Sunday, 23 July 2017 10:39

Cereal Harvest Commences in Luxembourg

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The 2017 summer harvest has started across the Grand Duchy, with the Moulins de Kleinbettingen busy over the week-end as the number of tractors queuing to deposit their loads of harvested cereals.

Since the second half of May, the weather has been very warm and mainly dry in Luxembourg which should account for a good harvest, at least to date. The harvest is usually concluded by the end of August each year in Luxembourg.

In 2016, cereal harvests across the Grand Duchy were down 30% on average; agriculture experienced much rain and humidity during the main 2016 growing season, which encouraged cereal diseases. Prices last year therefore were down 10-15%.

Each year during the summer harvest, the Moulins de Kleinbettingen receive between 15,000 and 20,000 tons of cereals: 50% comes from Luxembourg farms with the rest from France and Germany, and just some from Belgium. The grains received during the harvest period accounts for circa 20% of the grain processed by the mill, with the rest being delivered to the mill throughout the year.

Luxembourg's Produit Terroir programme started 17 years ago has resulted in the possibility of producing wheat representing the environment and resistant to extreme weather conditions.

Sunday, 23 July 2017 10:17

Bee in Solidarity with Pollinators

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Bee Together has announced that, together with the natur&ëmwelt Remich Section, it is organising an event on Sunday 30 July 2017, from 09:50 to 12:00 in Wintrange (meet at ponds near the village), entitled "Bee in Solidarity with Pollinators" about wild solitary bees.

Those attending will observe and try to determine the species of wild solitary bees that they encounter during the excursion. The guide will explain their lifecycle and what actions one can take to improve their sources of food and habitat.

The event is free-of-charge to attend; however, the organisers would appreciate donations based on the principle of "pay what you wish" - the money collected from the event will be used to create a panel on solitary bees at the Haff Réimech ponds and/or in the Biodiversum visitor centre. Registration by 8 July at

In the case of poor weather conditions, the event will have to be rescheduled.

Photo: leafcutter bee (genus Megachile) (c) Fernand Feitz

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The Administration des ponts et chaussées has announced that traffic on the A13 motorway between the Ehlerange interchange and the Differdange interchange will be affected by roadworks this weekend.

In connection with the redesign of the Ehlerange tunnel, work will take place on the construction of a partition wall between the two tubes of the Ehlerange tunnel. In order to minimise the impact on traffic, this work is being carried out during 4 weekends during the months of July, August and September 2017.

The second phase of the works started on Friday evening 21 July 2017 at 20:00 and will last until Monday morning 24 July 2017 at 06:00 and requires blocking traffic from the A13 motorway between the Ehlerange interchange and the Differdange interchange in both directions.

Alos, on Monday 24 July 2017, the overtaking lane will remain closed to traffic until the end of the afternoon as part of the hardening of the concrete of the partition wall.


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As at 1 March 2017, a total of 142,820 residential and semi-residential buildings and 233,675 residential units have been recorded across the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, according to a 4-page report published by STATEC, Luxembourg's national statistics office.

Half of the population lives in houses that are designated and used as single-family dwellings, 35% live in apartment buildings and circa 15% in semi-residential buildings.

Houses account for just over eight out of ten (82.9%) residential buildings: detached houses are the most prevalent, accounting for 37.3% of buildings, followed by corner (end-of-terrace) houses (24.5% %) and row/terraced houses (19.4%). The 15,783 apartment buildings represent 11.1% of the building stock and 8,666 semi-residential buildings stand at 6.1%.

The geography of the housing stock is strongly related to the spatial distribution of the population. It is in the most populated urban areas that there are more dwellings, with 50,825, 14,177, 9,414 and 8,132 dwellings respectively in Luxembourg, Esch-sur-Alzette, Differdange and Dudelange. Conversely, housing stock is much more limited in small rural communities, with a minimum of 297 units in Saeul, for example.

As far as the ratio of houses to apartments in municipalities is concerned, large spatial disparities can be observed across Luxembourg. The predominant type of housing depends strongly on the character of the municipality (urban-rural) and therefore on the population densities prevailing there. In rural cantons, characterised by lower population densities, a majority of houses are to be found. The municipalities of Bech, Kiischpelt and Flaxweiler are leading with about 88% of houses. On the other hand, the higher the density of the population, the greater the share of apartments. 15 municipalities have mostly apartments. Luxembourg (79.5%) is ahead of Esch-sur-Alzette (68.9%), Hesperange (62.6%) and Mondorf-les-Bains (61.7%).

Buildings constructed after 2000 represent 15.4% of the total housing. There are significant differences between different types of buildings. 77.5% of semi-residential buildings and 56.9% of apartment buildings were built before 1981. Most semi-residential buildings were built before 1945 (52.5% of the buildings). This is explained by the fact that farms (32.2% of semi-residential buildings) were built at the beginning of the last century (62.6% before 1919).

56.6% of dwellings were completed before the 1980s and 20.4% were completed after 2000. Slightly more than half (52.9%) of dwellings in apartment buildings Were built from the eighties. Slightly more than a quarter of single-family dwellings (27.1%) were completed before 1946 and about 38% were built from 1981 onwards.

