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Luxembourg’s four EXKi restaurants have opened their doors to SOS Villages d'Enfants Monde, who will have the right to put out collection jars at the end of the year, at the same time as handing over a donation of €1,820 to support the organisation. 

Sandra Biava and Mickael Hochstrasser from EXKi Gare delivered the cheque to Sophie Glesener, director of SOS Villages d'Enfants Monde. 

The funds raised will go towards the emergency assistance programme SOS set up in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew. The organisation has established emergency support in the town of Les Caves to help meet the urgent needs of thousands of children and their families.

At the presentation of the donation, Sophie Glesener warmly thanked the highly motivated managers and teams of the EXKi restaurants and of course the many clients who showed great generosity to the most vulnerable children in the world. EXKi officials have already announced the renewal of the action by 2017.


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\The Chamber Of Commerce’s latest bulletin Actualité et Tendances addresses the issues underlying free trade and, according to the Chamber’s website, sets out the following points:  


Ensuring the sustainability of EU trade policy

No 1 Reviewing the governance of EU trade policy to avoid the repetition of the Walloon scenario in the context of the CETA negotiations, i.e. blocking of the signature of a free trade agreement between the European Union and a third-party country, since such a scenario not only delays the positive effects of trade agreements, but also risks undermining the Union vis-à-vis other potential trading partners.

No 2 Working towards more inclusive free trade by identifying the causes of "pain" and supporting those who lose out from free trade through a real redistribution policy which, instead of creating traps for employment, proposes measures that strengthen employability and social cohesion.

No 3 Defining a real strategy to ensure a "level playing field" and the reciprocity of commitments, particularly in public procurement, while maintaining a firm position vis-à-vis pernicious and discriminatory business practices.

No 4 Driving free trade means steering globalisation! In this respect, Luxembourg must play its natural role as a strong advocate of European integration and as a country that helps shape the Union’s development. The Grand Duchy can make a very significant contribution - disproportionate to its small size - to influencing the rules of EU trade policy and setting of exacting standards whilst ensuring respect for the level playing field. At the same time, it is important to support the European Union as its future weight in world trade will be reduced in favour of emerging countries.

Promoting the internationalisation of Luxembourgish companies

No 5 Ensuring that the recent reform of economic promotion can clarify the role of each partner involved, enabling Luxembourgish companies to differentiate between the actors who are responsible for organising initiatives to promote foreign trade and helping in this area. Duplication and lack of coordination are to be avoided. The Chamber of Commerce continues to commit itself to the success of this reform and to play its historic role as an anchor and a privileged partner of its member companies in the promotion of foreign trade and the internationalisation of SMEs in all business sectors.

No 6 Exploring the introduction of export tax credits for SMEs to help them develop their international business, similar to the instruments available in the United States and in France.

No 7 Promoting subcontracting and training of exportation experts since transferring the management of, inter alia, tax and legal matters to an expert, would allow small structures to focus on their core activities and stimulate their interest in engaging with an internationalisation strategy. The training of exportation experts could be part of a tertiary professional training programme.

Encouraging more geographic and industrial diversification

No 8 Diversifying the address book for exports and imports to better balance the risks of excessively concentrating on a few partner countries.

No 9 Further diversifying Luxembourg's industrial base to participate in international value chains by increasing the number of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) diplomas; by adapting training offered to low-skilled workers; by providing the infrastructure needed to develop new high value-added industrial niches; by providing common platforms to reduce research and development costs through the sharing of human and infrastructural resources; and by building bridges between basic and applied research.

The importance of “housekeeping”

No 10 Ensuring the sustainability of EU policy. It is only when all Member States assume their responsibilities that European cooperation can be achieved. To enhance the European single market’s efficiency, Luxembourg should for instance maintain regular contact with the organisations responsible for mutual recognition; organise information sessions to keep companies informed of the latest developments in e-commerce; proactively encourage Luxembourgish companies to take part in European public tenders; and address problems in terms of mobility and housing to encourage labour mobility and continue to attract highly qualified workers. 

To view the complete Actualité et tendances No 19 in French: click here

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 12:03

Branding Agency Ludwig Opens New Doors

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Luxembourg branding agency, Ludwig, has inaugurated its new office in Kockelscheuer. 

Charles Nadler, Ludwig founder and CEO said, “We are extremely proud to welcome clients, colleagues and partners to our new home in Kockelscheuer. The new office represents Ludwig’s ambitious plans to grow its team and client portfolio.”

The new address is at 55, Allée de la Poudrerie, L-1899 Kockelscheuer. 


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Global satellite communications company, SES Networks, has launched a new hybrid resiliency service, which has gone live with its first customer, Palau Telecoms. 

The new service represents fully-managed ‘bandwidth-on-demand’ connectivity, with intelligent routing and resiliency. Unique to SES, the multi-orbit approach, which leverages the wide coverage capabilities of Geostationary Earth Orbit satellites and the innovative high throughput capabilities of Medium Earth Orbit satellites, allowing virtually 100% availability of services.

