How are the municipal coat of arms handled for fused communes?

Several communes that have merged in the past have given themselves a new municipal coat of arms after their fusion. Other communes rely on a municipal logo to showcase their identity. The heraldic commission of the Ministry of State supports the communes in this procedure. MP André Bauler asked the Ministry of State which communes have changed their coat of arms or logo over the past years and what is the procedure to do so.

„Verschidde Gemengen, déi zanter 1970 fusionéiert hunn, hunn sech am Laf vun der Zäit – am Respekt vum modifizéierte Gesetz vum 23. Juni 1972 betreffend déi national Emblemer – en neit Wope ginn. D’Commission héraldique vum Staatsministère – déi aus unerkannten Experten op dësem Gebitt zesummegestallt ass – beréit d’Gemenge bei der Kompositioun vun engem aktualiséierte Wopen. E Wopen ass net nëmmen eng Traditioun, déi esou al ass wéi eist Land a seng Gemengen selwer, ma en ass och ganz wesentlech fir enger Fusiounsgemeng hir kulturell Identitéit ze schäerfen.


Vill Gemenge ginn sech dann och mëttlerweil e Logo, fir hir visuell Identitéit no baussen ze kommunizéieren. E frëschen, professionellen Optrëtt ass hautdesdaags fir d’Gemenge vun grousser Bedeitung, ma et gëtt etlech fusionéiert Gemengen, déi sech trotz dëser Entwécklung en neie Wope ginn hunn, dat ënner anerem fir hir kulturell Eegenaart z’ënnersträichen an op hir eege Geschicht hinzeweisen.

Virun deem Hannergrond wollt ech dem Här Staatsminister folgend Froe stellen:

  • Wéi dacks ass an de leschte Joren déi heraldesch Kommissioun zesummekomm, fir fusionéiert Gemengen an deem präzisen Zesummenhang ze beroden?
  • Wat fir eng Gemengen hu sech zanter 1970 – no der Fusioun – en neie Wope ginn? War dat op hir eegen Ufro hin oder huet déi heraldesch Kommissioun selwer e Virschlag gemaach?
  • Wéi gesäit déi genee Prozedur aus, déi et ze respektéiere gëllt, fir en neie Wopen z’entwerfen an definitiv op nationalem Plang ze verankeren?“
  • Wat ënnerscheet, rechtlech gesinn, de Wopen vum Logo? Ass de Logo genee sou „offiziell“ wéi ee Wopen?
  • Ginn et ënnerschiddlech Strofen bei engem net geneemegte Benotzen vun engem Gemengelogo oder engem Gemengewopen?“

Answer

Over the past years, the heraldic commission has convened twice namely for the communes of Tandel and Schengen. A commune can propose an idea for a new coat of arms, however the heraldic commission can also make a proposition. Contrary to the coat of arms, a logo allows for all colours to be used. It can also be chosen by the municipal authorities and doesn’t have to pass the heraldic commission.

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