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  • Minister Jean Asselborn meets Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting Statement 31 March 2017

    On 31 March, the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn, participated in the NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting in Brussels, where he had the pleasure to meet the new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for the first time. The Ministerial, chaired by the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg, was an opportunity to reaffirm the transatlantic alliance and to discuss the most pressing security challenges that the Alliance has to confront, with a view also to the Meeting of Heads of State and Government of NATO scheduled for 25 May in Brussels. Minister Asselborn and Secretary Tillerson briefly compared notes on issues of common concern and expressed the hope that they could soon meet for more in-depth discussions. In his intervention on the challenges that NATO faces, Minister Asselborn reaffirmed Luxembourg’s commitment to continue increasing its defense spending in a sustainable manner, while stressing the importance of a more holistic approach to security and reiterating the relevance of development cooperation as a contribution to stabilization and conflict prevention, and highlighting Luxembourg’s commitment in this field.

  • SES and SpaceX make history with the launch and landing of a used rocket Statement 30 March 2017

    On 30 March, SpaceX successfully launched a used Falcon9s into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying a communications satellite for the company SES, which is headquartered in Luxembourg. SES-10 will deliver communications services to Latin America. The launch was historic for the aerospace industry as it was the first time that an orbital rocket, or a part of it – the rocket booster, has launched to space for a second time. The booster landed successfully again after the launch. Reusability of rockets or rocket parts will be important in bringing down the cost of space launch. SES and SpaceX have also partnered for another launch : SES-16/GovSat, a Government satellite ordered by LuxGovSat, a joint venture between the Luxembourg government and SES, which will offer dedicated military frequencies for multiple government-specific missions, including NATO missions, will be launched by SpaceX in the course of the second half of 2017.

  • The European Union celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties Statement 25 March 2017

    Government of the European Union Member States were gathered to reflect on the future of the European integration project, which has brought decades of continuous peace to the European continent as well as prosperity and common purpose to its members. In the same room where the Treaties were signed 60 years ago, they signed a solemn declaration to renew their commitment to the European Union, which reads “We, the Leaders of 27 Member States and of EU institutions, take pride in the achievements of the European Union: the construction of European unity is a bold, far-sighted endeavour. Sixty years ago, recovering from the tragedy of two world wars, we decided to bond together and rebuild our continent from its ashes. We have built a unique Union with common institutions and strong values, a community of peace, freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, a major economic power with unparalleled levels of social protection and welfare.” ... (read more)

  • The Luxembourg Embassy celebrates la Francophonie with a concert by the Reis-Demuth-Wiltgen Jazz trio Statement 23 March 2017

    In the context of the DC Francophonie Festival, the Luxembourg Embassy hosted an evening of jazz with the Luxembourg trio of Michel Reis, piano, Paul Wiltgen, drums, and – in replacement of Marc Demuth – Dan Loomis, bass. The RDW trio performed pieces from their second album, “Places in Between”, which was recorded in 2016. Around this date, the 220 million French-speakers around the world celebrate the cultural diversity and the richness of the French language that they share. ... (read more)

  • International Women’s Day 2017 Statement 8 March 2017

    On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, and in the framework of the initiative “She decides”, the Luxembourg Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, Romain Schneider, and his colleagues from Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Estonia and Portugal published a joint op-ed “To us: she decides” in international newspapers on the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls. The eight countries, who attach high importance to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, highlight that women’s and girls’ full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and their access to contraception and comprehensive sexuality education are key priorities in development policy. They reaffirm their firm conviction that a woman has the right to choose with whom she wants to start a family, when and if she wants to have children and how many children she wants. ... (read more)

  • After Fitch, Moody’s confirms the AAA rating of Luxembourg Statement 4 March 2017

