Public petition number 698 called for “Luxembourgish to be the number one administrative and national language for all residents of Luxembourg.” It garnered a record-breaking 14,724 signatures between 12 September and 25 October.
Public petition 725 was entitled: “‘Neen’ zu eiser Mammesprooch als ëischt offiziell Sprooch” (“no” to our mother tongue as the primary official language). It received 5,190 signatures from 25 October to 6 December.
Proponents of each measure will both have around an hour to make their case. The debates are open to the public and will also be streamed on parliament’s “Chamber TV”.
Bettel and the committee MPs will then debate the motions in a closed-door discussion.
Expats and cross-border commuters, in addition to Luxembourg nationals, can submit and sign petitions to parliament.
Petitions that receive more than 4,500 valid signatures spark a Chamber of Deputies committee hearing. While MPs and the relevant cabinet minister are required to hear from the petitioners, they are not required to take any legislative action following the committee session.