festival occasion

As part of the national second-hand fair held in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on 19, 20 and 21 May 2017, the new Association of Garagistes du Sud asbl is hosting a new festival at the Belval site. 

Fifteen dealers and garage owners from the Bassin Minier are currently members of the association, and are taking the opportunity to present a more family, friendly and social image compared to other similar events. Throughout the three days an entertainment program for all tastes will be proposed, and each participating actor will exhibit specially selected quality vehicles.

Information booths and qualified staff from the various dealers and garage owners will be able to provide insights on the vehicles displayed.

In addition, as part of an e-mobility village on the Place de l'Académie, vehicles and animations around the new technologies, including electric, hybrid and plug-in, hybrids, bicycles, hoverboards, etc. will be showcased in partnership with local players. 

In cooperation with the authorities, vehicle tests are offered, and visitors can preview the future charging stations that will be installed throughout the country.

For children a childcare centre at SNOOZE Restaurant as well as inflatable castles with trained staff will be set up. Qualified staff from the Lavorel kids and baby company, which plans to open a crèche on the BELVAL site at the end of 2017, will be present. 

International food stands will be present on site, in close collaboration with the local restaurants. There will a Coppers BBQ, a Cremant Bar and Coyote Café cocktails, a Esch majorette grill, and Creperie at Marco Square Square.

On the Place de l'Académie, the SNOOZE and ORIGAMI restaurants offer their specialties on cozy terraces, without forgetting the many specialties of the Golden Bean coffees ..

A business centre at the Square Square Car Park will host BGL BNP Paribas on hand to offer financial advice for the purchase of the future vehicle.

On the Place de l'Académie, the partner of the e-mobility village LaLux assurances, will inform the visitors about their products. 

The AGS raffle will allow visitors to win a trip as well as many other gifts from our partners, such as tickets for Queen's concert in Amnéville, vouchers at the Belval Plaza or Crémant Bernard-Massard.

The event will be open to the public on Friday 19 May from 14:00 to 18:00, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00.

Among the presenters, will be:

Autodis, Esch-sur-Alzette

Garage Binsfeld, Schifflange

Garage Cardoni, Dudelange

Garage Collé, Differdange

Etoile Garage, Esch-sur-Alzette

Garage Jaguar, Range Rover SUD, Niedercorn

Garage by Lentz, Foetz

Garage Losch, Esch-sur-Alzette

Garage Luxmotor, Foetz

Garage Mercedes-Benz, Esch-sur-Alzette

Garage BMW Muzzolini, Esch-sur-Alzette

Garage Rodenbourg, Foetz

Garage Marc Winandy, Bettembourg

Garage Autofactoria, Schifflange



marcelo robelo de sousa portugal president

The President of the Portuguese Republic will be officially welcomed by LL.AA.RR. The Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess in the forecourt of the Grand Ducal Palace. After the military honors, the interpretation of the national anthems, the review of the troops and the presentation of the respective delegations, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will have an interview with the Grand-Ducal couple and the grand ducal couple heir to the palace.

The deputation of a wreath at the national monument of Luxembourg Solidarity, in the presence of the Prime Minister, Minister of State Xavier Bettel, Secretary of State for Defense Francine Closener and the Chief of Staff- Major General of the Army, General Romain Mancinelli, is also scheduled. Then, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will greet the flag bearers, members of the Second World War Memorial Committee and representatives of patriotic movements and associations.

A tour of the Grand-Ducal couple and the Portuguese Head of State on the Corniche is also on the agenda. They will have the opportunity to discover the ancient fortifications of the city of Luxembourg.

The President of the Portuguese Republic as well as the Grand-Ducal couple and the Grand-Ducal heir will have the opportunity to continue their talks during a private lunch at the Grand Ducal Palace. Meanwhile, the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Mars Di Bartolomeo, will meet Portuguese MPs, and Foreign and European Affairs Minister Jean Asselborn, State Secretaries Margarida Marques and José Luís Carneiro.

Subsequently, the Portuguese Head of State will receive in audience at the Grand Ducal Palace the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Mars Di Bartolomeo, Prime Minister, Minister of State Xavier Bettel and the Minister of Foreign Affairs And European, Jean Asselborn. 

In the early afternoon, the Portuguese Head of State as well as LL.AA.RR. The Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess will be welcomed at the Cercle Cité in Luxembourg by Bourgmestre Lydie Polfer for an academic session in the presence of the Echevinal College and the Communal Council.

A gala dinner hosted by LL.AA.RR. The Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess at the Grand Ducal Palace in honor of the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in the presence of LL.AA.RR. The Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess in heir, will close this first day of the state visit.