    On 3 March, Moody’s Investors Service, the credit rating agency, has reaffirmed Luxembourg’s AAA rating, with a stable outlook. Luxembourg thus continues to be one of the very few countries to receive the highest credit rating from the three big rating agencies, S&P, Fitch and Moody’s, as well as from the DBRS credit rating agency. Moody’s indicates that the key drivers of this AAA affirmation are the resilience of Luxembourg’s economy, which has been growing at a higher rate than other euro area countries and many AAA rated countries; Luxembourg’s sound and transparent institutions, reflected in its effective financial regulatory framework and strong governance indicators, which have, according to Moody’s, safeguarded Luxembourg’s credit fundamentals in the face of several shocks over the past decade; and Luxembourg’s high fiscal strength, supported by fiscal surpluses. Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna reacted to the announcement by saying : “This affirmation of the AAA credit rating is good news for Luxembourg and further reinforces our country’s economic attractiveness. The rating contributes to the creation of new jobs. Moody’s rationale indicates that the maintenance of an AAA rating with a stable outlook is not self-evident, but the result of our policies. Our public finances remain resilient and allow us to look into the future with confidence.” In February, Fitch had also confirmed that it maintained its highest score for Luxembourg, a Triple A rating that is only awarded to 11 countries in Fitch’s latest round of scores.

  • Luxembourg in Top 5 of Digital Economy and Society Index Statement 4 March 2017

    On March 3rd, the European Commission published the results of the 2017 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) , a tool presenting the performance of the 28 European Union Member States in a wide range of areas, from connectivity and digital skills to the digitization of businesses and public services. Luxembourg ranks 5th in the DESI 2017, which is a progression of 2 ranks. Luxembourg is one of the leading countries for connectivity, digital skills and Internet usage. The European Commission thus states that "Luxembourg has reached a very high or even full degree of coverage both for fixed and fast broadband, and for mobile 4G broadband (…) and has a high level of digital skills, reaching pole position in terms of Internet users and individuals with at least basic digital skills and a very good position in terms of ICT specialists.” Xavier Bettel, Prime minister and minister for Communications and Media, welcomed this ranking, the result of "all the joint efforts undertaken for Luxembourg's digital development under "Digital Lëtzebuerg" , and of the nation's passion for digital technology".

  • Luxembourg participates in the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence in Lithuania during the second half of 2017 Statement 15 February 2017

    Following the events in Ukraine, decisions to address the security concerns of the Allies were taken at the NATO Summits in Wales and Warsaw. In Warsaw, NATO committed inter alia to maintaining a multinational military presence in the eastern and southeastern parts of Alliance territory. In the context of this Enhanced Forward Presence, four multinational battalion-size battlegroups will be deployed on a rotational basis in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Luxembourg will participate in the deployment to Lithuania during the second semester of 2017. From 1 July 2017, and for six months, the Luxembourg army will contribute a transportation squad to the multinational battalion led by Germany, of which Belgian and Dutch troops will also be part. The Grand Duchy will also contribute satellite capacity to the battalion operating in Lithuania. Four members of the Luxembourg army specialized in information and communication systems (SatCom) will install a satellite link between the command post of the battalion in Rukla and the Bundeswehr’s operational headquarters in Potsdam in Germany. During the second half of 2018, a reconnaissance squad will be integrated into a German company.

  • Luxembourg welcomes another group of Syrian refugees Statement 1 February 2017

    On February 1st 2017, a group of 46 Syrian refugees, 25 adults and 21 children, arrived in Luxembourg in the framework of the resettlement agreement of March 2016 between the European Union and Turkey. The agreement’s main purpose was to stop refugees from attempting the dangerous cross-over from Turkey to Greece by sea. Like the other EU countries, Luxembourg works closely with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to select and vet those that are to be resettled, and grants them the refugee status defined by the Geneva Convention of 1951. In line with the commitments undertaken by the Luxembourg Government, and as part of a broader effort, further resettlements are foreseen in the course of the coming months.

