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Why did the respirator recall come to light so late?
In July 2021, a company recalled its medical respirators worldwide. However, this recall was only announced in Luxembourg at the end of October. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health who is responsible for communicating with those affected in such a situation, why the information was not announced in time and whether procedures might need to be adjusted.
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AMMD resigns from the board of the agency eSanté
The members of the AMMD have resigned from the board of the agency eSanté. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the responsible ministers how they react to this resignation, what effects this would have on the functioning of the board and whether dialogue with the AMMD was sought.
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NATO nuclear weapons in Poland?
According to the Polish President, the country wants to participate in NATO’s nuclear sharing arrangement. As such, the president claimed that Poland would be willing to station NATO nuclear weapons on Polish territory. Are there already concrete plans and how do the other NATO members feel about this? Our MP Gusty Graas has inquired with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
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Are grain exports from Ukraine affecting the European internal market?
The European solidarity corridors facilitate the export of grains from Ukraine. However, the logistics remain quite difficult, and further transport to the final destination is not always ensured. What is the impact on the European single market? Our MP Gusty Grass has inquired to receive further information.
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Will Putin use the referendums to resort to stronger weapons?
In his televised speech, the Russian President named Russia's territorial integrity as the top priority. What if the referendums in the Donestk region are in favor of the Russian Federation? Will Putin see this as an impetus to use sharper weapons? Our MP Gusty Graas raised the question with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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When will there be a uniform digital solution in Luxembourg’s health care system?
With the GesondheetsApp, the Digital Health Network in cooperation with the AMMD has developed an application that would allow the patients to carry out all their medical operations digitally. Despite a political agreement, the app is currently being used conditionally and in a limited way? Why is the app not being used to its full extent, and when will there be uniform solutions in this regard? Our...
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Can a vet keep a pet due to an unpaid bill?
Pet owners should generally be able to look after their animal. In the case of unexpected bills or unforeseen veterinary care, it can sometimes happen that a pet owner cannot pay them immediately. Can a veterinarian keep the animal in such a case? Our MP Gusty Gras asked the ministry to find out.
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A discount for people who live next to a wind farm?
In Ireland, people who live next to wind turbines will receive compensation, and a similar system is planned in France. In this way, the resistance to such projects should be reduced and the development of renewable energies should be promoted. The DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked if such a model would not also be an idea in Luxembourg.
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Will vaccination against shingles be included in the national vaccination schedule?
People over 50 have the greatest risk of getting shingles. Vaccines can help with treatment and prevention. DP MPs Gilles Baum, Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas have asked the relevant ministers whether the vaccine Shingrix, which is used against shingles, can be included in the national vaccination plan.
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How many men suffer from breast cancer in Luxembourg?
Men can also get breast cancer. DP MPs Gilles Baum, Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health how many men are affected in Luxembourg and whether mammograms are performed on men.
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How often are candidacies for a state concession for a pharmacy rejected?
To obtain a state licence for a pharmacy, certain criteria must be met in the application process. Democratic Party MPs Gilles Baum, Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health how many candidacies were rejected and how many times a rejection was successfully appealed.
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Large offshore wind farms at the cost of Groenland to cover Europe's energy needs?
According to studies by the University of Liège, large offshore wind farms in front of Greenland could cover a large part of European energy consumption. The DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked whether there are already concrete projects and whether Luxembourg intends to invest in them.
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Does the Cypriot gas help in becoming more independent from Russian Gas?
Recently, further gas reserves have been found off the Cypriot coast. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn wanted to know from the relevant minister whether these reserves could contribute to becoming more independent of Russian imports.
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Deportation of Ukrainian minors to Russia.
According to information from the Russian Ministry of Defense, 307,000 Ukrainian minors have been forcibly moved to Russia since the invasion of Ukraine in order to eradicate Ukrainian identity. The minors concerned risk being adopted by Russian families, especially since decrees recently signed by President Putin facilitate such adoption. Our MP Gusty Graas inquired to find out how these children...
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o the delays in pricing have an impact on patients' access to new medicines?
It has come to the attention of DP MPs Gusty Graas, Carole Hartmann and Gilles Baum that the Ministry of Social Security has changed the procedure for setting prices for new medicines. This can lead to delays before a new drug is available to patients. Why has the procedure been changed and how often has the 90-day time limit for pricing been exceeded?
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Is the Animal Welfare Law adequately implemented?
Is the current animal welfare law not adequately implemented and what is the situation in the animal shelters? The DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Grass put these and other questions to the responsible Minister of Agriculture.
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What are the conclusions of the latest biodiversity report of the IPBES for Luxembourg?
The latest report of the IPBES showed how strongly humanity is dependent on wild animals and plants. Before the COP15 in Canada on biodiversity, DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked what conclusions the government draws from that report for Luxembourg.
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What is the government's position on the biomass plans of the EU Commission?
By 2050, the EU wants to use 20% of the agricultural land for biomass and quadruple the import of timber to produce energy. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked what the government's position on these plans was.
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Are fewer organic products sold in Luxembourg?
Is the consumption of organic products decreasing in Luxembourg? And if so, why? The DP MPs Gusty Graas and André Bauler addressed these and other questions about organic farming to the Ministers for Economy and Agriculture.
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Who is the main cause of phosphorus pollution in our waters?
A recent German study concludes that sewage treatment plants, not agriculture, are responsible for phosphorus pollution in water bodies. The DP MP Gusty Graas asks the Minister of Environment if this conclusion can also be applied to Luxembourg and how high the phosphate concentration is in our waters.
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Have there already been incidents of ‘needle spiking’ in Luxembourg?
"Needle Spiking" involves secretly injecting a substance to render people defenseless at parties. For some time there have been increasing reports of people in clubs, at concerts or at festivals becoming victims of this phenomenon. Have there already been cases in Luxembourg and how should one react? What do the police do in such a case? Our MP Gusty Graas asked the relevant ministries.
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What does agriculture mean without cows?What does agriculture mean without cows?
What does agriculture mean without cows? Will the emissions of greenhouse gases decrease? Does this have other consequences on food security. American scientists have done a study on this. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Agriculture if he was aware of this study and if the same conclusions could be drawn for Luxembourg.
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How much flu vaccine has Luxembourg pre-ordered for the next flu season?
We will probably have to prepare for a more severe flu wave again in autumn and winter. Pre-orders for the flu vaccine had to be submitted in some countries by the end of March. DP MP Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health how much flu vaccine Luxembourg has ordered and whether it will be enough to provide the vaccine to all vulnerable people and health professionals.
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What are the consequences of the rise in the price of dairy products?
A rise in prices for dairy products is expected this summer. The DP MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Agriculture what the causes of this increase are and whether the farmers will benefit from it at all.
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Drinking water from the Moselle river?
Studies are currently being carried out to possibly prepare water from the Moselle for human consumption in the future. DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas have asked when these studies will be completed and what the water quality of the Moselle is like.
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What impact has the drought had on our waterbodies?
As in 2018 and 2019, this year will be exceptionally dry. DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas have therefore asked the Environment Minister some questions.
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What are the consequences of the climate on this year’s harvest?
Currently, temperatures are quite high. The DP MP Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Agriculture how the current climate would affect this year's harvest. He also asked if there would be any specific support to help farmers adapt to climate change.
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Extension of the death penalty in Belarus
On 18 March this year, Belarus by decree extended the possibility to be condemned to the death penalty, so that now not only people who took part in a terrorist act, but also those who attempted such an act can be punished with the death penalty. The opposition sees in this decision an attempt to suppress the free expression of opinion and the opponents of the government. How to assess this situation?...
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Mobile phone radars in Luxembourg as well?
In Trier and Mainz, police have launched a pilot project of a mobile phone radar. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked if this radar could not be used in Luxembourg as well.
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The army recruiting office is going to close soon?
DP MPs Gusty Graas and André Bauler asked the minister responsible what was behind the rumors that the army recruiting office would be closed in the near future.
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How often do cosmetic operations in Luxembourg cause undesirable side effects?
Interest in cosmetic medicine is growing. Unfortunately, it also happens time and again that procedures are performed by people without the appropriate training. The consequences are real dangers for the patients. The DP MP Gusty Graas wanted to know from the responsible ministers whether there are figures on cosmetic surgery in Luxembourg and how often patients had to be treated for undesirable side...
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What is the real danger of new tick species?
The tick season is starting again and new tick species are finding their way to Luxembourg. Gusty Graas, DP MP, asked the Minister of Health which diseases have been detected in tick bites in Luxembourg so far and whether awareness should not be raised again in a more visible way.
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What is the government's position on the planned geological storage of nuclear waste in Belgium?
In Belgium, the debate over the disposal of nuclear waste is entering a new phase. The geological storage seems to be decided thing. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked the minister responsible what the position of the Luxembourg government was and how it was involved in the decision-making process.
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Criticism of the current wolf policy
The DP MP Gusty Graas asked the responsible minister about the current wolf prevention policy after a shepherd had recently expressed his dissatisfaction with Luxembourg's wolf policy in a newspaper article.
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Are patients rejected in the emergency room of the Kirchberg hospital?
The DP MPs Max Hahn and Gusty Graas have heard that the hospital in Kirchberg sometimes rejected patients brought to the emergency room by ambulance during the "small watch". In a parliamentary question, they therefore wanted to know from the responsible ministers whether this was true and if so, what was being done to prevent such cases.
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How are Ukrainian refugees protected from human trafficking ?
According to Europol, women and children in particular are targeted by criminal organisations. What is Luxembourg doing to protect Ukrainian refugees from this violence?
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How many Luxembourgers are fighting in Ukraine?
Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs whether he knew whether any Luxembourg nationals or residents had joined the Ukrainian Foreign Legion.
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What is the development of meat prices?
The price of many types of meat has risen sharply in recent weeks. The DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas want to know from the Minister of Agriculture how this development has been concretely, who is benefiting from these increases and what role the Ukraine crisis is playing.
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What is being done about endometriosis in Luxembourg ?
