The debates that will mark Luxembourg in 2018

At the last public parliamentary session of the year, President of the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies Mars Di Bartolomeo introduced the key topics that will be discussed in parliament in 2018.

In addition to the traditional debates such as the state of the nation or the debate on foreign and European policy, housing, mobility and national planning will be given a great deal of importance next year.

“The Chamber will continue to make efforts to engage citizens even more in the democratic process,” said Di Bartolomeo, further adding that he wished for “fair debates that will allow us to carry out in good conditions a lot of work that is still ahead of us”, especially considering the added scrutiny during the upcoming election year.

In his address on Monday, the President of the Chamber of Deputies also highlighted some of the upcoming parliamentary hearings.

– The reform of rescue and emergency services expected to come into force on 1 July 2018
– The law on hospitals and medical establishments, including the question of monopoly held by the National Laboratory of Health (LNS) for anatomopathological analysis
– The legislation on prostitution and pimping which seeks to strenghten the fight against the exploitation and trafficking of human beings for sexual purposes
– The divorce reform which seeks to modernise family law and amend topics such as parental authority and the types of divorce recognised by law
Adopting a new Constitution, as proposed by former Left (dei Lénk) deputy Serge Urbany
– The reform of the Luxembourg penitentiary system, including the right to appeal court rulings and the supervision of prison centers
– The reform of church factories, scheduled for early 2018, seeking to replace the 285 church factories with a single Catholic Heritage Management Fund under the tuletage of the archbishop.

The parliament will resume work on January 2, with a new round of discussions expected to take place on the reorganisation of Luxembourg’s university.

The first plenary sessions available to the public in the new year are scheduled between 16-18 January 2018.