-fledged European police force.
  • Volt advocates that there should be no more stationary controls of internal borders within the Schengen area, not even random checks.
  • We want to make the EU exclusively responsible for the protection of the EU's external borders.
  • We want the European Union to have a humane refugee policy and a sensible labour migration policy.

2.3 Common foreign and defence policy

At present, there is no coordinated common foreign policy of the European states, as each government in the EU has a de facto right of veto. We want the European states to pursue a common, democratically legitimised foreign policy and to present a united front to the outside world.


Foreign policy

  • We advocate that majority decisions be made possible and take place in the Council of the EU.
  • Volt also seeks to appoint a joint European Foreign Minister.
  • Volt wants Europe to use economic leverage, if necessary, to pressure the Chinese government to undertake domestic reforms and to ratify and comply with international human rights agreements.
  • Access of Chinese institutions and companies to the EU market may need to be restricted from the perspective of respecting fundamental and human rights.
  • Volt is committed to democratising the United Nations in order to give all people a voice at the global political level, to better solve planetary challenges and to achieve peaceful coexistence worldwide.

Defense policy

  • Our strategic goal is a European army with uniform equipment under a European defence minister, in which the Luxembourg army will be absorbed.
  • In the next legislative period, we want to expand existing bilateral/multilateral cooperation with other European nations, establish new cooperation with interested partners and advocate for uniform procurement processes.
  • To support a European army, Luxembourg should at first increase their contribution to the required 2% NATO norm.

2.4 European Space Policy

Europe is a world leader in Earth observation, but lags behind the major space-faring nations in space exploration and space travel. We want the EU to become a world leader in space policy.

  • We advocate the implementation of a space law that ensures that the use of the opportunities and resources of outer space is oriented towards the common good of humankind.
  • We want to increase Europe's investments in space policy at all levels.
  • We want to intensify the development and use of information from satellite-based Earth observation.
  • We are committed to researching and developing the great potential of space-based solar energy and nuclear fusion.
  • Volt considers it particularly urgent to develop a sustainable strategy for limiting the space debris caused by mankind.

2.5 Common health policy

A common approach to vaccine licensing and procurement has proven useful and shows how much all EU citizens can benefit from a union in healthcare. What is missing, however, is a common EU authority with a mandate to monitor the amount of vaccine production capacity worldwide in order to avoid supply bottlenecks and to address weaknesses in supply chains in a timely manner.

  • In the short term, we want to achieve cooperative collaboration between the EU member states instead of national solo efforts.
  • We are committed to a European preventive health strategy in the medium term. This includes the elaboration of a European consensus on a common drug policy to be implemented in all EU Member States.
  • A European digital infrastructure in the health sector is to be established.
  • In the long term, we want to ensure universal coverage and access to health care for all European citizens.

3. Truly European Education

Education lays the foundation for a society based on solidarity, a living democracy and thus for our common future. For this reason, it plays a decisive role in overcoming major societal challenges, such as social inequality, the rapidly changing world of work or combating the climate crisis. In this respect, education is the cornerstone of our future and must be at the forefront of a sustainable state - from pre-school to higher education and vocational training. Good education is characterised by being freedom-loving and supporting students intellectually in their learning. One of the greatest challenges is to reduce the disadvantaging influence of social background on educational success and to individualise pupils' biographies. The state also bears responsibility for education, as it is a task for society as a whole. We want to face up to this responsibility with this section of the programme. We are rethinking education – in a way that is true to life, scientifically sound, equitable and inclusive. That is why we want to invest in future-oriented, holistic education and reform the education sector. In this way, with the help of individualised, multi-professional and practice-oriented guidance, learners will become responsible, committed citizens who actively master the challenges of our time and help shape the future.


3.1 European school model for primary and secondary in Luxembourg

Luxembourgish society is characterized by a high proportion of foreigners (47,1 % of the population are foreigners) mainly from other European member states (80,8 % of the foreigners are EU citizens). The traditional Luxembourgish public school is no longer suited to this situation. Volt therefore is in favour of a massive rollout of the European School system nationwide, with the aim of eventually entirely replacing the traditional Luxembourgish school system


Volt advocates that European primary schools should be massively increased (as to one day replace the national primary school system as a whole) and European secondary schools as an alternative to the lycée classique should be the standard education for every child in Luxembourg. Every child, regardless of interests and abilities, should start in the European system ideally from their first year of primary school (Nursery) and imperatively in their seventh school year (7e). A switch to a lycée général, which offers vocational and craft training, is then envisaged from the fourth year of secondary school (4e).

Why we like the European school system of accredited schools

  • A common programme makes for a common goal – it unites Europe.
  • A common programme makes sure that everyone is guaranteed the same education, no matter where in Europe.
  • Accredited schools are open to everyone and free of charge (in Luxembourg).
  • The experts who work out the programme can be the elites from all over Europe.
  • Moving between countries is made easier for kids.
  • Languages are promoted strongly (enforcing integration and understanding between the peoples of Europe)
  • No country hast to give up their language/heritage.
  • It can be easier and less costly for local governments, since a lot of the work is outsourced.

