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Guaranteeing Equal Opportunities in Education
During his ‘Tribune Libre’ on the radio, our parliamentary group leader Gilles Baum talked in detail about the big cornerstones of the 2021/2022 beginning of the school year.
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RGTR reform: What is the ministry doing to make the bus lines 110 and 111 more attractive again?
The new bus lines 110 and 111, as modified by the RGTR reform, are for many people no longer interesting enough to leave their car. DP MP Carole Hartmann therefore asked the minister responsible for the plans to make these lines more attractive.
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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 do you get the traffic in Saeul under control?
DP MP André Bauler asked the responsible minister how traffic in Saeul has developed since 2017 and what measures he is planning to improve the situation.
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Is Luxembourg prepared for the spread of dengue fever?
Dengue is spreading more and more in our so-called temperate regions. In this regard, the Democratic Party deputies André Bauler and Gilles Baum put some questions to the Minister of Health, asking, among other things, about the preparation of our hospitals, the monitoring of the spread of the virus in our country and the perspectives established by the WHO.
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Do growth projections need to be lowered?
According to market economists, Germany has already passed the peak of its economic recovery, so that a slight reduction in its growth rate can be expected in the coming months. Our deputy André Bauler therefore asked the Minister of the Economy whether the growth forecasts in Luxembourg would need to be revised and what consequences the recent supply shortages would have on our gross domestic product.
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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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CNS affiliation after a vacation job
Students who are still living with their parents have to re-affiliate with a parent at the CNS after a vacation job. Deputy Gilles Baum has heard that many people are not aware of this. In order to avoid nasty surprises in the event of illness, the leader of the DP group asks if, in the context of co-insurance, an automation could not be introduced to reassure children about their parents without further...
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Lycée Edward Steichen: development and forecasts
The number of pupils enrolled at the "Lycée Edward Steichen" has risen steadily since the opening of the new school in 2018. As part of the preparations for the new school year 2021/2022, our deputy André Bauler asked the Minister of Education, Children and Youth, about the occupancy rate of the new classrooms and the geographical origin of the pupils.
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Secondary schools: do their names need an adaptation?
Since the reform of secondary education in 2017, the former regime called "Enseignement technique" now bears the name of "Enseignement général". Our deputy André Bauler has noticed however, that there are still a few secondary schools in Luxembourg that carry the name "Lycée technique de...". He therefore asked the Minister of Education, Children and Youth whether the names of the relevant schools...
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Are municipalities allowed to withhold letters from the municipality council?
Citizens, clubs or associations often send invitations, concerns or information requests to the Aldermen and the local council of their community. They usually use the official e-mail or postal address of the municipality. DP MPs Guy Arendt and Claude Lamberty have now learned that some letters never reached the members of the municipality council, even though they were considered the recipients of...
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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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How soon can flood-affected businesses expect to receive assistance?
Many businesses, hotels, restaurants, cafes and campsites, which have already suffered greatly from the containment, have now suffered enormous damage from the flooding. DP MP Carole Hartmann asked Minister for the Middle Class Lex Delles if these companies can receive advances and when they can expect to receive the requested assistance.
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The fight agains Covid is on the right way - continue the liberal and social path
The “Luxembourgish way” – the mixture between vaccination and sanitary measures – is the right way in the fight against the pandemic. This was our parliamentary group’s leaders’ message at the concluding press conference of the DP parliamentary group.
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Improving everyday life for the public: before, during and after the crisis
This week in his Open Stage contribution on the radio, our parliamentary group leader Gilles Baum speaks about the political priorities of the country, besides the ones linked to the Covid crisis.
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No discrimination based on sexual orientation
This week our MP Pim Knaff spoke in the 'Tribune Libre' on the radio about the rights of homosexual and transgender people in Hungary and Europe.
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Risk of a 4th wave of Covid-19 infections
The delta variant of Covid-19 is spreading more and more in Europe. This raises concerns that a fourth wave of infections could hit us in the autumn. DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health how she assesses the risk of a 4th wave here in the country and whether preparations are already being made for this eventuality.
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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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Communal mergers are not a means to an end
This week, in his Tribune Libre on the radio, Paul Engel, Mayor of Grosbous, talks about municipal mergers and more specifically about the planned merger of Grosbous and Wahl.
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Combination of different vaccines against Covid-19
A recent study by the University of Saarland indicates that a combination of vaccines from AstraZeneca and Biontech/Pfizer leads to a higher immunisation. The DP MPs Claude Lamberty and Carole Hartmann have asked the Minister of Health, among other things, whether such a combination, once the results are confirmed, will also be considered in Luxembourg?
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National Congress 2021
Last year, we all wrote history together. As the first party in Luxembourg, the DP has set up a democratic, innovative and interactive digital congress.
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New salary accord
The new salary agreement with the CGFP will allow the government in the future to focus on the working conditions of civil servants.
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The collective efforts have paid off!
“Minimum chances for the virus, maximum chances for education”: this was the motto of the Minister of Education, Claude Meisch, from the very beginning.
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The DP now has a section in the commune of Lintgen
Since October 2020, the last commune of the Alzette valley also has a DP section. In 2023, the municipal council will be elected according to the proportional representation system for the first time in Lintgen. It is therefore important for the DP to position itself well now.
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Luxembourg City: more space for people
Promoting soft mobility, giving people more space in public areas, making the city more attractive. Even before the pandemic, a lot of work had been done at the Knuedler, but the crisis certainly helped to speed up the process.
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Environment and health go hand in hand
Our environment has a direct impact on our health in many ways. The Covid pandemic has clearly shown this. Therefore, the DP wants to strengthen the role of environmental medicine and the health policy.
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Luxembourg becomes more accessible
We want a world in which everyone has access everywhere - not just physically, but also access to information. During the corona pandemic, the government did everything in its power to provide information to everyone: the leaflets were translated into several languages and the press conferences could be followed in sign language.
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Spotlight: Daliah Scholl
This time in the Spotlight: Daliah Scholl, the newly elected president of the DP South. With the learned flutist, a woman stands for the first time at the head of the district south of the DP. Since 2011 President of the Esch Section, Daliah Scholl has also been a member of the City Council for the DP since the last election.
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News from Europe by Charles Goerens
The financial planning of the EU covers a period of 7 years. The European Council decided in July 2020 to invest 1211 billion euros into the budget for the new period. Of this, 79.5 billion euros will flow into international relations, with the main share being used for third-country development cooperation.
