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Nationality law in limbo after election call
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Nationality law in limbo after election call

12.07.2013 From our online archive
Since Luxembourg's MPs did not vote on changes to the nationality law before the summer break, the project has been pushed back and will not be re-addressed until after relections in October.

(CS) Since Luxembourg's MPs did not vote on changes to the nationality law before the summer break, the project has been pushed back and will not be re-addressed until after elections in October.

A legal affairs committee has yet to give a verdict on the bill. Should the committee propose major changes it could go back to the ministry for a review, before being passed on to the State Council and, finally, the Chamber of Deputies for voting.

However, the committee will have to be re-established following the elections, and then resume work from where its predecessors left off.

Meanwhile, François Biltgen, who proposed the bill, has since resigned from his post as Justice Minister. Should the legal affairs committee hand the bill back to the ministry, this could complicate its progress further.

The bill, which proposed changes to the residency clause and linguistic requirements for people applying for Luxembourg nationality, as well as the acquisition of citizenship for couples and families, still has a long way to go before coming to a vote.