  • Ambassador Lucas participates in the International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum Statement 27 January 2017

    The US Holocaust Memorial Museum hosted a commemoration on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day that Ambassador Lucas was honored to participate in. The program featured, among others, remarks from the Vice Chairman of the Museum, Allan Holt, touching reflections by holocaust Survivor Josiane Traum and a Memorial Candle Lighting, where Ambassadors joined Holocaust survivors in lighting candles. In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the international community keeps the memory alive and honors the victims of the Nazi era, but also recalls the crimes of genocide committed since the Holocaust and reaffirms its resolve to prevent the recurrence of such crimes.

  • Ambassador Lucas honors Michael J. Lyden, the former General Manager of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency in Luxembourg Statement 23 January 2017

    Ambassador Sylvie Lucas, on behalf of the Government of Luxembourg, bestowed the insignia of Commander of the Order of the Oak Crown on Rear Admiral (ret.) Michael J. Lyden, in recognition of his distinguished services as General Manager of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) from July 2012 to July 2016. Michael Lyden did not only oversee the restructuring of the NATO Support Agency in the framework of the NATO reform, but also its expansion to cover the entire range of systems acquisition and life cycle support services in order to provide integrated multinational support solutions for its stakeholders. Mr. Lyden was instrumental in consolidating the presence of the Agency in Luxembourg and in further deepening the relations with Luxembourg as Host Nation of NSPA. ... (read more)

  • Luxembourg ranks second in the WEF’s Inclusive Growth and Development Report 2017 Statement 17 January 2017

    The World Economic Forum (WEF), in its regular report on Inclusive Growth and Development, introduces a new global index, the Inclusive Development Index (IDI), which shines a light on the many factors that can drive a more inclusive growth process, such as education, infrastructure, ethics, investment, entrepreneurship and social protection. The IDI ranks the world’s advanced and developing economies based on their performance against key performance indicators ranging from poverty, inequality to public debt and environmental factors. Luxembourg stands at position 2, behind Norway and in front of Switzerland. Luxembourg’s position, according to the WEF, is driven by robust growth and employment, high median living standards, strong environmental stewardship and low public debt.

  • Ambassador Lucas honors the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Statement 16 December 2016

    Ambassador Sylvie Lucas had the pleasure to host the traditional reception in honor of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, at the Embassy, to mark the 72nd anniversary of the beginning of the Battle. She also laid a wreath at the Battle of the Bulge Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery on December 16th, to commemorate the sacrifice and pay tribute to the 19.000 American soldiers who lost their lives in this biggest and bloodiest battle that the United States fought in the European theater during World War II. ... (read more)

  • Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn bids farewell to John Kerry on behalf of NATO Foreign Ministers Statement 6 December 2016

    On 6 December 2016, Secretary of State John Kerry participated in his last NATO Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Brussels. Jean Asselborn, the dean of NATO Foreign Ministers in terms of years of service, had the honor to bid farewell to John Kerry on behalf of all his colleagues and to thank him for the years of excellent cooperation within NATO. The NATO Ministerial was an opportunity for Ministers to take stock of the implementation of the commitments made at the July Warsaw Summit, to discuss the reinforced cooperation between the European Union and NATO through the implementation of the Warsaw EU-NATO declaration, and to exchange views about the security challenges that the Alliance faces and the progress made in projecting stability beyond NATO's borders.

  • Luxembourg joins the Open Government Partnership Statement 7 December 2016

    Prime Minister Xavier Bettel participated on 7 December 2016 in the Summit of the Open Government Partnership in Paris. The Prime Minister handed over the letter of intent of the Government of Luxembourg to join the Open Government Partnership to President Hollande of France, Co-chair of the OGP. Prime Minister Bettel highlighted that his Government had inscribed the principles enshrined in the Open Government Declaration in its programme for 2013 to 2018, and is particularly mindful in its daily work of the importance of openness of government, transparency and citizen engagement. ... (read more)

  • Ambassador Sylvie Lucas presents Letters of Credence to the Governor General of Canada Statement 22 November 2016

    On November 21st, 2016, Ambassador Sylvie Lucas presented her Letters of Credence to His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. During the credentialing ceremony at Rideau Hall, the Governor General highlighted the long and friendly relations that exist between Luxembourg and Canada, dating back to the Second World War when the Luxembourg royal family sought refuge in Canada. ... (read more)

