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  • Statement by Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn after the announcement by the President of the United States rega... Statement 7 December 2017

    Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Jean Asselborn regrets the decision of the President of the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This unilateral decision announced on 6 December 2017 is not in conformity with the resolutions of the United Nations on Jerusalem.

    Minister Asselborn notes that the status of Jerusalem is not only a complex legal issue, but that it has an important political and religious dimension. With its holy sites, Jerusalem resonates emotionally with Israelis and Palestinians, the Arab countries and the world as a whole.

    The Minister recalls that any solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must notably be based, in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 478 (1980), on a negotiated comprehensive settlement for the final status of Jerusalem, which respects the rights and aspirations of both parties.

    In this context, the Minister underlines the common European position on the question of Jerusalem, which has been defined, since the Declaration of the European Council made in Venice on 13 June 1980, in the following terms: « The nine recognize the special importance of the role played by the question of Jerusalem for all the parties concerned. The nine stress that they will not accept any unilateral initiative designed to change the status of Jerusalem and that any agreement on the city’s status should guarantee freedom of access for everyone to the holy places. »

    The question of the status of Jerusalem will have to be resolved in the framework of peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, realizing the vision of two democratic States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security within secure and recognized borders.

    A two-State solution, negotiated and based on the borders of 1967, is the only way to create a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians, as the Secretary-General of the United Nations rightly recalled yesterday. The position of the European Union is based on the well-known parameters for the final status, including the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of two States. It is important to keep this political horizon, and we hope that the United States can lend their full support to the two-State solution, mentioned yesterday by the President of the United States.

    Minister Asselborn joins the calls of the international community for the actors on the ground and the leaders in the region to show calm and restraint, in order to avoid a new eruption of violence and any other action that would only hamper the prospects of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East.

  • Saint Nicholas at the Luxembourg Embassy Statement 6 December 2017

    Every year on 6 December, children throughout the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg eagerly await the arrival of the "Kleeschen" (St. Nicholas) and the gifts he brings. "Niklosdag" (St. Nicholas’ Day) is celebrated in honor of Nicholas of Myra, also known as Nicholas of Bari, a young bishop in the 4th century who, according to legend, saved a number of children from death. In the Middle Ages, St. Nicholas became the patron saint and protector of young children. Towards the beginning of the 17th century, the tradition of St. Nicholas is said to be taken to the United States by European immigrants, where it spread rapidly. Ultimately, the "Kleeschen" became Santa Claus. Luxembourg tradition has it that on the eve of "Niklosdag" the amiable bishop, accompanied by his acolyte "Houseker", brings gifts to the children of the house. In the Grand Duchy, St. Nicholas' day is a school holiday for children in elementary school. Here in Washington, “Kleeschen" visited the Embassy of Luxembourg somewhat early, delivering last Friday already gifts to the children of the Luxembourg community.

  • Minister Jean Asselborn at the luncheon of the EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Statement 5 December 2017

    The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn, participated in the working luncheon of the 28 EU Foreign Ministers with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson which took place in Brussels on 5 December 2017. Chaired by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, the discussions addressed transatlantic cooperation in the face of global challenges. In this context, the Luxembourg Foreign Minister stressed that “a close transatlantic cooperation and a strong partnership between the EU and the US are more important than ever”. He recalled that it is important to “reaffirm our common values”. ... (read more)

  • Minister Jean Asselborn participates in the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity in Berlin Statement 30 November 2017

    The Luxembourg Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Jean Asselborn participated on 30 November in the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity convened in Berlin by Brigitte Zypries, Minister for the Economy and Energy of Germany. The Global Forum brings together 33 member economies representing more than 90% of global steel production and capacity. It is composed of the Member States of the G20 as well as a number of other OECD Member States and was established in December 2016 following the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, with a view to tackling issues related to excess capacity in the steel sector. At the 30 November meeting, participants agreed on concrete steps to do so, thus also sending a positive signal about the importance of multilateral cooperation on issues of common concern, just a few days before the opening of the Ministerial meeting of the WTO in Buenos Aires. Minister Asselborn called on all participants to adopt effective measures to address steel excess capacity and go beyond mere declarations. The Minister recalled that the livelihoods of many steel workers depended on the decisions taken at the Global Forum.