In France, a national strategy to fight endometriosis was announced this month. A disease that affects 180 million women worldwide. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Carole Hartmann wanted to know from the ministers responsible how many women suffer from this disease in this country and what is being done about endometriosis.
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Why is there no longer a freight train between Bettembourg and Chengdu?
Apart from a first test train, apparently no other train has run between Bettembourg and the Chinese city of Chengdu. DP MP Gusty Graas asked why this is so and what the government intends to do.
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How are our farmers, gardeners and winegrowers doing?
A few years ago, the service "En oppent Ouer fir de Bauer, Wënzer a Gärtner" was launched. The liberal MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Agriculture how this service is doing and whether if there was made more use of the service due to the pandemic?
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How is the asparagus production doing in Luxembourg ?
Asparagus has been grown in Luxembourg for several years. The DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Agriculture how the production of asparagus is doing in Luxembourg?
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Making organic fertilizer with worms?
In Switzerland, a farmer has found a new way to make biological fertilizer with worms. The DP MP Gusty Graas asked the relevant ministers whether such a bio-fertilizer with worms is already being produced in Luxembourg and what approval procedures apply to setting up a worm farm?
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Sanctions also against journalists from Russian state media - what does the ministry say?
In an interview, Dr. Florian Töpfl pointed out that journalists and moderators of Russian state media have a huge influence on the attitudes of the people towards the Russian war in Ukraine. Like oligarchs and big business, they too should be sanctioned. What is the position of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in this regard? Our MP Gusty Graas wanted to find out …
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How can we guarantee that EU agricultural funds are not misused?
In a resolution, the Budget Control Commission of the European Parliament warns against the misuse of EU agricultural funds. DP MP Gusty Graas has asked the Minister of Agriculture what he thinks of this warning and what can be done to prevent this abuse.
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Larger greenhouses for growing fruit and vegetables?
It has been claimed in an interview that the government does not support the construction of larger greenhouses for growing fruits and vegetables. DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas asked the Minister for Agriculture how he feels about building larger greenhouses and what he thinks of vertical farming.
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How many people declare their trip to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs?
When traveling or staying outside the country for longer, there may always be issues for which it may be helpful to have an on-site contact. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides assistance for emergencies and crisis situations. But how many people report their stay at the ministry at all. Our MP Gusty Graas has inquired with the ministry to find out.
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Pollution of the Moselle river by the Cattenom nuclear plant?
It seems that a pollution of the Moselle has occurred near the Cattenom nuclear plant. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn wanted to know further details on this incident from the competent minister.
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What will be the consequences following the destruction of Armenian cultural heritage?
On December 7, 2021, the International Court of Justice ordered Azerbaijan to protect Armenian cultural and religious heritage. However, the destruction of cultural property continues to occur in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. Do the responsible ministries plan to react and how? Our MP Gusty Graas asked the respective ministries.
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Big riots in Kazakhstan in January - and now what?
Earlier this year, there were major riots in Kazakhstan. Protesters have been brutalized and imprisoned, many have disappeared. An independent inquiry was initially not approved by the president. How is it going now, and what is the plan? Our MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas have asked for details.
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What is the impact of the « Farm to Fork” strategy on our agriculture?
With the "farm to fork" strategy, the European Commission has defined goals to make agriculture more sustainable by 2050. The voices after a global impact study on the objectives are getting louder and louder. The DP MPs Gusty Graas and André Bauler asked the Minister of Agriculture how Luxembourg is dealing with the lack of such a study and whether it will demand one from the Commission. Then the...
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What is the situation regarding the rule of law in Poland?
The Polish government's attacks on the rule of law and the LGBTIQ community are increasing. What is the Foreign and European Affairs Minister doing about it?
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How many people in Luxembourg suffer from scleroderma, and where can they get help?
Local or systemic - scleroderma is a relatively unknown autoimmune disease with various pathologies. Individual variants of this disease cause symptoms that can range from ‘mild’ to fatal symptoms. Who is affected in Luxembourg, who are the specialists and where can you get help? Our MP Gusty Graas inquired with the respective ministries.
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The shaken baby syndrome - a brief moment with great risk.
A shaking trauma in infants can lead to bleeding in the head, in the worst case to a broken neck with fatal consequences. How are new parents informed in Luxembourg and what is being done to protect babies? Our MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas have asked the responsible ministry.
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Why is there a Patiente Vertriedung form on vaccination side effects?
Since 26 January 2022, a form has been available on the website of the Patients' Association (Patiente Vertriedung asbl), which allows people to report adverse reactions to vaccinations. The MPs Gusty Graas and Carole Hartmann wonder why such a form exists and whether it complies with the legislation.
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How can people in Afghanistan, who are selling a kidney in order to survive, be helped?
The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is escalating. Many people are selling one of their kidneys, in order to support their families. Some people think about selling their own children. Is the situation known and what is being done to help these people. Our MP Gusty Graas has inquired at the relevant ministry.
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Where does the work on a compensation fund for "aléa thérapeutique" stand?
The coalition agreement provides for the introduction of a compensation fund for "aléa thérapeutique". If accidents occur during treatment without any fault on the part of the healthcare provider, this fund is to compensate patients. The DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the responsible ministers where the work stands and whether this fund will be introduced during this legislative period?
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How to reduce digitalisation's impact on climate change?
In France, a number of laws have recently come into force to help reduce the impact of digitalisation on climate change. DP MP Gusty Graas asked what was planned in Luxembourg in this regard.
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What's next for the animal transport dossier?
DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Agriculture how to follow up the debate with young farmers on the subject of animal transport, how the new EU recommendations will be implemented in practice and whether there will be a further debate on this subject?
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On what criteria is the national representativeness of Patiente Vertriedung asbl. based?
The Patiente Vertriedung asbl. (PV) is supported by the state and is represented in various national bodies. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health what criteria are used to recognise the PV's representativeness and how much it has been subsidised in recent years.
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Does type 2 diabetes occur more frequently in children and adolescents?
Since the pandemic, cases of type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents seem to be increasing in Germany. DP MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas asked the responsible ministers whether there is also an increase in Luxembourg and how often treatment by a nutritionist was reimbursed.
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Non authorised clipping of hedges along a highway
DP MP Gusty Graas wanted to know, how it is possible that the state clips hedges on a municipality's grounds without even asking.
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Questions about the fishing lots in Luxembourg
How many fishing lots and syndicates are there in Luxembourg? What is the lots' average length? How many have been removed from lease during the last years? DP MP Gusty Graas asked the competent minister several questions.
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Will the authorization of glyphosate in the EU be extended?
In their preliminary report, the four Member States that are evaluating the extension of the authorization of glyphosate in the EU, conclude that there is no reason to ban the controversial plant protection product. However, the expertise of this preliminary report is being questioned by several parties. DP MP Gusty Graas asked how the Luxembourg government sees things and what it intends to do to...
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What is the Minister doing about the long delays in the orders for a PCR test or for isolation?
DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas have asked what the reasons are for the delays in issuing the isolation, quarantine and PCR test orders and what is being done to solve these problems.
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Street lights as charging station for electric vehicles?
Work is underway in Dortmund, among others, on a system for charging electric cars at streetlights. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked if this was not an idea to implement in Luxembourg as well.
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Further help for the swine sector?
The swine sector is still doing very badly. Many producers will have to stop their production. DP MPs Gusty Graas and André Bauler asked the ministers in charge if there could be further aid to the sector and what swine porducers could do with their buildings in the future if they had to stop.
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What are the results of the public consultation regarding the third management plan?
As provided for in the water framework directive, a public consultation was organized regarding the third management plan, in which both private individuals and municipalities could submit their comments and opinions. DP MP Gusty Graas asked what the outcome of this consultation was.
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Noise radars in France: an idea for Luxembourg as well?
Recently, a noise radar has been installed in France to counteract the excessive noise of tuned motorcycles; others are already planned. DP MPs Gusty Graas and André Bauler have asked if such radars were also planned in Luxembourg.
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What is the state of progress with regards to the planned dike in Clervaux?
Years ago, the project of a dike in Clervaux was presented to improve flood protection at the entrance of the town. Since the dossier does not really seem to be progressing, DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas have asked if the project is still being realised and if so, what the state of progress is.
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how many farm shops are there in Luxembourg?
The pandemic has led many people to re-evaluate the benefits of regional products. In particular the purchase of meat products, vegetables and fruits, eggs and even milk directly on the farm seems to have increased in recent months. DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas have asked the Minister of Agriculture how the number of farm shops has changed in recent years.
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How is the economic blockade between China and Lithuania affecting other EU member states?
Since the opening of the Taiwanese embassy in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, China has been blocking exports from Lithuania, but also from other European member states. Many different industries are affected. Our MP Gusty Graas has asked the responsible ministries whether Luxembourg companies are also affected by the blockade.
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Benelux - Together against illegal drug crime and organised crime
On December 11th, the Benelux Interparliamentary Assembly unanimously adopted a recommendation regarding the illegal drug industry and organised crime. How should this cooperation work and how does the Government see future cooperation on this topic? Our MP Gusty Graas has inquired with the ministries in charge.
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Exhaustion of health workers due to Covid 19 pandemic
Due to the pandemic, we risk losing health workers because they quit their jobs or take early retirement. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Gilles Baum wanted to know from the responsible ministers if there are figures for Luxembourg and what can be done to prevent a loss of health workers.
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Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to four years in prison – how is the situation in Myanmar?
On December 6th , Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced in Myanmar to 4 years in prison for inciting public outrage and for failing to comply with sanitary measures. Other party leaders have been accused of corruption and electoral fraud. This despite the fact that they won the parliamentary elections. What is the current situation in Myanmar and how will it continue. Our MP Gusty Graas inquired at the relevant...
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The Covid helpline does not always work optimally
DP MP Gusty Graas has asked the Minister of Health, among other things, why the helpline does not inform you about your position in the queue.
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Use of government logo for own purposes legal?
Recently, three associations ran an ad where they used the logo of the Ministry of Agriculture for their purposes, so that the reader could think it was an official announcement from the government. The DP MP Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Agriculture if this is legal and what he intends to do about it.
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Pollution of the Nothomb stream: what are the reasons and what will be the consequences?
