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  • Luxembourg hosts the 2018 NewSpace Europe conference Statement 27-28 November 2018

    For the second time, Luxembourg hosted the only annual space conference in Europe that focuses solely on the NewSpace industry and the economic opportunities of space. NewSpace Europe was organized by the Luxembourg Space Agency in Luxembourg city, in cooperation with the Space Frontier Foundation and Spire. The conference centered on the theme of “Breaking Barriers” and discussed ways that current barriers are overcome in launch, remote sensing, space-based economy, investment, and communications. The program included panels on a future lunar economy, space based economy, earth observation and data analysis, among many others. Speakers included a number of US based experts and professionals, among which Jim Cantrell, Co-Founder and CEO of Vector Launch, Clay Mowry, Vice-President of Blue Origin and Dennis Stone, Project Executive of Collaborations for Commercial Space Capabilities at NASA. The President and CEO of Luxembourg-headquartered SES, Steve Collar, delivered one of the keynotes and discussed how SES, the world-leading satellite operator, looks ahead to the new wave of satellite technology powering the future, the O3bmPOWER system.

  • Jazz concert by the quartet "El Violin Latino" Statement 7 November 2018

    In partnership with the DC JAZZ FESTIVAL, the Embassy of Luxembourg was proud to present the German-Brazilian-Luxembourgish jazz quartet “El Violin Latino” featuring the Luxembourg percussionist Jérôme Goldschmidt. Latin-American rhythms, spiced up with jazzy ingredients, enthused the audience. The band and its unique sound will be back in Washington next year, as the Board of the DC Jazz Festival has invited “El Violin Latino” to perform at the Jazz Festival in June 2019. “El Violin Latino” is composed by Gregor Hübner on the violin, Klaus Müller on the piano, Itaiguara Brandão on the bass and Jérôme Goldschmidt on the percussions.

  • Luxembourg participates in NATO’s Exercise Trident Juncture in Norway Statement 25 October - 7 November 2018

    Trident Juncture brings together over 50,000 personnel from all 29 Allies as well as partners Sweden and Finland. Luxembourg participates with 100 troops that include in particular one Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) company. A Luxembourg transport peloton was also involved in the challenging run-up to the exercise which entailed moving the troops and the material from all Allies’ territories to Norway. NATO Allies are testing their ability to defend their populations and territories, deter potential adversaries and work together with partners in NATO's biggest exercise in recent years. The exercise takes place in Norway and in the surrounding areas in the North Atlantic and the Baltic sea, including the airspace of Finland and Sweden, and the exercise is happening on land, in the air, at sea and in cyberspace. The exercise will test NATO’s ability to plan and conduct a major collective defence operation under an Article 5 scenario. As is customary, all Member States of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have been invited to send observers.

  • Passing of Ambassador Jean-Louis Wolzfeld Statement 19 October 2018

    It is with great sadness that the Embassy of Luxembourg shares the news of the passing of Ambassador Jean-Louis Wolzfeld on Sunday, October 14, 2018. Ambassador Wolzfeld served as Luxembourg’s Ambassador to the United States from 2012 until his retirement in July 2016.

    We express our heartfelt condolences to Ambassador Wolzfeld’s family and friends.He will be truly missed.

  • Congratulations to the Miami University Dolibois European Center! Statement 10 October 2018

    The Miami University Dolibois European Center (MUDEC) celebrates its 50th anniversary in Luxembourg this week and hundreds of alumni have travelled to Luxembourg to take part in the festivities and to reconnect with friends and former host families. Over the past fifty years, more than 12,000 Miami students have studied in Luxembourg for one or two semesters and over 150 Luxembourgers have studied on Miami University’s main campus in Oxford, OH. MUDEC is one of the oldest and well-established study abroad programs in the United States and continues to contribute to forging lasting ties between the United States and Luxembourg, in academia as well as in the economic and cultural spheres.

