On 22 February 2018, the Minister of National Education, Children and Youth Claude Meisch and the Secretary of State for Culture Guy Arendt launched the Sproocheronn.lu initiative, an online citizen's platform.
Every year, 2.6 million babies die worldwide in the first month of their life. One million die on the very day that they are born. These figures were confirmed by the new Executive Director of UNICEF, Henrietta H. Fore.
The Export Award, an initiative of Office du Ducroire and the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, is an award presented every two years to Luxembourg SMEs which have made an outstanding contribution through sustainable development at an international level. The aim of this award is to encourage Luxembourg companies to conquer international markets.
On 27 February the Ministry of the Economy and the Chamber of Commerce organised an event aimed at presenting a detailed insight into the intricacies of a new law, one of whose main objectives is to encourage companies to actively support their R&D and innovation projects.
Each year, the anti-corruption organisation Transparency International, which has its headquarters in Berlin, publishes a world ranking on the perception of corruption in 180 countries, on a scale from 0 (the most corrupt) to 100 (not corrupt).
The first section of the tramline, between the Red Bridge and Luxexpo, went into service on 10 December 2017; it has eight stops, and two interchanges. So far, the network's managers report very positive results - more than 17,000 passengers use the service daily, whereas the estimate was for just 8,400. And by June 2018, the tram will cross the Red Bridge and serve three new stops: Theater, Faïencerie and Stäreplaz/Etoile.
Luxembourg City Film Festival, jointly supported by the Ministry of Culture and Luxembourg City, isthe country's official film festival. Each year it offers numerous film exclusives in the different partner cinemas (Ciné Utopia, Kinepolis Kirchberg, Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg).
The Luxembourg Wine Institute is preparing to revamp its marketing strategy for Luxembourg wine. While the country's wine has a solid reputation with both wine enthusiasts and international connoisseurs, it remains relatively unknown among the general public. The Institute is therefore working with wine producers to boost advertising for Luxembourg wine beyond the country's borders.
In February 2018, fDi Magazine, a division of the Financial Times Group, published a new edition of its study measuring the attractiveness of European cities and regions to foreign investors. Luxembourg City ranks 12th among the European Cities and Regions of the Future. Furthermore, in all of the regional rankings, both the country and the city of Luxembourg feature in the top 10.
Luxinnovation, Startup Grind Luxembourg and Silicon Luxembourg have recently published their list of the Luxembourg startups that will be representing the country at the StartUp Europe Awards 2017. The StartUp Europe Awards recognise the efforts of European startups at five levels (local, county, regional, national and European) in 18 categories.
Statec, the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studiesin Luxembourg, has just published the very first edition of its annual medium-term economic forecasts. According to the figures forecast over the next four years, economic growth in Luxembourg will reach a cycle peak with 4.5% growth by 2018/2019 and will converge towards 3% in 2022. With this performance, the Grand Duchy will be well above the average forecast growth in the euro zone.
The American think tank The Heritage Foundation has just published its annual Index of Economic Freedom. This ranking, which analyses the economic freedom of a country, puts Luxembourg in 14th place worldwide and in 7th place in Europe, with a score of 76.4 /100. In Europe the ranking is led by Switzerland, Ireland and Estonia.
About twenty State administrations and services have worked together with stakeholders in the private sector to gather on the logistics portal at Logistics.public.lu all the information of use to the economic operators active in the field of logistics and international trade.
The 23rd Winter Olympics began officially on Friday, 9 February, in PyeongChang (South Korea). A total of 2 925 participants from 92 countries will be competing in 7 sports and 15 disciplines. The young skier Matthieu Osch will be representing the Grand Duchy at the Olympic Games; the competitions began on 8 February, on the eve of the official opening.
During the joint meeting between the Commission des finances et du budget - Cofibu (Finance and Budget Committee) and the Commission du contrôle de l’exécution budgétaire - Comexbu (Budget Implementation Control Committee) last week, the Minister of Finance Pierre Gramegna presented the state's budget situation in the 4th quarter of 2017.
At a funding conference hosted by the Global Partnership for Education in Dakar on 1 and 2 February, Luxembourg's Development Cooperation announced an additional contribution of 300,000 euros for 2018 in support of its programme for education in developing countries.
The Film Fund Luxembourg and the Digital Lëtzebuerg initiative recently unveiled a series of new virtual reality initiatives at the Casino – Forum d'art contemporain. For the duration of the Luxembourg City Film Festival, which runs from 22 February to 4 March 2018, a dedicated VR pavilion will be set up at the Casino, with VR viewing stations available free of charge for members of the public, giving them a chance to experience the fantastic potential offered by this new technology at first hand.
According to a study by KPMG, Luxembourg is ranked in third place in terms of growth potential. The overall classification of the Growth Promise Indicators (GPI) is headed by the Netherlands, followed by Switzerland in second place and Norway in fifth place. The only non-European countries among the first ten on the list are Hong Kong, ranked fourth, and Singapore in seventh place.
Since the European Year of Cultural Heritage officially got under way in Luxembourg on 29 September 2017, no fewer than 60 projects from 20 project leaders and co-producers have received official accreditation.
Nicolas Schmit, Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy and Patrick Nickels, president of the National Credit and Investment Institution, public-law banking institution, signed an agreement at the end of November for the creation of the legal status of Société d'impact sociétal - SIS (Societal Impact Company - SIC).
On 31 January, Secretary of State of the Economy Francine Closener officially inaugurated the first extension of the 'House of Biohealth', a hosting structure for undertakings both new and already in existence in the field of biotechnologies, ICTs and eco-technologies that is the result of collaboration between the Ministry of the Economy, the ZARE, and a number of private investors.
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