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Recognition of religion or belief in Luxembourg

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg are classified receptive.

Recognition of religion or belief in Luxembourg


  • Recognition and registration are differentiated with the former achieved through bilateral cooperation agreements and the latter through secular registration procedures, primarily as a non-profit organisation.

  • Existential recognition is presently bestowed to the following denominations: Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity (including Greek, Russian, Romanian and Serbian branches), Anglicanism, Protestantism, Judaism, and Islam; the approval of conventions is the primary means of gaining existential recognition in the country; to become eligibility, there is broad subjectivity in the legislation which essentially gives the government scope to decide irrespective of the group’s inherent deservedness.

  • There is broader politicisation of the relationship between the state and religious groups; bilateral cooperation agreements (or conventions) manage these relations; the state, however, should not involve itself in the internal affairs of religious organisations.

  • Laws imposed on open-air religious gatherings is dubious in its authenticity.

  • There is a lack of a recognition system specifically for groups based on belief.

Positive elements:

  • The state allocation of funding to support groups shows dynamic character but these allocations should not be used to politicise the process nor to discriminate.


  • Dismantle the misuse of existential recognition to exclude non-recognised groups; revoke subjective legislation.

  • Minor issues within the system persist that require resolutions.

  • To become dynamic, the government would need to establish a recognition agency that would manage the recognition system and also take over the responsibility of funding groups; the government would need to relinquish its control over the recognition agency to ensure its independence.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
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