E-sports recognition, longer school holidays and restrictions on plastic packaging in Luxembourg are among the issues raised in seven new petitions.
Petition 1077 from Luxembourg’s e-sports community wants the online gaming industry to be recognised by the sports ministry.
“Many countries are so advanced that they recognise this hobby”, the petitioner writes, adding that Luxembourg would stand out as a forward-looking country by supporting the existing electronic sports organisations in the grand duchy in this way.
E-sports are multiplayer video games played by professional gamers, for spectators. The gamers compete for prize pools of up to $24m in an industry which reached audiences of up to 292 million people in 2016, according to Newzoo.
Petition 1107 calls for restrictions on the use of plastic packaging on products sold to the general public, such as fruit and vegetables, meat, cheese and fish. “It seems representatives of the big chains choose consumer comfort over the environment,” the petitioner wrote.
Petition 1111 calls for a second week of school holidays in February, also known as the carnival holidays. The petitioner writes that each year families head abroad en masse for winter sports making holiday cover for the workplace challenging. To balance out the school year, the petitioner proposes removing a week at the end of the summer holidays.
Petition 1092 wants an additional 2 days’ leave per year for people whose partner is sick or loses mobility.
Petition 1105 calls for a referendum to vote on creating a citizens’ legislation, enabling ordinary citizens to present legislative initiatives and vote and decide on them.
Petition 1109 wants to see a review of the conditions for granting early retirement for night and shift workers.
And petition 1114 calls for family leave for parents of a child with a disability aged 13 and over when they fall ill.
Who can sign a petition?
Anyone may sign a petition in Luxembourg provided they are aged 15 or over and have a social security card for Luxembourg. Petitions which garner 4,500 or more signatures will be debated in parliament.