It is currently available in the Asia-Pacific region, and provided though a platform equipped to support the most reliable and high performing networks across orbit-diverse connections. The service is planned for rollout across further regions, and complements the site Diversity intelligent routing capability already successfully deployed for many SES Networks customers. 

SES has recently announced its new go-to-market organisation model, comprising of highly customer-focused business units. Under the new model, the data-centric segments are served by SES Networks, allowing SES to deliver increasingly differentiated satellite-enabled solutions for Fixed Data, Mobility, and Government. This hybrid resiliency platform represents a fine example of the power of combining the infrastructure, networks and operations available within the SES Networks business unit.

“Our multi-orbit approach allows us to cater to literally all connectivity needs of our telco and enterprise customers, even in the most remote areas with no or limited terrestrial telecom infrastructure,” said Steve Collar, CEO of SES Networks. 

“We are glad to announce that our long-standing partner Palau Telecoms and its customers will be the first to avail of the benefits of this new broadband platform, and we are very excited about the capabilities this new solution will bring. Over the past several years, we have witnessed continued growth in Internet and mobile use in Palau, and are thrilled about the huge impact that quality connectivity makes on local businesses and the economy.”

“Satellite network solutions are ideal to help us meet the growing data demand in Palau and bridge the digital divide, as terrestrial infrastructures have limitations, and in some cases are not possible to roll-out. With an Internet penetration rate of around 30%, SES helps us address Palau’s thirst for data and boost the economy,” said Sam Masang, CEO of Palau Telecoms. “MEO-driven connectivity has already been empowering our citizens and businesses over the past several years, and now we are delighted to be the first customer to avail of SES’s hybrid GEO-MEO network.”

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The European Union General Affairs Council in Brussels today adopted the decision authorising the opening of negotiations with the United Kingdom on Brexit and designating the Commission formally as EU negotiator. The Council also adopted negotiating directives for the negotiations on Brexit.

The adoption of these texts makes it possible to enter into negotiations with the United Kingdom following its notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU (under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union). EU).

"The guidelines we have adopted today are a good basis for the first phase of the negotiations; They give the negotiator of the Union the necessary support to negotiate a good agreement, an agreement that will be first and foremost in the interest of citizens," said Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn. 

The negotiating directives adopted by the ministers concern the first phase of the negotiations. Accordingly, those directives give priority to certain issues which have been deemed necessary for the orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom, including citizens' rights, the Financial Regulation and the situation in Ireland.

The Council also adopted a decision to set up an ad hoc working group to assist the Council and Coreper in all areas related to the exit from the United Kingdom of the Union.

Image: Jean Asselborn (centre), with chief negotiator Michel Barnier and France's minister for European affairs, Marielle de Sarnez 

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Fruit and vegetable suppliers Grosbusch have joined up with the Luxembourg Open Innovation Club (LOIC) to take its innovation processes one step further through collaborations with international startups.

LOIC was founded last summer by nyuko in collaboration with the Lux future lab, Luxinnovation and the Technoport, in order to help companies to multiply their innovation efforts by matching them with promising startups around the world. 

It counts close to 20 members and revealed its full potential with a recent innovation call for the Grosbusch company.

The family-run company has specialised in importing and distributing fresh fruits and vegetables in Luxembourg  and the Greater Region for more than 100 years and relies on innovation to differentiate itself from its competitors.  

Goy Grosbusch, director of supports and marketing, had a specific topic to work on and was looking to get some constructive feedback and eventually startups with an interest of collaborating on common projects. 

Luxembourg is too small to host many startups matching Grosbusch’s expectations, and it is almost impossible for a traditional company to reach many startups without a dedicated network. That is why Grosbusch worked with the LOIC who launched a worldwide innovation call for startups in the food tech sector. 

“We leveraged our international networks to attract the most relevant startups in the food sector that could best complement Grosbusch’s innovation strategy.” explained Itzel Lerma, manager of the LOIC for nyuko. 

“The whole approach is really modern and new, so it was a pleasure of being part in such a new adventure” said Goy. 

Among the dozens of applications received, the company selected eight startups to interview and is now deepening its collaboration with one of them. The process took a few weeks but aims at long-term relationships. “In my idea this is the way we will exchange ideas and eventual business opportunities in the future.” he added. 

The collaboration between the company and the startups is only starting but Grosbusch is already pleased with the result. Goy Grosbusch emphasised. “I think that it makes sense for every company to, at least, listen to start ups and discover all the new possibilities that are popping up everywhere. From there on it is a personal choice whether to collaborate or not, but in my eyes it is a real opportunity that no company should miss.”

Image: Itzel Lerma and Goy Grosbusch 

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As part of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Conference on 29 May, WIDE (Women in Digital Empowerment) will be hosting a series of workshops and seminars. 

The conference relates to the digital economy which is growing at an unprecedented rate and the need for the education and training system to deliver the skills the jobs market needs at all levels. 

