Integration minister Corinne Cahen (DP) replied on 31 December 2019 that a reform of the consultative body was both necessary and underway, and was at a consultation stage with existing members and concerned actors. The minister confirmed that the acquisition of Luxembourg nationality would ordinarily bring an elected CNE member's mandate to an end. However, Cahen wrote that this clause contravened the law of 8 March 2017 on acquiring Luxembourg nationality and so will be among the points to be discussed in the reform.
The CNE was founded in 1993 with 34 members, 22 of which are elected by foreign residents associations. Its role is to examine the challenges facing foreign nationals living in Luxembourg. The CNE may present propositions to government and issue opinions.
According to Cahen, the CNE issued four opinions to government: on Brexit, teleworking of cross-border workers, translating parliamentary questions in Luxembourgish and on its own functions. An internal crisis meant the CNE was absent from national debates from 2015 until its current members were elected in 2017.
Foreign nationals currently make up 48% of the country’s resident population but may not vote in legislative elections.
*This article was updated on 6 January 2020, removing reference to the CNE's proposals for reform.