Ministers presented a new draft law on promoting the use of Luxembourgish. Pictured: A Luxembourgish textbook.
Photo: Martine Huberty
A public consultation on how to promote Luxembourgish will be held next year
The promotion of the Luxembourgish language and culture should be strengthened--that is the goal of the draft law presented on Thursday 16 November by education minister Claude Meisch and secretary of state for culture Guy Arendt.
Meisch stated that “the interest in the Luxembourgish language has never been this high”. Luxembourgers know how important the language is to their national identity, and non-Luxembourgers know that it forms part of the country and therefore is also a part of the future of all residents.
There is a high demand for Luxembourgish to be used more, and the draft law sets 4 goals: to strengthen the importance of the language, to support the use and research on Luxembourgish, to encourage learning Luxembourgish language and culture, and to promote culture in Luxembourgish.
The draft law includes several measures, such as a 20-year plan on the Luxembourgish language which sets out the implementation of policies, the creation of a post of a “commissaire” for Luxembourgish, a centre for the Luxembourgish language, which promotes its use at national and international level, and a national prize who those who promote and encourage the use of Luxembourgish.
Between Carnival and Easter, the government will start a broad consultation process on the 20-year plan. An online platform and regional citizens’ fora will allow everyone to get involved in the discussions and suggest ideas.