Exercising the right to petition the Chamber of Deputies

Last update 04.12.2020

A petition is a request filed by an individual or a group of individuals with the Chamber of Deputies for the purpose of obtaining a decision in favour of a collective interest they are defending.

The right to petition is one of the fundamental rights of all citizens. It is stated in the Luxembourg Constitution.

There are 2 types of petitions:

  • ordinary petitions: on paper;
  • public petitions: online or on paper.
The Chamber of Deputies will not accept petitions that concern individual interests.

The differences between a public petition and an ordinary petition are that with the ordinary petition:

  • it is not possible to collect electronic signatures; and
  • a public debate is not foreseen.

Who is concerned

Every citizen has the right to petition the Chamber of Deputies.

However, in order to submit a request for a public petition, the applicant, whether resident or not, must :

An association may also submit a public petition.

The Parliamentary Administration is authorised to check the identity of the initiator(s) of the petition in the National Register of Natural Persons.

How to proceed

Ordinary petitions

Filing an ordinary petition

The citizen or group of citizens sends an ordinary petition in writing to the President of the Chamber of Deputies. The petition can be submitted in Luxembourgish, German or French.

The petitioner may:

  • make an appointment with the Chamber of Deputies in advance and deliver the petition in person;
  • send the petition by email to: petition@chd.lu;
  • send the petition by post to the following address:

Au Président de la Chambre des Députés
23, rue du Marché-aux-Herbes
L-1728 Luxembourg

The/each petitioner must:

  • sign the petition; and
  • indicate their full name and residence in legible manner.

Processing of an ordinary petition

The ordinary petition is examined by the Committee on Petitions, which can:

  • request a statement from the competent minister;
  • forward the petition to another committee;
  • request the opinion of another committee;
  • hear the petitioner(s) during one of its meetings;
  • invite any body or expert concerned by the petition;
  • make on-site visits as part of the petition investigation.

The petitioner is informed by post of the procedures undertaken by the Committee on Petitions.

Public petitions

Filing a public petition

The petition must be submitted by way of:

The petition can be submitted in Luxembourgish, German or French.

A public petition must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • be of general and national interest; have a purpose that serves all citizens. Individual interests are precluded;
  • respect ethical principles; no content of a violent, abusive, racist, homophobic, etc. nature;
  • not concern an issue for which a petition has already been filed within the last 12 months.

Review of a public petition

The Committee on Petitions will examine the request. If the Committee on Petitions gives a positive opinion, the Conference of Presidents then agrees on whether to publish the petition or not on the website of the Chamber of Deputies.

If the petition does not meet the eligibility criteria, the request is rejected.

If the request is not precise enough, the Committee on Petitions can ask the petitioner for further explanations. The petitioner has one month to respond to their request. A failure to provide a response will result in the rejection of the petition request.

Where a request is deemed non-admissible, the petition is treated as an ordinary petition.

Processing of a public petition

Admissible public petitions are published and opened for signature on the website of the Chamber of Deputies. The petitioner has 42 days to gather:

  • electronic signatures; and/or
  • signatures in paper format using the form made available to the petitioner by the Parliamentary Administration.

At the same time, a discussion forum concerning the petition is opened on the Chamber of Deputies website.

As soon as the public petition has gathered 4,500 signatures, a public debate is held in the presence of:

  • a maximum of 6 petitioners; and
  • the competent minister.
Chamber TV broadcasts this debate. The meeting is open to the public.

The petition request is treated as an ordinary petition when:

  • its public nature is not recognised; or
  • the threshold of 4,500 signatures is not reached, on condition that the petitioner approves. This approval must be given within one month from the request of the Committee on Petitions.

Participation in a public petition

A public petition can be signed by any person who is:

  • at least 15 years old;
  • registered in the RNPP.

The Parliamentary Administration is authorised to check the identity of signatories in the RNPP.

A petition may only be signed once. Any double signatures are removed.

Signing a petition electronically

Petitions can be signed using the online form provided by the Chamber of Deputies.

The full name and address of the signatory are published on the Chamber of Deputies website, unless the signatory decides otherwise. This choice can be made when signing the petition.

