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Accréditation d'un ambassadeur

Procedure of accreditation of an ambassador

Each candidature for an Ambassador’s post has to emanate from a diplomatic mission. It is composed of a verbal note in French, English or German accompanied by the curriculum vitae of the candidate. The presentation of the credentials in Luxembourg by an Ambassador who is resident in another country and co-accredited to Luxembourg can only take place after he/she has received the agreement of the resident country. The Ministry reserves itself the right to refuse each request which is not in conformity with this principle.

The Department of Protocol forwards the request for "agrément" to the Grand Ducal Palace.

The diplomatic mission is informed by verbal note if HRH the Grand Duke of Luxembourg has granted his high agreement to the choice of the foreign government.

Each request for the formal presentation of credentials to HRH the Grand Duke of Luxembourg (co-accreditation) has to be made by verbal note after having presented the credentials to the Head of State of the country of residence. In order to avoid unnecessary delays it is recommended to inform the Department of Protocol as soon as possible of the date of the presentation of credentials to the Head of State of the country of residence. The Ministry reserves itself the right to refuse each request which is not in conformity with this principle.

The Ambassador’s precedence is fixed by the date of the verbal note addressed to the Ministry to ask for an audience for the presentation of the credentials to HRH the Grand Duke of Luxembourg.

The Department of Protocol forwards the request for an audience for the presentation of the credentials to the Grand Ducal Palace.

The sending country takes the necessary steps for the preparation of the credentials and letters of recall.

The Palace fixes a date for the presentation of the credentials and letters of recall to HRH the Grand Duke of Luxembourg. On that date, five ambassadors, in general, separately present their Letters to the Head of State. The tradition in Luxembourg foresees that the accreditation of an ambassador takes place on two days. On the first day, a courtesy call to the Marshall of the Court and the delivery of the copies of the credentials and letters of recall to the Chief of Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will take place. The second day is reserved for the formal handover of the originals of the Letters to HRH the Grand Duke of Luxembourg at the Grand Ducal Palace.

The Department of Protocol contacts the diplomatic missions by the order of precedence (described here before) in order to set up a list of the chief of missions participating in the next audience. The organization of the audience is the role of the Department of Protocol.