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Gender stereotypes in ICT must be broken to make it less of a male-dominated sector and give women better access to top positions in the industry, politicians have said. Luxembourg's minister for equal opportunities, Lydia Mutsch, said ICT was an "important pillar" of today and tomorrow's economy and ...
... and Left--voted against. The bill's rapporteur was the Green MP Viviane Loschetter. In August 2017, the Assembly of the Muslim Community of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg called the issue a “fake debate”. The group has estimated that between 12 and 16 Muslim women in Luxembourg wear full veils.

It will mark the second visit by the head of state since his coronation, having visited Luxembourg as king five years ago. “He's never been so popular as he is now,” Dutch association secretary Nienke ter Avest told Delano on Thursday, adding: “We're very royal-minded!”. It was also the first King's day in ...
Fund directors, charged with overseeing the governance of Luxembourg's 4,000-strong investment funds, are coming under increased scrutiny from the country's financial watchdog. The Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) is for the first time drawing up guidance that would include the ...
Tomorrow Street, launched in September 2017, is a public/private partnership between Vodafone's Procurement Company and Luxembourg incubator Technoport to host 16 late-stage startups with the goal of globalising companies through Vodafone's supply chain. Nine months after Tomorrow Street's ...
Luxembourg's Chamber of Deputies voted on Thursday evening in favour of the Face Concealment Bill – dubbed the 'Burqa Law'. The 32 Members of Parliament (MP) of the three-party governing coalition voted in favour of the bill, while the 28 members of the opposition voted against it. The ban will apply ...

The Luxembourg Arab Business Association has started operations. It is led by Foaud Rathle, former managing director of Garanti Bank Luxembourg and former president of the banking training institute IFBL (now known as The Institute). Its goal is to create a platform where Luxembourg professionals ...
Around 26 RAF air crew were buried at eight different sites in Luxembourg during WWII, and countless more who crashed were “spirited away across the border by the Luxembourg Resistance,” British Ambassador John Marshall explained, thanking Luxembourgers, during the reception at his residence.
Last year was a 'good year' for organ donation in Luxembourg, according to the non-profit association Luxembourg Transplant. Despite this assessment, however, 61% of Luxembourg residents still do not possess an organ donor card. Every year, analysis of the figures yield the same results: Few ...
Luxembourg tram operator Luxtram has denounced claims of poor working conditions saying they operate within the law related to private sector activity. Transport union the FNCTTFEL complained in a press release on Monday that tram staff were forced to work up to 13-hour shifts, with just an 11-hour ...
On Wednesday, Gramegna painted a glowing picture of Luxembourg's economy to lawmakers at the Chamber of Deputies, highlighting the strength of financial services and claiming that the ruling coalition government's handling of the economy over the last four and a half years had "proven the naysayers ...
Timed to coincide with European Immunization Week, organised by WHO Europe, the European Commission has announced efforts to increase take up of vaccinations in the EU and the Luxembourg ministry of health has just posted a video (in French) featuring Dr Simone Steil, head of its preventable ...
“Luxembourg is doing something unique. Which is trying to build a space industry on this idea that we're building a commercial space industry,” Martin said, adding: “They are doing the right things with research and education. It's an exciting environment and we're going to get bigger and better and more ...
It was one of the special attractions in Luxembourg City last summer: The highest mobile observation tower in the world, measuring 81 metres tall. Now the City Skyliner is set to return this summer. "If something works well, you should do it again," the capital's mayor Lydie Polfer said in a press conference ...
KEY CONCERNS. • Grounds for detention in immigration law appear to be formulated in a nonexhaustive way, which is inconsistent with the principle of lawfulness and the requirement of legal certainty;. • The law provides an expansive list of situations that can lead to a risk of absconding determination, ...
Finding love is not always easy, but is it more difficult in a multilingual and multicultural country such as Luxembourg? It is true that starting love with someone from another culture can be complicated but, in the Grand-Duchy, there can be an extra layer of complexity you might not have experienced in your ...
A family member, who asked that they are not identified, said that the young man has been studying in Luxembourg this year for the Erasmus section of his course at the University of Limerick. He said that several masses have taken place in Limerick and in Luxembourg for the student since the incident.

