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The Constitution confers to the Grand Duke the prerogative to appoint and revoke members of the Government . However, in practice the Grand Duke respects the results of national elections by appointing one person, from the political party having gathered the most votes, to choose and present potential candidates for the formation of a cabinet.

The composition of the cabinet is not laid down by the Constitution. Indeed, the Constitution only stipulates that the Grand Duke – in practice the Prime Minister – can organise his Government freely. Thus, the number of members of Government can vary, as can the portfolios. The number of ministerial departments generally exceeds the number of members of the cabinet called upon to serve in office; thus a single cabinet member normally holds more than one portfolio.

Every year, the Prime Minister holds a State of the Nation speech in the Chamber of Deputies in order to inform about the progress made by the Government in implementing the measures laid down in the coalition agreement, to present the measures to be taken by the Government in the near future and to explain the general political, economic and social situation of the country.

 

The Composition of the Government: 4 December 2013

Xavier Bettel (DP) Prime Minister, Minister of State, Minister for Communication and Media, Minister for Religious Affairs
Etienne Schneider(LSAP) Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy, Minister of Internal Security, Minister of Defence
Jean Asselborn (LSAP) Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Minister of Immigration and Asylum
Félix Braz (dei Gréng) Minister of Justice
Nicolas Schmit (LSAP) Minister of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy
Romain Schneider (LSAP) Minister of Social Security, Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, Minister of Sports
François Bausch (dei Gréng) Minister of Employment, Culture, Higher Education, Research and Religious Affairs
Fernand Etgen (DP) Minister of Agriculture, Viticulture and Consumer protection, Minister for relations with Parliament
Maggy Nagel (DP) Minister for Culture, Minister for Housing
Pierre Gramegna Minister of Finance
Lydia Mutsch (LSAP) Minister of Health, Minister for Equal Opportunities
Daniel Kersch (LSAP) Minister for Home Affairs, Minister for the Civil Service and Administrative Reform
Claude Meisch (DP) Minister of National Education, Childhood and Youth, Minister for Higher Education and Research
Corinne Cahen (DP) Minister for Family Affairs and Integration, Minister for the Greater Region
Carole Dieschbourg (dei Gréng) Minister for the Environment
Camille Gira (dei Gréng)                                    Secretary of State for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure
André Bauler (DP)               Secretary of State of National Education, Childhood and Youth, Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research
Francine Closener (LSAP) Secretary of state of the economy, Secretary of State of Internal Security, Secretary of State of Defence

 

DP: Democratic Party
LSAP: Luxembourg Socialist Workers Party
Dei Gréng: Luxembourg Green Political Party

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