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Two new DP Councilors
Dali Zhu, 32, is a trained statistician and econometrician. He worked as a risk manager in the banking industry for 4 years. Last year, he took over the family business at home. He is a member of the Cercle Amicale des Oeuvres du Rotary, Vice-President of the International Association of Story-Telling and Story-Singing Arts, an organisation that organises cultural exchanges an events between China...
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Making our healthcare sector fit for the future
A high-quality healthcare sector distinguishes itself above all through competent staff - the cornerstone of any healthcare sector. It just wouldn’t work without the doctors, nurses, midwives and all the other important health professionals.
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KEP 1.0 - Culture as dialogue and investment
At the end of April, there was a major orientation debate in Parliament on the Cultural Development Plan 1.0. A plan that has occupied the work of the Parliamentary Committee on Culture for several years, and which today - in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic - has a very different meaning than in 2018.
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Civil servant, syndicalist and a politician by conviction
Jos. Schaack’s vest matches the color of the sky - light blue: we have reached the end of April, the sun is shining, and Luxembourg is hoping for a spring like last year, when the country was in strict confinement.
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The DP's parliamentary group on Facebook
What does the work of the DP members of parliament in Chambers look like?
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Portrait of employees
Sebastien Gudenburg and David Wilson
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The recovery of public finances continues
In his Tribune Libre on the radio this week, the chairman of the Parliamentary Finance and Budget Commission, André Bauler, drew a rather positive assessment of the economic and financial situation of the country.
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DP national congress: taking responsibility in times of crisis
For the second time since the start of the Corona Pandemic, the Democratic Party launched its national congress in digital form on Monday, April 26th. This year again, it was a great success: more than 600 members attended and participated in the congress.
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For the country and its people, during and after the Corona Crisis
In the Tribune Libre on radio this week, our Secretary General Claude Lamberty spoke about the light at the end of the Corona Tunnel and the political future of the country after the crisis.
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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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The DP mourns the loss of Paul Helminger
With Paul Helminger, Luxembourg loses a politician who has strongly shaped the country and the city of Luxembourg. Paul Helminger was a politician who moved things. A man for whom modernization was not a slogan, but a task for which he committed himself wholeheartedly: as a diplomat, as chief of staff, as secretary of state, as deputy, as member of parliament, as mayor of Luxembourg-city, and as entrepreneur.
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What is the situation of sexually transmitted diseases in Luxembourg?
Sexually transmitted diseases are still a real threat to our health. Antibiotic resistance is also contributing to certain diseases becoming more dangerous again. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Claude Lamberty asked the ministers responsible how many cases of sexually transmitted diseases there are in Luxembourg and what measures are being taken to curb their spread.
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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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National capacities of waste disposal: Where do we stand?
The constant growth of our population goes hand in hand with an increase of waste that local authorities need to dispose of. In this context, the DP deputies Carole Hartmann and Gilles Baum asked the Minister of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development if the capacity of the incinerator in Leudelingen and the landfill Muertendall are to be expanded any time soon.
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The DP suggests Marc Meyers for the vacant post in the State Council
The 'Comité directeur' of the Democratic Party decided unanimously in its meeting on March 17th to propose Mr Marc Meyers to the government for the vacant post in the Council of State.
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We’re not leaving the people in the ‘Gare’ area and in Bonnevoie out in the rain
In his ‘Tribune libre‘, alderman Patrick Goldschmidt talks about the fight against the felt lack of safety in the ‘Gare’ and Bonnevoie areas.
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Report about the public funding of hospital Investments
The COVID crisis has shown how important a well-functioning health system — including hospitals – is.
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Climate protection debate: Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage
What is the role of technologies that filter carbon dioxide from the air in the context of climate protection? The Chamber of Deputies addressed this question in a debate.
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Idea of the Month - Telework
Working from home? This has become a reality for many people over the past few months. And it works! At least that’s what a recent study of STATEC says. A big majority of the interviewees has made positive experiences with telework. Working from home primarily means saving yourself the travel to your workplace. It also means more time for family, friends, and hobbies. The employer also profits from...
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A strong DP-Team for the Forge du Sud
Improving the quality of life for all the inhabitants of Dudelange - that is the aim of DP Dudelange. The still young section presents 5 of their priorities here.
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Spotlight: Eric Thill
The first ‘Spotlight’ of the DP Magazine features the youngest mayor of the country, Eric Thill.  The 26-year old economist is not only in charge of local matters in his home commune ‘Schieren’, he is also the youngest district president in the history of the Democratic Party. We caught up with Eric to chat about his commune, the northern district and his political priorities. DP: Eric, despite...
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First lessons from the COVID-crisis
Since March our country has had to face the challenges of the Covid pandemic, and our
 health care system is under a lot of pressure. The crisis has shown however that on all levels of our society, there is a high readiness to show solidarity, and that society can adapt quickly to existential changes. There was an incredible positive dynamic between all stakeholders in our health care sector...
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DP Digital Congress
On the 15th of June, the DP held the first digital political congress in Luxembourg. #INNOVATIVE There were continuously over 600 members following us via ‘Zoom’, the Facebook live streams, on Youtube and via our party’s website dp.lu. #INTERACTIVE 76 questions were raised to our ministers during the Live Q&A, 12 party members spoke live. #DEMOCRATIC 131 candidates participated in the elections...
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Colette Flesch - No political regrets
Colette Flesch is the grande dame of the Democratic Party. During her career, she was, among others, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Economy, Mayor of Luxembourg City, MP and MEP. Colette Flesch has represented Luxembourg three times as a fencer at the Olympic Games.
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Free public transport: A DP idea becomes reality
As the first country in the world, Luxembourg made the decision to make all public transport free of charge. Since march 1rst, taking the train, the bus or the tramway is free of cost. This idea comes originally from the DP’s 2018 electoral programme. We ensured that this idea made its way into the coalition agreement and is now being implemented. Public transport as a real alternative to the car Of...
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Satirical Corner - September 2020
People in the little land of Mary all agree. 2020 is one of the worst years ever. Even the Pentecost cruise aborted ship!
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Lookingto the future with courage and confidence
Strengthening Luxembourg Over the past few months, we've all done amazing things. So far, we have all managed to get through this health crisis together. We have secured jobs and stabilized our businesses. We reacted quickly by resorting to short-time working and other direct and indirect financial aid. By doubling the cost of living allowance and freezing rents, we have been able to ensure the...
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Jean Hamilius - An upright chestnut tree on the ‘Eecherfeld’
Jean Hamilius is one of two members still alive of the government Thorn-Vouel (DP-LSAP/1974-1979). In his life, Jean Hamilius was a minister, MP, city councilor, MEP and a successful banker and athlete. Jean Hamilius was, among other things, President and founding member of Crédit Européen (now ING Bank).