  • Luxembourg Space Agency CEO meets NASA Administrator Statement 4 October 2018

    On 3 October, the CEO of the  Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) , Marc Serres, met with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in Bremen, Germany, at the 69th International Astronautical Congress for an exchange of views about Luxembourg’s  SpaceResources.lu  initiative.

  • Three US space companies choose Luxembourg to implement activities in Europe Statement 27 September 2018

    Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy, Étienne Schneider, announced today the establishment in Luxembourg of three companies originating from the US and specialized in space : Made In Space, Hydrosat and CubeRover. ... (read more)

  • Luxembourg launches business-focused national space agency Statement 12 September 2018

    The Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) officially launched operations today with the goal of promoting the further economic development of the Grand Duchy’s space industry by attracting businesses, developing human resources, providing innovative financial solutions and supporting educational and research infrastructure. Unlike many similar organisations abroad, Luxembourg's space agency will not directly conduct research or launch missions, but foster collaboration between key players in the space industry, with the core mission of accelerating the emergence of innovation-driven businesses. The newly-created Luxembourg Space Agency builds on the country’s deep understanding of the legal and infrastructure requirements for space entrepreneurs to achieve their commercial ambitions. Under the authority of the Ministry of the Economy, the agency is partnering with leading national academic, research and business organisations and communities as well as other public institutions within Luxembourg’s extensive ecosystem of public- and private-sector stakeholders. ... (read more)

  • Consular emergency assistance during the hurricane season Statement 10 September 2018

    Luxembourg nationals in the US requiring consular emergency assistance may contact the following phone numbers: ... (read more)

  • Launch of the Luxembourg « Space Research Program » Statement 6 September 2018

    An agreement to develop a “Space Research Program” was signed yesterday by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy, Étienne Schneider, and Secretary General and Executive Head of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), Marc Schiltz. The "Space Research Program" will provide funding for national public research institutions and Luxembourg based companies to collaborate with each other to advance knowledge, to attract and nurture top-tier talent, and to provide sustaining contributions to the Luxembourg space industry ecosystem. ... (read more)

  • Luxembourg Parliamentary Elections : 14 October 2018 Statement 25 July 2018

    On 14 October 2018, all Luxembourg citizens are called upon to directly elect the 60 members of the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies (Chambre des députés). The Chamber of Deputies is the national Parliament in the Luxembourg unicameral system. The legislative elections are for Luxembourg nationals only and voting is mandatory for all registered voters. For those who are not on the electoral lists because they are not registered in a Luxembourg commune, but who hold Luxembourg nationality : they have the right to participate in the elections, but have no obligation to do so. Voting by absentee ballot is possible for all voters who are not in Luxembourg on the day of the election. More information can be found in this article.

  • The EU and NATO sign a joint declaration to further strengthen EU-NATO cooperation Statement 10 July 2018

    EU-NATO cooperation is an integral pillar of the European Union’s work aimed at strengthening European security and defense, as part of the implementation of the EU Global Strategy. Ahead of the NATO Summit in Brussels on 11 and 12 July, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, and Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, signed on 10 July a joint declaration setting out a shared vision of how the EU and NATO will act together against common security threats.

    Click  here to download the full text of the declaration.

  • US technology company NVIDIA and Luxembourg Government announce cooperation on artificial intelligence and high performance computing Statement 4 July 2018

    NVIDIA and the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg have established a cooperation to support scientists and engineers in solving society’s most important challenges using artificial intelligence and high performance computing. On July 4, a memorandum of understanding was signed on behalf of NVIDIA, the leader in AI computing, and the Luxembourg Government by Jaap Zuiderveld, NVIDIA Vice President of Sales and Marketing, EMEA and India, and Luxembourg’s Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel. Spearheaded by the Government’s “Digital Luxembourg” initiative ( www.digital-luxembourg.public.lu ), the cooperation will focus on training students, scientists, and industry and startup employees working in diverse research fields. Areas of particular interest include energy and the environment, autonomous driving and transportation, robotics, financial services and healthcare. ... (read more)