The first will transport wine around 250km to Belgium, one of the largest export markets for Luxembourg vintages, with its terminus near Brussels. A 169km branch will carry mainly red wine from there to the port of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, where it will be loaded onto tankers for shipment to China.
Green Finance, formerly a niche product, now has the potential to become a substantial market and Luxembourg, as a financial centre in the heart of Europe, is set to become the domicile of choice for green financial products, having already taken several pioneering steps in this direction. Steven Libby ...
On 30 March, MPs in the Luxembourg finance committee were still working on the draft law. According to parliament, they adopted 35 amendments after analysing the opinion of the Council of State. Described by MPs as a “very technical” file, the text aims to improve the transparency of content before and ...
On the occasion of the signing of the new double taxation treaty (DTT) between Luxembourg and France on 20 March 2018, the grand duchy's finance minister, Pierre Gramegna, commented in a government press release that the new DTT is, “…an innovative instrument that will benefit both citizens and ...
Originally from Cork with family from Fermanagh, 23-year old Stacey McKenna's internship at a Luxembourg bank convinced her to move to the grand duchy. Keen on travelling, Stacey recently completed her teaching English as a foreign language studies. She is also active in sports and volunteering.
Guest MC David Hayden from Ireland introduces two international acts at the Luxembourg Comedy Showcase. England's Alistair Williams doesn't shy away from tackling rough subject matter, while Ireland's Ger Staunton delivers meticulously crafted material in a tongue-in-cheek style. Also on the bill are two local acts.
GovSat 1 has entered operational service to provide secure communications to governmental and institutional users. The spacecraft is GovSat's first, a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between the government of Luxembourg and SES. SpaceX launched the satellite into space in January on a flight-proven ...
Luxembourg, with its international population, is an ideal testing ground for such niche markets, says House of Entrepreneurship CEO Tom Baumert. “We're seeing niche markets that weren't tackled five years ago,” he said, adding that vegan and vegetarian are the in thing while fast food has been given a ...
Seven weeks after being launched into space on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 aircraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and after further extensive testing, the first satellite of GovSat, a public private partnership between the Luxembourg government and the satellite operator SES is getting down to ...
22,323 tickets per month have been issued and an average of 735 driving offenses a day have been captured on Luxembourg roads since the installation of fixed ... According to an article in the Luxembourg Wort, published on Friday 16 March 2018, it is cross-border workers who are the worst culprits.
When it comes to global rankings, the Pisa study is Luxembourg's pet peeve, placing the grand duchy below the OECD average for the levels of 15-year-olds in science, maths and reading since it began participating in the assessment in 2000. “I think that we cannot truly speak of international comparability ...
The “Initiative pour un devoir de vigilance au Luxembourg” (Luxembourg due diligence initiative) brings together the voices of 13 associations and organisations from Luxembourg society to push for a law to force multinational firms located in Luxembourg to protect, respect and repair any damage to human ...
A member of the Ecologist Party since 1998, Loschetter was first elected as an adviser to the City of Luxembourg in 2000. She joined Luxembourg's parliament four years later and was elected onto the City Council in 2005, where worked on social actions supporting young people and the elderly, housing ...
“Some indicators suggest that Luxembourg's tax rules may be used in aggressive tax planning structures. Luxembourg has taken steps to amend certain aspects of its tax system that may facilitate aggressive tax planning and is engaged in international tax reform. However, the absence of withholding taxes ...
According to the European Systemic Risk Board, an EU regulator that sits under the European Central Bank, recent years have seen a sustained increase in household debt and a sharp rise in property prices in Luxembourg, which leave the property sector susceptible to risk. The Luxembourg Chamber of ...
Luxembourg voted a law on equal pay on 15 December 2016 penalising employers for pay inequalities based on sex. Equal opportunities minister Lydia Mutsch said since then things have shifted. “Luxembourg has moved from a wage gap between men and women from 8.6% to 5.4% in 2017. But our ...
Chuck Robbins, CEO of Cisco, and Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg's DP prime minister, sign a guest book during the inauguration of the University of Luxembourg's new startup incubator, in Esch-Belval, 7 March 2018. Photo credit: @ChuckRobbins ...