  • « NewSpace Europe » conference in Luxembourg Statement 18 November 2017

    On 16 and 17 November, Luxembourg organized NewSpace Europe, the first space conference outside of the United States to focus solely on the new space industry and the economic opportunity of space. Organized by the Ministry of the Economy and the Space Frontier Foundation at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg City, NewSpace Europe centered around the theme “New Frontiers of Opportunity” and highlighted the exponential growth of the space ecosystem, critical to creating a sustainable space economy across the world. Through engaging conference sessions and unique networking opportunities, participants had the opportunity to discover technologies and ideas from across space and other diverse markets that are shaping and leading the industry. ... (read more)

  • Cooperativa de Ahorro y Préstamo Tosepantomin wins the 2017 European Microfinance Award in Luxembourg Statement 30 November 2017

    On 30 November, the 2017 European Microfinance Award ceremony was held at the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg, in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duchess and the Hereditary Grand Duke. 37 microfinance institutions from 23 countries were competing for this year’s Award under the theme of « Microfinance for Housing”, with the aim to highlight the role of microfinance in supporting access to better quality residential housing for low income, vulnerable and excluded groups, who have no or limited access to housing finance in the mainstream sector. The 2017 jury, chaired by H.R.H. the Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, awarded this year’s prize of €100,000 to the “Cooperativa de Ahorro y Préstamo Tosepantomin” of Mexico. ... (read more)

  • Luxembourg Government and Spire Global sign cooperation agreement to open a European HQ in the Grand Duchy Statement 15 November 2017

    On 15 November 2017, the Luxembourg Government and the US-based company, Spire Global, signed a cooperation agreement to develop several key activities in the Grand Duchy focused on space platform engineering, data analytics, infrastructure engineering and business development. Spire is a satellite powered data company with offices in the US, Europe and Asia offering products for global ship tracking and high frequency weather data. The office to open in Luxembourg will serve as Spire’s full-service European headquarters. The Luxembourg Future Fund (LFF) has committed to becoming a shareholder in Spire, participating in Spire’s latest $70m Series C financing round. The Luxembourg Future Fund aims to stimulate the diversification and sustainable development of the Luxembourg economy. It was set up by the European Investment Fund (EIF) and the Société Nationale de Crédit et d’Investissement (SNCI) and combines a EUR 120 million contribution from SNCI with EUR 30 million from the EIF. ... (read more)

  • Guichet.lu Citizens Portal now fully available in English Statement 9 November 2017

    With more than 170 nationalities present on its territory and with foreigners representing almost 48% of the total population, Luxembourg is a country that is both deeply multicultural and open to the world. In order to meet the needs of a growing English-speaking population and of English-speaking non residents, Guichet.lu has therefore translated its Internet Portal . It is now available in English in its entirety. 

    This evolution of the site will help companies planning to post staff to Luxembourg and people wishing to settle in the country to learn about the administrative procedures they need to carry out to live and work in Luxembourg.

  • 10th Kids Euro Festival: “Extraordinary tales” movie screening at the Luxembourg Embassy Statement 26 October 2017

    Kids Euro Festival is one of the largest cultural festivals for children in the United States. Now in its 10th year, the festival returns to the Washington, D.C., metro area from October 21 to November 5, 2017 and features free, family-friendly performances, concerts, movies, and workshops that provide a flavor of European arts and culture. The Luxembourg Embassy will screen this Sunday, October 29th, at 3pm, the animation movie “Extraordinary tales”, a co-production between Luxembourg, Belgium, Spain and the United States. “Extraordinary tales” is an anthology of five stories adapted from the famous writer Edgar Allan Poe. (read more)

    For tickets, please contact the Embassy of Luxembourg at  luxembassy.was@mae.etat.lu

  • The OECD launches Luxembourg’s DAC Peer Review Statement 20 October 2017

    The Peer Review by the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of Luxembourg’s Development Cooperation concluded that Luxembourg is a generous aid donor and solid ally to partner countries. Its development profile stands out thanks to...