  • 30 June is Asteroid Day ! Statement 29 June 2018

    Asteroid Day, the official United Nations’ day of global awareness and education about asteroids, has announced worldwide events for the week of 25-30 June.  Co-founded by astrophysicist and famed musician Dr. Brian May of the rock group Queen, Apollo 9 Astronaut Rusty Schweickart, Filmmaker Grig Richters, and B612 President Danica Remy, Asteroid Day began with two major events in 2015, and has grown to more than 2000 self-organized events worldwide. Asteroid Day is a Luxembourg-based non-profit organization. From 29 June to 1 July, for 48 hours, Asteroid Day will broadcast LIVE from Luxembourg. ... (read more)

  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visits Luxembourg ahead of the 2018 NATO Summit Statement 25 June 2018

    Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Etienne Schneider and Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn received the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, for a working visit in Luxembourg on 25 June. They discussed the preparations of the NATO Summit, which will take place on 11-12 July in Brussels, as well as Luxembourg’s contributions to NATO and EU-NATO cooperation. Prime Minister Bettel declared that “the Transatlantic Alliance is based on common values. We reaffirm the necessity of unity, solidarity and the transatlantic relationship”, and added “NATO has managed to maintain the peace in Europe for more than half a century, and we have to do everything to keep things that way”. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Etienne Schneider stated that “Luxembourg has taken concrete commitments for a reinforcement of European Defense within the European Union and within NATO. Luxembourg will honor its commitments and increase its defense effort in a useful and reliable way. We will create new defense structures in Luxembourg for useful military contributions and to respond to national needs for crisis management." Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Jean Asselborn underlined that Luxembourg attaches great importance to the strengthening of the cooperation and complementarity between NATO and the European Union : “the EU’s efforts in the context of its global strategy contribute to better defense capabilities and will also benefit NATO”. Secretary General Stoltenberg also participated in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency and of the 50th anniversary of its establishment in Luxembourg.

  • Luxembourg Embassy celebrates Ralph “Dizzy” Diseviscourt’s 2nd place at the “Race across America” Statement 25 June 2018

    On June 25, Ambassador Sylvie Lucas welcomed Ralph “Dizzy” Diseviscourt, who, last week, finished 2nd in one of the toughest ultra-cycling races in the world, the “Race across America” (RAAM), together with his team at the Embassy in Washington D.C.. The Luxembourg ultra-cyclist arrived on Friday, June 22, in Annapolis, Maryland, after being almost continuously on his bike for 9 days, 12 hours and 33 minutes, a physical and mental challenge that started in Oceanside, California, spanned 3000 miles, climbed 175,000 feet, crossed 12 States and finished at City Dock in Annapolis, Maryland. The route traveled west to east, traversing three major mountain ranges (Sierra, Rocky and Appalachian), crossed four of America’s longest rivers (Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio) as well as the Great Plains. ... (read more)

  • Luxembourg National Day Celebration at the Embassy Statement 22 June 2018

    In her remarks at the occasion of the National Day celebration at the Luxembourg Embassy in Washington D.C., H.E. Sylvie Lucas saluted that ever since the adoption of the Marshall Plan, 70 years ago, the United States and Europe have been strong and close partners in shaping the modern world and in setting the standards that the international community abides by. “This is a mutually beneficial partnership that other countries can only dream of. It’s a partnership underpinned by a broad set of shared values, grounded in a common determination for freedom, peace and prosperity.” Ambassador Lucas went on stressing that the importance of the transatlantic trade relationship, based on open, fair and rules-based trade, for all, is clear. ... (read more)

  • Setting the record straight on EU-US trade Statement 22 June 2018

    In this video message, the EU Ambassadors to the United States set the record straight on EU-US trade. 

    As the two most free and open economies in the world, let’s focus on what benefits us both.