It appears around 100.000 litres of liquid manure ended up in the Nothomb stream around Holtz. DP MP Gusty Graas wanted to know what the origins are and what the consequences are.
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How is the maintenance of our rivers being managed?
After the July floodings there is still a lot of rubbish in our rivers, including trash that people dispose of there. DP MPs Gusty Graas and André Bauler wanted to know how the river's maintenance is being coordinated and when the rubbish will be cleaned.
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How are the porc producers doing?
DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Agriculture how the porc producers are doing at the moment and how the state can help them.
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How is the primary sector?
DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas asked the ministers concerned about the primary sector. They asked, among other things, what the added value of this sector was and what professional profiles were most in demand.
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The danger of the Japanese beetle?
Two of our MPs, André Bauler and Gusty Graas, have asked the Minister of Agriculture about the current situation regarding the Japanese beetle in Luxembourg: which crops are the most at risk? How can the spread of the Japanese beetle be prevented and where can the discovery of such a beetle be reported?
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Rehabilitation after a stroke
Neurological rehabilitation is essential to limit the long-term consequences of a stroke. However, an article published in the "Luxemburger Wort" on 29 October 2021 pointed to possible inconsistencies in the treatment of rehabilitation in Luxembourg. In this context, our MP Gusty Graas submitted some questions to the ministers in charge of this matter.
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Has the presence of the stink bug already been confirmed in Luxembourg?
The stink bug is an invasive insect native to Asia that causes many headaches for winegrowers, fruit and vegetable producers. These bugs can indeed cause very serious damage in vines, orchards or vegetable gardens. DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas asked the ministers concerned whether these insects had already spread in Luxembourg and whether damage had already been detected in crops.
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Why do fewer municipalities take part in the European Mobility Week from year to year?
The European Mobility Week aims to raise awareness for more sustainable forms of mobility than cars. As fewer and fewer municipalities are taking part in this initiative from year to year, DP MP Gusty Graas has asked the minister responsible what this entails and how to reverse the trend.
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Danger from tree trunks in the Attert?
DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas point out to the Ministry of the Environment that there are still tree trunks in the Attert river that pose a threat to the SEBES bridge. They are therefore asking the Minister what is being done to counter this risk and whether there are other places along the Attert where fallen trees could lead to jams during floods?
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How much have farmers' crops suffered due to the weather in recent weeks?
In parts of Europe, cereal and potato harvests appear to have suffered from the rainy weather in recent weeks. What information have the ministry's services already been able to obtain and what consequences will there be for future harvests. Our MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas made inquiries with the Ministry.
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“Veterinarians for all” here in Luxembourg as well?
In France, the “Vétérinaires pour tous” initiative, which is promoted by the French recovery plan, helps those people who are unable to support their pets’ checkups and treatments at the veterinarian . This way, both are helped – the pets and their owners as well. What opportunities are there in Luxembourg for people with fewer financial means, and are similar initiatives planned in Luxembourg? Our...
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Suppression of a railway tunnel in Rumelange: what is the environmental impact?
In Rumelange, the CFL wants to destroy a historic railway tunnel, i.e. remove the ground above the tunnel, to modernize the track. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked what environmental impact these works had.
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Fluorescent markings on the motorways for better traffic safety?
In the Netherlands, a pilot project was launched a few years ago, in which the markings on the motorway were applied using fluorescent colors to improve road safety. What is the conclusion of this project? Would this also be an idea for implementation in Luxembourg? DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn have asked the minister for information.
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Solar pannels along the highways?
The coalition agreement provides that vacant areas along the motorways and railway tracks could be used to install solar pannels. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn have asked what concrete projects there are so far.
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What does the new Danish immigration law mean for Europe?
The Danish Parliament passed a new immigration law in June of this year, which aims to reject not only those people who have been refused asylum, but also those who are eligible to enter Europe. "Zero asylum seekers" is the aim of the new policy. What does this mean for Europe? Will other countries follow? What is the future of immigration policy in the European Union? MP Gusty Graas asked these questions...
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Fewer observers at the parliamentary elections in Russia?
On September 19, 2021, parliamentary elections will be held in the Russian Federation to appoint members of the “Duma”. Following a decision by Russian authorities, based on the current COVID-19 health crisis, and despite the initial decision to send 450 observers, only a delegation of 10 OSCE observers will be allowed to monitor the elections. What is the position of the Luxembourg government on this...
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What effects does the flood have on fish stocks?
Due to the recent floods, many fish have not been able to swim back into their stream or river. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the concerned minister whether she was already aware of the effects of the recent floods on the national fish stocks and whether the “plan de repeuplement” needed to be adjusted now.
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Has there recently been a pollution of the Our near Lieler?
DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas have heard that there has been a recent pollution of the Our river near Lieler. They therefore wanted to know from the relevant minister if she had any further information on this incident.
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What is the situation in Luxembourg with regard to the exposure to heavy metals of the population?
According to a study by the French public health, children who eat a lot of organic vegetables have been found to have a higher concentration of copper in their bodies. DP MP Gusty Graas asked what the situation was in Luxembourg.
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How strongly are the sewage treatment plants affected by the recent floods?
The floods apparently also damaged a number of sewage treatment plants, so that there is a risk of contaminated water flowing into the rivers. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the ministre responsible if this was the case, which sewage treatment plants were affected and what the impact was on the rivers.
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What is the current situation in Myanmar?
Following the military coup in February this year, the army continues to advance with increasing force against the protesters in Myanmar. A political crisis has turned into a human rights catastrophe. Even communications are now being monitored and intercepted on. In the French Senate and in the General Assembly, resolutions have called for recognition of the November election results and to end the...
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Current political situation on Cyprus
Geopolitical tensions in Cyprus have recently taken a new dimension. Turkey plans to bring the inhabitants of Famagusta back under Turkish Cypriot administration by encouraging them to claim their land at the Property Commission, where their property will be contested. As this occupation violates international agreements, including some EU decisions, our MP Gusty Graas has addressed some questions...
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Are poisonous flowers in the hay deadly to our animals?
The Jacob's crucifer, which is currently in bloom, and the autumnal lilies that bloom in autumn, land more and more often in hay, which is fed to farmers' beasts but also to horses. These flowers contain toxins that attack the livers of the animals and can end in death. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the ministers concerned if the hay was regularly checked, if there had been any deaths yet and how to tackle...
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Is Luxembourg still attractive to European institutions?
Many European institutions are established in Luxembourg and the country is proud to play an important role in European politics. Due to the price increase and the rise in property prices, life is becoming more expensive for everyone. Compared to Brussels, Luxembourg is becoming less and less attractive to European civil servants. Is the country at risk of European institutions relocating in the future?...
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How to react when you see an animal suffering in a car?
During hot weather, the heat can have tragic consequences for our pets. Under the Animal Welfare Law, everyone has a duty to provide assistance to an animal in danger. But what are the consequences of breaking a stranger's car window? DP-MP Gusty Grass asked the ministers concerned.
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Will the Moselle Valley become a UNESCO World Heritage Site?
The association "Weltkulturerbe Moselle Valley" is about to submit a candidacy for the inclusion of the Moselle valley as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The winegrowers from Germany are not enthusiastic, however, because the plan is that they will only be allowed to cultivate their terraced vineyards according to the traditional "Einzelpfahlerziehung". DP member Gusty Grass asked the minister responsible...
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Use of serological tests in Luxembourg
Serological tests can be used to determine whether a person has been infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus in the past and whether he or she has formed antibodies against this infection. However, a negative serological test a few months after a positive PCR test raises the question of whether the PCR test was false positive. On this issue, DP MP Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health,...
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Carbon capture and stockage in the industry?
A new EU regulation allows Member States to use carbon capture, use and storage technologies to meet their climate goals, particularly in industrial processes where emissions are difficult to avoid. In concrete terms this means that companies can capture their emissions and e.g. storage them geologically. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked what was the position of Luxembourg, which Member States...
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How are the negotiations progressing in view of COP26?
In preparation for the COP26 at the end of this year in Glasgow, negotiations are currently ongoing at the international level to prepare a possible agreement. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn wanted to know more about the content and progress of these negotiations from the responsible ministre.
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The use of long range acoustic devices (LRAD) at the Greek-turkish border
According to media reports, sound cannons are being used on the Greek-Turkish border to stop illegal immigration into these areas. In general, a complete range of new technologies is being employed here to protect the borders and to prevent illegal immigration. How much is invested here and who decides on the resources used? What are the health consequences for refugees who are confronted with this...
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Authorization of gigaliner in Luxembourg for less CO2 emissions in the transport sector?
According to the director of the Luxembourg logistics cluster, 25-meter trucks would be an option to reduce the sector's emissions. In general, however, the transport sector risks not reaching its climate goals. DP MPs Max Hahn and Gusty Graas have asked the relevant ministers if Gigaliner could be allowed in Luxembourg in the future and what considerations are there to help the sector in the climate...
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A right to be forgotten for certain diseases?
The right to be forgotten in the context of outstanding balance insurance has been in place since January 2020. A monitoring and re-evaluation committee was set up to ensure that the provisions of the agreement are properly applied and that the parties' commitments are respected. It is in this context that our Member of Parliament Gusty Graas has put a series of questions to the Minister of Health.
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Shortage of nurses in hospitals?
The shortage of staff in hospitals has been an important topic in health policy in recent months. However, it seems that every now and then young nurses cannot find a place in a Luxembourg hospital. The DP MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health, among other things, how many nurses work in hospitals in this country, whether there is a reserve list and how the difficulties...
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Vaccination against the coronavirus also for animals?
A vaccine has been developed in Russia to vaccinate animals against the coronavirus. Gusty Graas, member of Parliament for the DP, asks the Minister of Agriculture what he thinks about the vaccination of animals and if he would recommend it to Luxembourg.
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Towards an international ban on geo-engineering?
Large mirrors in space, the scattering of particles in the atmosphere or the creation of artificial clouds to reflect the sun: these are just a few examples of the so-called "geo-engineering" that some scientists want to focus on in order to stop global warming. However, as the consequences of such far-reaching interventions in nature can be unpredictable and even potentially dramatic, DP MPs Gusty...
