Maggy Nagel
Maggy Nagel

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[ European Commission, DG V ]

© Jan 2001

European Database: Women in Decision-Making

Maggy Nagel

Political Development

1. What made you decide to go into politics?
It happened naturally. My parents always discussed politics even though they were not directly involved. Another important experience was my job. I worked for the municipality of Luxembourg City. That's how I discovered that policy making can be very interesting.

2. Do/Did you have a role model?
Yes, several. As I told you, I have worked for the municipality in Luxembourg City. Lydie Polfer (today she's Vice Prime Minister) was mayor at that time. I also knew Colette Flesch (today member of EP, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, first woman mayor of Luxembourg City, etc.) and of course Camille Polfer, Lydie Polfer's father. Their political work had surely an impact on me.

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Party Affiliation

1. What was your motivation to join a political party?
Most of all, I like the liberal principles the party I've chosen stands for.

2. Which party do you belong to? Since when?
DP, Demokratesch Partei, Democratic Party. Since 1996.

3. Does your party have an equal opportunities regulation?
No.

4. Which function/offices did you hold in your party at the beginning? How long after your joining the party was that? How did you get into running for an office?
Since my affiliation I'm Vice-President of the eastern section of my party and member of the steering committee of my party.

5. Did you have mentors within your party?
No.

6. Did you ever change party affiliation?
No.

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Profession/ Current priorities

1. How does your profession correspond with your political work?
As I told you before, I worked for the local authorities of Luxembourg City and later on as district secretary.

2. What kind of qualifications do you have?
Teacher and later on I passed the exam for municipal affairs and administration.

3. What kind of jobs have you done?
First of all I worked two years as a teacher, then 6 years as local government official. After that I passed the exam to become district secretary. At the beginning I worked 60% as district secretary and 40% as teacher.

4. Is it possible to articulate your professional life and your political career?
At the beginning I did. Now as Member of Parliament and as Mayor, I do not any more.

5. In which areas do you see your special competencies?
Everything related to local authorities and municipal policy. And women.

6. What are your political priorities?
Children, education, quality of life of our citizens and everything related.

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Political Aims/ Priorities/ Assessments

1. Which objectives would you like to achieve through your political work?
Difficult question. I want to do something, be active. I would like to do as much as possible for the citizens. Not just one concrete objective I want to achieve. I like to listen to people and I like to help them as good as I can.

2. Do equal opportunity strategies - in your opinion - have an impact in your country to promote women in decision-making? (quota, EO legislation, etc... please name the strategy)
One thing is sure there is much to be done in this field. I do not believe in quotas. I believe women politicians should contact other women directly. Talk to them, wake their interest for politics. You have to change mentalities and quotas are not appropriate.

3. Do you think you have benefited from these strategies personally? How do you assess these strategies?
No.

4. Do you see direct or indirect discrimination in "conventional" policy-making? What is it that keeps women from committing themselves to politics?
No. For a lot of women politics are taboo. They are simply not interested. I believe if someone, man or women, really wants to achieve something, he or she can do it.

5. What are the major obstacles that women need to overcome in their endeavour to participate in political decision-making?
I believe there is too much jealousy between women. Women have to accept other women and have to accept that other women have maybe already achieved something. Another important thing: women have to start voting for women during elections.

6. What obstacles have you had to overcome in your own career?
No. I just want to insist on the fact, that if I had had a family, I believe my political carrier would have been much more difficult, even impossible.

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