    • ... a vision for development shared across government and by the public, which guides its co-operation policy and international action, and establishing it as a strong actor in the success of the 2030 Agenda.

    • ... a high volume of official development assistance - around 1% of its GNI since 2000 - focused on a small number of sectors and countries, boosting the impact of its co-operation programme, its visibility and its influence.

    • ... a practice of the Busan principles, both in terms of organisation and programming, which further contributes to development effectiveness.

    The Chair of the DAC, Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, commented that “Luxembourg’s unwavering commitment to development aid, which it keeps separate from funding for refugees and climate finance, sets an example to other DAC members,” and recommended that “Looking ahead, Luxembourg could use its experience in green finance to explore possibilities offered by its financial sector  to mobilise additional funding and partnerships for development.”

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  • H.R.H. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume visits Arlington National Cemetery Statement 14 October 2017

    On the occasion of the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group, H.R.H. Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, visited Arlington National Cemetery, accompanied by Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna.

    H.R.H. Prince Guillaume laid wreaths at the Memorial of the Battle of the Bulge as well as at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, to pay his respects to the American soldiers who gave their lives for the liberation of Luxembourg in World Wars I and II.

  • H.R.H. Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Finance Minister Gramegna participate in the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank Group Statement 14 October 2017

    On 13 and 14 October, H.R.H. Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Minister Pierre Gramegna attended the fall meetings of the IFIs. On that occasion, they had a number of bilateral meetings and exchanges of views, including with Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, CEO of the World Bank and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

    The meetings were an opportunity to discuss the state of the global economy, the implications of the digital revolution and the development of Fintech as well as global challenges like climate change and international terrorism.

  • Luxembourg deploys the emergency.lu platform to the Caribbean after hurricane Irma Statement 11 September 2017

    In response to a request by the World Food Program (WFP) after Hurricane Irma struck the Caribbean, Luxembourg dispatched a team of four telecommunications experts from their humanitarian task force to deploy two  emergency.lu satellite communications systems to the Caribbean. emergency.lu  is a mobile, satellite based, telecommunications platform that was created to re-establish internet and phone communication after a natural disaster and can be rapidly deployed to support the coordination efforts of humanitarian organizations on the ground by reestablishing connectivity, and thus contributes to saving lives in humanitarian emergencies. It is a public-private partnership between the Luxembourg government and three Luxembourg companies (SES Techcom Services, Hitec Luxembourg and Luxembourg Air Ambulance SA). Luxembourg provides  emergency.lu  services as a free global public good to the humanitarian community and works closely in this context with the WFP, the global lead agency of the emergency telecommunications cluster, as well as other UN agencies.  The emergency volunteers left for Antigua on the evening of 11 September 2017. Their objective is to reestablish the communication services in the affected areas, in coordination with government officials and the WFP regional coordinator.

  • Consular emergency assistance during the hurricane season Statement 8 September 2017

    Luxembourg nationals in the US requiring consular emergency assistance may contact the following phone numbers. These numbers are the contacts of consular officers and have to be used ONLY IN CASE OF EMERGENCY:

    - Luxembourg Embassy in Washington, DC: +1 (202) 290-8239 or + 1 (202) 413-1689

    - Luxembourg Consulate in New York: + 1 (646) 506-5914 

    If you need immediate emergency assistance, call 911 for local emergency services.

  • Luxembourg contributes 500,000 EUR to the activities of UNMAS in Mosul Statement 9 August 2017

    The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has renewed its commitment to support stabilization and humanitarian activities through mitigation of explosive hazards in Mosul, Iraq with a contribution of 500,000 Euros to the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS). The battle with Daesh in Mosul drove much of the population to leave their homes and has damaged many neighborhoods in West Mosul. This is affecting the return of over half a million civilians. One of the main concerns for people returning to Mosul, now and in the future, is the extensive presence of explosive hazards such as Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and unexploded ordnance (UXO). Based on priorities identified by the Government of Iraq and the local authorities in Mosul, the contribution by Luxembourg allows UNMAS to extend its support and activities to ensure that explosive hazards are identified and removed, enabling lifesaving work and supporting the safe return of IDPs to Mosul. Luxembourg has been a supporter of UNMAS’ activities for many years now. Luxembourg is also one of the 73 members of the Global Coalition against Daesh, and has in particular been making humanitarian contributions for the stabilization of the liberated areas.

