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ArcelorMittl is expanding its production of its metallic coated steel, Magnelis, in Avilés Spain in order to keep up with growing demand. 

Used in a wide range of industries and end applications, the metal first rolled off the production line in 2010, in Belgium, Germany and Spain. 

The metal has enjoyed success in the solar energy market in particular, becoming the industry’s reference product for ground mounted structures says the company. In the last three years, consumption has tripled.  It is also becoming the product of choice for harsh outdoor and indoor environments.

 

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At the invitation of Prime Minister of the People's Republic of China Li Keqiang, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel is going to the People's Republic of China from 11 to 14 June 2017, accompanied by Minister of Development Sustainability and Infrastructure François Bausch, and Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna. 

The Luxembourg delegation will travel to Beijing on 11, 12 and 14 June and Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, on 13 June.

As part of his official visit, the Head of Government of Luxembourg will be welcomed by the President of the People's Republic of China and Secretary General of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping.

He will also have an interview with the Prime Minister of the People's Republic of China, Li Keqiang, at the Great People's Palace in Beijing.

The talks will focus on bilateral political, economic, financial and cultural relations, relations between China and the European Union, as well as major international political issues. 2017 marked the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Luxembourg.

 

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The Luxembourg Association of Banking and Insurance Employees (ALEBA) has come out in favour of the agreement reached yesterday between the LGCB-SESF union and the Luxembourg Bankers Association (ABBL). 

According to their statement, 96.5% of the ALEBA delegates from the banking sector voted in favour of the proposal for a one-year CTC for 2017 with the payment of the June bonus and a signing bonus of € 400 for all employees covered by the agreement. 

ALEBA says they directly informed the ABBL of its agreement.

“ALEBA is pleased that such a consensus has been reached, because in addition to the payment of these two bonuses, the current CTC provisions remain in force and, above all, more time for all parties to continue working on a three-year collective agreement to modernise and simplify”, said the ALEBA.

The signing of the transitional CTC is scheduled for next week.

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Culture Inside gallery is hosting a live painting exhibition between 15:00 and 16:00 this Saturday, titled Sumo - Now Is A Good Time, with artist Sumo in action. 

The event is part of Sumo’s current exhibition of paintings in progress at the gallery. 

"Through this event, we want to share with the art lovers a vision, a value and a spirit. Live painting, the creation of an original painting live in front of our eyes is a striking and unforgettable moment. We just want to share that moment with everyone”, said Gila Paris, gallery director. 

 

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Access roads on sections of the A13 will be blocked this weekend while works are carried out. 

In particular, the following access roads will be closed: 

— The Differdange interchange from the N32, in the direction of the Lankelz junction of the A13 motorway,

 — The Ehlerange interchange from the N37, towards the Lankelz junction of the A13 motorway,

— The left turn of the exit junction of the Lankelz junction from the Raemerich roundabout on the A4 motorway and towards Pétange on the A13 motorway.

— Traffic from Esch-sur-Alzette (N4C) and towards Pétange from the A13 motorway is deflected via the CR110 and the N37 to the Ehlerange interchange.

Traffic from Pétange on the A13 motorway to the Lankelz junction is diverted from the Differdange interchange via the N32 and CR110 (Aessen and Ehlerange) to the Raemerich roundabout.

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The sport of strongmen the world over, a hammer throwing competition will be held at Stade Boy Kohnen this Saturday, organised by the Luxembourg athletics club, CSL. 

Up to 50 athletes from all over the world, Including Greece, Malta, Ireland, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy are expected to take part in the event, organised in honour of the memory of two Luxembourgish hammer coaches, J.P. Kops and J.M. Reuter. 

Among the throwers taking part will be world #2 with the 5kg hammer, Christos Frantzeskakis, and world #7, Quentin Bigot, and Luxembourg’s own world champion in the Master’s category, Mireille Kosmala, will be competing at 14:00.

Young Irish talents have been invited to take part as well, including Brendan O’Donnell from Donegal, who will be competing in the Under-20 6kg completion. Killian Barry and Simon Galligan, will compete in the adult 7kg competition. 

Frenchman Quentin Bigot is expected to throw well over 70 metres on his turn, perhaps even 75, while Christos Frantzeskalis from Greece, who is described as “impressive to watch” by a fan of the sport, may very possibly throw up to 80 metres if he’s on form. 

The meeting takes place this Saturday 10 June at the far end of the field in State Boy Kohnen. It starts at 10:00 am while Men’s Hammer throw begins at 14:30.

 

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Airline industry association, A4E, today welcomed the European Commission’s steps towards improving airport efficiency.