  • Consular Days 2018 Statement 11-12 June 2018

    On 11-12 June, Luxembourg’s Honorary Consuls and Foreign Trade Counsellors in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Barbados met in Washington DC for two days of discussions and presentations. Alongside the Embassy and the Consulates General/ Luxembourg Trade and Investment Offices in New York and San Francisco ,Honorary Consuls and Foreign Trade Counsellors constitute an important element in Luxembourg’s network of representation abroad and play a valuable role in the promotion of Luxembourg’s culture, tourism and trade as well as the relations with the Luxembourg communities and communities of Luxembourg heritage across North America. The Presidents and Executive Directors of the Luxembourg American Cultural Society respectively the Luxembourg American Chamber of Commerce also took part in the Consular Days 2018.

  • Ambassador Lucas visits the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Statement 18 June 2018

    On 18 June 2018, Ambassador Sylvie Lucas travelled to Boston and Cambridge, MA, for a working visit centered around the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. The Ambassador toured e.a. the Center for the Development of Therapeutics as well as the Cancer Program and met with the team of the Infectious Disease and Microbiome Program (IDMP) of which Ms. Fornelos Martins, a Luxembourg Postdoctoral Associate, is a member. The visit ended with a meeting with Eric Lander, the President and Founding Director of the Broad Institute who explained the vision of the Broad Institute which was launched in 2004 to improve human health by using genomics to advance understanding of the biology and treatment of human disease, and to help lay the groundwork for a new generation of therapies. ... (read more)

  • Ambassador Lucas attends the 2018 NAFSA Conference and Expo Statement 31 May 2018

    On May 31, Ambassador Lucas attended the 2018 NAFSA Conference and Expo in Philadelphia. She presented Luxembourg and its higher education opportunities at the “Country Poster Fair” and offered a networking reception at the booth of the University of Luxembourg ( wwwen.uni.lu ) with the international partners of the University, which has made international cooperation one of its priorities and considers it an important tool to reach excellence in research and education. The University of Luxembourg is one of the few in the world to be multilingual and has students, researchers and professors from all over the world. A series of agreements with partner universities worldwide, including in the United States and Canada, contribute to the promotion of student mobility.

  • Luxembourg cellist Caroline Mirkes at the Embassy for the European Month of Culture Statement 18 May 2018

    To celebrate the European Month of Culture, the Luxembourg Embassy in Washington, DC, welcomed Luxembourg cellist Caroline Mirkes and pianist Jenny Jieun Park for a recital of Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in d minor, Op. 50, as well as Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in D Major, Op. 58. After her initial music studies in her home country Luxembourg, Caroline Mirkes studied at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya, where she graduated with a Master of Arts after only one year. New York then became her next destination. Since fall 2016, Ms. Mirkes has been pursuing her studies as a Fulbright Scholar in the Graduate Program of New York University with cello professor Marion Feldman. In addition, Ms. Mirkes is a lecturer for Undergraduate Non-Majors at NYU. Now in its 6th year, the “European Month of Culture” highlights the diverse cultures of the 28 European Union Member States through musical performances, art exhibits and tours, film screenings and lectures, illustrating beautifully the EU motto “United in Diversity”.

  • 2018 Luxembourg American Business Award Statement 15 May 2018

    Amazon is the 2018 recipient of the Luxembourg-American Business Award that was celebrated on May 15th, 2018 during a ceremony organized by the  Luxembourg American Chamber of Commerce (LACC). The award ceremony took place in New York in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Guillaume and Crown Princess Stéphanie, and of the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy, H.E. Étienne Schneider. ... (read more)

  • 2018 European Union Open House Statement 14 May 2018

    Last Saturday, more than 4800 visitors took up our invitation to discover not only the mansion, purchased in 1941 by H.R.H. Grand Duchess Charlotte, that hosts until this day the Luxembourg Embassy to the United States, but to learn also about modern day Luxembourg. Thank you all for your visit and see you next year ! Luxembourg, Let’s make it happen.