  • Luxembourg’s space mining projects featured on CNN Statement 14 November 2016

    Richard Quest of CNN went to Luxembourg to speak with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy Etienne Schneider about the country's space mining ambitions. The first commercial mission to harvest resources from asteroids could be launched within five years, as the Luxembourg Government works on joint missions with two US space research companies to hunt for water and minerals in outer space through robotic missions.  Here is the link to Richard Quest’s contribution in CNN Money on 14 November 2016 :

  • Luxembourg contributes satellite capacity to NATO through GovSat in the context of the Alliance Ground Surveillance system Statement 8 November 2016

    As part of Luxembourg’s defense spending effort, the Luxembourg-SES GovSat joint venture is going to provide satellite capacity for NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance system (AGS). On 7 November 2016, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense Etienne Schneider signed a long-term contract with LuxGovSat SA to that effect. The AGS system consists of air, ground and support elements performing all-weather, persistent wide-area terrestrial and maritime surveillance in near real-time. ... (read more)

  • the Luxembourg Government becomes a key shareholder of Planetary Resources, Inc., the U.S.-based asteroid mining company Statement 3 November 2016

    The Luxembourg Government, the public-law banking institution “Société Nationale de Crédit et d’Investissement” (SNCI) and U.S.-based space technology company Planetary Resources have signed a 25 million euro investment and cooperation agreement within the framework of Luxembourg’s initiative which aims at the exploration and the commercial utilization of resources from Near Earth Objects (NEOs), such as asteroids. ... (read more)

  • Deputy Prime Minister Étienne Schneider appointed to World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Space Technologies Statement 28 October 2016

    Given Luxembourg’s proven expertise in the commercial satellite services industry and to the initiative nurturing the development of new space technologies, Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, appointed Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy, Étienne Schneider as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Space Technologies. Following his appointment, Étienne Schneider  stated: “The nomination of a Luxembourg representative is based on the  international standing of our space sector and the capabilities of its national actors. My appointment is in line with the long-lasting commitment of the Government to support the strengthening of the space sector.” ... (read more)

  • Luxembourg participating in the 9th edition of the Kids Euro Festival Statement 27 October 2016

    The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is participating in the 9th Kids Euro Festival in Washington, D.C., with the screening of the Luxembourgish co-production “The Golden Horse”. The Kids Euro Festival is a two-week long festival of European arts and culture presenting free activities to D.C. metro area children and their families: performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling, all brought to the D.C. area by the 28 European Union Member States. “The Golden Horse” is a co-production between Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania and Luxembourg. ... (read more)

  • Luxembourg assists victims of hurricane Matthew in Haiti Statement 17 October 2016

    The Luxembourg Minister for Development Cooperation, Mr. Romain Schneider, has decided to allocate emergency assistance in the amount of 500,000 EUR to Haiti for assistance to the victims of hurricane Matthew, a category 4 hurricane that hit the island on 4 October. Luxembourg's aid will be implemented through Luxembourg's humanitarian partners and Luxembourg NGOs that have been active in Haiti for long years. Luxembourg is also deploying two emergency telecommunication systems of the project to Les Cayes in Haiti, upon request by the World Food Programme, to provide communications capacities to the humanitarian actors on the ground and help the Haitian government to reestablish communication services in the hardest hit regions. The first terminal, which was set up by volunteers from the Luxembourg civil protection administration, is operational since October 16th.

  • Luxembourg Parliament unanimously ratifies the Paris Agreement Statement 11 October 2016

    On Tuesday 11 October, on the first day of its new session, the Luxembourg Chambre des Députés unanimously ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change. Luxembourg thus joined the 75 other Parties that had already ratified the Agreement by that date. The Agreement will enter into force on 4 November 2016, just before the COP22 meetings in Marrakech in November. In her speech to Parliament, the Minister of the Environment, Mrs. Carole Dieschbourg, announced a consultative process with all stakeholders in Luxembourg to support the Government’s efforts to reach the national goal of reducing greenhouse emissions by 40% over 2005 levels by 2030. In this context, Minister Dieschbourg also recalled the commitment by the Luxembourg Government to contribute a cumulative amount of EUR 120 million over the 2014-2020 period to international climate finance.