To tackle the lack of digital skills in Europe, the European Commission launched the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition to encourage Member States to solve this problem by rallying public and private actors in digital skills and jobs coalitions on a national level.

The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Lëtzebuerg is an open network of actors, all public and private stakeholders active in the promotion of digital skills in Luxembourg are encouraged to join the National Coalition to address the digital skills gap. In line with the Digital Lëtzebuerg initiative, the National Coalition focuses on all aspects of digitalisation of our economy and society.

By connecting different stakeholders from the public and private sectors, the Coalition strives to develop concrete measures through active involvement in order to bring digital skills and competences to all levels of the economy and society. Moreover, the National Coalition pledges further coordinated action to identify and share best practices.

The Luxembourg Institute for Digital Training (LIDIT), coordinator of the National Coalition, together with all the partners of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Lëtzebuerg, is pleased to invite you to the official launch on 29th May.

The launch event starts at 14:00 with a set of workshops and information stands addressing different dimensions of digitalisation. It will be followed by an official evening programme in the presence of Prime minister Xavier Bettel. 

WIDE is hosting a number of workshops, including: 

A new Mentoring project for girls

Rails Girls and coding workshops

WOW code to confidence, an Erasmus+ project

Raise Volunteers in Tech, an Erasmus+ project

Evening Event Programme

17:35 -- Introduction by Lucien André Reuter – LIDIT

17:40 -- Speech by Mrs. Yuriko Backes - Head of representation of the European Commission in luxembourg

17:50 -- Speech by Mr. Björn Ottersten – Digital Champion Lux

18:00 -- Speech by Mr. Thierry Geerts – Google

18:20 -- Speech by Mr. Candi Carrera – Microsoft

18:35 -- Roundtable (in French):

The new digital age – Challenges and perspectives for education, employment and business in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg

Claude Meisch – Minister of National Education

Jean-Paul Hengen – Luxinnovation / Luxembourg ICT Cluster

Isabelle Schlesser – Adem

Thomas Vilshoever – Amazon

Claudine Kariger – Digital Lëtzebuerg

Nico Binsfeld – ICT Luxembourg

Romain Schmit – Fédération des Artisans

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Marc Ant

19:35 -- Networking Cocktail

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A Bohemian atmosphere will rule over the Neumünster Abbey Brewery, renamed "Brasserie Wenzel”, for a "Grund Club Voices" evening with Priscilla Da Costa and Lata Gouveia. 

True to the vocation of the Grund Club to maintain the memory of songs composed in Luxembourg, this show will include a clever mix of "Made in Luxembourg" songs from the Club catalog and international covers.

On the stage for the evening will be Jeff Herr on drums, Nick Sauber on bass, Priscilla Da Costa and Lata Gouveia, vocals, and Sven Sauber, the artistic director on guitar.

Grund Club Voices, 24 May at 20:00 in Neumünster Abbey, Wenzel Brewery. Tickets are €10, or €1.50 with a Kulturpass. Bookings on:, +352 26 20 52-444. For More information, see:


The Luxembourg support group for immigrant workers, ASTI, says that it regrets the lack of government willingness to incorporate the transposition of the European Directive on measures for protection of workers into the timetable for legislative work in a timely manner. 

The association highlights, among other things, that the bill proposed, No. 7102, appears to guarantee equal rights only for Luxembourgers under Article 10bis

ASTI said that it welcomes the willingness of the authors of the draft law to attach the Centre for Equal Treatment (CET) to the Chamber of Deputies, thus conferring on it a certain independence vis-à-vis the executive. 

In addition, the association felt that grouping administrative resources within a House of Human Rights with various bodies (ORK, CCDH, Mediator, CET) is struck at the corner of common sense. This will allow economies of scale to be achieved. It will also be possible to contribute to the creation of a "brand" of Human Rights, an essential measure in terms of perception among the general public, "Leit dobaussen", to use a formula often used by politicians. In this context, it is most regrettable that the CCDH prefers to remain attached to the government. A House of Human Rights, in all respects independent of the executive power would have been a strong signal.


At the end of April this year, the number of resident jobseekers registered with the ADEM stood at 16,040, one thousand fewer than in April 2016 and representing a fall of 5.9% over the course of the year.  

The unemployment rate stood at 6.0%, ie at the same level as in March 2017 and 0.5% below the level of April 2016.

The decline is widespread and also benefits vulnerable job-seekers, such as job seekers with health problems (-5.9% over one year), low-skilled job-seekers (-9.7%) and job seekers Persons registered for at least 12 months (-7.7%).

During April 2017, 1,385 people registered for ADEM, of whom 476 were registering for the first time. This corresponds to 34% of all registrations. The number of all registrations decreased by 4.7% compared to April 2016 and that of the first registrations decreased by 0.7% over the same period.


At the end of April 2017, 5,283 people were assigned to an employment measure. This figure is down 3.2% from April 2016, when 5,458 people were assigned to an employment measure.


In April 2017, employers declared 2,699 ADEM vacancies, equivalent to an increase of 1.1% from April 2016.


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