Best Cities has declared Luxembourg “one of Europe's best kept secrets” and says “…picturesque and petit…the capital city punches far above its weight.” The Best Cities index, produced by the tourism advisory firm Resonance Consultancy, stated that Luxembourg's international citizenry (more than 170 ...
The airline's group chief executive, Akbar A Baker, said that it would be the first Gulf carrier to begin a regular direct flight to Luxembourg. As yet the date and type of aircraft has not been announced. The flights are “not bookable yet”, Luxembourg Airport tweeted on Wednesday evening. So “stay tuned” for ...
“I enjoy it to relax and so on.” Her drawings of animals are beautiful and detailed. But more recently it is de Bres's collection of illustrations that gently poke fun at life in Luxembourg, cultural differences and the grand duchy's quirky traditions that have been garnering acclaim on her Instagram account and on ...
Jess Bauldry: How did you get involved in politics? Astrid Lulling: I worked for the trade unions, then in 1962 I became president of the socialist women's organisation. In 1964, there were elections. I didn't even think about it. There was a lot to do in Luxembourg. The women had no rights at all. They decided ...
Recognised as one of the great male vocalists, composers, and songwriters of his generation, Rufus Wainwright will perform at the Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg on 14 July. He has released a string of acclaimed studio albums, including 2007's “Release The Stars”, as well as a recording of his ...
Among workers who completed their education after secondary, 28% across the EU did training, compared with 43% in Luxembourg. People who left school before 18 showed the lowest participation rates in job-related training, equivalent to 16% in the EU and 19% in Luxembourg, the report found.
Luxembourg stands with Austria in its lawsuit launched against the European Commission at the European Court of Justice over a controversial nuclear power plant expansion in Hungary, Luxembourg's Minister of the Environment Carole Dieschbourg announced on Monday. Dieschbourg said the ...
Luxembourg received over 10,000 visa applications in 2017, according to annual figures published by the foreign affairs ministry. In its 28 February report, the ministry wrote “Unfortunately, it should be noted that the number and complexity of fraudulent applications are constantly rising. These applications ...
On Monday 5 March 2018, Luxembourg Labour Minister Nicolas Schmit outlined a new bill that will regulate internships for business students. The aim of the new bill is to provide more transparency as to the rights and dues of students during an internship. According to Schmit, “Internships have become ...
This was the 6th consecutive year of growth, said Luxembourg for Tourism; the country recorded a total of 2.2m guest-nights in 2011. Last year the capital and South region both experienced 6% growth in overnight stays; the Mullerthal and Centre-West were the slowest growing areas, but still clocked up ...
Finally, the Council debated the proposal of France, the United Kingdom and Luxembourg concerning the ban on the ivory trade. Luxembourg is committed to a ban on the European level and wants to provide the necessary means for a unilateral and rapid ban on ivory trade in Luxembourg. To this end, the ...
Consumer confidence levels in Luxembourg fell slightly in February after a sharp spike at the beginning of the year. Figures published by Luxembourg's Central Bank (pdf) on Tuesday, placed the overall confidence indicator at 18, down from a historic high of 20 in January. Indeed, in January, almost all ...
However, “That is definitely not a solution that we can possibly entertain,” said Varadkar, speaking at a press conference in Dublin with Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg's prime minister. Bettel said Luxembourg and Ireland needed to stand together, and called on London to provide more specific details on its ...
Luxembourg is supporting Austria in its legal challenge against the European Commission over a controversial planned nuclear power plant expansion in Hungary, the environment ministers of both countries announced on Monday (5 March). The two anti-nuclear member states also said they want to build ...
'Luxembourg is a MICRO-STATE' Anti-EU candidate BELITTLES Juncker amid key Italian vote. ITALIAN election candidate .... “Besides, I'd like to remind Mr Juncker that he was only the Prime Minister of the micro-nation that is Luxembourg at the peak of his political career. “On the other side of the table, ...
Schneider also announced that on February 25 a tender for the installation of PV projects exceeding in size 500 kW has been launched. Private citizens and enterprises are entitled to participate to the tender. “With this kind of tenders, Luxembourg will reach its national targets for renewable energy,” said ...


 

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