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What are the CFL's plans for the historical locomotive 5519?
Locomotive 5519 is the last Luxembourgish steam locomotive still in operation. However, it will not be allowed to run on the Luxembourg rail network because it is not equipped with the ETCS safety system. Neither are its four "Wegmann" wagons allowed any longer on the rail network for safety reasons. DP member Gusty Graas asked therefore the ministers concerned what the plans are for the locomotive,...
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Adaptation of the quarantine regulations in Switzerland
Switzerland has announced an adaptation of the quarantine regulations. In case of contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, fully vaccinated persons will be exempted from quarantine for a period of six months, starting 14 days after the administration of the second dose of vaccine.
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International security on football events
On 19 March 2021, the Benelux Interparliamentary Assembly adopted a motion for a recommendation on international security on football events and the fight against racism. Our MP, Gusty Graas, asked the ministers in charge, among other things, how the Benelux countries could optimize the exchange of information and whether it would be appropriate to prevent hooligans from travelling to another country....
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What does the future of the steelworks in Dudelange look like?
Following the recent revelations by the Financial Times that Liberty Steel's parent group was involved in dubious financial practices, which could potentially deter new investors, DP member of Parliament Gusty Graas is asking the minister responsible how this could have an effect on the Dudelange steelworks and whether he shares the opinion of the unions that the state should intervene financially.
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What do the UK's nuclear build-up plans mean?
Speculation is high following the announcement by the British Prime Minister to increase his nuclear arsenal. Our MP Gusty Graas wants to know, among other points, from the minister in charge whether these plans are in line with the efforts under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty?
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The creation of the Istanbul Canal
The plans for the creation of a new shipping canal linking the Mediterranean and the Black Sea have attracted strong national and international criticism. According to a recent open letter signed by 104 former Turkish admirals, the construction of this canal would violate the Montreux Convention. In this context, our MP Gusty Graas put a number of questions to the responsible ministers. Among other...
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Pollution of the Syr river by the Findel airport
Especially in winter, there are frequent pollutions of the Syr, due to the defrosting of aircraft at Findel. DP MP Gusty Graas asked if there was an analysis of how much the Syr is affected by this and what action is being taken to improve the situation.
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Turkey's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention - a setback for women and women's rights
On the night of March 20, Turkey withdrew from the Istanbul Convention. What does this mean for the girls and women in the country? What is the Luxembourgish government’s stand on this matter? What will the European Union do in this situation? Can the United Nations use their influence to reverse this decision? MP Gusty Graas asked the Foreign Minister and the Minister for Gender Equality on these...
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How common is the Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in horses in Luxembourg?
The Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) broke out during an international equestrian tournament in Valencia. Hundreds of horses are infected. A Europe-wide pandemic is feared. DP member Gusty Graas asks the responsible ministers whether the virus is present in Luxembourg and what is being done in Luxembourg to prevent the virus from spreading.
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Freedom of press in the EU
In Hungary, a radio station was forced to shut its activities on 14 February 2021. In July 2020, the Hungarian government has already interfered in the media world with the dismissal of the editor-in-chief of "Index", the first news website in Hungary. In Poland, more than 40 media institutions went on strike in February to protest against a proposed "advertising tax", which was seen as an attack on...
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Invasive aquatic species: Are the proposed measures successful?
The spinycheek crayfish and the signal crayfish are two invasive species that have been spreading throughout Europe for many years - with a devastating impact on local ecosystems. DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the concerned minister whether the measures proposed in the action plan had so far been successful, how many of these animals have been caught or fished in recent years...
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Road safety during prisoner transport
The safety of detainees during transport is not guaranteed in Luxembourg, because they do not wear seat belts, criticizes the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) in a 2015 report. The Luxembourgish association "Eran, eraus… an elo?" meanwhile, criticizes the government for still not respecting international standards in this area....
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Soon a new variant of swine fever in Luxembourg?
Australian authorities have warned of a new variant of swine flu. The members of the DP, Gusty Graas and André Bauler, asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the risk of this variant reaching Europe.
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Nosocomial infections in Luxembourg
Even in hospitals, patients can develop an infection. DP members Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health, among other things, about the current figures and how many specialised staff are working in this field in Luxembourg.
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Drone rescue of fawns from combine harvesters
The government announced a pilot project last summer to support the drone rescue of fawns from combine harvesters. DP MPs Max Hahn and Gusty Graas wanted more information on this pilot project.
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The resiliency of transportation routes for vaccines and medical equipment
In a document published by a global logistics firm, the point was raised that it could become difficult to deliver vaccines and medical equipment to remote areas during the pandemic in countries that are not as technologically advanced. MP Gusty Graas has raised his concerns with the Ministry for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and asked if such problems have come to be known so far...
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What is the reaction of the Minister of the Environment to the resignation of the president of the FSHCL?
The president of the hunter's federation motivated his resignation by the lack of constructive collaboration and a "contempt" ("Missachten") on the part of the Minister of the Environment vis-à-vis hunters. DP MPs Guy Arendt and Gusty Graas wanted to know the minister's reaction to these allegations and how the current situation is planned to be resolved.
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Too high a phosphate concentration in the water of the Haute-Sûre lake?
In a recent interview, the President of the Chamber of Agriculture regrets that no follow-up has been given to an analysis on the high concentration of phosphate in the water of the Haute-Sûre dam lake submitted to the Minister of the environment. This is why the deputy of the DP Gusty Graas asked for explanations on this subject from the minister in question.
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Oppression of the media in Burkina Faso
In June 2019, the criminal law was changed in Burkina Faso in such a way that it no longer allows for objective reporting in the news. Ever since, the media are facing an increasing resistance and they are becoming more and more exposed to the risk of consequences due to penal prosecution by the authorities. What is Luxembourg’s stance on this subject and what implications does this have on Luxembourg’s...
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What is the impact of the Myanmar coup on Luxembourg’s cooperation activities in the country?
After Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won the elections by a landslide, Myanmar’s army has taken control over the country via a coup in February. The leader of the Burmese civil government and members of her party were arrested and put under house arrest. What is Luxembourg’s position toward these events? How are the Luxembourgish agents currently working and helping in the area? Will these developments have...
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Is NATO getting its own bank?
An American ‘Think tank’ proposed to create a bank specifically for NATO to guarantee the financing of its member states’ defense materials. How would this system work and who would profit from it? MP Gusty Graas asked the responsible minister for answers.
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Nuclear waste repository in Bure: regular exchanges between France and Luxembourg?
The French environmental authority raised many criticisms in its opinion from January 13th on the proposed nuclear waste storage center in Bure. DP MPs Max Hahn and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the competent ministers, whether they were aware of what action the French authorities intend to take on this opinion, and whether there are regular exchanges between France and Luxembourg on this topic.
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Transgenic pigs from the United States for human consumption?
In the United States, the Food Safety Authority (FDA) has recently approved genetically modified pigs for human consumption. DP members Gusty Graas and André Bauler ask the Minister for Health and the Minister for Agriculture what they think about the use of these pigs in Europe for pharmaceutical or food production.
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What is going to happen to Alexej Nawalny after his arrest?
On Sunday Alexej Nawalny flew back from Germany to Moskow and he was arrested at his arrival. A strong international reaction came quickly. What will become of Kremlin’s critic and which consequences will the arrest have for Russia? MP Gusty Graas asked the respective minister in charge.
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What is going to happen to the refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina?
The refugees in the Lipa camp in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been without access to clean water, electricity, heating and tents for months. And this even though alternative options for more winterproof accommodations exist. Those refugees that try to make their way across the border, are retained by Croatian police by force and subjected to violence before being sent back. MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty...
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Is the CHAFEA relocating to Brussels?
At the beginning of 2020 discussions regarding a relocalisation of the CHAFEA caused some commotion. On the grounds of efficiency, a number of job positions and activities are to be relocated to Brussels. MP Gusty Graas asked the minister in charge what is currently the plan for CHAFEA
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International recognition of ecocide as a crime: what efforts has Luxembourg undertaken so far?
The government has decided in its current coalition agreement that it will support the recognition of ecocide as a crime. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn wanted to know from the competent ministers what Luxembourg's efforts have been so far in this direction.
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Water from the Moselle river to water young vines?
The possibility of using water from the Moselle to irrigate young vines in times of extreme heat and drought already exists in Luxembourg, one only needs an authorization. However, few winegrowers take advantage of it, while the president of independent winegrowers is arguing for more use. What are the reasons for this? Should more information be provided on this possibility, or should the administrative...
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Donation funds in India
In India, the regulations for donations from abroad were changed in November. This has implications for the work of Luxembourgish NGOs. Gusty Graas, a DP MP, asked the minister in charge.
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Is it possible that CBD products will be prohibited in the EU
The European Commission announced this November that cannabidiol (CBD) could be classified as a narcotic. As a consequence, products containing natural CBD would be banned within the EU. The DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas have asked the Minister of Health some questions about this topic.
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A new rapid PCR test for Luxemourg?
A medical technology start-up has developed a new rapid PCR test. This test can be used in hospitals and doctors' surgeries. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health if this test will also be available in Luxembourg.
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Will our agriculture need more water?
Water is a vital resource, also for our agriculture. After the many warm summers, DP MPs Gusty Graas and André Bauler asked the responsible ministers how much agriculture, horticulture and viticulture currently need and will need in the future.
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The worrying situation in the El Guergarat passage
Morocco has launched an operation in the narrows of el Guergarat to guarantee the free circulation of people and goods. The "Polisario" and its militias have blocked the border crossing and threatened the ceasefire that has existed in this zone for about 30 years. In the context of these events, our MP Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs some questions.
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A shuttle bus between the border parking in Stepernich and the railway station of Kleinbettingen?
In order to improve commuter traffic between Belgium and Luxembourg, two Walloon MPs have recently proposed organising a shuttle bus between the Stepernich border car park and the Kleinbettingen railway station. Gusty Graas, a DP MP, asked the minister responsible what he thought of this idea.