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Spotlight: Barbara Agostino
“Politics is important to me because I want to get involved. Above all, I want to help young people find their own way in life”, says Barbara Agostino. As a trained educator and teacher, high-quality childcare and a good education for the children are particularly important to the director of 14 childcare facilities. The first captain of the Luxembourg women’s soccer national team is still passionate...
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Satirical Corner – November 2020
The corona virus is omnipresent again! This is already evident in the toilet paper index in supermarkets. The shelves look very empty again. Happy are those who have frozen a portion of their huge toilet paper stock from March!
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Live Q&A with Prime Minister
An d'Blot gefrot Exactly one week following his State of the Nation speech, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel took the time to answer questions from the citizens in the context or a virtual question round. With over 250 participants that joining via Zoom, Facebook and Youtube, it became an interesting round with good discussions. Here you can watch the replay of the live stream: https://youtu.be/FblZFYLikvE
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Equal opportunities - the situation in Luxembourg
The DP recently stated that a sustainable development of our country is only possible if additional efforts are made in the area of equal opportunities. ‘Equal opportunities’ as such is a very broad concept, as it involves many different aspects of our lives. But what do we actually mean when talking about “equal opportunities”? The principle of ‘equal opportunities’ should guarantee the same opportunities...
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Idea of the Month – Flexible working hours
A greater use of flexible working hours! In the first edition of our DP Magazine we talked about teleworking, a concept we’ve been pushing for quite a few years. We want reduce people’s time spend in traffic jams and instead give them more hours to enjoy with their family. Besides the idea of teleworking, offering flexible working hours are one of our top concerns when it comes to improving work-life...
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A strong Program for the municipality of Junglinster
In the 2017 elections, the DP won around a third of the votes in the municipality of Junglinster. The leader of the parliamentary group of the DP, Gilles Baum, was recently replaced by Ben Ries in the Alderman’s college. The second elected on the PD list will now ensure that the investment program will benefit all citizens of the municipality.
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News parliamentary group - November 2020
Teambuilding In October, the parliamentary group organised a day during which the team analysed projects for the next parliamentary year. At the new Mama Shelter hotel, parliamentary group collaborators worked, laughed and discussed together. With the significant increase in the number of employees in recent months, this was an opportunity to promote team spirit. In the next two pages of the magazine,...
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Satirical Corner – January 2021
After refraining from reading the retrospectives in December, because we already knew that the coronavirus had dominated the news throughout the year – and we are also a little fed up with hearing about it – I offer to you a more positive outlook on 2021.
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The interests of working people should be at the centre of attention
The DP is convinced that every employee knows how to work best. Both employees and employers want more flexibility - for a better work-life balance or to be able to better adapt work to the economic environment.
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Portrait of employees
Anne Glesener
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Wunnen
Wunnengsbau: Wunnraum schafen De Mangel u bezuelbarem Wunnraum zu Lëtzebuerg ass zanter ville Joren eng grouss Erausfuerderung. Déi haiteg Situatioun ass dorobber zréckzeféieren, datt de Wunnengsbau de tatsächlechem Besoin zanter Joerzéngten net decke kann. Obwuel dat Thema schonn zanter Joren op der politescher Agenda steet, hunn déi viregt Regierungen et verpasst, déi noutwenneg landesplaneresch...
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Weiderbildung a Life long learning
„Digital Learning Centers“ an e Bildungsscheck an der Erwuessenebildung aféieren Den technologesche Wandel ass eng Erausfuerderung fir d’Entreprisen a hir Beschäftegt. Dofir wëll d’DP „Digital Learning Centers“ mat enger digitaler Bildungsplattform schafen, iwwert déi ee ka fräi op Programmer (Uni Lëtzebuerg, Erwuessenebildung, IFEN oder INAP) zeréckgräifen. An dësen Zentere sollen iwwerdeems vun...
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Tourismus
D’Vermaartung vum Tourismus professionaliséieren D’DP wäert déi regional Tourismusbüroe weider professionaliséieren an hir Zesummenaarbecht mat „Luxembourg for Tourism“ ausbauen. Eng permanent Koordinatioun soll d’Ofleef dovunner optiméieren. D’DP wäert och rechtlech iwwerpréiwen, a wéiwäit déi regional Büroen an Zukunft och kënne kommerziell aktiv ginn. D’Zil ass et, fir d’Vermaartung vun all den...
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Steierpolitik
Steierpolitik: d’Bierger gerecht entlaaschten an d’Entreprenariat fërderen Déi steierpolitesch Entlaaschtung vun de Mëttelschichte bleift en zentraalt Uleies vun der DP. D’DP-gefouert Regierung huet d’Staatsfinanzen an der lafender Legislaturperiod Schrack fir Schrack sanéiert an huet esou fir den néidege Sputt fir steierpolitesch Entlaaschtunge gesuergt. Esou konnt eng ëmfaassend Steierreform gemaach...
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Staat an ëffentlechen Déngscht
Staat an ëffentlechen Déngscht: modern an effizient Eng modern an effizient ëffentlech Administratioun vun de kuerze Weeër ass e wichtege Bestanddeel vum Erfollegsmodell Lëtzebuerg an dréit zu der Kompetitivitéit an der Attraktivitéit vun eisem Land bäi. Am Laf vun de leschte fënnef Joer ass den ëffentlechen Déngscht gestäerkt ginn, andeems eng sëlleche nei Plaze bäikomm sinn. Domadder ass der deels...
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Sprooch
D’Lëtzebuerger Sprooch: Geziilt fërderen an hire Stellewäert stäerken D’Lëtzebuerger Sprooch ass en Deel vun eiser Identitéit a vun eisem kulturellen Ierwen. Si dréit als Integratiouns- an als Alldagssprooch e wesentlechen Deel zur sozialer Kohäsioun an eisem Land bäi. D’DP setzt sech fir eng Stäerkung vun der Lëtzebuerger Sprooch an a betruecht d’Méisproochegkeet als essentiellen a wäertvollen Tromp...
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Sport
Sport a Beweegung: E gesond Liewe fërderen D'DP moosst dem Sport eng héich gesellschaftspolitesch Bedeitung zou. De Sport fërdert d'Gesondheet, vermëttelt Toleranz a Teamgeescht, hëlleft sozial Diskrepanzen z'iwwerwannen an ass e wichtegen Integratiounsfaktor. Mir wëllen dës Bedeitung bei de Leit stäerken an de Breede-, Leeschtungs-, a Behënnertesport an deem Sënn fërderen. Déi finanziell Ënnerstëtzung...
