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In his lecture “How to Build a Billion Dollar Company” Raphael Nave illustrates the process of innovation and entrepreneurship as well as interactions with the eco-system that have lead others into billion dollar territory based on the example of the medical technology company Given Imaging, the presentation will start with the ‘unmet need’ in the healthcare domain, and continue with the ‘meeting of the minds’ of physician and engineer that lead to inventions and the interesting road to success. Given Imaging is now the world leader in capsule endoscopy and was sold to Medtronic for $1 billion. 

The lecture will take place at 17:30 on Monday 27 March at the University of Luxembourg, in Room 3.110 in the Maison du Savoir at  Campus Belval, 2, Avenue de l'Université, 4365 Esch-sur-Alzette.


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52 people were welcomed to Luxembourg today and yesterday, 23 adults and 29 children who have been relocated here from Greece under international asylum provisions, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. 

Following the decisions taken by the Justice and Home Affairs Council in September 2015, and under the Dublin relocation mechanism, Luxembourg will host a total of 557 people from Greece, Italy and the rest of the world by the end of 2017. 

The Minstry said that Luxembourg is determined to ensure that this mechanism works and continues its commitments.

The group arriving this week is the sixth such group to be relocated from Greece, bringing the number received so far up to 217, out of a total of 309 that has been committed to, while 61 of 248 have thus far been relocated from Italy.

Representatives of the Directorate of Immigration of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the Luxembourg Office for Hospitality and Integration (OLAI), administration under the Ministry of Family and Integration, and Of the Health Branch welcomed the group at Luxembourg Airport.

The OLAI will take care of the reception and social support for these people and will support them in their approaches to everyday life while their requests for international protection are processed.

Applicants for international protection relocated from Greece and Italy go through the asylum procedure as provided for by the Law of 18 December 2015 on international protection and temporary protection.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:08

Fashion Bloggers Second Hand Charity Sale

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A fashion sale with a twist. Who knows better what’s the best that can be found whether on the cat walks or the high street than dedicated fashion bloggers, and they’re offering some of their hard-sought after treasures for a charity fashion sale in aid of Télévie, an organisation that raises funds for research to support the fight against adult and childhood leukaemia and cancers. 

This is a great opportunity to find out more, buy more, pick up some styling tips and discover some of the Grand Duchy’s fashionistas, including: 

Imena Gina
Monika Sakalauskaite Nancy Wendt
Sara Weißenfeld
Anna Seyser
Carmen Baustert
Anne Faber
Lise Lundqvist

The sale will be at Second Hand for Sale, 59 Rue du Dix Octobre, from 18:30 on 30 March. 30% of proceeds will be donated to Télévie. 

 For more information, email: 


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After several months of investigation, Luxembourg customs and excise administration are questioning four people who were suspected of selling drugs across the south of the Grand Duchy. 

Six house searches were carried out in the course of the final investigation, from which a little more than 1.2 kilos of marijuana, 11 grams of cocaine, several thousand euros, two vehicles and some mobile phones were confiscated.

Files are being prepared on three of the four suspects. 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:41

City Weekend Shuttle Services Extended

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From Saturday 1 April, the City Shopping Bus, a free shuttle bus linking the Glacis car park with Rue Beaumont, will have its circuit extended on Saturdays and Sundays at the Sunday opening of shops. On these days, the City Shopping Bus will also serve the Forum Royal, Hällepull, Cathedral and Kasinosgaass stops.

The City Shopping Bus will operate according to the following schedule:

Saturdays from 08:30 to 18:30 and Sundays from 13:30 to 18:30 and following the new extended itinerary.

Mondays from 13:30 to 18:30; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:30 to 18:30, and; Wednesdays from 08:30 to 18:30, all following the usual "short" itinerary.

As with last year, the Schuman and Stade car parks will be free every Saturday and Sunday (except during the Schueberfouer), as will the Glacis car park. In addition to the City Shopping Bus, the Schuman and Glacis car parks, which are close to the Pescatore stop, are regularly serviced by city buses, enabling visitors to easily reach the city centre by public transport.

Please note that the Stade (lines 22 and 28) and Bouillon (line 1) car parks will be served at a rate of one bus every 10 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays. The lines in question will serve the district of the Railway Station as well as the Ville-Haute.

These measures are in response to a request from the Trade Union of the City of Luxembourg to improve the accessibility of the city centre and in general to increase the attractiveness of the capital.


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The lift linking Pfaffenthal to the Haute Ville will be closed to the public from 09:00 on Wednesday 29 March until 18:00 on Thursday 30 March, and from 09:00 3 April to 16:00 4 April. 

The closure in March is due to training for the fire and ambulance service and in April so that maintenance work can be carried out.

The City of Luxembourg said that it thanks the citizens for their understanding for possible inconveniences.


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The speed limit on Rue de Gasperich, between Gioacchino Rossini Street and Giuseppe Verdi Street, some 200 meters Located near the basic school of Gasperich, the school home and the church will be reduced to 30km/h effective from 3 April 2017. 

The City of Luxembourg is imposing the limit in order to better ensure the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and children and is accordingly narrowing the roadway and widening the pavement.

The City said that at 30km/h the stopping distance is half that from a speed of 50km/h, and that lower speeds impact quality of life for residents as it reduces traffic, noise and pollution.

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During the weekly contacts between the Ministry of State and the Archbishopric on the issue of church factories, both parties confirmed their adhesion to the conventions signed between the members of the government and the archbishop on the 26th January 2015 which reorganised the relationship between church and state, creating a clearer separation between the two.

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At a meeting of the Price Formation Commission of the Consumer Council on 16 March 2017, the Price Development Observatory presented a new edition of its half-yearly report, which includes an analysis of the evolution of inflation in Luxembourg, a comparison of inflation with neighbouring countries and an analysis of the evolution of Prices for the year 2016.

The Commission, made up of representatives of consumers, employers' organisations and the government, is responsible for studying and discussing the analyses and reports of the Observatory of the formation of prices.

According to the report, domestic inflation continued to decline in 2016, with an average annual rate of 0.29%, compared to 0.47% in 2015. The decline in inflation was largely due to the decline in petroleum products, which fell by 10.4% in 2016. 

Luxembourg inflation was almost identical to that of the euro area in 2016, and slightly below that of France and Germany. Only Belgium posted a much higher inflation rate following the increase of several administered prices such as electricity and communal taxes.



IT service providers, DARZ GmbH and EBRC, have joined up to provide cross-border data service centres allowing users to benefit from secure services in Germany and Luxembourg through a single source thanks to the location of both data centres — in Darmstadt for DARZ and Luxembourg for EBRC.

Both sites meet ISO 27001, and  they say both will carry an evaluation from the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) whose criteria will be fulfilled by DARZ as of March 2017. This is of particular relevance for, among others, German and Luxembourgish companies in the financial sector.

“Partnering with EBRC has enormous strategic value for DARZ. Both companies operate in markets whose positive development is founded on data. It is therefore crucial to foster confidence in the storage, processing, analysis and transmission of the information. EBRC and DARZ intend to be the new gold standard in this area and define new norms with respect to data security”, said Lars Göbel, head of strategy & innovation at DARZ GmbH.

“EBRC and DARZ share the same attitude and values in terms of data security, risk management, flexibility and reliability. Our partnership will allow the most demanding clients in Frankfurt, Luxembourg and throughout Europe to access an unrivalled level of resilience. This unique expertise will ensure we remain at the vanguard of the development of a trusted digital economy”, says Jerry Probst, international business development manager at EBRC.


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