  • Luxembourg joins the Equal Rights Coalition for the protection of the rights of LGBTI people Statement 26 March 2018

    On 26 March, upon invitation of its members, Luxembourg officially joined the Equal Rights Coalition (ERC) alongside Cabo Verde, Denmark and Iceland. Ambassador Sylvie Lucas signed the Founding Principles of the Coalition on behalf of Luxembourg. The intergovernmental Equal Rights Coalition is dedicated to the protection of the rights of LGBTI people. It was launched in July 2016, under the leadership of Uruguay and the Netherlands at the Global LGBTI Human Rights Conference in Montevideo. The ERC advances the human rights of LGBTI persons and promotes inclusive development in both member and non-member countries. With 39 member states, the ERC advances its agenda by engaging with civil society organizations and multilateral agencies. Luxembourg has an active policy of promoting LGBTI rights globally, through foreign policy and development policy instruments, as well as in multilateral organizations, while, at the same time, the Luxembourg government continues to work to guarantee equal rights for LGBTI people at the domestic level.

  • Festival de la Francophonie in Washington, D.C., with “Dock in Absolute” Statement 6 March 2018

    In the context of the 2018 Festival de la Francophonie, the Luxembourg Jazz Trio “Dock in Absolute” played yesterday evening at the Luxembourg Embassy in Washington, D.C. Jean-Philippe Koch on piano, David Kintziger on bass and Nate Wong on drums were able to captivate the audience with their fresh and unique jazz style, combining progressive jazz, classical music and rock music. After their DC performance, the trio, which has recently been named Luxembourg’s “Export Artist of the Year”, continued their tour to Mexico, where they will represent Luxembourg at the Mexico City Euro Jazz Festival. Since 2001, some 40 Embassies and partners come together in the US Capital region, during the month of March, to celebrate the cultural diversity of the people who share the French language. For more information on the DC FrancophonieFestival, visit  www.francophonie-dc.org

  • Minister Jean Asselborn attends the D-ISIL Ministerial and the Iraq Reconstruction Conference in Kuwait Statement 14 February 2018

    The Luxembourg Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn, was in Kuwait on February 13th and 14th, 2018, where he attended the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL. Minister Asselborn reiterated Luxembourg’s commitment to the fight against Daesh and noted that, “to avoid the reemergence of Daesh in Iraq, a comprehensive political agreement and an inclusive governance which reflects the religious and ethnic diversity of Iraq is needed.” Minister Asselborn also participated in the International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq, which was co-chaired by Kuwait, Iraq, the European Union, the United Nations and the World Bank. The Minister stressed that “we have to ensure that the next generation of Iraqis does not inherit the burden of reconstruction (…) Together with the Iraqi authorities, we must seek to bridge the gaps in our response between emergency support and long-term recovery and find long-term solutions”. ... (read more)

  • Luxembourg successfully launches GovSat-1 from Cape Canaveral in Florida Statement 31 January 2018

    On January 31st, Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Etienne Schneider witnessed the GovSat-1 satellite soar into orbit above Cape Canaveral, Florida. They were joined by Their Royal Highnesses the Hereditary Grand Duke and the Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg. The company behind the satellite, LuxGovSat, is a public-private joint venture between the Luxembourg government and SES, the world-leading Luxembourg-based satellite operator. GovSat-1, its first satellite, launched without issue on Wednesday at 4.25 P.M. The satellite pushed beyond the atmosphere aboard a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket. GovSat-1 illustrates Luxembourg’s continued commitment to take its responsibilities as a reliable international partner and ally. The satellite will provide highly secure communication capabilities for the sole use by governments and institutions, such as NATO and the EU. ... (read more)

  • Oscars 2018 : The Breadwinner nominated for best animated feature film Statement 23 January 2018

    The film The Breadwinner, co-produced by Luxembourg’s Melusine Productions, tells the story of a young Afghan girl, Pavana, who disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family under the Taliban regime. The film is directed by Nora Twomey from Ireland and the film was co-produced with Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon and Canada’s Aircraft Pictures, with Angelina Jolie as the executive producer. The production received funding from the Film Fund Luxembourg. This is the third nomination for an Oscar for Melusine Productions. In October, the Breadwinner won the jury’s Grand Prize and the Audience Award at the Animation Is Film in Hollywood. In 2014, another Luxembourg production company, Zeilt Productions, received the Oscar for Best Animated Short for “Mr. Hublot”.