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Soziales
E Schwéierpunkt ass fir d’DP d’Lutte géint d’Aarmut an déi sozial Ausgrenzung. Mir hunn déi lescht fënnef Joer vill Moossname geholl, fir d’Situatioun vun de Leit mat engem klengen Akommes däitlech ze verbesseren. D’Deierechtsbäilag ass esou geännert ginn, datt elo knapps 2.200 Stéit kënnen dovunner profitéieren. D’Aféierung vun der „Subvention Loyer“ dréit duerzou bäi, datt antëscht bal 35.000 Stéit...
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Sozial Ofsécherung
Securité sociale: d'sozial Systemer laangfristeg sécheren Wat de Gesondheets- a Rentesystem concernéiert, steet d'DP zum Prinzip vun der Generatiounegerechtegkeet. Déi aktuell Situatioun vun de Sozialversécherungssystemer ass gesond. Lëtzebuerg huet den Ament Pensiounsreserven an Héicht vu bal deem 4,5fache vun den Depense pro Joer. D'DP wäert reegelméisseg d'Situatioun evaluéieren, fir direkt op Fluktuatioune...
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Senioren an drëtten Alter
Eng modern Seniorepolitik: Ënnerstëtzung fir aktiv al ze ginn Den Iwwergang vum Beruffsliewen an d’Pensioun ass e groussen Aschnëtt am Liewe vu ville Leit. D’DP wäert déi aktiv Begleedung vun de Leit an engem entscheedenden Deel vun hirem Liewe fërderen. Fir d’DP sinn d’Liewensqualitéit an d’Wuelbefannen vun den eelere Leit ganz wichteg. Fir déi aktiv Begleedung z’ënnerstëtzen, den Austausch tëschent...
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Natur- an Ëmweltschutz
Natur- an Ëmweltschutz: Nohaltegkeet als Leetfuedem Fir d’DP ass en effizienten Natur- an Ëmweltschutz noutwenneg fir d’Biodiversitéit an d’Liewensqualitéit vun de Mënschen an eisem Land. Fir d’DP stinn eng aktiv Wirtschaftspolitik an e konsequenten Natur- an Ëmweltschutz net am Widdersproch. Am Géigendeel, d’Natur kennt kee Verbëtzen, si ass markéiert duerch eng Abberzuel un zouenen a stabille Kreesleef....
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Mëttelstand
Fir d’DP ass de Mëttelstand d’Réckkräiz vun eiser Ekonomie, deen net nëmmen Aarbechtsplaze schaft, ma och fest an eisem Land verwuerzelt ass. Dofir ass et der DP och extra wichteg, fir déi kleng a mëttel Betriber an Zukunft weider z’ënnerstëtzen. Kleng a mëttelgrouss Betriber steierlech entlaaschten D’Steierreform an dëser Legislaturperiod huet d’Steierlaascht vu klenge Betriber mat engem begrenzten...
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Medien
Medien: D’Onofhängegkeet an d’Villfalt vu de Medie garantéieren D’Gesetz iwwert den Informatiounszougang ass gestëmmt ginn. Dat Gesetz garantéiert de Bierger an de Journalisten en Recht zu Informatioune vun de Verwaltungen. Mat der Reform vun der Pressehëllef ass de Mediepluralismus an deem Sënn gestäerkt ginn, datt elo och Online-Medie finanziell ënnerstëtzt ginn. D’DP wäert och an Zukunft d’Onofhängegkeet...
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Landwirtschaft a Wäibau
Land- an Ernierungswirtschaft: am Interessi vun de Baueren, de Konsumenten a vun der Ëmwelt Eng modern Land- an Ernierungswirtschaft setzt op Qualitéit viru Quantitéit. D’Bedeitung vu regionale Produkter, faire Präisser fir de Bauer a fir de Konsument, vum Wuel vun den Déieren a vun enger ëmweltbewosster Produktioun ginn ëmmer méi wichteg an eiser Gesellschaft. D’DP huet déi lescht fënnef Joer d’Weiche...
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Landesplanung
Eist Land nohalteg plangen D’DP wäert mat enger kohärenter Landesplanung enger weiderer Landschaftszersiidlung zu Lëtzebuerg entgéintwierken. Déi véier sektoriell Pläng fir de Wunnengsbau, d’Landschaften, den Transport an d’Wirtschaftszonen sinn déi wichteg Steierelementer. D’Regierung huet de Stau an der Landesplanung vun der viregter Regierung opgeléist an d’sektoriell Pläng op den Instanzewee bruecht....
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Kultur
Kulturpolitik: Geziilt Fërderung vun de Kënschtler a vun enger kultureller Participatioun fir all d’Leit Fir d'DP sinn d’Fërderung vun der kultureller Villfalt an d’Wäertschätzung vun de Lëtzebuerger Kulturschaffenden a vun hire Wierker en zentrale Pilier vun der Kulturpolitik. Fir dësem Usproch gerecht ze ginn, huet den DP-gefouerte Kulturministère säi Budget an dëser Legislaturperiod op knapp 1%...
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Klima an Energie
Klima- an Energiepolitik: Erneierbar Energien an Energieeffikassitéit am Fokus D’DP steet fir eng éiergäizeg Politik, fir géint de Klimawandel ze kämpfen. 2005 ass de KyotoProtokoll a Kraaft getrueden, an deem sech d’Industrienatioune fir d’alleréischt bannent Ziler gesat hunn, fir d’Zäregasen ze reduzéieren. Eng zweet Phas vun der Emissiounsreduzéierung gouf 2012 zu Doha festgehalen. Déi deemoleg...
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Kannerbetreiung
E wëssenschaftleche Conseil institutionaliséieren Bei der Aféierung vun der méisproocheger Fréifërderung huet d’DP e wëssenschaftleche Conseil mat renomméierte Wëssenschaftler aus Lëtzebuerg an aus dem Ausland zesummegesat, fir de Projet wëssenschaftlech ze begleeden. Service fir Innovatioun a Qualitéitsentwécklung an der net-formaler Bildung schafen D’DP wäert den SNJ („Service National de la Jeunesse“)...
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Jugend
Offer u betreitem Wunnen an u Jugendwunnengen ausbauen D’DP wäert d’Offer u Jugendwunnengen an u betreitem Wunnen op nationalem Niveau ausbauen, fir Jugendlech a jonk Erwuessener beim Iwwergang an den Erwuessenenalter punktuell z’ënnerstëtzen. Jugendtreffen...
