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Contact person: John Dann

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Nowadays, legislation is not researched and read exclusively by lawyers. The non-legal public may also need to look for a legislative act in force in its consolidated version, without having to consult multiple amendments. Moreover, the number of legislative and regulatory acts continues to increase. This complexity affects economic activity and generates additional burdens for citizens, businesses and municipalities, complicating the overall monitoring of government work. Until recently, Luxembourg’s legislation was based on a paper version and having access to it was very difficult for citizens, business and civil servants, and sometimes also for ministries. However, today’s world is characterised by a new paradigm: access, sharing and enrichment of legislative information. In this context, a change was necessary, in the direction of digitisation.

In January 2017, a full set of new applications and websites was implemented, based on semantic web technologies, a new ontology – jolux – and controlled vocabularies. This ecosystem sets the grounds for sharing and interconnecting legal information between different applications and providing better access to legislation for citizens and businesses. The major objectives behind this initiative were

  • the modernisation of publishing the Official Journal;
  • a facilitated accessibility and participation;
  • access to public information;
  • a new ‘Legislative Open Data’ for more transparency and efficiency and to better reflect the needs of users.

Therefore, a new portal for Luxembourg legislation – legilux.lu – was set up:

  • Access to and the exchange of information were facilitated.
  • The publication process was fully digitised and legislative complexity reduced.
  • The texts introduced into the legislative procedures were standardised and the administrative costs were reduced.

An ecosystem was created around legal data where each application will access the same data, compared to a silo approach. Better search results were provided either on the portal or via search engines such as Google to provide users with search facilities to access legislation in force as it stands.

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