What we want to change and how we want to implement the European school model

The big issue: Vocational training and vocational qualifications are not yet provided for in the European School model. For this reason, the lycée général must be maintained, but the lycée classique can be completely replaced by the European School. However, we propose the following changes if the European School model is implemented as the standard model:

  • The period in which all pupils, regardless of their competence, will or objective, are taught together in a single school system should continue after primary school. We think that a two- or three-year common education in a European Secondary School makes sense.
  • There must continue to be a voie de préparation (VP) for pupils with learning difficulties - in our proposal, only the voie d'orientation (VO) of the ESG would be omitted.
  • There must be significantly more pedagogical and psychological support in the first years of secondary school. We call for the employment of even more qualified psychologists in schools, who can identify problems early and support pupils better.

3.2 General problems in schools that need to be addressed

Irrespective of the implementation of the European Schools system, other problems continue to arise in the education system. We want to change the following.

  • We demand a drastic reduction of the quota to a maximum of 20 pupils per class and we ant to create more homogeneous classes, which can then be taught more uniformly.
  • We demand that new thinking space be created in general, so that teachers can once again have the support of their direct superiors and their public image is improved.
    We also demand that there be more compulsory consultation with the unions and that they have a voice in important decisions in the education system.
  • Every child must be guaranteed a place in a crèche - just as they are guaranteed a place at school.
  • We need more extracurricular personal (e.g. psychologists) at school.
    Infirmaries with trained staff, i.e., trained nurses, should be made compulsory in both primary and secondary schools.
    We think every pupil shoulld have the right to one free lunch per day in the school canteen.
  • We demand that secondary schools start at 9 a.m. only, so that the pupils are helped and we accommodate their biorhythms.
  • We want to introduce "home and consumer knowledge" as a mandatory subject as a Best Practice from Sweden.

3.3 Joint promotion of research and development

While China and the USA are pushing ahead with strategic projects with strong financial resources, this is happening in Europe in a much less targeted and coordinated way, even if sufficient funds are available overall. The important step of industrialisation is often not sufficiently taken into account, and so many approaches are terminated after the development phase.


European Research

We want to push European R&D and want the establishment of a European agency for advanced research.

  • It should harmonise the various funding programmes at European level.
  • It should set up and manage ambitious projects with a focus on promoting and harnessing new technologies.
  • It should award sub-projects via European calls for tenders.

Free Software

  • Volt wants to ensure that open technologies and standards, which are essential for the internet, our digital infrastructure and civil society, are further developed in the long term. Secure funding is particularly important to guarantee a healthy (open source) ecosystem in the long term and thus a free and secure internet.
  • In the short term, Volt advocates the establishment of a state-financed fund in Luxembourg that is as independent as possible and that promotes the further development of open standards and Free and Open Source Software (FLOSS) in the long term.

Empowering every citizen equally


4. Reforming the Electoral System

The pillar of any democracy is the right to vote. Through elections, a voter expresses his needs, his vision for the future. In a representative democracy, it is therefore incumbent on the elected to respect the will of the voters. However, we have been in a crisis of the electoral system for several decades. On the one hand, the electoral system has not been adapted to modern conditions and its complex system promotes a lack of transparency and unbalanced voting. Apart from the fact that even the system of elections in Luxembourg promotes populism in a certain way, at the same time an enormously large part of the population is not entitled to vote at all. This also seems to be a problem if Luxembourg still sees itself as a democratic state. Because if the people (demos) are no longer represented, they no longer rule (kratos).


4.1 A different voting system

The current electoral system of the parliamentary elections in Luxembourg with its four constituencies (“Walbezierk”) disadvantages smaller parties and does not adequately represent the electorate. Plus the current system is proportional representation with lists of candidates the possibility of panachage gives voters too many election results in which the actual will of the voter is not reflected and can lead to further paradoxes.


A single constituency

We believe that a more representative and democratic electoral system is possible. Therefore, we advocate a reform of the electoral system with only one constituency and a more representative electoral system that allows for a more democratic competition between political parties. The advantages:

  1. Small parties could be elected by everyone, regardless of the voter's place of residence. This makes for a more democratic process.
  2. List fillers would be less imperative, as you can reach more voters with fewer people. This makes for a more transparent and honest election.
  3. The paradox of candidates no longer living in the constituency would be eliminated.
  4. Anyone could vote for anyone and thus ultimately determine all seats in parliament, which would also be much more democratic.
  5. The electoral system would become much less complex and thus more transparent.

Consideration of alternative electoral system

Volt would support an electoral system that only allows list voting (already over 60% of voters have a tendency to vote for lists rather than individual candidates) and at the same time corresponds to a different selection system. For example, the Ranked Pairs System would be a possibility, although studies are needed to look in detail at the implications of such a system for Luxembourg.

Volt therefore supports calls for a new electoral system, taking into account the latest research, to establish as fair and programme-centred a system as possible in Luxembourg (and possibly Europe).

4.2 Voting rights for foreigners

A big part of the population is not represented in the current political system. The right to vote is historically attached to Luxembourgish nationality. Even though many of the foreigners are well integrated and have been living in the country for decades, they have no possibility to express their preferences and their will in elections.


