News · December 2015

Economy

Presentation of a national competence centre for composite materials

The National Composite Centre – Luxembourg (NCC-L) will be launched in 2016

On 18 December 2015, Marc Hansen, Deputy Minister for Higher Education and Research, and Francine Closener, Secretary of State for the Economy, presented at a press conference the future 'National Composite Centre - Luxembourg' (NCC-L). The actors involved in both public and private research pool their skills through a technology platform established within the Luxembourg Institute for Science and Technology (LIST) in order to further boost in Luxembourg the development and processing of innovative materials for example in the automotive and aerospace business sectors.

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European Union

Luxembourg presents the preliminary achievements of its Presidency of the Council of the European Union

The Presidency took place from 1 July to 31 December 2015

With the 12th Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU drawing to a close, a preliminary report of the main results achieved over the past six months was published on 18 December 2015. The Luxembourg Presidency worked, in keeping with its traditions and convictions, to put European citizens at the heart of its initiatives, while ensuring that the real, direct interests of citizens are better taken account of in all EU policies.

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Employment

Launch of an employment portal

The new site provides jobseekers and employers with information on measures to promote employment

On 22 December 2015, the National Employment Agency (Agence pour le développement de l'emploi, ADEM) put its brand new website online - the employment portal (www.adem.lu). The portal is intended to provide jobseekers with information on the ADEM's services and to provide employers with information on measures to promote employment.

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Public administration

Overview of the main new provisions in 2016

A series of changes directly affecting residents in the Grand Duchy will come into force in 2016

In 2016, new legislation and regulations directly affecting citizens will come into force, either on 1 January or later in the year. Other measures that are currently applicable are to be abolished, extended or modified. Here is an overview of the main changes which will have a direct impact on the citizens.

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Traditions

Christmas in the Grand Duchy

Find out about how Luxembourgers celebrate Christmas.

In the Grand Duchy, Christmas is one of the most important festivals of the year. The Christmas feeling starts at the end of November, with a number of Christmas markets, parades, decorations in the shops, concerts and other events, all adding up to create a magical festive atmosphere all over the Grand Duchy. The varied Christmas celebrations include both the purely festive aspect and the religious dimension.

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Local products

Let the new Hachette guide bring you to the wine route

A new oenological guide for Luxembourg

The wines of the Luxembourg Moselle are synonymous with quality, expertise in wine and a tradition of over 2,000 years. With the new Hachette guide of the collection Sur la route des vins (On the wine rrail) devoted to the Luxembourg Moselle, the French publisher takes you on a journey through picturesque villages, ancient terraces where the vines grow in an ideal climate and museums dedicated to art of wine, all linked to the Moselle, this river that runs between France, Germany and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

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Audiovisual production

Lëtzebuerger Filmpräis 2016: the nominations are unveiled

Baby(a)lone, Brigands, Mammejong and Eng Nei Zäit nominated for the prestigious trophy of the Luxembourg film

D'Filmakademie officially unveiled the list of nominations for the next Lëtzebuerger Filmpräis to be held on 5 March 2016 at Luxembourg City's Grand Théâtre. 9 short films, 16 coproductions, 4 Luxembourg feature films, 9 documentaries, 3 animated feature films and 3 animated short films will compete to win a trophy. In total the academy has selected 30 nominations including 14 nominations for the prize for best artistic contribution and 16 for the prize for best technical contribution.

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Culture

A new look for Casino Luxembourg - Forum for Contemporary Art

The building is to be completely redeveloped, creating new cultural spaces

From 4 January to 21 March 2016, Casino Luxembourg - Forum for Contemporary Art - a leading museum of the visual arts, in the city centre - will be closed for a complete redevelopment which will not only increase the exhibition area available but will also have a major impact on the institution's cultural concept.

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Philanthropy

The 'Oeuvre nationale de secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte' charity is releasing 15 million euros in favour of refugees

Funds to support housing and language-learning projects

On Thursday, 10 December 2015 the 'Oeuvre nationale de secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte' charity presented its plan to help with the reception and integration of people benefiting from international protection and issued a request for projects which it is going to fund with a budget of up to 10 million euros, to which 5 millions which exclusively concern the social welfare offices are added.

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Gastronomy

Pressed straw wine

The production of this wine specialty requires following a very precise process

Straw wine is one of the most rare and noble Luxembourg specialties: after two months of drying, the grapes harvested in early October on the sunny slopes of the Luxembourg Moselle are pressed. However, it takes about 2 years for the 2015 vintage to be ready.