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Why did the respirator recall come to light so late?
In July 2021, a company recalled its medical respirators worldwide. However, this recall was only announced in Luxembourg at the end of October. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health who is responsible for communicating with those affected in such a situation, why the information was not announced in time and whether procedures might need to be adjusted.
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AMMD resigns from the board of the agency eSanté
The members of the AMMD have resigned from the board of the agency eSanté. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the responsible ministers how they react to this resignation, what effects this would have on the functioning of the board and whether dialogue with the AMMD was sought.
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NATO nuclear weapons in Poland?
According to the Polish President, the country wants to participate in NATO’s nuclear sharing arrangement. As such, the president claimed that Poland would be willing to station NATO nuclear weapons on Polish territory. Are there already concrete plans and how do the other NATO members feel about this? Our MP Gusty Graas has inquired with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.
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Are grain exports from Ukraine affecting the European internal market?
The European solidarity corridors facilitate the export of grains from Ukraine. However, the logistics remain quite difficult, and further transport to the final destination is not always ensured. What is the impact on the European single market? Our MP Gusty Grass has inquired to receive further information.
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Will Putin use the referendums to resort to stronger weapons?
In his televised speech, the Russian President named Russia's territorial integrity as the top priority. What if the referendums in the Donestk region are in favor of the Russian Federation? Will Putin see this as an impetus to use sharper weapons? Our MP Gusty Graas raised the question with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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When will there be a uniform digital solution in Luxembourg’s health care system?
With the GesondheetsApp, the Digital Health Network in cooperation with the AMMD has developed an application that would allow the patients to carry out all their medical operations digitally. Despite a political agreement, the app is currently being used conditionally and in a limited way? Why is the app not being used to its full extent, and when will there be uniform solutions in this regard? Our...
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Can a vet keep a pet due to an unpaid bill?
Pet owners should generally be able to look after their animal. In the case of unexpected bills or unforeseen veterinary care, it can sometimes happen that a pet owner cannot pay them immediately. Can a veterinarian keep the animal in such a case? Our MP Gusty Gras asked the ministry to find out.
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A discount for people who live next to a wind farm?
In Ireland, people who live next to wind turbines will receive compensation, and a similar system is planned in France. In this way, the resistance to such projects should be reduced and the development of renewable energies should be promoted. The DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked if such a model would not also be an idea in Luxembourg.
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Will vaccination against shingles be included in the national vaccination schedule?
People over 50 have the greatest risk of getting shingles. Vaccines can help with treatment and prevention. DP MPs Gilles Baum, Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas have asked the relevant ministers whether the vaccine Shingrix, which is used against shingles, can be included in the national vaccination plan.
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How many men suffer from breast cancer in Luxembourg?
Men can also get breast cancer. DP MPs Gilles Baum, Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health how many men are affected in Luxembourg and whether mammograms are performed on men.
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How often are candidacies for a state concession for a pharmacy rejected?
To obtain a state licence for a pharmacy, certain criteria must be met in the application process. Democratic Party MPs Gilles Baum, Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health how many candidacies were rejected and how many times a rejection was successfully appealed.
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Large offshore wind farms at the cost of Groenland to cover Europe's energy needs?
According to studies by the University of Liège, large offshore wind farms in front of Greenland could cover a large part of European energy consumption. The DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked whether there are already concrete projects and whether Luxembourg intends to invest in them.
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Does the Cypriot gas help in becoming more independent from Russian Gas?
Recently, further gas reserves have been found off the Cypriot coast. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn wanted to know from the relevant minister whether these reserves could contribute to becoming more independent of Russian imports.
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Deportation of Ukrainian minors to Russia.
According to information from the Russian Ministry of Defense, 307,000 Ukrainian minors have been forcibly moved to Russia since the invasion of Ukraine in order to eradicate Ukrainian identity. The minors concerned risk being adopted by Russian families, especially since decrees recently signed by President Putin facilitate such adoption. Our MP Gusty Graas inquired to find out how these children...
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o the delays in pricing have an impact on patients' access to new medicines?
It has come to the attention of DP MPs Gusty Graas, Carole Hartmann and Gilles Baum that the Ministry of Social Security has changed the procedure for setting prices for new medicines. This can lead to delays before a new drug is available to patients. Why has the procedure been changed and how often has the 90-day time limit for pricing been exceeded?
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Is the Animal Welfare Law adequately implemented?
Is the current animal welfare law not adequately implemented and what is the situation in the animal shelters? The DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Grass put these and other questions to the responsible Minister of Agriculture.
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What are the conclusions of the latest biodiversity report of the IPBES for Luxembourg?
The latest report of the IPBES showed how strongly humanity is dependent on wild animals and plants. Before the COP15 in Canada on biodiversity, DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked what conclusions the government draws from that report for Luxembourg.
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What is the government's position on the biomass plans of the EU Commission?
By 2050, the EU wants to use 20% of the agricultural land for biomass and quadruple the import of timber to produce energy. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked what the government's position on these plans was.
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Are fewer organic products sold in Luxembourg?
Is the consumption of organic products decreasing in Luxembourg? And if so, why? The DP MPs Gusty Graas and André Bauler addressed these and other questions about organic farming to the Ministers for Economy and Agriculture.
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Who is the main cause of phosphorus pollution in our waters?
A recent German study concludes that sewage treatment plants, not agriculture, are responsible for phosphorus pollution in water bodies. The DP MP Gusty Graas asks the Minister of Environment if this conclusion can also be applied to Luxembourg and how high the phosphate concentration is in our waters.
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Have there already been incidents of ‘needle spiking’ in Luxembourg?
"Needle Spiking" involves secretly injecting a substance to render people defenseless at parties. For some time there have been increasing reports of people in clubs, at concerts or at festivals becoming victims of this phenomenon. Have there already been cases in Luxembourg and how should one react? What do the police do in such a case? Our MP Gusty Graas asked the relevant ministries.
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What does agriculture mean without cows?What does agriculture mean without cows?
What does agriculture mean without cows? Will the emissions of greenhouse gases decrease? Does this have other consequences on food security. American scientists have done a study on this. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Agriculture if he was aware of this study and if the same conclusions could be drawn for Luxembourg.
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How much flu vaccine has Luxembourg pre-ordered for the next flu season?
We will probably have to prepare for a more severe flu wave again in autumn and winter. Pre-orders for the flu vaccine had to be submitted in some countries by the end of March. DP MP Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health how much flu vaccine Luxembourg has ordered and whether it will be enough to provide the vaccine to all vulnerable people and health professionals.
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What are the consequences of the rise in the price of dairy products?
A rise in prices for dairy products is expected this summer. The DP MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Agriculture what the causes of this increase are and whether the farmers will benefit from it at all.
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Drinking water from the Moselle river?
Studies are currently being carried out to possibly prepare water from the Moselle for human consumption in the future. DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas have asked when these studies will be completed and what the water quality of the Moselle is like.
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What impact has the drought had on our waterbodies?
As in 2018 and 2019, this year will be exceptionally dry. DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas have therefore asked the Environment Minister some questions.
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What are the consequences of the climate on this year’s harvest?
Currently, temperatures are quite high. The DP MP Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Agriculture how the current climate would affect this year's harvest. He also asked if there would be any specific support to help farmers adapt to climate change.
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Extension of the death penalty in Belarus
On 18 March this year, Belarus by decree extended the possibility to be condemned to the death penalty, so that now not only people who took part in a terrorist act, but also those who attempted such an act can be punished with the death penalty. The opposition sees in this decision an attempt to suppress the free expression of opinion and the opponents of the government. How to assess this situation?...
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Mobile phone radars in Luxembourg as well?
In Trier and Mainz, police have launched a pilot project of a mobile phone radar. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked if this radar could not be used in Luxembourg as well.
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The army recruiting office is going to close soon?
DP MPs Gusty Graas and André Bauler asked the minister responsible what was behind the rumors that the army recruiting office would be closed in the near future.
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How often do cosmetic operations in Luxembourg cause undesirable side effects?
Interest in cosmetic medicine is growing. Unfortunately, it also happens time and again that procedures are performed by people without the appropriate training. The consequences are real dangers for the patients. The DP MP Gusty Graas wanted to know from the responsible ministers whether there are figures on cosmetic surgery in Luxembourg and how often patients had to be treated for undesirable side...
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What is the real danger of new tick species?
The tick season is starting again and new tick species are finding their way to Luxembourg. Gusty Graas, DP MP, asked the Minister of Health which diseases have been detected in tick bites in Luxembourg so far and whether awareness should not be raised again in a more visible way.
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What is the government's position on the planned geological storage of nuclear waste in Belgium?
In Belgium, the debate over the disposal of nuclear waste is entering a new phase. The geological storage seems to be decided thing. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked the minister responsible what the position of the Luxembourg government was and how it was involved in the decision-making process.
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Criticism of the current wolf policy
The DP MP Gusty Graas asked the responsible minister about the current wolf prevention policy after a shepherd had recently expressed his dissatisfaction with Luxembourg's wolf policy in a newspaper article.
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Are patients rejected in the emergency room of the Kirchberg hospital?
The DP MPs Max Hahn and Gusty Graas have heard that the hospital in Kirchberg sometimes rejected patients brought to the emergency room by ambulance during the "small watch". In a parliamentary question, they therefore wanted to know from the responsible ministers whether this was true and if so, what was being done to prevent such cases.
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How are Ukrainian refugees protected from human trafficking ?
According to Europol, women and children in particular are targeted by criminal organisations. What is Luxembourg doing to protect Ukrainian refugees from this violence?
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How many Luxembourgers are fighting in Ukraine?
Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs whether he knew whether any Luxembourg nationals or residents had joined the Ukrainian Foreign Legion.
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What is the development of meat prices?
The price of many types of meat has risen sharply in recent weeks. The DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas want to know from the Minister of Agriculture how this development has been concretely, who is benefiting from these increases and what role the Ukraine crisis is playing.
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What is being done about endometriosis in Luxembourg ?