Our Proposal

To be eligible to vote in legislative elections, foreign nationals must:

  • Be a citizen of an EU member state 
  • Have lived in Luxembourg for at least one election cycle (5 years), without interruption.
    • After this period of 5 years, foreign residents can register at their local commune to participate in the next legislative elections. This must be done 4 months prior to the election date.

Once eligible and registered, certain conditions apply:

  • Foreigners will have the same obligations as Luxembourgish nationals. As voting is compulsory in Luxembourg, foreigners who register to vote will also be subject to possible fines if they then do not participate in the elections. 

Once foreigners leave the Grand Duchy and take up residence in a different country, their right to vote expires. Should they move back to Luxembourg following their departure, they will again be required to live here for the period of 5 years, to prevent the issue of “cherry picking”.

For a detailed analysis of the counter arguments, please refer to our electoral programme in full.


5. Higher Quality of Life & Social Justice

The quality of life in Luxembourg and Europe is quite high compared to the rest of the world. But we still see some potential for improvement. People are overworked, can't always get involved in politics and are also afraid of rising crime. At the same time, many measures that are taken are not characterised by solidarity. Volt is committed to a better quality of life for every citizen, while at the same time placing social justice as a top priority.


5.1 Work time reduction

Reducing working hours has two major positive effects: First, it can increase productivity, as a Japanese study shows. Secondly, studies suggest “that the reduction of working hours with retained salary could be an effective workplace intervention for the improvement of employees’ well-being, especially regarding stress and sleep”.


We demand pilot projects for the reduction of weekly working hours without loss of pay!

  • There is no reduction in unpaid work without a reduction in paid work time. Women and men need more time to organise equal care for unpaid work in the domestic sphere.
  • Reducing paid working time also helps to redistribute work more evenly and to combat unemployment.
  • Reducing the time spent in paid work allows more time for personal commitments, activism and watching children grow up.
  • Reducing working time also means reducing the long list of things that need to be done and thought about.
  • But we also want people to continue to enjoy the freedom to organise their work and, for example, to be able to work more if they want to. Overtime must continue to be possible.

5.2 Measures to increase safety: Prevention over reaction

Volt is aware that crime is a problem in a free state and that more and more people feel less safe. Densely populated areas with major transport hubs such as a main railway station certainly always pose some risk of criminal activity. But we also have to recognise that it is very difficult to separate cause and effect, as well as to collect statistics on crime in general that are meaningful.


We clearly oppose measures that propose simple solutions such as systematically increasing the police force or camera surveillance.

We rather think that security can be acquired most effectively by means of social measures.

Compulsory military/civilian service as possible prevention

We support pilot projects for bringing back mandatory military or civilian service, for it can be both a character-building and socialising activity that can have a meaningful effect on young people. It can, under certain circumstances, prevent unstable characters from becoming maladjusted and delinquent and gives them the necessary support.

Special training for parents

We think there should be special trainings for parents regarding juvenile delinquency, drug use, mental health, etc., offered by the state (e.g. by the police, psychologists, social workers, etc.). These should be directly linked to the issuance of certain subsidies; it is conceivable that such subsidies will only be paid out if a parent has demonstrably attended such a training.

5.3 Modulation of fines

In the interest of greater social justice and especially in the case of serious offences, income-related modulation of fines should also be introduced. (As in Finland, Norway, Switzerland or the UK in various forms.)


Finnish fines for speeding: In Finland, fines for speeding are linked to income. There is a “daily rate” system, which is calculated based on a traffic offender's disposable daily income. As a rule, the daily income is divided by two. A similar regulation in Luxembourg, or in Europe as a whole, is advocated by Volt.

5.4 Empowering citizens by making municipal budget available to the community

Volt wants to strengthen the power of the people and thus make some of the money from municipalities available to residents. As it is the case in Antwerp and Paris for example.


Through a participatory budget, residents have the possibility to propose and vote – both on the internet and on paper – concrete projects up to a percentage of the city’s investment budget that is defined by the College of Aldermen. This is part of citizen education and participation as citizens are directly involved in the process and are encouraged to be better informed about the functioning of the municipal budget.

Volt is in favour of citizen’s budgets.


6. Equal Rights for Everybody

In a free and democratic state, everyone must be able to exercise their rights. However, minorities often risk being ignored in the process, and so there are always cases where not everyone is given equal consideration. The rights of people must not be restricted because of their skin colour, religion, sexuality, gender, or disability. We are committed to strengthening the rights of everyone in Luxembourg and throughout Europe.


6.1 Parental leave for everyone

In Luxembourg, parental leave regulation has remained stuck on the traditional family model and heterosexual parenting roles. As a result, gay and lesbian, non-binary and/or trans partners are completely excluded from certain rights.


We want :

  • to replace the 10-day “paternity leave” with a 3-month full-time, full-paid birth leave open to all.
  • to give single parents the right to 12 months parental leave.
  • to make parental leave even more flexible and do away with the strict two times six months rule.

6.2 Include the right to abortion in the constitution

Unfortunately, conservative tendencies can be observed in more and more countries around the world, which has a major impact on women's rights. We at Volt are watching these activities with horror.


The right to abortion is one of the fundamental rights of every woman and pregnant person.