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Audiovisual production

The European Film Awards 2015 with Luxembourg participation

'Song of the Sea' and 'The Brand New Testament' at the EFA in Berlin

On 12 December 2015, the cream of the cream of European cinema was celebrated at the European Film Awards 2015 Berlin - and among them two Luxembourg coproductions, Song of the Sea and The Brand New Testament, which were both awarded.

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Gastronomy

The 2016 Michelin Guide is available!

In total, 11 Luxembourgish restaurants are listed in the 2016 edition of the famous 'Michelin Guide'

The 2016 edition of the 'Michelin Guide Belgium & Luxembourg', which lists the best restaurants in Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is available as of now. And despite some changes, the result is remarkable for Luxembourg: with 11 starred restaurants for 563,000 inhabitants, the Grand Duchy continues to have the largest per capita concentration of starred tables in the world.

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E-shopping

The Grand Duchy is one of the countries where online shopping is the most popular

The Eurostat study puts the Grand Duchy in third place

Within the European Union (EU), the proportion of people between the ages of 16 and 74 who have ordered goods or services for their personal use on the Internet ('e-buyers') has been increasing steadily, from 30% in 2007 to 53% in 2015. In the Grand Duchy, the proportion of people who have made purchases online is 78%.

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Economy

Conference on financing the circular economy in Luxembourg

On 10 December 2015, a conference on 'Financing the circular economy' is to be held at the headquarters of the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Luxembourg-Kirchberg. The event is being organised jointly by the European Commission, the EIB and the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy as part of the Luxembourg Presidency; its aim is to get the financial sector more involved in the circular economy.

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Culture

The treasures of the Luxembourg numismatics at the MNHA

The National Museum of History and Art presents 2,200 years of money on Luxembourg soil

The National Museum of History and Art (MNHA) opened a new permanent exhibition that traces the history of money on Luxembourg soil. From Antiquity to the euro; from discovery of treasures in Luxembourg to the medals of former Prime Minister Joseph Bech, the exhibition reveals large history, but also little Luxembourg stories through numismatics.

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Culture

The MUDAM invites the public to its traditional Creators' Market

Creation in the spotlight

Looking for unusual Christmas gifts? Or would you just like to treat yourself to something out of the ordinary? The place to be is the Creators' Market organised by the Luxembourg Museum of Modern Art (MUDAM). This event brings together designers using different techniques and working in diverse disciplines and universes: product design, styling and textile design are all there, alongside stands offering illustrations, jewellery, etc.

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Luxembourg.lu contest

Contest for 'the most beautiful photo of the Grand Duchy in winter', from 14 December 2015 to 4 January 2016

Send in your most beautiful photo, and win a fabulous coffee table book!

Since last spring, Luxembourg.lu has been going through a renewal process: new site in three languages, and new presence on the social networks. To celebrate the first months of our new presence on-line, the portal's editorial team has decided to hold a winter-themed photo contest.

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Music

music:LX - the Grand Duchy's best musical exports

In 2015 the Grand Duchy has once again been very visible on the scenes worldwide thanks to music:LX

Mutiny On The Bounty, Jeff Herr Corporation, Artemandoline, Gast Waltzing etc.: all names of bands and musicians who have found fame not just in their country of origin - Luxembourg - but also well beyond its borders. And if Luxembourgish musicians are becoming increasingly well known in other countries, it is largely thanks to the music:LX export agency, which has just presented its positive results for 2015 on 8 December 2015.

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Architecture and town planning

Géoportail - a new platform for viewing general development plans ('PAG')

Administrative simplification for general development plans ('PAG')

On 8 December 2015 the Ministry of the Interior presented a new platform for viewing general development plans ('PAG') on the Geoportal, the official national platform for geographical data and information. The project is an integral part of the Government's efforts to achieve administrative simplification.

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Audiovisual production

The Film Fund Luxembourg turns 25

The Film Fund Luxembourg celebrated 25 years with an academic session at the Utopolis Cinema on 7 December 2015. Thanks to the national support efforts of the Film Fund Luxembourg, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has managed in recent years to find its place in the international audiovisual industry. Proof of this is that a good number of (co-)productions have been awarded prizes at international film festivals.

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Training

Opening of a WebForce3 school in Luxembourg: forming 90 web developers in 18 months

The WebForce3 school, which forms immediately operational Web developers and integrators through an intensive training course of 490 hours in three months and a half, opened its first school in Luxembourg this Monday, 30 November 2015, at the premises of Technoport in Esch-sur-Alzette, which is a very stimulating environment for the future players in the digital transformation in the Grand Duchy.

