On 29 November 2016, the Secretaries of State for the Economy, Francine Closener, and for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Camille Gira, announced the creation of an innovation cluster dedicated to the wood production and processing industry in Luxembourg. As an acting platform for exchanges between all stakeholders in the sector its the 'Wood Cluster', its underlying logic is that of improving the recovery of this sustainable material par excellence at local and regional level.
On 24 November 2016, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy Étienne Schneider and Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure François Bausch presented the first charging stations forming part of the public infrastructure connected with electrically-powered transport.
The Bazar international de Luxembourg will be back for its latest edition on 26 and 27 November, to be held in Halls 2 and 3 at Luxexpo. There you will find 56 countries represented on various and varied stands, with local specialities, decorative items, textiles, and a tombola - there will be plenty of choice! For example, in the space of two days you can stroll through Argentina before moving on to China or Italy, not forgetting Rwanda, to finish perhaps with a detour via Venezuela.
The famous Michelin Guide has presented its 2017 edition of the guide treating Belgium and Luxembourg, listing both countries' best restaurants. The great news is: the Italian restaurant Mosconi in Luxembourg City managed to win back its second star. Thus the Grand Duchy has managed to defend Luxembourg's standing as the country with the highest concentration of starred restaurants per capita in the world, with 12 stars for its 563,000 inhabitants.
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. These 22 and 23 November 2016, two of the hottest topics of ICT, the Internet of Things and Blockchain, are at the centre of debates, conferences and presentations. Alongside the conferences themselves, there is a fair that includes nearly 50 of the best companies in these two sectors on the one hand and a forum dedicated to start-ups on the other.
The 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held in Marrakesh (Morocco), ended on 19 November 2016. The Paris Agreement on the climate, which came into force on 4 November 2016, has now been ratified by 111 parties - including the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, which ratified it on 11 October. Consequently, the COP22 adopted two decisions, one on the work programme, including the regulatory provisions on implementing the Paris Agreement by 2018, and one on the arrangements for financing the adaptation.
The new Mediator of consumption has now been introduced! This is a new body for settling disputes on consumer matters - i.e. between businesses and their customers in every possible field - out of court. The new service makes it possible to avoid having to refer a dispute to the courts, and acts as a one-stop point of access to the specific bodies that exist in some areas of activity.
Throughout the Grand Duchy, people are starting to prepare for the end-of-year festivities. Everyone decorates their home, the front of their house, and their front door, and artfully wraps the carefully chosen presents or organises the Christmas meal with family and friends. Luxembourg City is also preparing itself, with its entrancing 'Winterlights' festival.
After Dakar and Abidjan, the trophies event is to be held for the first time in the Lebanon, from 22 November to 3 December – the last day will see the ceremony for awarding the trophies to the nine winners in each category.
The Film Fund Luxembourg (Fonds national de soutien à la production audiovisuelle) celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. The Film Fund is responsible for providing financial support not only for Luxembourgish productions, but also for co-productions by Luxembourgish companies with international partners. With co-productions including 'Colonia Dignidad', 'Amour Fou' and 'Le Nouveau Testament', and Luxembourgish productions such as 'Eng Nei Zäit', 'Mammejong' and 'Baby(a)lone', the sector has certainly managed to attract crowds to cinema theatres and attract attention on the international scene.
Claudine Muno, Maischi Tibesart, Marc Schoentgen and Pierre Even, and Renée Weber — these are the prizewinners of the 2016 edition of the Lëtzebuerger Buchpräis (Luxembourg Book Prize). The awards were made on Thursday, 17 November 2016 on the fringe of the Walfer Bicherdeeg (Book Days in Walferdange), in four categories.
This annual cinematographic event brings together hundreds of professionals in the sector. For 2016, no fewer than 200 specialists met in Canada to present film projects in the form of video pitches, and to talk to other stakeholders in the sector at workshops on large-scale distribution and virtual reality.
Initiated by the Ministry of the Economy in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce and IMS Luxembourg, the strategic study on 'the third industrial revolution' was presented on 14 November 2016 at the Luxembourg Sustainability Forum 2016, in the presence of the main players involved in the project, including Minister of the Economy Étienne Schneider, Director General of the Chamber of Commerce Carlo Thelen, President of the Chamber of Commerce Michel Wurth, and President of IMS Luxembourg Christian Scharff, as well as the American prospective economist Jeremy Rifkin.
EuroCost International has just published its latest annual study on the cost of living for expats. This shows that Luxembourg City, at 97th place in 2016, is among the hundred most expensive cities in the world. Within the euro area, Luxembourg City is in 11th place just behind Paris in 10th place – and stands in 44th place in the worldwide list.
The Grand Duchy's still and sparkling wines are of an exceptional quality: this was proven yet again by the 2017 edition of the famous "Guide Hachette des Vins", which mentions no fewer than 29 Luxembourg wines! Four 'coups de coeur' special mentions and 29 starred wines - nine of which have been awarded three stars! - reflect the conclusion of the Parisian experts.
It's one of Luxembourg's most important literary prizes: since 1978, the Ministry of Culture has been organising an annual literary competition aimed at encouraging literary creation in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg: the National Literary Competition. Every year, the National Literary Competition focuses on another literary genre. The 2016 edition was reserved for children's and youth literature in Luxembourgish, French, German and/or English.
The first edition last year, launched by Alex Reding, the five days devoted to contemporary art in the Grand Duchy were a great success. For the first edition last year, the event attracted more than 7,000 visitors over six days.
Higher education or labour market? Applying for a study grant or rather register at the Adem? Student life, application modalities, choice of university or professional career — leaving secondary education is an important step in everybody's life. In order to get the best possible advice about questions relating to the end of your highschool career, the Student Fair, which takes place at the Luxexpo in Luxembourg-Kirchberg on 9 and 10 November 2016, brings together every year a selection of actors who help you to find your way.
The Day is an annual date for entrepreneurship in the Grand Duchy; it marks the start of the JCDRE, which go on until 29 November 2016. The Day is dedicated to people with projects and people looking to buy a company. This year's Entrepreneur's Day is to be held at the Luxembourg Chamber of Trade on 8 November, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Hariko centre - which opened more than a year ago, on 2 September 2015 - has managed to win over its audience with its fun way of finding out about art, in all its forms; the adventure will continue until 2018 at least.
Sunday, 6 November 2016 is the date of the 27th edition of the 'Munzer Haupeschmaart' (St Hubert market in Munshausen). The market - dedicated to the patron saint of hunting, St Hubert - is a great success, attracting many visitors from outside the Grand Duchy.
The end of October is not just when the clocks go back or when the weather turns cold and wet. Not long before 1 November, cemeteries all over the Grand Duchy start to get cleaned up, then decorated with chrysanthemums and pansies. All in honour of All Saints' Day — Allerhellgen in Luxembourgish.