We do not want to risk that with a sudden change of government, this fundamental right can suddenly disappear. Therefore, we demand that the right to abortion be included in the Luxembourg constitution (we believe it should be in every European constitution). Our proposal would add a sentence to Article 12 on individual freedom:

  • No one shall be deprived of the right to a voluntary termination of pregnancy, and no one shall be deprived of the right to a voluntary termination of pregnancy with a maximum exercise period of less than 12 weeks' gestation. (“Nul ne saurait se voir dépourvu du droit à l’interruption volontaire de grossesse et nul ne peut être privé du droit à l'interruption volontaire de grossesse avec un délai maximal d'exercice inférieur à 12 semaines de grossesse.”)

6.3 Strengthening LBTGQIA+ rights

Volt stands up for the rights of all. No one should be discriminated against because of their sexuality, gender or religion. We demand more rights for the LBTQIA+ community in particular.

  • We demand that sexual orientation, sex and gender should no longer play a role in blood transfusions.
  • We call for a ban on conversion therapy in Luxembourg and in the EU!
  • We demand that it be banned, that intersex new-borns are operated on their genitals without medical necessity.
  • We demand that the indication "other" becomes possible on all official documents.
  • We call for a neutral wording in the law: "birthing person” (Fr.: “personne accouchante”, Ger.: “Gebärende Person”).
  • We call for parenthood to acquire a different status and for it to be possible to define who will be designated as a parent even before birth.

7. Care & Well-being

In addition to social justice and a high quality of life, the sense of well-being in a state also needs to be right. This includes having contact points that are always ready to help you when you need it, and in addition to criminal safety, knowing how to deal with certain issues is also part of the sense of well-being. Especially in terms of digital well-being, Luxembourg, but also the whole of Europe, still has a lot of catching up to do, because the internet is still seen as a space that is too free of rights. We want to remedy this and offer people the necessary security and comfort they deserve.


7.1 Welcome Desks for new habitants

A Welcome Desk is designed to offer personalised services and advice to newcomers. Relevant information is collected by the Welcome Desk's linguistically and culturally trained staff, condensed and then put into a comprehensible and descriptive form (checklists, process descriptions, etc.)


Volt also supports a volunteer buddy system coordinated by the Welcome Desk to be offered: Citizens who have been living in Luxembourg for many years should be available to the newcomers as contact persons for questions that are not primarily the responsibility of the Welcome Desk (culture, sports, etc.). We would like to create a database of volunteer city patrons (buddies) in all neighbourhoods and districts. These buddies can then contact the newly arrived citizens if they want to get more information or find someone with whom they can engage in leisure activities etc.

7.2 Internet regulation and empowerment of citizens in the digital sphere beyond the Digital Services Act (DSA)

So far, internet platforms that offer and share pornographic or illegal content have been little regulated. As a result, the protection of minors is not guaranteed, illegal content can be gathered, and even private videos are shamelessly shared without major tracking - to the chagrin of the aggrieved without much hope for improvement. This must change as a matter of urgency. This has now happened more or less at the European level by means of the Digital Services Act (DSA). But by no means is everything provided for in it, which is why we demand the following.


Regulating porn platforms

We demand that there be a better system for monitoring the protection of minors. The current situation is catastrophic (clicking a button that supposedly confirms the person is over 18 is enough for most platforms). Here we would have to think about systems where adult content stays behind a better barrier. Self-deleting scans of the identity card or similar documents are conceivable. Other systems that preserve internet anonymity are also possible: For example, software tools can be used to give parents the option of controlling devices via a youth protection app, so that, if possible, all questionable content must first be activated or permitted by a parent or guardian.

Power to the Users: Affected persons must be able to turn to authorities to have orders issued

The DSA does not provide for a contact point for users affected by so-called revenge porn, deepfakes and other forms of image-based violence. We therefore call for a specific, European digital contact point where those affected can report and thus complain as simply and centrally as possible.

Open the black box: There should be more transparency about risks & impacts

We demand that information on how the content moderation of a platform works be made visible in a legally regulated manner.

7.3 Age-appropriate living: multi-generation housing estates

According to us, old people's homes diminish the experience of older people, promote depression and accelerate ageing. The abandonment of autonomy and memories, as well as a lack of staff, is also objectionable. That is why we urgently need a nation-wide alternative.


Multigenerational houses or settlements are special projects for seniors 55 and older, where older people and younger people live together in a very free environment, thus benefiting from each other, allowing to be autonomous, promoting interactions and friendships, and ultimately also reducing costs (e.g., for care staff).

We imagine the following ideal scenario for multi-generational housing:

Instead of a single block of flats, entire streets and housing estates are built for the purpose of age-appropriate housing.

It should be a combination of simple, autonomous housing for the elderly, old people's homes, social housing and support for young families. In these settlements, which were built especially for this purpose, there are several flat blocks containing flats that are specially adapted to the needs of senior citizens, but also of families.

This would contribute to a sense of community and would strengthen the mental health of the elderly, while at the same time young people would benefit from the wisdom of the elderly and the sense of community. Finally, it is our society's obligation towards the third age to include those in the active working generations and not to banish them to a retirement home on the outskirts of the city.