  • Minister Pierre Gramegna visits Washington for IMF/WB meetings and promotes the Luxembourg Green Exchange Statement 9 October 2016

    The Minister of Finance, Mr. Pierre Gramegna, visited Washington from 6 to 8 October to participate in the fall meetings of the IMF and World Bank, in his capacity as Governor of Luxembourg of the two institutions.
    Minister Gramegna participated in a roundtable on 8 October dedicated to Green Finance where he highlighted the role that the Luxembourg Stock Exchange plays in the field through its "Luxembourg Green Exchange" platform dedicated to green financial instruments, in particular green bonds. ... (read more)

  • The Luxembourg Ambassador signs the revised DC Sustainability Pledge Statement 5 October 2016

    H.E. Ms. Sylvie Lucas joined over 60 Ambassadors and Embassy representatives on October 5th at the Embassy of Italy to sign the revised DC Sustainability Pledge. The event was organized by the DC Greening Embassies Forum, a platform for Embassies to contribute to the District’s environmental efforts and to help it reach its goal of becoming the greenest city in the United States. ... (read more)

  • Luxembourg joins the United States and 46 other States to issue a Joint Declaration for the responsible Export and Subsequent Use of Armed or Strike... Statement 5 October 2016

    As an increasing number of States are acquiring UAVs to support a range of missions, including military missions that promote peace and security, a group of 48 like-minded States issued a joint declaration promoting the responsible export and subsequent use of these systems, as the misuse of armed or strike-enabled UAVs could fuel conflict and instability and facilitate terrorism and organized crime. ... (read more)

  • The European Parliament approves the Paris Climate Agreement Statement 4 October 2016

    The European Parliament gave green light today, with an overwhelming majority of 610 members voting in favor, to the ratification by its 28 Member States of the Paris Climate Agreement, thereby paving the way for the entry into force of the landmark agreement. The ratification instrument of the EU should be deposited by the end of the week, after approval by the Council of Ministers. ... (read more)

  • The Prime Ministers of the Benelux countries meet in Schengen for their annual Summit Statement 3 October 2016

    Prime Minister Xavier Bettel hosted the annual Summit of Benelux leaders in Schengen, Luxembourg, on 3rd October 2016. The Benelux Prime ministers discussed the state of the European Union in the aftermath of the Bratislava Summit and had an exchange of views on next steps to take. Luxembourg currently holds the Presidency of the Benelux Committee of Ministers. The three Heads of Government adopted a joint communiqué as well as a joint declaration on Digital Benelux. ... (read more)

  • Ambassador Sylvie Lucas hosts a group of USAID and Department of Defense officers Statement September 19, 2016

    A group of USAID and DoD officers, led by Ned Filipovic, Language Program Manager of USAID, visited the Luxembourg Embassy on September 19th for an hour of conversation in French. The group is taking a French immersion class, in preparation of future assignments in francophone countries. Ambassador Lucas gave a presentation of Luxembourg and its foreign policy priorities and discussed the challenges that the European Union faces.

  • Ambassador Sylvie Lucas presents Letter of Credence to President Barack Obama Statement September 16, 2016

    On September 16th, 2016, Ambassador Sylvie Lucas presented her Letter of Credence to President Barack Obama, thus becoming the 14th Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg accredited to the United States of America. The credentialing ceremony at the White House was an opportunity for Ambassador Lucas to confirm her determination to contribute to the further strengthening of the bonds of friendship and cooperation that exist between the United States and Luxembourg, and to highlight her priorities for her stay in Washington, DC. President Obama recognized Luxembourg for its moral and diplomatic leadership and its reputation as an honest broker and effective mediator, most recently on the UN Security Council and during Luxembourg’s Presidency of the EU Council. 

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