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Luxembourg freight airline, Cargolux, Henan Airport Group and Xinggang Investment Group Company Ltd., today singed a joint venture equity contract for the establishment of Henan Cargo Airlines, which is scheduled to make its first flight towards the end of 2018. 

75% of the shares in this airline will be held by HNCA, the Henan Airport Group and the Xinggang Investment Group Company., Ltd, which represents the Zhengzhou Airport Economic Zone, and Cargolux will hold the remaining 25%.

The  signing of the contract in Beijing today, is a major landmark and step forward in the launching of  a resident cargo airline operating out of Zhenzhou under a Chinese AOC. 

The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and The People’s Republic of China’s State Council Premier Li Keqiang in the legendary Great Hall of the People at Tiananmen Square.


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Professor François Valentiny's conference titled "Towards a pragmatic but poetic architecture" has been pushed forward to 14 July.

The conference will be held at the Valentiny Foundation in Remerschen, and starts at 19:00. It will be held in Luxembourgish. 


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As of Friday last, no additional outbreaks of avian influenza have been confirmed in Luxembourg after several suspicions proved negative on analysis in the laboratory.

Since a new outbreak cannot be excluded, poultry keepers are nonetheless asked to be vigilant and to respect hygiene and biosecurity rules on their farms.

Any suspicion of avian influenza (abnormal mortality, significant fall in egg production) should be reported to the treating veterinarian.

Since all the territory of Luxembourg is declared a surveillance zone, all transport of live poultry is subject to the authorisation of the Veterinary Services Administration, telephone: 24 78 25 39, e-mail:

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Monday, 12 June 2017 11:28

KFOR 51 Welcomed Home

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Luxembourg members of NATO’s KFOR 51 peacekeeping force in Kosovo returned home this Saturday after four months in service. 

An officer, four non-commissioned officers, two corporals and sixteen soldiers of the Luxembourg army returned to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and were welcomed with a ceremony at Luxembourg Airport in the presence of relatives and relatives of the members of the contingent. 

Since June 1999, NATO has been leading a peace support operation in Kosovo in support of international initiatives to consolidate peace and stability in the region. Since the transition to the second stage of the disincentive phase in March 2011, the Luxembourg Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance platoon is directly subordinate to the KFOR headquarters. The platoon is articulated into two ISR sections, a command team and a maintenance team.

Following the government's decision to redeploy the Luxembourg contingents, a contingent, KFOR 52, will again start for Kosovo. Luxembourg’s role in the KFOR mission will therefore end in October this year.

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At the EXPO-2017 in Kazakhstan this Saturday, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Minister of Economy Etienne Schneider attended a business delegation from the Chamber of Commerce at the opening of the Honorary Consulate of the Grand Duchy in Astana, marking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Luxembourg and Kazakhstan.

The delegation celebrated Luxembourg Day at the exhibition with a concert by Luxembourg cellist André Mergenthaler.

In the margins of EXPO-2017, Xavier Bettel and Étienne Schneider held bilateral meetings with the prime minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Bakytjan Saguintaïev, and with the minister of defence and aerospace industries, Beibut Atamkulov. Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Étienne Schneider also met with Kazakhstan's finance minister Bakhyt Sultanov and visited the Kazakhstan Space Centre.

EXPO 2017 runs until 10 September this year. Luxembourg's participation is presented on the website:

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Luxembourg’s minister of labour, employment and social and solidarity economy, Nicolas Schmit, decorated Professor Jean-Louis Reiffers, professor of economics at the University of Aix / Marseille, honorary dean and creator of the “second chance schools” of insignia of Officer of the Order of Merit of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. 

Professor Reiffers is also the source of the European Commission's White Paper on Education and Training on "Teaching and Learning: Towards a Cognitive Society".

He was closely involved in the development of a European project for the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2015 on youth employment and training in the Maghreb countries.



Global satellite communications company, SES has signed a multi-year capacity agreement that will enable Brazilian communications company, MultTV’s ISP customers to deliver TV content to their Internet subscribers via IP.

MultTV, a Brazilian communications company that specialises in providing video services to smaller regional Internet Service Providers, will use C-band capacity on SES-6 to transmit a mix of approximately 60 SD and HD channels to its ISP customers, who will in turn distribute the content to their subscribers. 

The partnership will allow MultTV’s ISP customers to add TV content to their broadband services. All TV signals will be transmitted from a headend in the sky to all MultTV customers, reducing infrastructure costs. In addition, the partnership will streamline service availability, as subscribers will only need a new set top box, the company says. 

"This contract is unique and very important for the Brazilian market, as it will provide a headend in the sky that will bring a video package to MultiTV’s customers in the entire country, including remote areas," said Jurandir Pitsch, vice president sales Latin America and Caribbean for SES Video. 

"With this project, MultTV will be able to provide a broader service to its customers by offering new entertainment and connectivity packages.”

"We expect that within a year, 150 of our ISP customers will be use SES-6 to transmit pay-TV content to their subscribers," said Osmir Petrini, associate director at MultTV. "We are very pleased to have SES as a partner, as we can count on its reliable satellite infrastructure and expertise to offer the best services to our customers in Brazil.”

"NeoTV will help MultTV bring the best television channels to its end-consumers as we reach over 2,000 cities in Brazil and have extensive experience negotiating content with programmers, producers and TV channels," said Alex Jucius, Director General of NEOTV. "This project brings huge opportunities for small-sized Internet Service Providers in Brazil, as it allows them to expand the services offered to their subscribers."


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Luxembourg's prime minister, Xavier Bettel, is leading a delegation to China this week, together with Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna and Minister of Development Sustainability and Infrastructure François Bausch. 

On Sunday, the team visited the China Academy of Space Technology where they met representatives of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), including CASC president, Wu Yansheng, pictured. 

Image: Wu Yansheng, President, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC); Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister, Minister of State; Philippe Glaesener, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development EMEA & Asia, SES; Pierre Gramegna, Minister of Finance; Shi Pingyan, Vice President of China Aerospace Science and Technology (CAST); Interpreter; Tom Weisgerber, Senior Government Advisor

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A rough weekend on Luxembourg’s roads saw one collision between two motorcyclists on the N25 between Wiltz and Kautenbach early on Saturday afternoon, another motorcyclist and a car on the CR113 between Tuntange and Hollenfels that morning, and a third accident between two cars on Saturday afternoon on the A4. 

The motorcyclists involved all were seriously injured and taken to hospital by the rescue helicopter. The affected routes of the N25 and CR113 were temporarily closed to traffic. 

The incident on the A4 resulted in injury to one of the rescue workers as leaked fluids caused another vehicle to slip hitting a hospital car. An investigation is underway into the cause of the original crash. 


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The Parks Service of Luxembourg City is looking for about 20 fir trees to decorate the capital during the Christmas period. 

People with a 10 to 20 meter tree, which they wish to cut down due to their height, are asked to contact the Parks Department. The fir tree must have a suitable shape (dense and +/- symmetrical) and must not be surrounded by other trees. The Park Service will take care of the slaughter and transport of fir trees free of charge from early November and will then place the fir trees at various places in the capital, such as Place d'Armes, Place de la Gare or Place De France, to ensure a warm atmosphere during the Christmas holidays.

People have until mid-October to contact the Department by telephone: 4796-3423,  or email:, including a photograph of the tree in question if possible. - to join (If necessary a photograph of the tree in question).

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