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Integratioun a Zesummeliewen
D’Flüchtlingskris war eng grouss Erausfuerderung fir déi europäesch a fir déi lëtzebuergesch Politik. Am Joer 2015 hu sech d’Demanden op international Protektioun am Verglach mat 2014 méi wéi verduebelt; vu ronn 1.000 op bal 2.500. Eist Land huet mussen d’Opnam an d’Integratioun vun dëse Leit garantéieren. D’DP-gefouert Regierung huet an dëser Krisenzäit Responsabilitéit iwwerholl. An enker Zesummenaarbecht...
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Inklusioun
Fir d’DP ass d’Inclusioun e Mënscherecht. Fir eis ass et en zentraalt Uleies, datt Mënsche mat spezielle Besoine kënnen um gesellschaftleche Liewen deelhuelen. All Bierger soll iwwerdeem e méiglechst selbstbestëmmt Liewe féiere kënnen. Den DP-gefouerte Familljeministère huet d’Iddi vun der Inclusioun an de leschte fënnef Joren virubruecht an déi am Joer 2011 ratifizéiert UNO-Behënnerterechtskonventioun...
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Gesondheet a Rettungswiesen
Gesondheet: e séieren Accès zu enger qualitativ héichwäerteger Medezin An der Gesondheetspolitik leet d'DP de Fokus op e séieren Accès vun de Patienten zu enger qualitativ héichwäerteger Medezin. Gläichzäiteg huet fir d'DP déi laangfristeg Ofsécherung vum Gesondheets- a Rentesystem déi héchste Prioritéit. An der aktueller Legislatur huet d'DP sech fir däitlech Verbesserungen am Gesondheetssystem agesat....
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Gesellschaft
Zesummeliewen an der Gesellschaft: oppen, tolerant, solidaresch an inklusiv D’DP steet fir eng fräi, oppen an tolerant Gesellschaft, déi net nëmme solidaresch mat deene méi Schwaachen ass, ma déi sech dofir asetzt, datt alleguerten d’Mënsche kënnen um gesellschaftleche Liewen deelhuelen. Gesellschaftspolitesch huet d’DP-gefouert Regierung remarkabel Succèsen Opweises. D’Prozedur fir d’Lëtzebuerger...
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Héichschoul, Fuerschung an Innovatioun
Héichschoul a Fuerschung: den Innovatiounsstanduert Lëtzebuerg ausbauen Lëtzebuerg ass e Land vun den Talenter, vum Éiergäiz op Wëssen a vun der Innovatioun. Mir mussen an Zukunft nach méi vun deem Potenzial profitéieren. De Wëssensfortschrëtt an d’Vermëttlung vu Wësse wäerten an den nächste Joren net nëmmen e gudden Deel zu der Konkurrenzfäegkeet vum Land bäidroen, ma och onverzichtbar si fir de soziale...
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Digitalisatioun
Ënnert der Responsabilitéit vun der DP huet d’Regierung mat der Initiativ „Digital Lëtzebuerg“ e wichteg Grondstee fir déi digital Zukunft geluecht. Lëtzebuerg huet eng global digital Strategie, déi alleguerten d’Beräicher ofdeckt –vun der Informatiséierung vun de Staatsverwaltungen iwwer d’Fërderung vun digitale Kompetenzen bis bei d’Entwécklung vu neie Kompetenznischen.  D’DP wäert an Zukunft...
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Aarbecht
Aarbecht: Beruff a Privatliewe matenee verbannen D’DP ass sech der Tatsaach bewosst, datt vill Leit haut eng nei Virstellung vun hirer Aarbecht a vun hirem Liewen hunn. De Wonsch no Flexibilitéit a no Auszäite passt neméi bei déi rigid 9to5-Aarbechtszäiten, déi vu mueres 9 bis owes fënnef Auer ginn. D’DP gesäit déi gréissten Erausfuerderung fir de Lëtzebuerger Aarbechtsmaart doranner, datt Aarbecht,...
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Coffe break episode 8
Theories about the Covid-19 vaccination, the EU approval procedure and the Luxembourg vaccination strategy.
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Finanzen
Gesond Staatsfinanzen: de Fong vum Erfollegsmodell Lëtzebuerg D’DP huet hiert Versprieche gehalen, an d'Staatsfinanze sanéiert. Déi ëffentlech Finanze sti wéinst enger responsabeler a konsequenter Budgetspolitik erëm op gesonde Been. Mir beloossen et awer net dobäi. Den Defizit am Zentralstaat louch 2012 bei iwwer enger Milliard Euro a sollt de Berechnunge vun der viregter CSV/LSAP-Regierung no och...
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Mobilitéit
Mobilitéit: modern Verkéiersinfrastrukture fir haut a muer Lëtzebuerg brauch eng modern Verkéiersinfrastruktur, fir datt d’Bierger bequem a méiglechst séier vun A op B kënne kommen. Ronn annerhallef Stonn brauch all Bierger am Schnëtt den Dag fir sech virunzebeweegen. D’DP wëll dës Zäit däitlech reduzéieren. An der aktueller Legislaturperiod huet déi vun d’DP-gefouert Regierung ugefaangen, de chroneschen...
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Famill
Familljepolitik: Eng besser Verknäppung vu Beruff a Famill Wärend der Regierungsperiod 2013-2018 huet d’DP d’Familljepolitik moderniséiert. Déi Politik vu virdrun huet net méi den Erausfuerderunge vun der haiteger Gesellschaft entsprach an huet esouguer deels onsécher Situatiounen ënnermauert. Den Aarmutsrisiko –zemol vun Elengerzéiende mat Kanner –huet e Paradigmewiessel an der Familljepolitik verlaangt,...
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Bildung
Bildung: Fair Zukunftschancë fir ons Kanner D’Bildung ass déi wichtegst Ressource vun eisem Land. Si hëlleft ebe just jonke Leit, fir hiren eegene Wee ze fannen. Den Accès zu gudder, universeller Bildung ass e Mënscherecht an ass net nëmme wichteg fir ons Wirtschaft a fir ons Innovatiounscapacitéit, ma virun allem fir déi perséinlech Entwécklung vu jidder Eenzelen. D’Bildung ass virun allem d’Viraussetzung...