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Mobility

Luxtram: a scale model allows you to live the tram experience!

The original size scale model is open to the public until 31 January 2016

The work is very large and will not only change the image of the City of Luxembourg, but also how thousands of people pass through the city every day: the new tram, the first line of which will open in the second half of 2017. But already now you can board a scale 1 model of a car to get used to this new mode of transportation.

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Literature

a-z.lu - 450 new digitised monographs about the Grand Duchy available for you

The Luxembourg National Library (BnL) invites the general public to consult the monographs about the Grand Duchy it has recently digitised and put on-line on its website at 'a-z.lu'. 450 monographs about the Grand Duchy digitised by the Luxembourg National Library have been added to the library's existing stock of digitised material.

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Architecture

Luxembourg Pavillon at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale

'Reporting from the front'

The 15th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale is to be held from 28 May to 27 November 2016 in the Arsenal district and the Giardini pavilions, but also the City where the national presentations take place, including the Grand Duchy's pavilion in the Ca' del Duca in the San Marco district.

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Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union

'Luxembourg Light Nights' to close the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union

The judiciary quarter of Luxembourg City will be under assault from both sound and light

On 18 and 19 December 2015, the City of Luxembourg – in close cooperation with the Luxembourg City Tourist Office (LCTO) – will be offering a Sound and Light Show as part of the celebrations marking the end of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, turning the façades of the buildings in the judicial quarter into giant illuminated stages retelling fascinating stories which will transport the audience to the fabulous fairytale world of illuminated projections and scenography.

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Digital economy

Luxembourg Internet Days, on 7 and 8 December 2015

A fair in honour of information and communication technologies (ICT) and the Internet

Luxembourg Internet Days, focusing on the latest trends and challenges, are a be-there event for professionals in the Grand Duchy's digital economy sector. On 7 and 8 December 2015, discussions, lectures and presentations will bring you up to speed on all the latest developments.

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Festivals and traditions

Léiwe Kleeschen, gudde Kleeschen, bréng eis Saachen allerhand ...

St Nicholas does his rounds on 6 December, bringing gifts for children

Some children will already have seen him a few days earlier, in the streets of Luxembourg City or even in their school. But on Sunday, 6 December 2015 - at last! - as every year on the same date, the arrival of the Kleeschen (St Nicholas) and, of course, his gifts, cheers the hearts of all children in the Grand Duchy.

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Health

World AIDS Day

Ending the AIDS epidemic in the context of the Sustainable Development Objective

Every year on 1 December is an opportunity for global mobilisation against AIDS, where information, prevention and awareness are key. This day is also the moment to remember those who fell victim to the illness. This year it is under the header of the 'Fast Track' strategy of UNAIDS, which seeks to accelerate putting the AIDS epidemic, which is a threat to public health, to an end by 2030, as retained in the Sustainable Development Objectives of the 2030 Agenda.

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Tourism

The Grand Duchy in winter

Discover the Grand Duchy in a unique atmosphere

From November to January, the Grand Duchy takes on its unique winter ambience, with a whole range of seasonal events: Christmas markets, St Nicholas in procession, public concerts, shows, exhibitions, 'Knuedler on Ice', 'Wintershopping', etc. - all over the country!

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Gastronomy

2015's late-harvested wines are in preparation

2015 looks like being a promising year.

The wine specialities of Luxembourg's Moselle region include a number of special wines, including late-harvested wine ('vendanges tardives'). These are sweet wines, perfect for accompanying foie gras or for serving as a dessert wine. Only about 2,000 bottles are produced each year, so you may want to hurry!

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Literature

National Literary Competition 2015

Florent Toniello and Anna Leader are the winners

Since 1978, the Ministry of Culture has been organising an annual competition aimed at encouraging literary creation in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg: the National Literary Competition. On 22 October 2015, the Ministry published the results of the 2015 edition of the contest.

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Sport

The Grand Duchy hails its best sportsmen and women for the year 2015

As every year, the best sportsman, the best sportswoman and the best team of the year have been elected.

The annual sports press gala was held at the Casino 2000 in Mondorf-les-Bains on 3 December 2015; the names of the sport personalities of the year, selected by a panel of members of the Grand Duchy's sports press, were revealed. Many talented sportspeople in the Grand Duchy would each have deserved to win. But there can be only one winner in each category.

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  • Updated 05-01-2016