7.4 Empowering senior citizens

While there are many initiatives and seniors' clubs that play an important role in accompanying older people in their daily lives, once one retires from working life, the offer of lifelong learning becomes less and less.


The importance of loneliness for individual well-being and social cohesion should not be underestimated. The mortality risk of loneliness is comparable to that of obesity and smoking. Persistent loneliness is also associated with unhealthy behaviours, mental health problems and poor cognitive performance. Lonely people also give more pessimistic assessments and feel more threatened by life situations than their "non-lonely" counterparts.

After retirement, lifelong learning has a central role to play in promoting well-being and quality of life.

Volt therefore proposes to increase BeeSecure's budget to be allocated to the Silversurfer initiative. This will enable a nationwide strategy to empower all seniors to use new technologies safely and offer them a way out of loneliness.


8. Housing Issues

Luxembourg's property prices have been rising for decades and so far there is no end in sight. It is a fact that fewer and fewer Luxembourgers can afford to own a home in their own country. Flats and houses are now so expensive throughout the country that living has almost become a luxury. This is of course an absolute catastrophe, since decent housing is one of the basic needs of every human being! The causes of the housing crisis are manifold and complex, so there are no simple and clear solutions. However, we think that many social measures can regulate the problem and we believe that everyone who works in Luxembourg should also be able to afford a flat here.


8.1 Social rental management to combat the problem of the many vacant flats

The problem with some vacant flats is that the owners do not want to make the effort to rent out their flat (because they speculate on a profitable sale or something similar).


A solution to this can be to force owners to give the rental to social rental management, where an accredited organisation (such as Life asbl or 28 others) looks after an owner's property and searches for residents according to social criteria while guaranteeing the rent.

8.2 Creating the right to affordable housing for all

Access to decent and affordable housing is a fundamental right, which must be guaranteed to all without discrimination. Housing is an amplifier of inequalities in Luxembourg.


We want to:

  • Recognise the right to adequate and affordable housing as a fundamental right and enshrine it in the constitution.
  • Guarantee equal access to affordable housing for all without discrimination on the basis of gender and all the grounds set out in Article 21 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
  • Invest in the construction and development of affordable housing, accessible to people and households with modest incomes.
  • Bring forward the urgent construction of social housing needed in the medium term.
  • Offer more flats and houses with the concept of emphyteutic rent in communes.

8.3 Key measures to combat the housing problem in Luxembourg

In order to do justice to everyone's right to housing in Luxembourg, there is an urgent need for solutions that solve the problem both in the short term and then in the long term, so as not to always fall into the same problem spiral.


Helping tenants with their rents

In order to help the tenants with their rents we want to make a determined amount of the tenant's rent tax-deductible. This fixed amount would correspond to the maximum amount of loan costs that a homeowner can deduct from tax under current tax law.

Significantly more and denser social housing

We demand:

  • that significantly more social housing is built and that the proportion is at least tripled.
  • that more dense housing is built in order to adequately accommodate as many people and families as possible.
  • that suburban-like housing complexes are built, in which space is also created for pharmacies, small shops (such as bakeries or supermarkets), day-care centres, schools and cultural centres of the community. Thus, a small life can also take place outside the busy cities.

Tackling the property tax issue

  • To counteract land retention, communes should first apply their current measures more consistently. For instance, nearly 25% of municipalities disregarded the "B6" property tax lever, which applies to land used for residential construction and identified as such for at least three years.
  • Volt supports the new version of the property tax that would put special emphasis on “land that has not been built on for a certain period of time”. The longer the period, the greater the tax pressure on these undeveloped areas.
  • But Volt wants to go further than that. Indeed, this reform would only target unbuilt land, and not empty flats, houses or building lots which should also be concerned by this. Thus, the authorities should urgently re-evaluate the unit values used as a basis for property tax assessment.
  • Volt also wants to create a dedicated fund for social housing financed by inheritance fees. We want to create a specific 10% tax base rate for inherited properties (including building land).
    This specific tax base rate would be the same regardless of the family tie uniting the heir to the legatee (10%). This new specific tax base rate would only concern second homes and not main residences.

Commit to the climate and science

9 Promoting innovative science


9. Promoting Innovative Science

Without well-funded and development-based research, a state cannot move forward and solve the current problems in its state and in the world. Research not only brings solutions, but also makes Luxembourg and Europe competitive with the rest of the world. A diverse academic offer, a decent budget and new research areas broaden Luxembourg's horizons. Volt wants to use scientific knowledge to drive the world forward and tackle the problems of the 21st century.


9.1 Increasing the budget for research & development

Science is and remains the core driver of new technologies and is the condition for technological progress.


We are calling for an increase in the amount of money spent on R&D in Luxembourg. We want to increase spending by 0.1% points per year to reach 3% by 2035.

9.2 Promote, regulate, & prepare the expansion of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is both an opportunity and a risk. Artificial intelligences are becoming exponentially more powerful every year. This means that entire fields of knowledge are being opened up to this form of technological change within a very short time.