The President of the Portuguese Republic and His Royal Highness the Grand Duke will visit the castle of Betzdorf, the headquarters of SES, where they will be welcomed by the Prime Minister, Minister of State, Minister for Communications and Media, Xavier Bettel, The Board of Directors of SES, Romain Bausch, the vice-presidents of the board of directors, François Tesch and Jean-Paul Zens, as well as the chairman and CEO, Karim Michel Sabbagh.

Marcello Rebelo de Sousa, accompanied by Prime Minister, Minister of Communications and Media Xavier Bettel and Post Luxembourg CEO Claude Strasser and Chief Information Officer Pierre Zimmer will visit the EBRC Datacenter In Betzdorf, specialising in the management of trust services for clients in various sectors, such as banking, finance, insurance and e-commerce.

The Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, will then have the honour of welcoming Portuguese Head of State Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on behalf of the Luxembourg Government for a lunch at Bourglinster Castle. 

In the early afternoon, the President of the Portuguese Republic, accompanied by HRH the Grand Duke, will visit Esch-Belval for a visit of the Cité des Sciences. At the former industrial building Massenoire at the foot of the blast furnaces, they will be welcomed by the Housing Minister Marc Hansen, Justice Minister Félix Braz, Mayor of the City of Esch-sur-Alzette, Vera Spautz, Mayor of Sanem, Georges Engel, president of the development company Agora, Frank Vansteenkiste, of the Fonds Belval, Luc Dhamen. 

At the Maison du Savoir, the President of the Portuguese Republic and HRH the Grand Duke will be welcomed by University Vice-President of the University of Luxembourg Romain Martin and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Humanities, Arts and Education, Georg Main. After a presentation by the University of Luxembourg, a cooperation agreement will be signed between the universities of Luxembourg and Porto. In addition, the President of the Portuguese Republic will meet with professors / researchers and students of Portuguese nationality from the University of Luxembourg. 

Upon returning to the city, the President of the Portuguese Republic and LL.AA.RR. The Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess will visit the National Museum of History and Art for a guided tour of the exhibition "Portugal - Drawing the World", which aims to illustrate the journey of a country rich in history, An almost millennial history and to retrace the itinerary traveled by the Portuguese to the four corners of the world. They will be welcomed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Guy Arendt, the director of the National Museum of History and Art, Michel Polfer, and the director of the National Museum of Ancient Art in Lisbon, António Filipe Pimentel. Then they will visit the exhibition "Remember (what is missing)" in the presence of the Portuguese artist Marco Godinho, who lives and works in Luxembourg.

The Portuguese Head of State and LL.AA.RR. The Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess will then proceed to the Cathedral. They will be welcomed by the Archbishop of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Hollerich, the Bishop of Faro, Manuel Neto Quintas, and the Bishop of Bragança-Miranda, José Manuel Cordeiro. The Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos will provide information about her sculpture Le Cœur indépendant rouge. This monumental sculpture in plastic twisted under the heat is inspired by the hearts of Viana, traditional Portuguese jewels. 

This second day of the visit will end with an evening offered by the President of the Portuguese Republic in honor of LL.AA.RR . The Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess at the Philharmonie Luxembourg. They will have the opportunity to attend a concert by the baroque orchestra Casa da Música in the Chamber Music Hall.

On July 25 May 2017, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will extend his stay, privately, Thursday, May 25, 2017.In the morning he will visit the Camões Institute - public entity for the promotion of the language And Portuguese culture abroad - and will meet with representatives of the Portuguese community living in Luxembourg.

He will then attend the 50th pilgrimage of Our Lady of Fatima which is held annually in Wiltz. As part of the centenary of the Fatima apparitions, the pilgrim image of Our Lady of Fatima will take part in the ceremonies in Wiltz on 24 and 25 May 2017.

Friday, 19 May 2017 16:37

61 New City Civil Servants Sworn

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Mayor Lydie Polfer swore in 61 new civil servants employed in the bus services, architect-building, architect-maintenance, communal goods, pipeline, traffic, Youth, housing, parking, general secretariat, sports, structures and organisation, topography, vehicles and maintenance and roads, as well as at the Bierger-Center, The Phototheque and the Theaters of the City.


jean asselborn commissaire avramopoulos

At the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council yesterday, Luxembourg’s minister of foreign and European affairs, Jean Asselborn, implored leaders to move forward on reform of the Common European Asylum policy. 

In particular, the Council reviewed the work on the reform of the Common European Asylum System, focusing in particular on efforts to implement the principles of responsibility and solidarity.

