A petitioner is calling for Luxembourg to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest again, after bowing out 25 years ago.
Luxembourg has won the contest five times and competed a total 37 times from 1956 to 1993 (it did not compete in 1959). Among its most well-known winning entries were “Poupée de cire, poupée de son”, performed by France Gall.
Efforts to restore Luxembourg to the contest during the last decade have fallen short, reportedly because of funding issues. Petition 1300 calls for Luxembourg to make a comeback in the 2020 edition of the contest, set to be hosted by the Netherlands. The petitioner argues participation would be good nation branding as the contest is viewed by some 200 million people on TV.
The online public petition was one of nine to go live on the parliament’s website on Friday. Others include:
Petition 1282, calling for Luxembourg to call a state of “climate” emergency;
petition 1291: calling for a compulsory reduction in flights travelling distances of fewer than 1,000 kilometres from Luxembourg, starting 2025, to reduce carbon emissions;
petition 1301, calling for a safer road junction connecting the N7 and the N10 near the Marnach shopping centre;
petition 1302, allowing 100% electric vehicles to use lanes reserved for buses and carpooling;
petition 1304, calling for the creation of a parliamentary committee to represent the interests of cross-border workers;
petition 1305, calling for a review of teaching methods in light of new findings about childhood development;
petition 1306, calling for subsidies to preserve private green spaces;
petition 1307, calling for fines for disseminating false news online.
Petitions with 4,500 signatures or more will be debated in parliament. Anyone may sign a petition in Luxembourg provided they are aged 15 or over and have a social security card for Luxembourg.