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Wirtschaft
Wirtschaftspolitik: de Standuert stäerken an de Mëttelstand fërderen No de Krisejoren huet sech de Lëtzebuerger Wirtschaftswuesstem an dëser Legislaturperiod erëm gutt erholl a wäert dëtt Joer bei 3,8% leien. Dat weist sech och bei der gudder Situatioun um Aarbechtsmaart. De Chômage ass vu 7,1% am Joer 2013 op elo 5,5% (Juni 2018) zeréckgaangen. D’DP ass sech dem Afloss vun engem wirtschaftlech staarken...
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Introducing E-voting for the 2028 general elections
"Stop the count!" – three words that have recently caused widespread anger and incomprehension around the world. Less than two days after the American presidential elections, Donald Trump called for a stop of the vote-counting process, because his lead in the Swing States slowly melted away while the number of pro-Biden postal votes increased ever more. It took four days for Joe Biden to become president-elect....
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DP Rumelange: A blue team in the city of red soil
Founded in 2017, the local section DP Rumelange lined up to turn the political landscape of the city of the red soil upside down.
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Meet and Greet - Interesting first conversations
Under normal circumstances we like to meet the new members of our DP-family in person. Never-theless, we didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to have a digital exchange. Over the course of two virtual Meet and Greet sessions, the party president Corinne Cahen, secre-tary general Claude Lamberty, and EU MP Monica Semedo held interesting conversations with the new members. Even Prime Minister...
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Spotlight: Michael Agostini
In the spotlight of the third edition of the DP magazine is the president of the "Young Democrats", Michael Agostini. We talked to the 31-year-old civil engineer about the JDL, his new home in Esch and his political priorities.
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Coffe break episode 7
How is the mental health of the people in Luxembourg, especially in the context of the current pandemic?
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The vaccine is here!
Vaccinations are the best way to get back to normal. They help us protect our health care system and regain our freedoms.
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More support for municipalities
The Federation of Liberal Community Representatives FCCD is also working on coherent and innovative solutions to the important municipal dossiers during the Covid crisis, according to its President Martine Dieschburg-Nickels.
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The State does not leave any business out in the rain
The Minister for the Middle Classes Lex Delles has launched three additional aids, which are particularly helpful to those sectors most affected by the Corona crisis: hospitality, tourism, culture and events.
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The merger of Groussbus and Wahl: Together we are stronger, together everything is easier
Before the summer, the inhabitants of Grosbous and Wahl will decide on the merger of the two municipalities. For the mayor of Grosbous, Paul Engel, a merger allows many things that would not be possible on their own.
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Adapting the constitution to the realities of the 21st century
Together with MP Simone Beissel we talk about the Luxembourgish constitution: its history, its importance for our society and the work that is currently being done to adapt the text to the realities of a 21st century.
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Charel Goerens: “I’d have preferred the British had stayed in the EU”
For Charles Goerens, the deal between the EU and Great Britain concluded in December is better than no deal at all. However, the liberal MEP would have preferred the Brits to remain in the EU.
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Focusing on professional journalists
A new media law will soon be passed in the Chamber of Deputies. On this occasion, we had a conversation with Guy Arendt, the chairman of the parliamentary commission in charge of the issue.
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Two new DP aldermend
Josy Popov and Marc Schramer talk about their political motivation and priorities.
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Budget 2021: A budget of solidarity and for a sustainable recovery!
“The 2021 budget is an extraordinary budget for extraordinary times”, said Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna during the presentation of the budget in October. Thanks to the forward-looking fiscal policies in recent years, public debt has been gradually re-duced despite record investments. And without the corona crisis, the debt would have even gone down to the level of 2011. Luxembourg was financially...
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Recent informations about the "Fonds de compensation" (FDC)
At the end of September 2017, the government presented a pilot project in which the "Fonds de compensation (FDC)" was encouraged to increase its commitment to the creation of affordable rental housing. The DP MPs André Bauler and Max Hahn asked the minister in question about the progress of the project in Grevenmacher and about the efforts made by the FDC since autumn 2017 to create affordable rental...
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Why has the driven hunt been prohibited?
The Ministry of Environment considers hunting as a "recreational activity" and therefore bans driven hunting until the 15th December. DP MP Guy Arendt asked the Minister which legislative text she was referring to in order to classify hunting accordingly. According to the MP, the hunt is not explicitly covered by the new Covid law and one should still be able to hunt with the necessary distance and...
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100% renewable energy: What does the national strategy for energy storage look like?
Due to the volatility of solar and wind energy energy storage is a central element of the energy transition towards 100% renewable energy. Max Hahn, DP MP, has therefore asked the responsible minister what Luxembourg's strategy is in this regard in order to guarantee security of supply in the future.
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How many PAP's are being realised at the moment?
The "Plans d'aménagement particulier (PAP)" play an important role when it comes to creating housing. Accordingly, DP MPs André Bauler and Max Hahn asked how many PAPs are currently being realised and how many newly built (affordable) housing units can be expected.
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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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What about price transparency in the real estate market?
At the moment it is common practice for most real estate constructors to show prices calculated on the basis of the reduced VAT rate of 3%. However, this poses a risk to consumers. In 2019, the Minister for Consumer Protection and the Minister for Housing announced that they would consider standardising the listed prices. DP MPs André Bauler and Max Hahn asked what conclusions had been drawn in...
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Changements in the bus timetables: Problems with school transport
It has come to the attention of DP MP André Bauler that there will be difficulties with school transport under the new timetables, especially with regards to the line 545 Heiderscheid-Ettelbruck. In fact, according to the new timetable, students arrive at school either much too early or too late. André Bauler has asked the responsible minister about this.
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Gusty Graas: The Benelux Parliament is an important instrument in the EU
The liberal MP Gusty Graas has been President of the Benelux Parliament for the last two years. The Parliament submits reports and recommendations to the governments of Brussels, The Hague and Luxembourg on issues affecting the three partner countries.
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Vacations at home: On the way to the north with Anne Daems
What was launched last year by the Minister of Tourism Lex Delles as a campaign to strengthen the attractiveness of the Grand Duchy as a holiday destination, was a year later more relevant than ever. Out of necessity, we suddenly rediscovered our country. To advertise our beautiful north, the local DP sections and I, using the hashtag #vakanzdoheem, drove from Vianden, across the Nordstad, through...
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Well-being and future prospects
For the start of the new school year, a delicate equilibrium has to be found between protecting the health of teachers and pupils on the one hand, and guaranteeing the fundamental missions of our school system on the other hand. Furthermore, 2020/2021 will be placed under the sign of digital transformation with the introduction of Coding.