  • Luxembourg Parliament adopts draft law on the exploration and use of space resources Statement 13/07/17

    On 13 July 2017, Luxembourg became the first European country to adopt a legal framework offering private operators assurances in regard to resources they extract in space. The law, which will come into force on August 1, 2017, also establishes the procedures for authorizing and supervising space exploration missions.

  • Participation in the commemoration of the 67th Anniversary of the Korean War Statement 30 June 2017

    On June 25th and June 30th, the Embassy of Luxembourg took part in ceremonies held at the “Korean War Veterans Memorial” in Washington, D.C., honoring the memory of soldiers from 21 UN Sending States who gave their lives during the Korean War (June 25th 1950 – June 27th 1953). 85 soldiers from Luxembourg took part in the Korean War and were integrated in the BUNC (Belgian United Nations Command). 13 soldiers were wounded and 2 were killed in action: Sergeant Robert Mores and Caporal Roger Stütz.

  • Asteroid Day 2017 live from Luxembourg! Statement 30 June 2017

    30 June is International Asteroid Day. This year’s events are being live-streamed from Luxembourg, where Asteroid Day, the global awareness campaign about asteroids, founded by Dr Brian May, Danica Remy (COO of B612), Grigorij Richters and Rusty Schweickart, have recently moved its headquarters. Watch here :  https://asteroidday.org/live/

  • LuxFLAG launches Green Bond Label Statement 19 June 2017

    The Luxembourg Finance Labelling Agency (LuxFLAG) launches a new label for green bonds, relying on its strong expertise in sustainable finance. The Green Bond Label is the fourth initiative of the Luxembourg Climate Finance Task Force after the launch of the Luxembourg-EIB Climate Finance platform, the Luxembourg Green Exchange and LuxFLAG’s Climate Finance Label. The Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs are actively supporting the LuxFLAG initiative in its mission to support sustainable finance. “The Luxembourg Government remains strongly committed to international climate finance action and the Paris Agreement. (…) LuxFLAG’s Green Bond Label plays an instrumental role in helping to set strong market standards to bolster green finance flows”, underlines Carole Dieschbourg, Minister for the Environment. ... (read more)

  • Sacred Heart University celebrates 25 years of presence in Luxembourg Statement 15 June 2017

    Sacred Heart University Luxembourg is the European branch of the main University campus of SHU in Fairfield, CT. The SHU Jack Welch College of Business offers the only US-accredited MBA program in Luxembourg, and its number of students is growing steadily. In 1991, there were 15 students, in 2017, there are 120, and they have 45 different nationalities. On 15 June, Sacred Heart University Luxembourg celebrated its 25th birthday with a ceremony at the Philharmonie of Luxembourg, with Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, who received a Doctor honoris causa, as a guest of honor.

  • BEPS : Luxembourg signs the Multilateral Instrument at the OECD Ministerial Council in Paris Statement 8 June 2017

    Luxembourg’s Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna participated in the OECD Council at Ministerial level on June 7th and 8th in Paris, which was placed under the theme of “Making globalization work: Better lives for all”, tackling issues such as inequality and the inclusion of those left behind by globalization, as well as the creation of a global level-playing field on fiscal transparency. In the context of the Ministerial, Minister Gramegna chaired a working group on how companies, especially SMEs, can take advantage of globalization, digitalization, and free-trade agreements.

    Minister Gramegna also participated in the signing ceremony, with over 70 other countries and jurisdictions, of the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), committing to the automatic exchange of financial account information and the closing of legal loopholes. Furthermore, Luxembourg signed on to the optional protocols, which, as Minister Gramegna highlighted, demonstrates Luxembourg’s continued commitment to fiscal transparency and to the implementation of the G20 and OECD agendas in this area.