The construction of single-family houses is tending to decline even if this type of building remains largely a majority. Among the buildings constructed after 2001, its share represents 80.4%, whereas it was 85.0% during the period 1946/80 and even 87.2% between 1981 and 2000. On the other hand, the share of apartment buildings (6.6% before 1919), increases over time; it represents 15.7% of buildings built since 2001. The share of semi-residential buildings is below 5% except for those built before 1945.

The trend towards more apartments

The share of dwellings in single-family houses decreased from 61.7% before 1919 to 37.7% since 2001. On the other hand, the share of dwellings in apartment buildings (18.1% before 1919, 48.7% after 2000). The proportion of dwellings in semi-residential buildings ranges from 12% to 16%, depending on the time period, except for the period "Before 1919" (20.2%).

In Summary

As at 1 March 2017, 142,820 residential and semi-residential buildings and 233,675 housing units are listed in the Register of Buildings and Housing. 82.9% of these buildings are single-family homes, 11.1% of apartment buildings and 6.1% of semi-residential buildings. 50.7% of the dwellings are single-family houses, the remainder being divided between residential and semi-residential buildings. 15.4% of the buildings and 20.4% of the dwellings were built in the 21st century. In terms of area, the dwellings in an apartment are almost twice as small as those located in a house (respectively 166m² and 91m²). Single family dwellings consist, on average, of 6.8 dwelling units, compared with 3.9 dwelling units.

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On Friday 21 July 2017, the Parc Kaltreis was inaugurated in Bonnevoie by the Mayor of Luxembourg city, Lydie Polfer, and aldermen from the municipality.

The park has been completely renovated in recent months to create a friendly and warm living space for residents and visitors of all ages, adapted to the diverse needs of all. Like other projects such as the Place de Ghent, the Parc Kaltreis Park reorganised on the basis of a citizen participation led by the Public Space Coordination in the autumn of 2015 with the support of the Parks, Hygiene and street lighting department of the city.

Today, the Parc Kaltreis offers, besides the multisport, beach and basketball courts, a number of other leisure activities, including an outdoor fitness area, with table-tennis tables, a boules court and chess space. Those wishing to relax in the heart of the park will enjoy the new picnic tables and many other relaxation facilities as well as walking trails.

For the younger ones, a new playground, focused on the theme of planets and space, has been installed and decorated with numerous water games, connected to a closed circuit power supply and a system of filtering and purification. All this is complemented by a drinking water fountain, public toilets, a canisette, garbage cans with underground pick-up trough and a place for a food truck.

As a continuation of environmental policy throughout the capital, the park has been designed to promote biodiversity and create a living space for wildlife, all without the use of pesticides and with maintenance that respects the environment.

The costs of the redevelopment of the Parc Kaltreis were circa €1.6 million ttc.

Photos by Charles Soubry, copyright Photothèque de la Ville de Luxembourg

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As part of the "Aktioun Bambësch", the Center for Educational and Recreational Activities of the City of Luxembourg (CAPEL) is organizes the traditional "Kanner in the City" games festival next Friday 28 July and Saturday 29 July on Place Guillaume II and Place d'Armes, as well as in the Rue des Capucins and Rue de la Reine.

This year's festival, which reflects the City's commitment to children and families, is being organised around the theme "Mir bauen ons Welt - We are constructing our world". Children ranging from 3 to 14 years old will be able to let off steam at their leisure and participate in games and workshops proposed by the animators of the "Aktioun Bambësch" and by the professional "Spielmobile" from different countries of Europe.

Timings: Friday 28 July from 14:30 to 17:30 and Saturday 29 July, from 15:30 to 18:30

Participation is free to all.

This festival is also part of the "Summer in the City" programme of the Luxembourg City Tourist Office (LCTO).

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On 14 July 2017 at BGL BNP Paribas’ headquarters, a cheque was presented to the Ile aux Clowns Asbl for €5,800 on behalf of BNP Paribas Group employees in Luxembourg and in the presence of representatives of BNP Paribas in Luxembourg and the staff delegation.

Each year, employees undertake a collective challenge and donate the proceeds. In 2016, this challenge consisted of collecting 1 and 2 cent coins. Over one tonne of these coins was collected, which amounted to €5,800.

Ile aux Clowns is a non-profit organisation that aims to bring laughter and joy to people in difficult situations, including those facing both permanent and temporary challenges. The bright and cheerful clowns help improve the quality of life of both children and the elderly, in hospital or any other institution or social structure. They ease the burden on support staff by bringing comic relief and strengthening the partnership between the caregiver, the dependant person and their loved ones. They also help underprivileged or isolated people.

This is one of a number of initiatives undertaken by the BNP Paribas Group in Luxembourg as part of its commitment to corporate social responsibility and active participation in the country’s social fabric.

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Luxembourg's Ministry of Higher Education and Research, together with the Ministry of National Education, Children and Youth, have announced that changes are afoot in relation to 3rd level education in the Grand Duchy.

