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As of Spring this year, Luxair Luxembourg Airlines has added eight new destinations to its routes thanks to a codeshare agreement with Scandinavian Airlines.  

Travellers can now get to Oslo, Gothenburg, Billund, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Palanga and Vilnius from Luxembourg with a transit to Copenhagen or Stockholm.

Passengers traveling in business class and Miles & More Senator and HON Circle cardholders can pass the security and embark using the fast lane at Copenhagen and Stockholm airports.

The airline has also added to existing routes to Dublin, Barcelona and Venice for the summer season, adding an additional evening flight to Dublin from Mondays to Fridays and another flight to Barcelona on Sunday evenings. These additional frequencies will be offered from mid-September to the end of October 2017.

 

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The Ministry of Culture has responded to an open letter addressed to the Minister of Culture by the Luxembourg Federation of Authors and Composers on Friday last concerning an order for a musical work from a Luxembourg company.

The Ministry clarified that a musical work has been commissioned from AIVA (Artificial intelligence virtual artist), and that a musical representation of this work is planned for the preliminary programme for National Day at the Philharmonic.

It goes on to deny that the order is a question of replacing artistic creation with a virtual creation, on the basis that AIVA is a Luxembourgish start-up based in an algorithmic composition program that is officially recognised as a composer with the SACEM.

"Luxembourg is a country of artistic creation and at the same time an innovative country and a world reference for new technologies and it is clear that these two characteristics can perfectly coexist. The festivities organised on the occasion of the National Day are particularly well suited to highlight the richness of the creative spirit that our country promotes in all sectors, "said Culture Minister Xavier Bettel, adding, "I am proud and happy that the musical programme of the official ceremony foresees a composition of Pascal Schumacher and an arrangement on the part of Ivan Boumans who will pay tribute to Edmond de la Fontaine.”

 

EBRC

ICT service centre, EBRC (European Business Reliance Centre), is maintaining its double-digit expansion, reporting 22% growth for 2016 bringing revenues up to €70 million from €57.5 million.   

Building on previous performance, this means that EBRC has almost doubled its revenues in just two years. 

The company says this growth was achieved by signing up new clients and developing existing ones across its sectors. 

In 2016, EBRC launched a branch in Paris and completed its international expansion through an external growth operation. At the beginning of 2017, EBRC signed a long-term alliance with French IT services and database company, DIGORA. 

This growth is in line with EBRC’s 2020 strategy, which aims to double turnover to more than €100 million, employee levels to 400, and customer portfolio to 500. 

"As part of the construction of the European digital market and in parallel with our international deployment, we are strengthening our Cybersecurity competence centre within the POST group. In view of the exponential development of threats in the European digital landscape in 2016, EBRC has also invested heavily in CyberEurope, which simulated a massive Cyberattack on the European continent,“ said Yves Reding, CEO of EBRC.

In 2017, EBRC will accelerate its international development in the framework of the European digital market under construction, promoting "Quality & Security made in Luxembourg”.

 

mind and market

The Mind & Market in Luxembourg forum, to be held on 14 November, has launched its call for applicants for an initiative designed to unite creative minds with experienced market players in Luxembourg to help them bring their ideas into commercial fruition. 

Mind & Market in Luxembourg organises an annual forum where startups can pitch their projects and get valuable feedback from experienced market players. The third edition of the forum will take place 

With an increasing focus on entrepreneurship in Luxembourg, Mind & Market in Luxembourg is broadening its scope and invited new associates on board, including RTL, Fedil, Paul Wurth Incub and Equilibre, who join the initiative kicked off by Deloitte Luxembourg, Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), Luxinnovation, University of Luxembourg and Mind & Market ASBL in 2015.

“There is a lot going on in Luxembourg when it comes to new ideas and out of the box thinking. The steering committee is very pleased to strengthen the Mind & Market initiative by welcoming our new associates with their valuable input and experience. In this way, the initiative will better represent the diversity in the local ecosystem,” said Luc Brucher, Partner at Deloitte Luxembourg.

The third edition of the forum will take place in Maison du Savoir on the University of Luxembourg’s Belval campus. 

The steering committee has said that it would like to ensure a clear link to the Luxembourg market, and will put priority on startups linked to digital technologies and Industry 4.0, and start ups from all over Europe are welcome to joine. 

For more information about Mind & Market in Luxembourg, see: http://bit.ly/MindandMarketLU.

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The Rotondes is hosing a launch party for the release of Sun Glitters’ new album, It Will be Forever, on 26 May. 

Sun Glitters put Luxembourg on the electronica map with the release of his first singles in 2011, attracting the attention of Pitchfork, BBC and The Fader among other notable publications. Since then, he has consistently been releasing music while collaborating and sharing stages with established acts such as Slow Magic, Son Lux and Gonjasufi. 