Regulation and promotion of AI in Europe

  • We see publicly available training data as an important catalyst of a new European AI strategy.
  • We want to drive digitalisation forward.
  • We want to anchor AI knowledge in education.
  • We advocate more transparency in AI development.
  • We advocate for more transparency in the use of AI.
  • We support the creation of a new European centre of excellence for AI, the Centre for European Research on Artificial Intelligence (CERAI).
  • We want to stop the “brain drain”.
  • We advocate the targeted promotion of control AIs.
  • We promote AI research.
  • We want to define limits for the use of AI at an early stage.
  • European cloud capacities are to be opened up for research.

Prepare Society for AI related structural changes

Volt proposes a three-pronged approach: secure – prepare – create.

  • Secure livelihood in the case of job loss.
  • Prepare for a changing work environment.
  • Shape the future of work. Initiate a public consultation process on ‘Work 4.0’
    • Develop a Working Time Choice Act at the European level.
    • Undertake large-scale universal basic income (UBI) pilot programmes.
    • A universal basic income can be a way of reassessing people’s contribution to society.

9.3 Nuclear energy

Nuclear energy has always been subject to controversy. Therefore, Volt deems it important to clarify its position on that issue and give a clear stance.


Promotion of nuclear energy and its research (with restrictions)

Even if nuclear power in its current form is incompatible with the vision of a truly sustainable world, Volt believes that rapid, large-scale CO2 reductions are more urgent considering the current global climate crisis. It is also a moral imperative because climate change will disproportionately affect those with the least resources to prepare.

  • There is no doubt that nuclear power is a very low-carbon source of electricity and can be useful.
  • Furthermore, we firmly believe that nuclear energy, through research and innovation, has the potential to become a totally sustainable energy source.
  • Countries should not only take into account the need of nuclear energy in their country but also beyond their own borders. In fact, numerous countries in Europe are still highly dependent on the coal industry especially in the east.
  • Apart from the nuclear energy currently used, which is based on nuclear fission, Volt continues to support the EU's efforts to promote nuclear fusion as a better, more efficient, and greener source of energy through research.

Finally nuclear energy would also allow to reduce our natural gas imports which is important for two main reasons:

  1. Natural gas is significantly more harmful to the environment and at the same time significantly more deadly.
  2. It would reduce our enormous dependence on non-European gas imports.

The importance of a final repository

Finland serves as a model here, having built the first European final repository for nuclear waste in 2022, in which the waste can be stored for more than 100,000 years. Luxembourg would have an economic interest in storing the nuclear waste of other countries in a final repository.


10. Protecting the Climate

We want a complete transformation towards climate neutrality! The climate crisis is a justice problem within and between societies as well as between generations. A few are responsible for the majority of global greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, those who contribute least to climate change will suffer the most. The climate crisis is the most prominent example of how our way of life threatens to exceed the planetary boundaries of the Earth. The challenges could not be greater. The global CO2 budget to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5 °C will be exhausted in four and a half years. Meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement is becoming a distant prospect. But we are taking on this task! By means of an anti-waste law, which at best applies to the whole of Europe, we call for a circular economy. Soft mobility will also be an important step to tackle climate change already at the local level. We are convinced that only a new, holistic approach will make the triad of climate change, economic prosperity, and social justice possible. This is what we mean by the transformation to climate neutrality.


10.1 Climate diplomacy: European action against climate change

The success of our efforts against the climate crisis and its consequences depends significantly on international cooperation. This is impressively demonstrated by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement.


Climate diplomacy is becoming one of the central foreign policy tools of Luxembourg and the EU.

  • We are committed to creating a European Climate Diplomacy Group.
  • We aim for a joint withdrawal of all European countries from the Energy Charter Treaty.
  • Together with the EU, we advocate the establishment of an international body on geoengineering under the supervision of the United Nations.
  • The EU should use trade agreements as a tool to advance environmental and climate protection internationally.
  • We underpin the protection and reforestation of tropical and non-tropical forests with effective monitoring and regulation.
  • Connecting European energy networks.
  • Connecting European nature reserves.

10.2 Consistent climate policy with foresight

Climate protection is our most urgent task. Volt therefore calls for an increase in the price on greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time Volt aims for a pan-European energy strategy that prioritises CO2 neutrality. At national and local level, this strategy will be adapted to the respective needs and circumstances


CO2 equivalents taxation

  • We want to introduce a national CO2 price in the form of a tax or levy on the production and consumption of CO2-intensive products and services. Once an effective EU ETS has been prepared, the short-term pricing will be transferred to the EU ETS.
  • Volt advocates a steadily rising CO2 price in the EU ETS and national pricing.
  • For a fair transformation, the proceeds of the CO2 price should be used in equal parts for direct repayments to citizens, for subsidies in climate-friendly technologies and products, and for investments in research and development and infrastructure measures.
  • Climate-harmful subsidies should be converted into climate-friendly subsidies and create climate-friendly incentives.
  • Effective incentives must be created in the financial sector to make investments in fossil fuels and other environmentally harmful activities unattractive and to withdraw existing investments (divestment).

