A petition against making Luxembourgish the sole official language in the Grand Duchy has been launched.
The initiative is a riposte to public petition number 698, submitted to the Chamber of Deputies earlier this year, which called for “Luxembourgish to be the number one administrative and national language for all residents of Luxembourg.”
The new campaign, public petition 725, said that maintaining French, German and Luxembourgish as equal administrative and educational languages is “essential” for engaging with the Grand Duchy’s foreign residents and cross-border commuters, who make up 70% of the workforce.
Joseph Schloesser, who submitted the petition, wrote that “certainly, it is true that foreign workers need us, but it is no less true that we need them.” He also suggested that Portuguese (the 5th most frequently used language in Luxembourg and 6th in the world) be taught in school.
Schloesser’s petition opened for signatures on Tuesday and will close on 6 December. As of this writing, it had garnered 451 signatures out of the 4,500 needed to force a parliamentary committee hearing.
Citizens and non-Luxembourg nationals, who are at least 15 years old and have a national registration number, can submit and sign petitions to parliament.