"This is the 10th round table on solidarity and unfortunately I do not think it is the last one," said Minister Asselborn, saying that "if the debate does not move forward, we will find a worsening of the situation in Italy in particular, where the number of asylum seekers increases considerably and while the risk exists that other roads open”, he said. 

Noting that “we are all in favour of helping the front-line member states, but we are not yet entirely in agreement on the means to be implemented", Asselborn insisted on the need for balances at several levels. 

He developed by explaining on the one hand that "between external action and internal action, the resettlement effort must be superior to relocation. The prospects of migrants should not begin once they have arrived irregularly in Europe, we must favour those who opt for legal access routes "and secondly" between the needs of the front-line member states and their capacity to contribute Of the other member states, the interest of alternative forms to relocation is to be able to act on several fronts. For this to happen, the use of alternative measures must remain attractive for those Member States which wish to engage in a substitutionary approach".

Minister Asselborn went on to point out that "our migration policy is a common good, which means that we must promote a consensual approach that leads to a common position", while reminding its counterparts that "since 2015, we are turning Around the solidarity approach to the burden-sharing of applicants for international protection who are or are arriving in the EU. While in fact we continue to stutter on this subject, the fronts harden, time passes and the immobilism has settled down to the detriment of the credibility of our values".

Finally, the minister recalled the citizens' concern about the stabilisation of the Schengen system. "For the citizens of the EU, Schengen is one of the most important achievements of our Union and beyond. The collapse of Schengen is tantamount to destroying the Europe of citizens”.

Image: Jean Asselborn with Commissaire Avramopoulos at the JHAC this week. 

 michael shermer

Dr Michael Shermer, one of America’s foremost skeptics and thinkers is giving a talk in Luxembourg on 23 May, titled “Heavens on Earth: The Quest for Immortality and Perfectibility”.

Dr Shermer is the head of one of America's leading science organisations, the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American and a New York Times bestselling author of books such as Why People Believe Weird Things. He is also the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101.

As a public intellectual Dr Shermer regularly contributes editorials, reviews and essays to the Wall Street Journal, Science, Nature, and other publications, appeared on shows such as The Colbert Report, Larry King Live, and Oprah Winfrey, and is the only person in history to have given four TED talks, which have been voted as 

He is the author of New York Times bestsellers Why People Believe Weird Things and The Believing Brain, Why Darwin Matters, The Science of Good and Evil, and The Moral Arc. 

His next book is Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality & Utopia, in which he argues that science and reason, rather than religious beliefs about life after death, are the best means we have to create a more just and free world, leading humanity towards a better future.

Dr Shermer will speak at the Batiment des Sciences on the Limpertsberg Campus of the University of Luxembourg from 20:00 to 21:30.

ses cnes launch

An SES-15 satellite was successfully launched onboard a Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou yesterday, SES’s first satellite to launch on a Soyuz rocket for a geostationary transfer orbit mission, in a boost to global in-flight connectivity and entertainment. 

SES-15 carries a hybrid payload, comprising Ku-band wide beams and Ku-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) capability, with connectivity to gateways in Ka-band. SES’s first hybrid satellite will be located at the orbital position of 129 degrees West and is equipped with 16 Ku-band transponders (36 MHz equivalent) as well as HTS capabilities to serve North America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. 

The satellite’s high throughput payload will deliver optimised and flexible coverage for major global inflight connectivity and entertainment (IFC/IFE) service providers, such as Global Eagle Entertainment, Gogo and Panasonic Avionics. In addition, SES-15 has a dedicated wide beam that is designed to enable IFC/IFE providers to deliver live TV content on all flight routes across the US, including Hawaii and Alaska, as well as Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. This combination of beams allows IFC/IFE providers to optimise HTS capacity use for internet traffic and wide beam coverage for broadcast content.

The satellite will also enable VSAT networks and other traffic intensive data applications in the government and maritime sectors.

SES-15 will also carry a Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) hosted payload, which will enable the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to augment the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) with the goal of improving accuracy, integrity and availability of the system for the aviation industry. 

The satellite is equipped with an electric propulsion system for orbit-raising and in-orbit manoeuvres.

“The successful launch of SES-15 is the first of our three planned hybrid satellites, which have both wide beams and high throughput capability. SES-15, along with the soon-to-be launched SES-14 hybrid satellite, and our existing in-orbit satellites, offer the most resilient aeronautical connectivity platform in North America,” said Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer at SES. “SES-15 will allow us to strengthen our ability to provide next generation services in data-intensive markets such as maritime and corporate broadband.”

