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Time for a Europe Day public holiday in Luxembourg?
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Time for a Europe Day public holiday in Luxembourg?

21.03.2016 From our online archive
Luxembourg was one of the founding members of the European Union but does that mean it should get a public holiday for Europe Day? A petitioner in Luxembourg certainly thinks so.

(JB) Luxembourg was one of the founding members of the European Union but does that mean it should get a public holiday for Europe Day?

That is the theory of at least one resident in Luxembourg, who deposed petition 611, pushing for a day off on May 9.

“Europe has not been going well in recent years,” writes the petition author.

“Because the Europe boat is taking on water on all sides it is therefore necessary to re-enchant the common destiny of Europeans beyond technocratic measures.”

The petition aims to make May 9 a public holiday in the Grand Duchy and to push for it to become as important as the US Independence Day on July 4.

The petition founder writes that Article 5 of Luxembourg's Constitution stipulates that Luxembourg must participate in European integration.

He therefore suggests Luxembourg lead the way as a founding EU country. “

Making May 9 a public holiday in the country is a concrete way to work in favour of European integration and by celebrating this largely unknown and little valued day, we wil respect this spirit and above all create solidarity” across Europe if the public holiday is adopted by other member states.

The author is not however proposing an additional public holiday. Rather, the use of an existing public holiday to be shifted to May 9.

Currently, Europe Day is celebrated annually in Luxembourg with a party in Place Clairefontaine where each EU member state has a stand.

To file or sign a petition, you need to be aged 15 or older and have a Luxembourg social security number. When petitions achieve 4,500 or more signatures, Parliament is obliged to discuss their contents.