Various NGOs have considerable recognition in Luxembourg and provide a significant contribution to public debate.
The Ecological Movement (Movement écologique, MECO), which sees itself as a lobbyist for the environment and sustainable development, denounces low gasoline prices, among other things. Its internet site, Mecoskop, monitors the implementation of the government’s program commitments.
The “Cercle de cooperation,” an umbrella organization of development NGOs, caused a lot of turmoil with a study on the financial sector, accusing Luxembourg of siphoning off considerable amounts of money from developing countries through illegal or at least illegitimate means. The banking association (Association des Banques et Banquiers Luxembourgeois, ABBL) refuted the conclusions and showed numerous factual errors.
The Catholic Church, which could once be considered the opinion leader in a conservative and rural country, has greatly lost its influence, even if it still owns the major newspaper. In contrast, Caritas, the Catholic charity organization, recently attracted attention with its socially progressive views and its commitment to asylum seekers. The Caritas Yearbook has been published since 2007 to foster “the dialogue between political leaders, civil society and business.”
www.mecoskop.lu (Mecoskop monitors 100 commitments of the 2009 government program, which stem, mainly but not exclusively, from the field of environmental policy.)
Rainer Falk, Zur Debatte um Steueroasen - Der Fall Luxemburg - Fragen aus entwicklungspolitischer Sicht, Cercle de cooperation, 2009, http://woxx.lu/public/images/newwoxx/Etude-Falk.pdf
CARITAS, Sozialalmanach 2010 - Schwerpunkt: Aus der Krise in die Armut? Luxemburg 2010