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Triple A - An essential advantage for our financial center
Luxembourg is one of the few countries in the world to enjoy the highest possible Triple A rating. The triple A is awarded by independent rating agencies and relates to a country's creditworthiness. The rating guarantees the good reputation of the Luxembourg financial center.
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Mathis Ast - New mayor of Wormeldange
On 4th of November, Mathis Ast, aged 36, was sworn in as the new mayor of the municipality of Wormeldange. Below, you can find out more about his political priorities.
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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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Joe Biden: Hope, but no miracles
Good afternoon, On 3rd November, a historic election took place: The United States of America elected a new president. Historic because for the last four years the USA has had a president who has been known above all for his strong polarisation and destruction of multilateral relations. Hopes were high in many places that Donald Trump would be replaced. Fortunately, this hope has been fulfilled. The...
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Is there currently any legal uncertainty regarding various dismissals?
The law of 20th June 2020 suspended the 26-week period of protection against dismissal in the event of incapacity for work during the period of the state of crisis and modified the legal framework. DP MP Carole Hartmann has asked the Minister of Labour whether legal uncertainty has arisen for employers in the event of dismissals after the 26-week period.
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What are the challenges with the Covid 19 vaccine?
The possibility of an effective vaccine against Covid-19 is growing. Still, questions remain, including about the storage and transport of the vaccine. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health some questions in this regard.
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What is the current status of the Echternach bypass road?
A bypass near Echternach has been planned since 2013 to divert transit traffic. According to the coalition agreement, the works should have started before the end of 2020. Carole Hartmann, a DP MP, asked the minister in charge about the state of play of this project and when the works are expected to start. She also wanted to know how far another project to calm the traffic situation around Echternach...
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What is the status of compliance with the mask requirement in public transport?
Since April, masks have been compulsory in public transport. The DP MP Max Hahn wanted to know from the responsible minister whether compliance with this rule is controlled and what is the result of these controls.
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Free schoolbooks: How much does a household save per child?
For two years now, the state has been covering the costs of textbooks for secondary school students. The DP MPs Claude Lamberty and Max Hahn asked the Minister of Education how much the financial relief for the households was.
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New place for the National Gallery?
The National Gallery is not to move into the old National Library building as planned, but instead to Dudelange in the new "Neischmelz" district. In this context, DP MP André Bauler asked the Minister of Culture a few questions.
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What financial aid for the sports sector?
Despite the new sanitary measures introduced at the end of October, no part-time unemployment benefit can be requested in the sports sector. In this context, DP MPs Claude Lamberty and Carole Hartmann have asked the Minister of Labour and the Minister of Sports whether other financial aid is foreseen for the sports sector.
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More information about the new Nordstad youth hostel
As part of the redevelopment of the Ettelbruck railway station, a new youth hostel is also to be built. DP MP André Bauler has asked the responsible ministry for more information.
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SNHBM: Why have certain plots of land and buildings not yet been valued?
DP MPs André Bauler and Max Hahn asked the responsible minister under which criteria the SNHBM buys real estate and why various plots of land and buildings have not yet been valorised.
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Mobile speed cameras in the North of Luxembourg
Over the last few months, mobile speed cameras have been installed on two routes in the north, between Micheleau and Erpeldingen on the Sûre, as well as between Ettelbrück and Feulen and between Bidscht and Schumannseck. Our MP André Bauler asked the Minister for Internal Security a few questions about the speed cameras
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To always keep control; also in stormy weathers!
Over the past few months, the DP have more than lived up to their reputation as a responsible party. Our members of parliament have taken the right decisions for the well-being of our country. Every single one has proven in their department that in times of a crisis they can be counted on. The crisis manager Luxembourg is well looked after under the lead of prime minister Xavier Bettel. “If the...
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News parliamentary group
The Democratic Party held their traditional concluding statements press conference just ahead of the political summer break. Fraction president Gilles Baum said that the fraction started into the legislative period with great eagerness and willingness to put in a lot of hard work. With the increase of the minimum wage, the implementation of an additional holiday and the shortening of the probation...
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Coffe break Episode 5
Racism and discrimination are still too often part of the daily lives of many people. Together with Derek Wilson, Monica Semedo discusses this important topic and possible solutions.
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Coffe break Episode 4
The Minister for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Minister for Tourism Lex Delles had a chat with hotel owner in Vianden Carole Ewert about tourism in Luxembourg and the impact of the corona pandemic on the industry.
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Guaranteeing Equal Opportunities in Education
During his ‘Tribune Libre’ on the radio, our parliamentary group leader Gilles Baum talked in detail about the big cornerstones of the 2021/2022 beginning of the school year.
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RGTR reform: What is the ministry doing to make the bus lines 110 and 111 more attractive again?
The new bus lines 110 and 111, as modified by the RGTR reform, are for many people no longer interesting enough to leave their car. DP MP Carole Hartmann therefore asked the minister responsible for the plans to make these lines more attractive.
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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 do you get the traffic in Saeul under control?
DP MP André Bauler asked the responsible minister how traffic in Saeul has developed since 2017 and what measures he is planning to improve the situation.
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Is Luxembourg prepared for the spread of dengue fever?
Dengue is spreading more and more in our so-called temperate regions. In this regard, the Democratic Party deputies André Bauler and Gilles Baum put some questions to the Minister of Health, asking, among other things, about the preparation of our hospitals, the monitoring of the spread of the virus in our country and the perspectives established by the WHO.
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Do growth projections need to be lowered?
According to market economists, Germany has already passed the peak of its economic recovery, so that a slight reduction in its growth rate can be expected in the coming months. Our deputy André Bauler therefore asked the Minister of the Economy whether the growth forecasts in Luxembourg would need to be revised and what consequences the recent supply shortages would have on our gross domestic product.
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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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CNS affiliation after a vacation job
Students who are still living with their parents have to re-affiliate with a parent at the CNS after a vacation job. Deputy Gilles Baum has heard that many people are not aware of this. In order to avoid nasty surprises in the event of illness, the leader of the DP group asks if, in the context of co-insurance, an automation could not be introduced to reassure children about their parents without further...
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Lycée Edward Steichen: development and forecasts
The number of pupils enrolled at the "Lycée Edward Steichen" has risen steadily since the opening of the new school in 2018. As part of the preparations for the new school year 2021/2022, our deputy André Bauler asked the Minister of Education, Children and Youth, about the occupancy rate of the new classrooms and the geographical origin of the pupils.
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Secondary schools: do their names need an adaptation?