In France, a national strategy to fight endometriosis was announced this month. A disease that affects 180 million women worldwide. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Carole Hartmann wanted to know from the ministers responsible how many women suffer from this disease in this country and what is being done about endometriosis.
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Why is there no longer a freight train between Bettembourg and Chengdu?
Apart from a first test train, apparently no other train has run between Bettembourg and the Chinese city of Chengdu. DP MP Gusty Graas asked why this is so and what the government intends to do.
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How are our farmers, gardeners and winegrowers doing?
A few years ago, the service "En oppent Ouer fir de Bauer, Wënzer a Gärtner" was launched. The liberal MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Agriculture how this service is doing and whether if there was made more use of the service due to the pandemic?
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How is the asparagus production doing in Luxembourg ?
Asparagus has been grown in Luxembourg for several years. The DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Agriculture how the production of asparagus is doing in Luxembourg?
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Making organic fertilizer with worms?
In Switzerland, a farmer has found a new way to make biological fertilizer with worms. The DP MP Gusty Graas asked the relevant ministers whether such a bio-fertilizer with worms is already being produced in Luxembourg and what approval procedures apply to setting up a worm farm?
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Sanctions also against journalists from Russian state media - what does the ministry say?
In an interview, Dr. Florian Töpfl pointed out that journalists and moderators of Russian state media have a huge influence on the attitudes of the people towards the Russian war in Ukraine. Like oligarchs and big business, they too should be sanctioned. What is the position of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in this regard? Our MP Gusty Graas wanted to find out …
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How can we guarantee that EU agricultural funds are not misused?
In a resolution, the Budget Control Commission of the European Parliament warns against the misuse of EU agricultural funds. DP MP Gusty Graas has asked the Minister of Agriculture what he thinks of this warning and what can be done to prevent this abuse.
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Larger greenhouses for growing fruit and vegetables?
It has been claimed in an interview that the government does not support the construction of larger greenhouses for growing fruits and vegetables. DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas asked the Minister for Agriculture how he feels about building larger greenhouses and what he thinks of vertical farming.
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How many people declare their trip to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs?
When traveling or staying outside the country for longer, there may always be issues for which it may be helpful to have an on-site contact. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides assistance for emergencies and crisis situations. But how many people report their stay at the ministry at all. Our MP Gusty Graas has inquired with the ministry to find out.
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Pollution of the Moselle river by the Cattenom nuclear plant?
It seems that a pollution of the Moselle has occurred near the Cattenom nuclear plant. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn wanted to know further details on this incident from the competent minister.
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What will be the consequences following the destruction of Armenian cultural heritage?
On December 7, 2021, the International Court of Justice ordered Azerbaijan to protect Armenian cultural and religious heritage. However, the destruction of cultural property continues to occur in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. Do the responsible ministries plan to react and how? Our MP Gusty Graas asked the respective ministries.
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Big riots in Kazakhstan in January - and now what?
Earlier this year, there were major riots in Kazakhstan. Protesters have been brutalized and imprisoned, many have disappeared. An independent inquiry was initially not approved by the president. How is it going now, and what is the plan? Our MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas have asked for details.
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What is the impact of the « Farm to Fork” strategy on our agriculture?
With the "farm to fork" strategy, the European Commission has defined goals to make agriculture more sustainable by 2050. The voices after a global impact study on the objectives are getting louder and louder. The DP MPs Gusty Graas and André Bauler asked the Minister of Agriculture how Luxembourg is dealing with the lack of such a study and whether it will demand one from the Commission. Then the...
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What is the situation regarding the rule of law in Poland?
The Polish government's attacks on the rule of law and the LGBTIQ community are increasing. What is the Foreign and European Affairs Minister doing about it?
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How many people in Luxembourg suffer from scleroderma, and where can they get help?
Local or systemic - scleroderma is a relatively unknown autoimmune disease with various pathologies. Individual variants of this disease cause symptoms that can range from ‘mild’ to fatal symptoms. Who is affected in Luxembourg, who are the specialists and where can you get help? Our MP Gusty Graas inquired with the respective ministries.
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The shaken baby syndrome - a brief moment with great risk.
A shaking trauma in infants can lead to bleeding in the head, in the worst case to a broken neck with fatal consequences. How are new parents informed in Luxembourg and what is being done to protect babies? Our MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas have asked the responsible ministry.
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Why is there a Patiente Vertriedung form on vaccination side effects?
Since 26 January 2022, a form has been available on the website of the Patients' Association (Patiente Vertriedung asbl), which allows people to report adverse reactions to vaccinations. The MPs Gusty Graas and Carole Hartmann wonder why such a form exists and whether it complies with the legislation.
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How can people in Afghanistan, who are selling a kidney in order to survive, be helped?
The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is escalating. Many people are selling one of their kidneys, in order to support their families. Some people think about selling their own children. Is the situation known and what is being done to help these people. Our MP Gusty Graas has inquired at the relevant ministry.
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Where does the work on a compensation fund for "aléa thérapeutique" stand?
The coalition agreement provides for the introduction of a compensation fund for "aléa thérapeutique". If accidents occur during treatment without any fault on the part of the healthcare provider, this fund is to compensate patients. The DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the responsible ministers where the work stands and whether this fund will be introduced during this legislative period?
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How to reduce digitalisation's impact on climate change?
In France, a number of laws have recently come into force to help reduce the impact of digitalisation on climate change. DP MP Gusty Graas asked what was planned in Luxembourg in this regard.
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What's next for the animal transport dossier?
DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Agriculture how to follow up the debate with young farmers on the subject of animal transport, how the new EU recommendations will be implemented in practice and whether there will be a further debate on this subject?
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On what criteria is the national representativeness of Patiente Vertriedung asbl. based?
The Patiente Vertriedung asbl. (PV) is supported by the state and is represented in various national bodies. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health what criteria are used to recognise the PV's representativeness and how much it has been subsidised in recent years.
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Does type 2 diabetes occur more frequently in children and adolescents?
Since the pandemic, cases of type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents seem to be increasing in Germany. DP MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas asked the responsible ministers whether there is also an increase in Luxembourg and how often treatment by a nutritionist was reimbursed.
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Non authorised clipping of hedges along a highway
DP MP Gusty Graas wanted to know, how it is possible that the state clips hedges on a municipality's grounds without even asking.
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Questions about the fishing lots in Luxembourg
How many fishing lots and syndicates are there in Luxembourg? What is the lots' average length? How many have been removed from lease during the last years? DP MP Gusty Graas asked the competent minister several questions.
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Will the authorization of glyphosate in the EU be extended?
In their preliminary report, the four Member States that are evaluating the extension of the authorization of glyphosate in the EU, conclude that there is no reason to ban the controversial plant protection product. However, the expertise of this preliminary report is being questioned by several parties. DP MP Gusty Graas asked how the Luxembourg government sees things and what it intends to do to...
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What is the Minister doing about the long delays in the orders for a PCR test or for isolation?
DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas have asked what the reasons are for the delays in issuing the isolation, quarantine and PCR test orders and what is being done to solve these problems.
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Street lights as charging station for electric vehicles?
Work is underway in Dortmund, among others, on a system for charging electric cars at streetlights. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked if this was not an idea to implement in Luxembourg as well.
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Further help for the swine sector?
The swine sector is still doing very badly. Many producers will have to stop their production. DP MPs Gusty Graas and André Bauler asked the ministers in charge if there could be further aid to the sector and what swine porducers could do with their buildings in the future if they had to stop.
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What are the results of the public consultation regarding the third management plan?
As provided for in the water framework directive, a public consultation was organized regarding the third management plan, in which both private individuals and municipalities could submit their comments and opinions. DP MP Gusty Graas asked what the outcome of this consultation was.
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Noise radars in France: an idea for Luxembourg as well?
Recently, a noise radar has been installed in France to counteract the excessive noise of tuned motorcycles; others are already planned. DP MPs Gusty Graas and André Bauler have asked if such radars were also planned in Luxembourg.
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What is the state of progress with regards to the planned dike in Clervaux?
Years ago, the project of a dike in Clervaux was presented to improve flood protection at the entrance of the town. Since the dossier does not really seem to be progressing, DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas have asked if the project is still being realised and if so, what the state of progress is.
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how many farm shops are there in Luxembourg?
The pandemic has led many people to re-evaluate the benefits of regional products. In particular the purchase of meat products, vegetables and fruits, eggs and even milk directly on the farm seems to have increased in recent months. DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas have asked the Minister of Agriculture how the number of farm shops has changed in recent years.
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How is the economic blockade between China and Lithuania affecting other EU member states?
Since the opening of the Taiwanese embassy in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, China has been blocking exports from Lithuania, but also from other European member states. Many different industries are affected. Our MP Gusty Graas has asked the responsible ministries whether Luxembourg companies are also affected by the blockade.
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Benelux - Together against illegal drug crime and organised crime
On December 11th, the Benelux Interparliamentary Assembly unanimously adopted a recommendation regarding the illegal drug industry and organised crime. How should this cooperation work and how does the Government see future cooperation on this topic? Our MP Gusty Graas has inquired with the ministries in charge.
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Exhaustion of health workers due to Covid 19 pandemic
Due to the pandemic, we risk losing health workers because they quit their jobs or take early retirement. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Gilles Baum wanted to know from the responsible ministers if there are figures for Luxembourg and what can be done to prevent a loss of health workers.
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Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to four years in prison – how is the situation in Myanmar?
On December 6th , Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced in Myanmar to 4 years in prison for inciting public outrage and for failing to comply with sanitary measures. Other party leaders have been accused of corruption and electoral fraud. This despite the fact that they won the parliamentary elections. What is the current situation in Myanmar and how will it continue. Our MP Gusty Graas inquired at the relevant...
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The Covid helpline does not always work optimally
DP MP Gusty Graas has asked the Minister of Health, among other things, why the helpline does not inform you about your position in the queue.
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Use of government logo for own purposes legal?
Recently, three associations ran an ad where they used the logo of the Ministry of Agriculture for their purposes, so that the reader could think it was an official announcement from the government. The DP MP Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Agriculture if this is legal and what he intends to do about it.
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Pollution of the Nothomb stream: what are the reasons and what will be the consequences?
