Petitions that garner at least 4,500 valid signatures must be examined by the Chamber of Deputies petitions committee, although MPs are under no obligation to act afterwards.
The petition, which opened for signatures on 25 October, was entitled: “‘Neen’ zu eiser Mammesprooch als ëischt offiziell Sprooch” (“no” to our mother tongue as the primary official language). It said maintaining French, German and Luxembourgish as equal administrative and educational languages was “essential” for the country’s social and economic fabric. It also suggested Portuguese could be taught in school.
Signatures for petition 725 will now by checked by the committee. No debate has formally been scheduled, but it is possible, “even probable”, that petition 725 will be addressed during the same session on 16 January, a chamber spokeswoman told Delano on Wednesday. That depends on the petitions committee officially validating the number of signatures in time, she said. This could potentially be completed “before Christmas”.