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Protecting Luxembourg's architectural heritage

02.07.2015 From our online archive
Luxembourg Culture Minister Maggy Nagel has announced plans to present a bill on the preservation and protection of architectural heritage.

(CS/mig) Luxembourg Culture Minister Maggy Nagel has announced plans to present a bill on the preservation and protection of architectural heritage.

The current laws to protect national heritage, for example by awarding buildings national monument's status, date back to 1983 and do not meet modern needs for the preservation of historical sites, MPs agreed at a debate in parliament on Wednesday.

The debate had been called by DP MP André Bauler.

Luxembourg has so far failed to ratify the Granada Convention for the Protection of Architectural Heritage, which LSAP MP Franz Fayot said showed a clear lack of political interest to better protect Luxembourg's cultural heritage. 

There are only around 1,050 protected buildings across the Grand Duchy, while around 5,000 are thought to be worth protecting, although there is no comprehensive list.

Especially in times where housing in scarce, all too often old buildings are demolished to make way for new blocks of flats, Fayot added.

While a new law was discussed years ago, a bill on the issue in 2007 was held back and never made a vote in parliament.

MPs of the other parties largely agreed with Fayot.

Former Culture Minister Octavie Modert meanwhile was also criticised during the debate for the lack of action during her time in office. She explained that the matter was very complex and wished her successor better luck and more speedy progress.

Nagel hopes to present a bill before the end of the year.

Proposals so far include the creation of an inventory of sites worth protecting, with communes urged to put forward entries to the list. Additionally, the national monuments service and the centre for national archaeological research are to merge to create the cultural heritage administration.

Under current plans there will be only one procedure to have buildings listed. Currently, there are two different lists, the “ensembles sensibles” and the “inventaire supplémentaires des monuments nationaux”, which allow for different levels of refurbishment and transformation.

It is also planned that the country's 500 religious buildings will be protected.