Energy transition: Renewables are the only sensible option

  • Volt wants to harmonise and simplify the system of fees, taxes and allocations in the electricity sector.
  • The expansion corridors for wind power and solar energy are currently not ambitious enough to comply with the Paris Agreement. Volt calls for an increase in the targets in line with the Paris Agreement.
  • There should be as few legal restrictions as possible on the expansion of PV systems.
  • To accelerate the expansion of wind energy, existing obstacles must be analysed and sustainable solutions sought.
  • To ensure true sustainability for photovoltaic and wind power plants, Volt requires that they be disposed of in an environmentally sound manner at the end of their useful life.
  • For electricity generation from predominantly variable renewable sources, the Luxembourg electricity grid must become more decentralised.
  • Volt wants to advance the research and use of sustainable storage media and conversion technologies.
  • Volt advocates facilitating the promotion of energy efficiency measures.

10.3 Climate adaptation through negative emissions and CO2 pricing

Ambitious climate protection targets such as the 1.5 °C target make it necessary to actively remove CO2 from the atmosphere. This is called negative emissions.


Luxembourg should drive the development of a long-term European carbon neutrality strategy.

  • Luxembourg should make its competences available as a nation of innovation and commit itself worldwide to large-scale projects for the active removal of CO2 from the atmosphere and its use or permanent storage.
  • We want to promote extensive afforestation measures, especially in mixed forests.
  • We want to convert or equip large-scale bioenergy projects in Europe with carbon capture technologies.
  • With a suitable political framework, we would like to contribute to the development and implementation of processes for the direct removal of CO2 from the atmosphere as quickly as possible.
  • We want to promote the use of plant carbon in agriculture and forestry.
  • We are striving for a uniform CO2 price throughout the EU.
  • We want the introduction of a CO2 border adjustment mechanism at the external borders of the EU.
  • We use the proceeds of the CO2 price to accompany the transformation.

10.4 Circular economy

Getting rid of disposable plastic, better informing consumers, fighting against waste and for solidarity-based reuse, acting against programmed obsolescence, and producing better: these are the major challenges of the anti-waste law for a circular economy.

  • We want to Achieve zero disposable plastic by 2040.
  • We want to introduce a mixed deposit for reuse and recycling.
  • We call for the mandatory adoption of a plastic microfibre filter to new washing machines in order to limit pollution of synthetic fabrics released into the wastewater.
  • We want to make sorting more efficient by enforcing the same bins, logos and waste separation systems throughout the country and finally the EU as a whole.
  • We want to end the disposal of unsold goods. Disposal, i.e. landfilling and incineration, of unsold non-food products will be banned.
  • Like the French law, we want to ban systematic printing of cash register receipts, bank card receipts, vouchers and ATM receipts. Customers will still be able to ask for a receipt whenever they wish.
  • A 'repairability index' of all electrical and electronic products which allows consumers to know whether their product is repairable, difficult to repair or not repairable is what we aim for.
  • Agriculture, horticulture, greenhouse horticulture and livestock farming must also reduce their emissions and promote biodiversity.

10.5 Climate-neutral buildings and promotion of green energy

The simplest, quickest and most efficient way to contribute to climate protection is to make buildings climate neutral. To this end, we want to promote photovoltaic systems as well as heat pumps and micro wind turbines.


Promoting photovoltaic systems

  • We want to create the framework and invest in companies that build and maintain photovoltaic systems.
  • We aim for new buildings being required to have PV systems.
  • At the same time we want to encourage existing buildings even more to install PV systems. Public buildings suitable for PV systems must be forced to install them. Private houses that are suitable but do not yet have a PV system must be automatically contacted at certain intervals.

Promote heat pumps

Heat pumps are the future in terms of energy-neutral heating and independence from fossil fuels such as natural gas. That is why we demand:

  • Heat pumps must be systematically provided in new buildings.
  • The state should once again set a good example and only use heat pumps in new public buildings and retrofit heat pumps in existing public buildings.
  • Private conversions from gas heating to hybrid systems or complete renovations with heat pumps must be subsidised even more than before.

Promote the construction and research of micro wind turbines

Besides large wind farms, there are also small wind turbines (micro wind turbines) that can be installed on houses. This means that small wind turbines can also be used to generate electricity when it is less sunny but windy. We demand:

  • The state must put money into research of micro wind turbines.
  • The state should install micro wind turbines, which are already available and profitable, on suitable roofs of public buildings.
  • There must be government subsidies for homeowners to help private individuals purchase such micro wind turbines.

11. Futureproof Mobility

Mobility represents the capacity and potential for people and goods to travel or to be transported. It is the foundation of social, economic and cultural exchanges among individuals, businesses and societies. To be sustainable, mobility must be efficient, safe, permanent, fair, integrated into the community and compatible with human health and ecosystems. Sustainable mobility limits the consumption of space and resources, provides and facilitates access, favours economic dynamism, is socially responsible and respects the integrity of the environment. In order to not only protect the environment, but also to get to grips with the mobility problem in Luxembourg and in Europe a little further, we want to further strengthen soft mobility. There are a number of possible measures to achieve this.


11.1 Mobility as a service

We want to drive forward the development of a uniform Europe-wide platform for mobility as a service (MaaS)


This platform should become the cornerstone for integrated mobility concepts. To this end, public tenders should oblige the bidding companies to provide traffic data in the EU Datex II format free of charge. An anonymised evaluation will enable city administrations to improve spatial planning. With the “Internet of Things”, private and public sites can be made available to the general public as mobility hubs. We support municipalities by standardising interfaces and funding programmes with the aim of promoting a sharing economy approach.

