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November 2016 Newsletter
Hello friends of Luxembourg!
Space mining has received another boost from the Luxembourg government, with a new space law that guarantees private companies the right to resources harvested in outer space in accordance with international law. At the same time, the government is investing €25 million in space tech firm Planetary Resources to develop its first commercial asteroid prospecting mission by 2020.
This newsletter also looks at strong post-Brexit interest in Luxembourg by US and other non-EU financial companies and blockchain innovation at the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
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Newsletter Summer 2016
As the latest international benchmarks signal Luxembourg's steady improvement as an attractive and competitive business environment, in areas ranging from expatriate costs to logistics and network readiness, innovative and ambitious technology firms continue to be attracted to the grand duchy. In July Luxembourg's parliament took another significant step to encourage the development of innovative businesses by enacting a corporate law reform creating the so-called 'one-euro company', a structure that entrepreneurs can establish quickly and inexpensively, with a minimum of formalities.
Capacity for data management, storage and security services has also taken a fresh stride, with LuxConnect opening a new facility, its third in the grand duchy, reflecting growing demand for data hosting offering the highest levels of reliability.
The country's R&D institutions are playing an increasing role in international research efforts, with the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology collaborating with MIT on ground-breaking development of advanced coatings materials.
The stronger focus on innovation as the driver of the Luxembourg economy recently has prompted a reorganization and rebranding of the government's economic promotion efforts. The Luxembourg Trade and Investment Offices worldwide will henceforth work closely with Luxinnovation, the national agency for the promotion of innovation, under its new brand of Luxembourg for Business and Innovation.
Finally, after an enjoyable and fulfilling assignment of almost seven years at the LTIO in San Francisco, this will be the last newsletter I have the privilege to send you. As of September 1, I will retire to Luxembourg where I look forward to new opportunities. I would like to thank my team at LTIO-SF and all those who I have worked with over the past years.
Greg Lamy Trio and Ernie Hames Quintet at San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 12-13 August 2016
The Consulate General of Luxembourg in San Francisco is pleased to announce two Luxembourg jazz bands performing at the San Jose Summer Jazz Fest 12-13 August 2016.
The Jazz Trio of guitarist Greg Lamy on 13 August (noon) and the latin-influenced Quintet of trumpeter Ernie Hammes on 12 August (6pm).
Join us at the concerts of Greg Lamy and Ernie Hammes in San Jose!
Mobile app 'Exploring Luxembourg': An interactive discovery
July 6, 2016
Discover the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg visually and through informative texts by downloading the mobile application Exploring Luxembourg! The Information and Press Service of the Luxembourg Government (SIP) and the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (STATEC) have launched the Exploring Luxembourg app. Available for free from the App Store, Google Play and Windows Store in French, German and English, Exploring Luxembourg provides a broad overview of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in all its diversity. The short texts are illustrated with numerous photos, maps and interactive graphics.
Newsletter June 2016
Enjoy the read of our June 2016 Newsletter !
Planetary resources, Nato data center, Ampacet business award, start-ups, innovation, fintech, blockchain...More about all these and other topics in our June edition.
Los Angeles Premiere! “The Light Eater”
Luxembourg participates for the third time in the Starring Europe Film Festival taking place in Los Angeles 12-19 May 2016.
Luxembourg delegation visits the San Francisco Bay Area
New Business Activities Anticipated in Grand Duchy Following Fintech Mission to California
World Premiere of Luxembourg film 50 Days in the Desert
50 Days in the Desert - A Luxembourg production by Fabrizio Maltese will premiere January 9-10, 2016 at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
REFERENDUM IN LUXEMBOURG ON 7 JUNE 2015
A referendum on constitutional matters will take place in Luxembourg on June 7, 2015. The application to participate via absentee ballot must be received by the Board of the Mayor and Aldermen (Collège des Bourgmestre et Echevins) of the relevant commune at the earliest on Monday March 30, 2015 and no later than Friday May 8, 2015.
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