Record year for Luxembourg’s parliament comes to an end

Prime minister Xavier Bettel’s state of the nation speech in October 2020 Library photo: Matic Zorman / Maison Moderne

Prime minister Xavier Bettel’s state of the nation speech in October 2020 Library photo: Matic Zorman / Maison Moderne

Members of parliament during the 2020-2021 session met for a total of 73 plenaries that lasted more than 315 hours, while the government received more than 2,000 parliamentary questions from deputies.

The Chamber of Deputies’ president, Fernand Etgen, on Monday looked back at the 2020-2021 parliamentary year as the 2021-2022 session is set to begin on Tuesday. Prime minister Xavier Bettel (DP) is due to give his state of the nation speech on 12 October at 2.30pm.

“The past parliamentary session was more intense than the previous one. When we look at the figures for the total duration of public plenaries and for the number of parliamentary questions, we see that records have been reached,” said Etgen.

Members of parliament convened for 73 plenaries that lasted 315 hours and 33 minutes in total. This was up from 60 plenaries with a duration of 235 hours and 46 minutes during the 2019-2020 year. However, Etgen said the pandemic wasn’t entirely to blame for the busy schedule. “Although the pandemic was present throughout the 2020-2021 parliamentary session, it no longer dominated parliamentary work,” he said.

Some 180 draft laws were submitted to parliament and MPs voted on 165 bills. They also asked 2,094 parliamentary questions of which 168 were considered urgent. This compares to 1,676 parliamentary questions during the 2019-2020 session.

“This record number of parliamentary and urgent questions during the state of emergency shows that the Chamber of Deputies' control over the government has worked well, especially in times of crisis,” Etgen said.

Parliament for the entire 2020-2021 session met at the Cercle Cité in Place d’Armes after moving out of its usual location next to the city centre palace because of pandemic restrictions. The “rentrée” this week will also mark a return to the Rue du Marché-aux-Herbes.