Labelled a ‘one-man unstoppable team”, Sun Glitters (real name Victor Ferreira) is described as a versatile artist with a knack for composing a story by combining his talents to create everything from scratch—his music, video clips, and his own official website. 

Arms and Sleepers, featuring the full live band, will be playing support. 

 

The party opens at 21:00, and tickets are €8. To book, see: http://rotondes.lu/agenda/details/event/sun-glitters-new-album-release/

 

dachser Iberia

Transport and logistics company, Dachser, has integrated its Iberian subsidiary Azkar Group into its European road network under the names Dachser Spain and Dachser Portugal in a process that has been underway since 2013, when the company acquired Azkar. 

“The two companies were an excellent match right from the word go. We share the same values, and we have the same corporate culture and business vision,” said Bernhard Simon. “On this basis, we were able to advance quickly and smoothly with the integration. Simultaneously, we have achieved profitable growth on the Iberian Peninsula every year since the takeover.” 

Since the acquisition, Dachser has closely integrated its organizations in Spain and Portugal into its European group network. The 70 daily import and export lines that existed in 2013 have increased to 130, while the number of shipments from and to Europe grew by 40% over the same period. 

 

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A useful guide to learning Luxembourgish will be launched on 13 June, with a special conference dinner at Cercle Munster. 

365 Days to Learn Luxembourgish is an open-date desk-top calendar offering 365 quickie lessons in Luxembourgish for beginners created by Romanian-national Clara Moraru. 

Clara arrived in Luxembourg just under 20 years ago, and now has Luxembourgish nationality. She says the calendar was inspired by her own learning experiences. 

The conference opens at 19:00 with an aperitif, followed by the conference at 19:30 and dinner at 21:00. Tickets for the conference and dinner are €50, and for the conference alone, €15. 

 

Reservations must be made in advance to: reservation@munster.lu

 

Monday, 15 May 2017 15:54

Fête des Voisins Postponed

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As a result of a clash with the ING night marathon, the City of Luxembourg has postponed the Fête des Voisins (Neighbours Day) from 26 May to the 9 June weekend.

The City will make benches, tables and promotional materials available to groups who wish to organise a party between neighbours.

Interested parties are advised to contact Chantal Krier, by telephone on: 4796-2389, or to visit the integration and special needs service.

For more information see: www.nopeschfest.lu  / www.fetedesvoisins.lu

Monday, 15 May 2017 13:02

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Private banking firm, KBL eps, has appointed Bruno Lèbre as group chief of wealth management solutions, a group executive committee position, starting on 1 July.

Carlo Friob, who currently serves as group chief commercial officer and member of the group executive committee, will assume the role of CEO for Luxembourg.

A highly respected private banking professional with nearly three decades of experience in increasingly senior roles, Lèbre will lead the enhancement and expansion of the group’s full service offering.

Previously a member of the executive committee at Société Générale Private Banking, Lèbre most recently served as global head of compliance for the private bank following earlier stints as global head of wealth management solutions and global head of investment solutions for the same business unit. 

A French national who earned his master’s degree from Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris VI), Lèbre earlier served as CEO of Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking in Switzerland, as well as chairman and CEO of Lyxor Asset Management.

Friob will serve as chairman of the Luxembourg management committee for KBL, in addition to taking responsibility for all relevant KBL epb Luxembourg business units.

“At this transformational moment for our group, Bruno Lèbre will play a key transversal role, ensuring that we offer truly best-in-class products and services to every client across our footprint,” said Yves Stein, group CEO, KBL epb. 

“Just as we are delighted to welcome Bruno to the Group Executive Committee, we are equally pleased to announce the appointment of Carlo Friob as CEO, Luxembourg,” said Stein. 

“Over the past three years, Carlo has strengthened our private banking operations across Europe, providing strategic direction to our affiliates, and ensuring their individual growth and collective contribution to our shared success,” Stein said. “He will now focus his business acumen and leadership skills on our business here in the Grand Duchy.”

Image: Bruno Lèbre, new KBL epb group chief of wealth management solutions. Photo Supplied 

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Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel visited the Lycée des Arts et Métiers (LAM) in Luxembourg to present the future section I that will be taught at the Lycée des Arts et Métiers and at the Lycée technique d'Esch-sur-Alzette starting this year at the Edward Steichen High School in Clervaux.

Section I aims to create digital leaders capable of mastering the creation and application of new technologies and opening up access to higher education.  

"We created Section I because there is a double demand,” said the prime minister. “On the one hand it responds perfectly to the demand of the students, many of whom are interested in ICT studies. On the other, there is also a very strong demand from the labour market and companies, where graduates in the fields of new technologies are often lacking". 

The prime minister had an exchange with 12th grade students on the challenges that the European Union must and will face. "Never forget that the European Union has enabled our region to live in peace for more than 70 years,” he said, reminding students that the union offers advantages that gives students from other countries cause for envy. 

 

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