Continued Debate on Anti-Begging Law in Parliament

Luxembourg - January 31, 2024

Interior Minister Léon Gloden is set to present legal opinions to the relevant parliamentary committees this week, outlining the approved regulations by the Luxembourg City Police regarding the prohibition of begging.
Despite objections raised by Sven Clement, a representative of the Pirate Party, regarding the institutional crisis between the judiciary and the executive branches over the begging ban, Prime Minister Luc Frieden did not allow this statement to create any wavering in the government's decision. The Interior Minister, along with municipal authorities of Luxembourg City, has received legal opinions supporting their decision.
However, the Luxembourg Prosecutor's Office itself does not consider a simple begging ban as legally grounded in criminal law. According to Luc Frieden, this is an interpretative matter, not covered by ordinary law. The Prime Minister, emphasizing the value of upholding the rule of law and the independence of justice, suggests that in the presence of ambiguities, the Parliament can make amendments through the criminal law reform.
Two weeks into the implementation of the restrictive phase of the anti-begging law in the capital, authorities have not reported specific statistics on police interventions.
According to the Minister of State of Luxembourg, police officers in uniform, accompanied by dogs, as well as plainclothes officers, are patrolling the streets of Luxembourg City to combat illegal migration, drug trafficking, and organized begging aggressively and systematically. The government is taking proactive measures to address these issues, highlighting the ongoing efforts to maintain public order and safety in the city. The debate surrounding the anti-begging law underscores the delicate balance between law enforcement, social concerns, and individual rights, as policymakers strive to find effective solutions to complex societal challenges.