It appears around 100.000 litres of liquid manure ended up in the Nothomb stream around Holtz. DP MP Gusty Graas wanted to know what the origins are and what the consequences are.
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How is the maintenance of our rivers being managed?
After the July floodings there is still a lot of rubbish in our rivers, including trash that people dispose of there. DP MPs Gusty Graas and André Bauler wanted to know how the river's maintenance is being coordinated and when the rubbish will be cleaned.
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How are the porc producers doing?
DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Agriculture how the porc producers are doing at the moment and how the state can help them.
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How is the primary sector?
DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas asked the ministers concerned about the primary sector. They asked, among other things, what the added value of this sector was and what professional profiles were most in demand.
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The danger of the Japanese beetle?
Two of our MPs, André Bauler and Gusty Graas, have asked the Minister of Agriculture about the current situation regarding the Japanese beetle in Luxembourg: which crops are the most at risk? How can the spread of the Japanese beetle be prevented and where can the discovery of such a beetle be reported?
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Rehabilitation after a stroke
Neurological rehabilitation is essential to limit the long-term consequences of a stroke. However, an article published in the "Luxemburger Wort" on 29 October 2021 pointed to possible inconsistencies in the treatment of rehabilitation in Luxembourg. In this context, our MP Gusty Graas submitted some questions to the ministers in charge of this matter.
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Has the presence of the stink bug already been confirmed in Luxembourg?
The stink bug is an invasive insect native to Asia that causes many headaches for winegrowers, fruit and vegetable producers. These bugs can indeed cause very serious damage in vines, orchards or vegetable gardens. DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas asked the ministers concerned whether these insects had already spread in Luxembourg and whether damage had already been detected in crops.
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Why do fewer municipalities take part in the European Mobility Week from year to year?
The European Mobility Week aims to raise awareness for more sustainable forms of mobility than cars. As fewer and fewer municipalities are taking part in this initiative from year to year, DP MP Gusty Graas has asked the minister responsible what this entails and how to reverse the trend.
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Danger from tree trunks in the Attert?
DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas point out to the Ministry of the Environment that there are still tree trunks in the Attert river that pose a threat to the SEBES bridge. They are therefore asking the Minister what is being done to counter this risk and whether there are other places along the Attert where fallen trees could lead to jams during floods?
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How much have farmers' crops suffered due to the weather in recent weeks?
In parts of Europe, cereal and potato harvests appear to have suffered from the rainy weather in recent weeks. What information have the ministry's services already been able to obtain and what consequences will there be for future harvests. Our MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas made inquiries with the Ministry.
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“Veterinarians for all” here in Luxembourg as well?
In France, the “Vétérinaires pour tous” initiative, which is promoted by the French recovery plan, helps those people who are unable to support their pets’ checkups and treatments at the veterinarian . This way, both are helped – the pets and their owners as well. What opportunities are there in Luxembourg for people with fewer financial means, and are similar initiatives planned in Luxembourg? Our...
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Suppression of a railway tunnel in Rumelange: what is the environmental impact?
In Rumelange, the CFL wants to destroy a historic railway tunnel, i.e. remove the ground above the tunnel, to modernize the track. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked what environmental impact these works had.
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Fluorescent markings on the motorways for better traffic safety?
In the Netherlands, a pilot project was launched a few years ago, in which the markings on the motorway were applied using fluorescent colors to improve road safety. What is the conclusion of this project? Would this also be an idea for implementation in Luxembourg? DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn have asked the minister for information.
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Solar pannels along the highways?
The coalition agreement provides that vacant areas along the motorways and railway tracks could be used to install solar pannels. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn have asked what concrete projects there are so far.
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What does the new Danish immigration law mean for Europe?
The Danish Parliament passed a new immigration law in June of this year, which aims to reject not only those people who have been refused asylum, but also those who are eligible to enter Europe. "Zero asylum seekers" is the aim of the new policy. What does this mean for Europe? Will other countries follow? What is the future of immigration policy in the European Union? MP Gusty Graas asked these questions...
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Fewer observers at the parliamentary elections in Russia?
On September 19, 2021, parliamentary elections will be held in the Russian Federation to appoint members of the “Duma”. Following a decision by Russian authorities, based on the current COVID-19 health crisis, and despite the initial decision to send 450 observers, only a delegation of 10 OSCE observers will be allowed to monitor the elections. What is the position of the Luxembourg government on this...
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What effects does the flood have on fish stocks?
Due to the recent floods, many fish have not been able to swim back into their stream or river. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the concerned minister whether she was already aware of the effects of the recent floods on the national fish stocks and whether the “plan de repeuplement” needed to be adjusted now.
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Has there recently been a pollution of the Our near Lieler?
DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas have heard that there has been a recent pollution of the Our river near Lieler. They therefore wanted to know from the relevant minister if she had any further information on this incident.
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What is the situation in Luxembourg with regard to the exposure to heavy metals of the population?
According to a study by the French public health, children who eat a lot of organic vegetables have been found to have a higher concentration of copper in their bodies. DP MP Gusty Graas asked what the situation was in Luxembourg.
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How strongly are the sewage treatment plants affected by the recent floods?
The floods apparently also damaged a number of sewage treatment plants, so that there is a risk of contaminated water flowing into the rivers. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the ministre responsible if this was the case, which sewage treatment plants were affected and what the impact was on the rivers.
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What is the current situation in Myanmar?
Following the military coup in February this year, the army continues to advance with increasing force against the protesters in Myanmar. A political crisis has turned into a human rights catastrophe. Even communications are now being monitored and intercepted on. In the French Senate and in the General Assembly, resolutions have called for recognition of the November election results and to end the...
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Current political situation on Cyprus
Geopolitical tensions in Cyprus have recently taken a new dimension. Turkey plans to bring the inhabitants of Famagusta back under Turkish Cypriot administration by encouraging them to claim their land at the Property Commission, where their property will be contested. As this occupation violates international agreements, including some EU decisions, our MP Gusty Graas has addressed some questions...
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Are poisonous flowers in the hay deadly to our animals?
The Jacob's crucifer, which is currently in bloom, and the autumnal lilies that bloom in autumn, land more and more often in hay, which is fed to farmers' beasts but also to horses. These flowers contain toxins that attack the livers of the animals and can end in death. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the ministers concerned if the hay was regularly checked, if there had been any deaths yet and how to tackle...
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Is Luxembourg still attractive to European institutions?
Many European institutions are established in Luxembourg and the country is proud to play an important role in European politics. Due to the price increase and the rise in property prices, life is becoming more expensive for everyone. Compared to Brussels, Luxembourg is becoming less and less attractive to European civil servants. Is the country at risk of European institutions relocating in the future?...
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How to react when you see an animal suffering in a car?
During hot weather, the heat can have tragic consequences for our pets. Under the Animal Welfare Law, everyone has a duty to provide assistance to an animal in danger. But what are the consequences of breaking a stranger's car window? DP-MP Gusty Grass asked the ministers concerned.
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Will the Moselle Valley become a UNESCO World Heritage Site?
The association "Weltkulturerbe Moselle Valley" is about to submit a candidacy for the inclusion of the Moselle valley as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The winegrowers from Germany are not enthusiastic, however, because the plan is that they will only be allowed to cultivate their terraced vineyards according to the traditional "Einzelpfahlerziehung". DP member Gusty Grass asked the minister responsible...
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Use of serological tests in Luxembourg
Serological tests can be used to determine whether a person has been infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus in the past and whether he or she has formed antibodies against this infection. However, a negative serological test a few months after a positive PCR test raises the question of whether the PCR test was false positive. On this issue, DP MP Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health,...
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Carbon capture and stockage in the industry?
A new EU regulation allows Member States to use carbon capture, use and storage technologies to meet their climate goals, particularly in industrial processes where emissions are difficult to avoid. In concrete terms this means that companies can capture their emissions and e.g. storage them geologically. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked what was the position of Luxembourg, which Member States...
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How are the negotiations progressing in view of COP26?
In preparation for the COP26 at the end of this year in Glasgow, negotiations are currently ongoing at the international level to prepare a possible agreement. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn wanted to know more about the content and progress of these negotiations from the responsible ministre.
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The use of long range acoustic devices (LRAD) at the Greek-turkish border
According to media reports, sound cannons are being used on the Greek-Turkish border to stop illegal immigration into these areas. In general, a complete range of new technologies is being employed here to protect the borders and to prevent illegal immigration. How much is invested here and who decides on the resources used? What are the health consequences for refugees who are confronted with this...
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Authorization of gigaliner in Luxembourg for less CO2 emissions in the transport sector?
According to the director of the Luxembourg logistics cluster, 25-meter trucks would be an option to reduce the sector's emissions. In general, however, the transport sector risks not reaching its climate goals. DP MPs Max Hahn and Gusty Graas have asked the relevant ministers if Gigaliner could be allowed in Luxembourg in the future and what considerations are there to help the sector in the climate...
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A right to be forgotten for certain diseases?
The right to be forgotten in the context of outstanding balance insurance has been in place since January 2020. A monitoring and re-evaluation committee was set up to ensure that the provisions of the agreement are properly applied and that the parties' commitments are respected. It is in this context that our Member of Parliament Gusty Graas has put a series of questions to the Minister of Health.
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Shortage of nurses in hospitals?
The shortage of staff in hospitals has been an important topic in health policy in recent months. However, it seems that every now and then young nurses cannot find a place in a Luxembourg hospital. The DP MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health, among other things, how many nurses work in hospitals in this country, whether there is a reserve list and how the difficulties...
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Vaccination against the coronavirus also for animals?
A vaccine has been developed in Russia to vaccinate animals against the coronavirus. Gusty Graas, member of Parliament for the DP, asks the Minister of Agriculture what he thinks about the vaccination of animals and if he would recommend it to Luxembourg.
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Towards an international ban on geo-engineering?
Large mirrors in space, the scattering of particles in the atmosphere or the creation of artificial clouds to reflect the sun: these are just a few examples of the so-called "geo-engineering" that some scientists want to focus on in order to stop global warming. However, as the consequences of such far-reaching interventions in nature can be unpredictable and even potentially dramatic, DP MPs Gusty...
