On Tuesday, the Chambre des Députés voted unanimously to recognise German Sign Language.
In the wake of the UN's ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Luxembourg has recognised German Sign Language (DGS). The Grand Duchy is one of the last countries in the EU to make the move.
In the future, deaf and hard of hearing people will have the right to be accompanied by an interpreter in their interactions with state institutions. The costs will be borne by the State.
Family members of a deaf or hard of hearing person speaking German Sign Language will be allowed 100 hours of free language classes.
Deaf or hard-of-hearing children will have the right to education in German Sign Language.
To cover the needs of the country, the state plans to recruit five additional interpreters. Currently, there are only two.
The CSV and dei Lénk argued for an extension of these measures to French Sign Language (LSF).