“SES is a long-standing partner, and we are delighted to be part of its important journey in serving the ever-growing aeronautical and data markets by successfully launching SES-15 on a Soyuz rocket,” said Stephane Israël, CEO at Arianespace.


Luc weis francine closener serge lucas claude meisch

The Marie Consolatrice school has joined the mission to promote entrepreneurship at the school with government support, after Luxembourg Education Minister Claude Meisch, together with the Secretary of State for Economy, Francine Closener, and the director of the school, Serge Lucas, signed an agreement yesterday, making it the fourth school that will adopt this profile. 

This initiative is part of the current government education project, Mir Schwätzen Zukunft, one of the objectives of which is to give schools more autonomy to respond to their own pedagogical, organisational and technical challenges. 

Schools are supported in this process by the Ministry of Education, Childhood and Youth's Department for National Education, Child and Youth Co-ordination of Pedagogical and Technological Research and Innovation (SCRIPT). Necessary teaching and learning resources. Through co-operation with the Ministry of Economy, participating schools can network with surrounding companies and provide their students with activities that bring the world closer to education in the professional world.

Becoming an entrepreneurial school means, among other things, promoting entrepreneurial and entrepreneurial spirit, revealing the personal talents of young people and their ambitions, challenging them in their creativity and originality, making them aware of and responsible for ecological, Political and economic issues of our time, and give them the positive spirit necessary to engage in the future.

The main objective of the approach is therefore to promote and promote innovative pedagogical approaches close to the professional world.

Image: Luc Weis, Francine Closener, Serge Lucas, and Claude Meisch. Photo supplied

Friday, 19 May 2017 13:02

DLSI Group Maintains Growth Trend

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Recruitment agency, DLSI Group, reported a consolidated turnover of €44,389,000 at March 31, 2017, an increase of 4.62% compared with March 31, 2016, when it stood at € 42,429 thousand, up 4.35% on the same period the year before.

Since the last half of 2016, the group says that its turnover has continued to grow steadily compared to the previous year, with all sector indicators showing positive results. 

DLSI, which has 70 agencies across France, as well as in Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland and Poland, said that 27.57% of the group’s business came from outside of France. The evolution in turnover results from sustaining their business activity and development in the nuclear sector. 

The group announced a dividend of €0.50 per share.

The Group expects consolidated sales of €200 million for the end of this year, and says that the figures shown so far give the group confidence that they will achieve this forecast. 

The next ordinary general meeting is scheduled to take place at the Novotel Metz Centre on 23 June. 


army open day

The Luxembourg Army organised information days for post-primary school students at the Military Centre in Diekirch this week. 

More than 500 pupils came along to find out more about the Army, Rescue Services, city bus service, the Bridges and Roads Administration, the Grand-Ducal Police, penal establishments, the Customs and Excise Administration and the Luxembourg National Railway Company. 

Alongside the information stands, students were able to discover exhibitions of military equipment and vehicles. In addition, demonstrations of the army and the canine section of the Customs and Excise Administration were offered to young people.


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For this month’s monthly financial lunch hosted by the Institute for Global Financial Integrity, attention is turned to Micro-finance for Luxembourg in a talk led by Rémy Jacob, president of the first micro-finance organisation in Luxembourg, Microlux. 

Rémy Jacob studied business and management at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce et d’Administration des Entreprises de Dijon, France. He joined the Finance directorate of the European Investment Bank (EIB) in 1973. During his 41-year career at the EIB he held a series of senior positions including four years as Head of Personnel Administration, four years as Director of information technology, five years as Director of General Affairs, five years as Deputy Secretary General, and five years as Director General of the Strategy and Corporate Centre.

In 1992, he contributed to the creation of the London-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). From 2000 to 2012 he was a member of the Board of the European Investment Fund, the venture capital and guarantee arm of the EIB Group. In 2012, he contributed to the creation of the EIB Institute, which supports European initiatives for the common good. From 2012 until his retirement in 2014 he was Dean of the Institute.

Microlux provides coaching and microcredits of up to €25,000 to women and men in a precarious economic situation who cannot access traditional banking credit. Microlux is organised as a commercial company; the shareholders are BGL BNP Paribas, ADA and ADIE.

For TIGFI members lunch at €45 per person, non-members at €60 per person to be paid prior to lunch on TIGFI account: BCEELULL LU06 0019 3055 2757 2000 

Please register via or send an email to indicating your name and contact details.

Drinks are served starting at 12:00. The guest speaker will commence at 12:30.

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