The commission published a report today titled “Aviation: an open and connected Europe”, which encourages members states and stakeholders to take action to improve service continuity in air traffic management.

“The latest announcements by the European Commission are an important step towards protecting European passengers and the single market in case of ATC strikes,” said Thomas Reynaert, Managing Director of A4E.

“At the same time, the Commission needs to ensure that member states implement its recommendations. Limiting the impact of air traffic management strikes on travellers and business, without questioning controllers’ fundamental right to strike, is a key objective of A4E. We now need courageous policy-makers in Europe to help implement these best practices”.

According to the association, the Commission notes in its analysis that ATC strikes affect the functioning of the EU single market, posing a challenge to air traffic management as a result of flight cancellations and delays, leaving passengers stranded at airports and bringing tourism to a standstill.

“We need to keep our feet on the ground because there is still a long way to go to have these proposals implemented. There are some important proposals by the Commission such as unions providing early notification of strikes; staff members to provide individual notification of their participation to industrial action and the protection of overflights of member states affected by strikes ensuring 100% continuity of service. Member states also need to swiftly adopt the Single European Sky proposals to enable European passengers to fully benefit from seamless air travel across Europe”, concluded Reynaert.

During the 2010-16 period, A4E says there were 217 ATC strike days in the EU, i.e. one disrupted day every nine days. In total, there were 278 disrupted days if you take into account the days before and after an ATC strike as flights had to be cancelled in advance and accumulated delays spilt over to the next day. Since 2010, ATC strikes have cost €12 billion to the EU economy, associated with more than 140,000 jobs, according to a study carried out by PwC for A4E.

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Casting Call for For A Happy Life Film

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The producers of the Tarantula film, 'For a Happy Life', are searching for people of Pakistani or Indian origin for roles in the film which will be shot in Luxembourg and Belgium. 

In particular, the following roles are to be cast: 

1. ALI Fahrad - loving father to one of the lead characters, 45-55 years old

2. RANIA - a strict Pakistani mother of one of the lead characters - 40s

3. Maaryam - 20-28 years old daughter in law of ALI, newly and happily married

The film will be in Urdu and French, so a working knowledge of both languages is needed.  It is set in Belgium in modern day, and centres around the lives of several families and their young adult children in the Pakistani community. 

Interested individuals can find out more about the film at: http://tarantula.lu/film/pour-vivre-heureux/

This is paid work, and the film team says they are looking for Luxembourg residents. 

If you are interested, and if you fit one of the roles, please contact casting director Tara Donnell at: casting@taradonnell.com.

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The Luxembourg-Poland Business Club and PwC Luxembourg are hosting a “Global Talent Mobility – HR Challenges in Digital Transformation” conference at PwC headquarters on 11 July. 

European statistics show a discrepancy between talent availability and talent needs in different industries.This conference aims to debate the issues on the expert and managerial labour market, with special focus on Digital Transformation & Global Mobility. The objective of the discussion is to reflect on current trends and possible solutions.

Piotr Wojtczak, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg will join the conference.

To find out more about the agenda and to register, visit the website.

 

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A proposed German motorway toll, which integrates a measure to reimburse the owners of German registered cars, continues to raise questions among Germany's neighbours, including Luxembourg, concerning its compliance with European law, in particular the principle of non-discrimination.

The European Commission has just closed an infringement procedure against Germany in relation to the measure. 

In this context,  Minister François Bausch yesterday convened a joint-ministerial meeting bringing together his peers from Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic to share their concerns with their German counterpart.

This meeting took place on the eve of the Transport Council in the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, where ministers reported on their respective positions and held an exchange of views on the toll, as well as a new Road Package initiative by the European Commission.

On 31 May this year, the Commission presented the Road Package which proposes, among other things, harmonisation at European level of the kilometric tax for heavy goods vehicles for which the existing vignettes will have to be replaced by a kilometric tax from 2023 onwards. Other vehicles, including passenger cars for which vignettes already exist, will then be subject to the user-pays regime from 2027.

This Commission initiative allows Member States to introduce a kilometric tax for passenger cars on a voluntary basis, however, if Member States choose to do so, they must comply with European standards. This implies that once the new European standards are in force, the existing vignette systems will also have to comply with the measures proposed by Brussels.

Minister François Bausch welcomes this Commission initiative which will result in a long-term harmonised system of road taxation within the European Union, putting an end to the current and discussed discrepancies of views of today's date, An appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Union thus becomes superfluous.

Nevertheless, Minister Bausch decided with his Dutch and Austrian counterparts to ask the Commission to furnish a legal justification for why the proceedings initiated by the latter against the German toll were closed. 

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