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What are the CFL's plans for the historical locomotive 5519?
Locomotive 5519 is the last Luxembourgish steam locomotive still in operation. However, it will not be allowed to run on the Luxembourg rail network because it is not equipped with the ETCS safety system. Neither are its four "Wegmann" wagons allowed any longer on the rail network for safety reasons. DP member Gusty Graas asked therefore the ministers concerned what the plans are for the locomotive,...
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Adaptation of the quarantine regulations in Switzerland
Switzerland has announced an adaptation of the quarantine regulations. In case of contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, fully vaccinated persons will be exempted from quarantine for a period of six months, starting 14 days after the administration of the second dose of vaccine.
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International security on football events
On 19 March 2021, the Benelux Interparliamentary Assembly adopted a motion for a recommendation on international security on football events and the fight against racism. Our MP, Gusty Graas, asked the ministers in charge, among other things, how the Benelux countries could optimize the exchange of information and whether it would be appropriate to prevent hooligans from travelling to another country....
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What does the future of the steelworks in Dudelange look like?
Following the recent revelations by the Financial Times that Liberty Steel's parent group was involved in dubious financial practices, which could potentially deter new investors, DP member of Parliament Gusty Graas is asking the minister responsible how this could have an effect on the Dudelange steelworks and whether he shares the opinion of the unions that the state should intervene financially.
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What do the UK's nuclear build-up plans mean?
Speculation is high following the announcement by the British Prime Minister to increase his nuclear arsenal. Our MP Gusty Graas wants to know, among other points, from the minister in charge whether these plans are in line with the efforts under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty?
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The creation of the Istanbul Canal
The plans for the creation of a new shipping canal linking the Mediterranean and the Black Sea have attracted strong national and international criticism. According to a recent open letter signed by 104 former Turkish admirals, the construction of this canal would violate the Montreux Convention. In this context, our MP Gusty Graas put a number of questions to the responsible ministers. Among other...
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Pollution of the Syr river by the Findel airport
Especially in winter, there are frequent pollutions of the Syr, due to the defrosting of aircraft at Findel. DP MP Gusty Graas asked if there was an analysis of how much the Syr is affected by this and what action is being taken to improve the situation.
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Turkey's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention - a setback for women and women's rights
On the night of March 20, Turkey withdrew from the Istanbul Convention. What does this mean for the girls and women in the country? What is the Luxembourgish government’s stand on this matter? What will the European Union do in this situation? Can the United Nations use their influence to reverse this decision? MP Gusty Graas asked the Foreign Minister and the Minister for Gender Equality on these...
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How common is the Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in horses in Luxembourg?
The Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) broke out during an international equestrian tournament in Valencia. Hundreds of horses are infected. A Europe-wide pandemic is feared. DP member Gusty Graas asks the responsible ministers whether the virus is present in Luxembourg and what is being done in Luxembourg to prevent the virus from spreading.
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Freedom of press in the EU
In Hungary, a radio station was forced to shut its activities on 14 February 2021. In July 2020, the Hungarian government has already interfered in the media world with the dismissal of the editor-in-chief of "Index", the first news website in Hungary. In Poland, more than 40 media institutions went on strike in February to protest against a proposed "advertising tax", which was seen as an attack on...
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Invasive aquatic species: Are the proposed measures successful?
The spinycheek crayfish and the signal crayfish are two invasive species that have been spreading throughout Europe for many years - with a devastating impact on local ecosystems. DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the concerned minister whether the measures proposed in the action plan had so far been successful, how many of these animals have been caught or fished in recent years...
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Road safety during prisoner transport
The safety of detainees during transport is not guaranteed in Luxembourg, because they do not wear seat belts, criticizes the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) in a 2015 report. The Luxembourgish association "Eran, eraus… an elo?" meanwhile, criticizes the government for still not respecting international standards in this area....
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Soon a new variant of swine fever in Luxembourg?
Australian authorities have warned of a new variant of swine flu. The members of the DP, Gusty Graas and André Bauler, asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the risk of this variant reaching Europe.
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Nosocomial infections in Luxembourg
Even in hospitals, patients can develop an infection. DP members Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health, among other things, about the current figures and how many specialised staff are working in this field in Luxembourg.
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Drone rescue of fawns from combine harvesters
The government announced a pilot project last summer to support the drone rescue of fawns from combine harvesters. DP MPs Max Hahn and Gusty Graas wanted more information on this pilot project.
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The resiliency of transportation routes for vaccines and medical equipment
In a document published by a global logistics firm, the point was raised that it could become difficult to deliver vaccines and medical equipment to remote areas during the pandemic in countries that are not as technologically advanced. MP Gusty Graas has raised his concerns with the Ministry for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and asked if such problems have come to be known so far...
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What is the reaction of the Minister of the Environment to the resignation of the president of the FSHCL?
The president of the hunter's federation motivated his resignation by the lack of constructive collaboration and a "contempt" ("Missachten") on the part of the Minister of the Environment vis-à-vis hunters. DP MPs Guy Arendt and Gusty Graas wanted to know the minister's reaction to these allegations and how the current situation is planned to be resolved.
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Too high a phosphate concentration in the water of the Haute-Sûre lake?
In a recent interview, the President of the Chamber of Agriculture regrets that no follow-up has been given to an analysis on the high concentration of phosphate in the water of the Haute-Sûre dam lake submitted to the Minister of the environment. This is why the deputy of the DP Gusty Graas asked for explanations on this subject from the minister in question.
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Oppression of the media in Burkina Faso
In June 2019, the criminal law was changed in Burkina Faso in such a way that it no longer allows for objective reporting in the news. Ever since, the media are facing an increasing resistance and they are becoming more and more exposed to the risk of consequences due to penal prosecution by the authorities. What is Luxembourg’s stance on this subject and what implications does this have on Luxembourg’s...
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What is the impact of the Myanmar coup on Luxembourg’s cooperation activities in the country?
After Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won the elections by a landslide, Myanmar’s army has taken control over the country via a coup in February. The leader of the Burmese civil government and members of her party were arrested and put under house arrest. What is Luxembourg’s position toward these events? How are the Luxembourgish agents currently working and helping in the area? Will these developments have...
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Is NATO getting its own bank?
An American ‘Think tank’ proposed to create a bank specifically for NATO to guarantee the financing of its member states’ defense materials. How would this system work and who would profit from it? MP Gusty Graas asked the responsible minister for answers.
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Nuclear waste repository in Bure: regular exchanges between France and Luxembourg?
The French environmental authority raised many criticisms in its opinion from January 13th on the proposed nuclear waste storage center in Bure. DP MPs Max Hahn and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the competent ministers, whether they were aware of what action the French authorities intend to take on this opinion, and whether there are regular exchanges between France and Luxembourg on this topic.
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Transgenic pigs from the United States for human consumption?
In the United States, the Food Safety Authority (FDA) has recently approved genetically modified pigs for human consumption. DP members Gusty Graas and André Bauler ask the Minister for Health and the Minister for Agriculture what they think about the use of these pigs in Europe for pharmaceutical or food production.
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What is going to happen to Alexej Nawalny after his arrest?
On Sunday Alexej Nawalny flew back from Germany to Moskow and he was arrested at his arrival. A strong international reaction came quickly. What will become of Kremlin’s critic and which consequences will the arrest have for Russia? MP Gusty Graas asked the respective minister in charge.
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What is going to happen to the refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina?
The refugees in the Lipa camp in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been without access to clean water, electricity, heating and tents for months. And this even though alternative options for more winterproof accommodations exist. Those refugees that try to make their way across the border, are retained by Croatian police by force and subjected to violence before being sent back. MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty...
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Is the CHAFEA relocating to Brussels?
At the beginning of 2020 discussions regarding a relocalisation of the CHAFEA caused some commotion. On the grounds of efficiency, a number of job positions and activities are to be relocated to Brussels. MP Gusty Graas asked the minister in charge what is currently the plan for CHAFEA
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International recognition of ecocide as a crime: what efforts has Luxembourg undertaken so far?
The government has decided in its current coalition agreement that it will support the recognition of ecocide as a crime. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn wanted to know from the competent ministers what Luxembourg's efforts have been so far in this direction.
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Water from the Moselle river to water young vines?
The possibility of using water from the Moselle to irrigate young vines in times of extreme heat and drought already exists in Luxembourg, one only needs an authorization. However, few winegrowers take advantage of it, while the president of independent winegrowers is arguing for more use. What are the reasons for this? Should more information be provided on this possibility, or should the administrative...
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Donation funds in India
In India, the regulations for donations from abroad were changed in November. This has implications for the work of Luxembourgish NGOs. Gusty Graas, a DP MP, asked the minister in charge.
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Is it possible that CBD products will be prohibited in the EU
The European Commission announced this November that cannabidiol (CBD) could be classified as a narcotic. As a consequence, products containing natural CBD would be banned within the EU. The DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas have asked the Minister of Health some questions about this topic.
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A new rapid PCR test for Luxemourg?
A medical technology start-up has developed a new rapid PCR test. This test can be used in hospitals and doctors' surgeries. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health if this test will also be available in Luxembourg.
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Will our agriculture need more water?
Water is a vital resource, also for our agriculture. After the many warm summers, DP MPs Gusty Graas and André Bauler asked the responsible ministers how much agriculture, horticulture and viticulture currently need and will need in the future.
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The worrying situation in the El Guergarat passage
Morocco has launched an operation in the narrows of el Guergarat to guarantee the free circulation of people and goods. The "Polisario" and its militias have blocked the border crossing and threatened the ceasefire that has existed in this zone for about 30 years. In the context of these events, our MP Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs some questions.
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A shuttle bus between the border parking in Stepernich and the railway station of Kleinbettingen?
In order to improve commuter traffic between Belgium and Luxembourg, two Walloon MPs have recently proposed organising a shuttle bus between the Stepernich border car park and the Kleinbettingen railway station. Gusty Graas, a DP MP, asked the minister responsible what he thought of this idea.
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