  • Luxembourg at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Statement 9 January 2018

    Luxembourg will be present for the first time with its own pavilion at the CES, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, currently the most important international exhibition dedicated to technological innovation.

    The 8 Luxembourg start-ups that were selected by Luxinnovation and the European American Enterprise Council to participate are : (... read more)

  • Deputy Prime Minister Schneider awarded "Government leader of the Year" by SpaceNews Statement 19 December 2017

    SpaceNews established its “Awards for Excellence & Innovation” to honor “the well-known champions and the unsung heroes” shaping the global space industry. The winners were recognized during an awards luncheon held on December 19th at the City Club of Washington and organized in partnership with the Washington Space Business Roundtable. Ambassador Sylvie Lucas had the honor to receive the prize on behalf of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy Etienne Schneider at that occasion. SpaceNews, who made the selection after an open nomination process that concluded with a reader poll, recognized Minister Schneider in the category of the Civilian Government leader of the year for his commitment to promote the exploration and the utilization of space resources and for his initiative to make Luxembourg a European hub in this field, through the  spaceresources.lu  initiative. Other awardees include startup of the year Kymeta, Military Government leader of the Year Gen. John Hyten, USSTRATCOM and Corporate Leader of the Year Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX President and COO.

  • Annual Battle of the Bulge Commemorations Statement 15 December 2017

    On 13 December, Ambassador Lucas and the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Belgium, Christophe Payot, welcomed the Battle of the Bulge Association, including 9 veterans and their families, to the Embassy of Luxembourg for the annual Battle of the Bulge anniversary commemorations in Washington DC. Luxembourg and Belgium remain deeply grateful for the sacrifices of so many American soldiers in the Battle of the Bulge, from 16 December 1944 to 25 January 1945. The Battle of the Bulge was the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during World War II. It was launched through the densely forested Ardennes region at the border of Belgium and Luxembourg. The Battle of the Bulge was the largest and bloodiest battle fought by the United States in the European theater during World War II. The Consul of the Luxembourg Embassy, Mr. Stan Myck, attended the annual Battle of the Bulge commemoration dinner on 14 December. On 15 December, the Battle of the Bulge Association, together with the Embassies of Luxembourg and Belgium held a wreath-laying ceremony at the Memorial of the Battle of the Bulge at Arlington National Cemetery. Ambassador Lucas laid a wreath on behalf of the Government of Luxembourg.

  • Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Minister of the Environment Carole Dieschbourg attend the “One Planet Summit” in Paris Statement 12 December 2017

    On 12 December 2017, on the second anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Minister of the Environment Carole Dieschbourg attended the “One Planet Summit” in Paris, an initiative by President Emmanuel Macron of France, co-organized by France, the United Nations and the World Bank. The Summit was part of the implementation process of the Paris Agreement. Participants in particular discussed financing of climate actions and alignment of financial flows with a view to reducing greenhouse gases and protecting populations against climate change. ... (read more)

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • « 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)

  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy Étienne Schneider has received the 2017 AMCHAM Economic Strength and Prosperity Award Statement 17 November 2017

    In recognition of extraordinary service and leadership, the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) honored Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy, Étienne Schneider and bestowed on him the AMCHAM Economic Strength and Prosperity Award. During the ceremony, the Chairman and CEO of AMCHAM Luxembourg, Paul-Michael Schonenberg, stated: "We honor the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy for his tireless efforts promoting and ensuring the continued success of the Luxembourg economy. Minister Schneider’s vision and enthusiasm continuously inspire new companies to establish their European headquarters in the Grand Duchy while likewise encouraging long-term international companies already located here to stay."

  • 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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