  • Participation in Memorial Day commemoration Statement 30 May 2017

    On May 27th, the Embassy of Luxembourg took part in a Memorial Day commemoration held at the “Colorado Freedom Memorial” in Aurora (CO), honoring the memory of soldiers from the State of Colorado who gave their lives during WWII. At the center of the remembrance ceremony was the dedication of soil gathered from military cemeteries abroad where Colorado soldiers are buried. Representing the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Consul Stan Myck handed over soil from the Luxembourg American Cemetery in Hamm, Luxembourg, where 52 soldiers from Colorado are buried, alongside more than 5.000 American service members, many of whom lost their lives in the Battle of the Bulge and in the advance to the Rhine River.

  • Take a Shortcut to Europe: European Union Embassies' Open House. Experience the best of European culture without the jet lag! Statement 10 May 2017

    On May 13th, Luxembourg will participate in the annual EU Open House event, during which the 28 European Union Embassies and the European Union Delegation will open their doors to the public. The EU Open House gives visitors a rare look inside the embassies and the opportunity to experience the cultural heritage and national traditions of the 28 EU member states.  New this year, visitors can participate in a photo competition where five lucky winners will walk away with ultimate EU Swag Bags of gifts from across the ocean. These celebrations are in honour of Europe Day, the day in 1950 when French Foreign Minister, Robert Schuman, signed the declaration that ultimately led to the formation of the EU.  In addition, this year marks three other important anniversaries:  the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome which helped establish the EU, the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan providing post-war aid to Europe, and the 65th anniversary of EU-US diplomatic relations. ... (read more)

  • Launch of the Green Cornerstone Bond Fund domiciled in Luxembourg Statement 21 April 2017

    In the margins of the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, Luxembourg Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna participated in the launch, on 21 April 2017, of the Green Cornerstone Bond Fund from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which is domiciled in Luxembourg. The Fund is aimed at fighting global warming in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Its objective is to develop green finance in emerging markets, buying green bonds issued in these regions. The IFC has committed to investing up to $325m into the new Fund. In his speech at the launching ceremony, Minister Gramegna underlined the role of Europe in leading the fight against climate change and putting into effect the goals of the Paris agreement. He also stressed the role of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and the “Luxembourg Green Exchange” in fostering green finance at the global level. “As a strategic partner of the Green Cornerstone Bond Fund, Luxembourg demonstrates its strength as a financial centre and accepts its responsibilities in the fight against climate change,” he said. ... (read more)

  • Visit by the Prime Minister of Luxembourg to Canada Statement 20 April 2017

    H.E. Mr. Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, accompanied by H.E. Mr. Pierre Gramegna, Finance Minister, paid an official visit to Ottawa and Toronto on 19 and 20 April. With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister Bettel discussed bilateral and international issues. The two Prime Ministers agreed to further strengthen trade ties between the two nations as well as explore different ways to leverage the areas of innovation and technology to create jobs in both countries, also taking advantage of the opportunities that the new Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) offers. Prime Minister Bettel highlighted that Luxembourg is the third source of direct foreign investment in Canada while being the fourth most important destination for Canadian investment abroad. ... (read more)

  • Crown Prince Guillaume and Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider head a trade mission to the US West Coast with a focus on space Statement 13 April 2017

    In the context of Luxembourg’s  SpaceResources.lu  initiative which aims at creating a European hub for space exploration in Luxembourg, H.R.H. Crown Prince Guillaume, accompanied by H.R.H. Crown Princess Stephanie, and Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, headed a trade mission to the US West Coast from 9 to 13 April focused on the space sector. Stops in Seattle and Silicon Valley allowed the Luxembourg delegation to present Luxembourg’s potential for space activities and to deepen contacts with American companies and research facilities in the field of space exploration and utilization of space resources. ... (read more)

  • 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 : https://lnkd.in/gTSZ7ux

  • 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)

  • SpaceResources.lu: 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 SpaceResources.lu 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 SpaceResources.lu 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 emergency.lu 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 emergency.lu 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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