11.2 Good and cheap public transport throughout Europe

To make public transport easier and cheaper across Europe, Volt Europe has launched a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI): The EuroTrain.


Our EuroTrain ECI suggests introducing a single European railway network. This would be centred around more high-speed rail lines, more night trains and a single technical and ticketing system, supported through the use of cohesion funds. Through this, we will work to make rail travel in Europe easier, faster and smarter, and so more competitive with air and road-based transport.

Railways are the greenest mode of mass transport, with a low impact on air quality and the lowest social costs. Shifting more traffic to rail is a clear part of the solution to our climate crisis, but to do this, we need to make rail travel easier, faster and smarter for all.

We advocate for well-developed public transport throughout Europe that is affordable for everyone. Luxembourg has led the way and made the entire public transport system free of charge - now the EU must follow suit to guarantee smooth mobility in and through all European countries.

11.3 Environmentally friendly mobility

Every person in Luxembourg is on the move for an average of 1 hour and 16 minutes per day. We walk or drive to work, to sports, to shopping or to the cinema. The time we spend in transit is also precious. That is why journey times should become shorter and more pleasant, and transport as a whole should become climate-neutral and fairer.


Traffic calming for liveable cities

  • Cars should only be guests in urban areas and city centres should be made car-free.
  • We should reconsider the leasing schemes companies offer their employees to create bigger incentives for electric vehicles.
  • We should only allow one car leasing scheme per household if the commute is smaller than 30km, with no limit for bikes.
  • The state should promote bike leasing schemes.

Use of public space, priority to soft mobility

  • Implementation of user centred design
  • Expanding the concept of shared space solutions at busy streets and spaces (example Dudelange)
  • Reducing parking space to less than 0.3 car / house in new constructions in urban areas to boost the transition from car ownership to mobility as a service.
  • Restoring the attractiveness of public space in the areas surrounding the railway hubs of the country
  • Including safety cycling and pedestrian information in driver’s education courses, driver’s education manual and driver’s licence written exams.
  • Cost-justified pricing of parking permits and a significant increase in parking fees.
  • A reduction of parking spaces in favour of bicycle parking, bus lanes, delivery zones, cycle paths, outdoor gastronomy and the widening of pavements

Biking as a solution

To promote cycling in general, we want...

  • … to invest at least 10% of the transport capital budget into cycling
  • … that Luxembourg appoints a representative and joins the ECF (European Cyclists’ Federation)
  • car-free city centres and more space for bicycles. Sustainable transport involves the bicycle first and foremost.
  • express cycle paths to be built between municipalities inter-connecting major cities.
  • public buildings, especially schools, to have a mobility plan that connects them to cycle paths and public transport and provides bicycle parking facilities
  • … an implementation of time limits and/or temporary restrictions of cars on peak hours around schools.
  • … to expand the capacity of bicycle routes and bike parking facilities to increase the percentage of people getting to work by bicycle and train.
  • … to integrate service stations (tools, air pump) close to bike sharing and public transportation terminals.
  • … to contribute to the extension of the cycling infrastructure in neighbouring countries and provide an optimal connection to Luxembourg’s cycling routes within the “Grande Région”
  • ... to promote cargo bikes.
  • ... to have better cycle track cleaning as well as the mandatory creation of bicycle parking in new, larger buildings.

Decentralisation of state institutions

One of the main problems in Luxembourg is the amount of traffic around Luxembourg City and the resulting daily traffic jams on motorways. We therefore call for the following.

  • Systematic decentralisation of secondary schools would move the traffic of pupils themselves (mainly buses and trains), school staff (cars) and shops targeting young people (cars and lorries) out of the capital and thus relieve it.
  • We want to decentralise government system and services that hold no prestigious status (like the Ministry of Health, or Culture) to be relocated.

Last but not least we aim for a paradigm change by implementing the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP).

11.4 Electromobility and autonomous driving

When using green electricity, plug-in hybrid electric and fully electric vehicles can reduce the total life-cycle emission in comparison to combustion engine vehicles by 73 % and 89 %, respectively.


Promoting development of autonomous driving

We are committed to the technically, legally and ethically safe introduction of autonomous driving. To this end, we want to continue testing it.

We also want to make electromobility simple and customer-friendly and promote standardisation to this end. Charging electricity generated from renewable energies is to be exempt from VAT. We want to make information on prices and availability of publicly accessible charging points available centrally, publicly and free of charge via the EU format DATEX II. European standards should guarantee charging at every pillar.

State regulation of public charging stations

We demand:

  • More public “ultra” fast charging stations (322 kW) and charging stations for electric vehicles at strategic locations.
  • Stronger regulation of charging vehicles: To ensure that people do not simply leave their vehicles standing for hours - especially at fast charging stations – and thus prevent other vehicles from charging, legalities must be created so that a steady change of different vehicles at the stations is possible.
  • State regulation of the electricity price at charging stations. Here, the system of petrol prices, which has proven to be good, should be adopted and the largest part of the price should be set by taxes.