Integration: All Luxembourg residents should have the right to vote in elections by 2019, the economy minister has said in a newspaper interview.
“I am convinced that all those who live, work, have children, and contribute through their taxes should have the right to decide on the policies of a country, to participate in decision-making,” Etienne Schneider, the economy and foreign minister, has said.
“It seems logical to me! And it would lead to more open policies and certainly ones more in line with reality,” he told the Wort, in an interview published on Tuesday.
Schneider added: “I think it could be very beneficial to the general politics of the country.”
Asked if the foreigners should be allowed to vote in the 2014 national elections, the minister responded: “I have nothing against it! But I am realistic enough to know that it would not be possible.”
“2014 would be illusory. However, by 2019 it would be possible”, he told the newspaper.
International managers who do business in the Grand Duchy support the move, Schneider reckoned, “because they think it is necessary to dilute the weight of the civil service in Luxembourg.”
To those who say “become a Luxembourg” in order to participate in the country’s decision-making process, the minister said: “I don’t think it’s just a question of nationality.”
However, Schneider said suffrage should only be granted to residents in the Grand Duchy, not just labour market participants. “I am in favour of the right to vote for foreigners who work and also live in Luxembourg, but this does not concern cross-border commuters.”