The academic year 2017/2018 will mark a new key moment in the history of higher education in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg with the setting up of two new professional bachelors at the University of Luxembourg in collaboration with the School of Commerce and Management (ECG) and the Lycée des Arts et Métiers (LAM).

Claude Meisch, Minister of National Education, Children and Youth, and Marc Hansen, Minister for Higher Education and Research, presented the new Model of Collaboration, which will start from the academic year 2017/2018 in the field of accounting and taxation and with a year of shift, in 2018/2019, in the field of animation drawing. The model foresees links and bridges favouring the passage of the corresponding training courses leading to the BTS diploma towards vocational bachelor programmes. At the end of their course, students who have joined the bachelor programmes will be awarded the diploma of a professional bachelor of the University of Luxembourg.

The new bachelors are a response to a real need of the respective professional sectors as well as a real demand on the part of graduates of the BTS.

In the area of ​​accounting and taxation, the supply of posts largely exceeds the number of qualified candidates, given that the conditions for access to the sector's flagship profession - that of the accountant - are at the level of Of the bachelor's degree. So it is hardly surprising that more and more BTS students in Accounting and Tax Management at the ECG want to continue their studies in order to obtain a Bachelor's degree.

The field of animation drawing is expanding, the training programme leading to the related BTS, offered to the LAM, enjoys an undeniable success. The award of an Oscar to a former BTS student, Alexandre Espigares, for the best animated short film, Mr Hublot, gave an international visibility to the training course. However, it was also essential to equip the students with quality training in 3D animation. The new bachelor programme aims to complete the current programme by a third year of studies, in order to face the digital evolution of the profession of animator. This point of view is shared by the players in the professional sector representing some 1,000 employees, including 200 in the field of animation design.

Ministers Meisch and Hansen underlined the unprecedented nature of this project in Luxembourg. They also pointed out that the training courses mentioned above are in line with the overall vision of the Luxembourg education system, according to which the education system, ranging from early childhood education to higher education, should enable each pupil and student to gradually move forward in his / her individual path of training, while at the same time being awarded at each successfully completed step a relevant certification (diploma, certificate or degree), which contributes to the qualification of the person concerned. In this context, links and bridges should be provided to facilitate the transition from one type of training to another.

An external evaluation of the two bachelor programmes in question will be carried out by an accredited evaluation agency. On the basis of the results of this evaluation, the question of a possible extension of this training model will be studied.

Finally, the ministers and representatives of the University of Luxembourg and the lycées welcomed the constructive climate and the good collaboration between the partners involved in the implementation of the new courses.

Photo by MESR (L-R): Marc Hansen, Minister for Higher Education and Research; Claude Meisch, Minister of National Education, Children and Youth

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On Friday, Luxembourg's Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Francois Bausch, together with the Mayor of Luxembourg city, Lydie Polfer, and aldermen from the city, officiated at the inauguration of anew cycle path connecting the public part of Parc Pescatore with Boulevard Robert Schuman.

While the official opening to the public is planned for the end of July 2017, the facility was inaugurated on Friday; some work needs to be compled prior to the public opening.

The cycle path will link the Pfaffenthal lift (Ville-Haute) and the Grande-Duchesse Charlotte bridge, and will extend the cycle path linking the Schuman roundabout with the Kirchberg plateau that was inaugurated by the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures in May.

The cycle path follows the natural terrain through the wooded area of Parc ​​Pescatore, mainly in the shade. In order to avoid steep slopes, parts of the embankment have been reinforced. In addition, the cycle path has been partly made of concrete and partly made of wood for the part at the head of the retaining wall, and is based on micropiles, to protect as much as possible the roots of the trees on site.

Due to its 2.8m width, which allows a mixed pedestrian-cyclist circulation, the cycle path and the pedestrian area are not separated.

The total cost of this project was €1.28 million which commenced last November and are due to be completed on 27 July.

After the new cycling route is put into service, the cycling network in the capital will be approximately 160 km in total length.

Photos by Charles Soubry, copyright Photothèque de la Ville de Luxembourg

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After the earthquake on the island of Kos during Thursday night, LuxairTours announced on Friday morning that it is in permanent contact with the Greek authorities and the LuxairTour guides on the ground at the destination.

A total of 236 LuxairTours clients are currently in Kos. Since Friday morning, LuxairTours has been getting into touch with all its clients on site to ensure that they are safe and unharmed. Initially information was difficult to get; LuxairTours then succeeded in getting in touch with their hotels in Kos and confirmed that all 236 clients that are currently at the destination were contacted directly by LuxairTours.

The tour operator reported that no LuxairTours clients were injured or harmed during the earthquake. A total of 59 LuxairTours clients requested to return to Luxembourg as soon as possible; in order to meet this demand, LuxairTours announced that Luxair Luxembourg Airlines arranged an additional flight to Kos on Friday night.

Luxair’s next scheduled flight to Kos will be operated this Sunday, 23 July 2017. LuxairTours has announced that clients who booked a flight for 23 or 30 July to Kos and who do not wish to travel, can rebook or cancel their reservation with no additional fees.

Families and relatives can contact the LuxairTours Customer Service Center on tel: 2456-1.

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