The information provided by the signatories is kept on an electronic medium until the administrative procedure is closed.

Signing a petition on paper

Petitions can be signed using the paper form provided by the Parliamentary Administration. This form specifies:

  • the petition's number and title;
  • the deadline for submitting the form.
Signatures submitted in this manner are not published on the website of the Chamber of Deputies.

Public access to pending petitions

Documents concerning the examination of a petition (ordinary or public) can be consulted on the website of the Chamber of Deputies under the heading "Rôle des Pétitions".

There, the public can consult:

  • a list of past and current petitions;
  • meeting minutes;
  • correspondence relating to the investigation of a petition, if it is not of a confidential nature.

Forms / Online services

Demande de pétition publique

Les informations qui vous concernent recueillies sur ce formulaire font l’objet d’un traitement par l’administration concernée afin de mener à bien votre demande.

Ces informations sont conservées pour la durée nécessaire par l’administration à la réalisation de la finalité du traitement

Les destinataires de vos données sont les administrations compétentes dans le cadre du traitement de votre demande. Veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée par votre demande pour connaître les destinataires des données figurant sur ce formulaire. Conformément au règlement (UE) 2016/679 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données, vous bénéficiez d’un droit d’accès, de rectification et le cas échéant d’effacement des informations vous concernant. Vous disposez également du droit de retirer votre consentement à tout moment.

En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 15, boulevard du Jazz L-4370 Belvaux.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

Meine Petition einreichen

Ihre in diesem Formular erfassten personenbezogenen Informationen werden von der zuständigen Verwaltungsbehörde verarbeitet, um Ihren Antrag erfolgreich abzuschließen.

Diese Informationen werden von der Behörde für den zur Verarbeitung erforderlichen Zeitraum gespeichert.

Die Empfänger Ihrer Daten sind die im Rahmen Ihres Antrags zuständigen Verwaltungsbehörden. Um die Empfänger der in diesem Formular erfassten Daten zu erfahren, wenden Sie sich bitte an die für Ihren Antrag zuständige Behörde.

Gemäß der Verordnung (EU) 2016/679 zum Schutz natürlicher Personen bei der Verarbeitung personenbezogener Daten und zum freien Datenverkehr haben Sie das Recht auf Zugang, Berichtigung und gegebenenfalls Löschung Ihrer personenbezogenen Informationen. Sie haben zudem das Recht, Ihre erteilte Einwilligung jederzeit zu widerrufen.

Weiterhin können Sie, außer in Fällen, in denen die Verarbeitung Ihrer Daten verpflichtend ist, Widerspruch einlegen, wenn dieser rechtmäßig begründet ist.

Wenn Sie diese Rechte ausüben und/oder Einsicht in Ihre Informationen nehmen möchten, können Sie sich unter den im Formular angegebenen Kontaktdaten an die zuständige Verwaltungsbehörde wenden. Sie haben außerdem die Möglichkeit, bei der Nationalen Kommission für den Datenschutz Beschwerde einzulegen (Commission nationale pour la protection des données, 15, boulevard du Jazz L-4370 Belvaux).

Wenn Sie Ihren Vorgang fortsetzen, akzeptieren Sie damit, dass Ihre personenbezogenen Daten im Rahmen Ihres Antrags verarbeitet werden.

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To complete your application, the information about you collected from this form needs to be processed by the public administration concerned.

That information is kept by the administration in question for as long as it is required to achieve the purpose of the processing operation(s).

Your data will be shared with other public administrations that are necessary for the processing of your application. For details on which departments will have access to the data on this form, please contact the public administration you are filing your application with.

Under the terms of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, you have the right to access, rectify or, where applicable, remove any information relating to you. You are also entitled to withdraw your consent at any time.

Additionally, unless the processing of your personal data is compulsory, you may, with legitimate reasons, oppose the processing of such data.

If you wish to exercise these rights and/or obtain a record of the information held about you, please contact the administration in question using the contact details provided on the form. You are also entitled to file a claim with the National Commission for Data Protection (Commission nationale pour la protection des données), headquartered at 15, boulevard du Jazz L-4370 Belvaux.

By submitting your application, you agree that your personal data may be processed as part of the application process.

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