Since the reform of secondary education in 2017, the former regime called "Enseignement technique" now bears the name of "Enseignement général". Our deputy André Bauler has noticed however, that there are still a few secondary schools in Luxembourg that carry the name "Lycée technique de...". He therefore asked the Minister of Education, Children and Youth whether the names of the relevant schools...
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Are municipalities allowed to withhold letters from the municipality council?
Citizens, clubs or associations often send invitations, concerns or information requests to the Aldermen and the local council of their community. They usually use the official e-mail or postal address of the municipality. DP MPs Guy Arendt and Claude Lamberty have now learned that some letters never reached the members of the municipality council, even though they were considered the recipients of...
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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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How soon can flood-affected businesses expect to receive assistance?
Many businesses, hotels, restaurants, cafes and campsites, which have already suffered greatly from the containment, have now suffered enormous damage from the flooding. DP MP Carole Hartmann asked Minister for the Middle Class Lex Delles if these companies can receive advances and when they can expect to receive the requested assistance.
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The fight agains Covid is on the right way - continue the liberal and social path
The “Luxembourgish way” – the mixture between vaccination and sanitary measures – is the right way in the fight against the pandemic. This was our parliamentary group’s leaders’ message at the concluding press conference of the DP parliamentary group.
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Improving everyday life for the public: before, during and after the crisis
This week in his Open Stage contribution on the radio, our parliamentary group leader Gilles Baum speaks about the political priorities of the country, besides the ones linked to the Covid crisis.
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No discrimination based on sexual orientation
This week our MP Pim Knaff spoke in the 'Tribune Libre' on the radio about the rights of homosexual and transgender people in Hungary and Europe.
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Risk of a 4th wave of Covid-19 infections
The delta variant of Covid-19 is spreading more and more in Europe. This raises concerns that a fourth wave of infections could hit us in the autumn. DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health how she assesses the risk of a 4th wave here in the country and whether preparations are already being made for this eventuality.
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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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Communal mergers are not a means to an end
This week, in his Tribune Libre on the radio, Paul Engel, Mayor of Grosbous, talks about municipal mergers and more specifically about the planned merger of Grosbous and Wahl.
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Combination of different vaccines against Covid-19
A recent study by the University of Saarland indicates that a combination of vaccines from AstraZeneca and Biontech/Pfizer leads to a higher immunisation. The DP MPs Claude Lamberty and Carole Hartmann have asked the Minister of Health, among other things, whether such a combination, once the results are confirmed, will also be considered in Luxembourg?
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National Congress 2021
Last year, we all wrote history together. As the first party in Luxembourg, the DP has set up a democratic, innovative and interactive digital congress.
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New salary accord
The new salary agreement with the CGFP will allow the government in the future to focus on the working conditions of civil servants.
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The collective efforts have paid off!
“Minimum chances for the virus, maximum chances for education”: this was the motto of the Minister of Education, Claude Meisch, from the very beginning.
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The DP now has a section in the commune of Lintgen
Since October 2020, the last commune of the Alzette valley also has a DP section. In 2023, the municipal council will be elected according to the proportional representation system for the first time in Lintgen. It is therefore important for the DP to position itself well now.
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Luxembourg City: more space for people
Promoting soft mobility, giving people more space in public areas, making the city more attractive. Even before the pandemic, a lot of work had been done at the Knuedler, but the crisis certainly helped to speed up the process.
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Environment and health go hand in hand
Our environment has a direct impact on our health in many ways. The Covid pandemic has clearly shown this. Therefore, the DP wants to strengthen the role of environmental medicine and the health policy.
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Luxembourg becomes more accessible
We want a world in which everyone has access everywhere - not just physically, but also access to information. During the corona pandemic, the government did everything in its power to provide information to everyone: the leaflets were translated into several languages and the press conferences could be followed in sign language.
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Spotlight: Daliah Scholl
This time in the Spotlight: Daliah Scholl, the newly elected president of the DP South. With the learned flutist, a woman stands for the first time at the head of the district south of the DP. Since 2011 President of the Esch Section, Daliah Scholl has also been a member of the City Council for the DP since the last election.
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News from Europe by Charles Goerens
The financial planning of the EU covers a period of 7 years. The European Council decided in July 2020 to invest 1211 billion euros into the budget for the new period. Of this, 79.5 billion euros will flow into international relations, with the main share being used for third-country development cooperation.
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Two new DP Councilors
Dali Zhu, 32, is a trained statistician and econometrician. He worked as a risk manager in the banking industry for 4 years. Last year, he took over the family business at home. He is a member of the Cercle Amicale des Oeuvres du Rotary, Vice-President of the International Association of Story-Telling and Story-Singing Arts, an organisation that organises cultural exchanges an events between China...
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Making our healthcare sector fit for the future
A high-quality healthcare sector distinguishes itself above all through competent staff - the cornerstone of any healthcare sector. It just wouldn’t work without the doctors, nurses, midwives and all the other important health professionals.
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KEP 1.0 - Culture as dialogue and investment
At the end of April, there was a major orientation debate in Parliament on the Cultural Development Plan 1.0. A plan that has occupied the work of the Parliamentary Committee on Culture for several years, and which today - in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic - has a very different meaning than in 2018.
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Civil servant, syndicalist and a politician by conviction
Jos. Schaack’s vest matches the color of the sky - light blue: we have reached the end of April, the sun is shining, and Luxembourg is hoping for a spring like last year, when the country was in strict confinement.
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The DP's parliamentary group on Facebook
What does the work of the DP members of parliament in Chambers look like?
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Portrait of employees
Sebastien Gudenburg and David Wilson
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The recovery of public finances continues
In his Tribune Libre on the radio this week, the chairman of the Parliamentary Finance and Budget Commission, André Bauler, drew a rather positive assessment of the economic and financial situation of the country.
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DP national congress: taking responsibility in times of crisis
For the second time since the start of the Corona Pandemic, the Democratic Party launched its national congress in digital form on Monday, April 26th. This year again, it was a great success: more than 600 members attended and participated in the congress.
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For the country and its people, during and after the Corona Crisis
In the Tribune Libre on radio this week, our Secretary General Claude Lamberty spoke about the light at the end of the Corona Tunnel and the political future of the country after the crisis.
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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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The DP mourns the loss of Paul Helminger
With Paul Helminger, Luxembourg loses a politician who has strongly shaped the country and the city of Luxembourg. Paul Helminger was a politician who moved things. A man for whom modernization was not a slogan, but a task for which he committed himself wholeheartedly: as a diplomat, as chief of staff, as secretary of state, as deputy, as member of parliament, as mayor of Luxembourg-city, and as entrepreneur.
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What is the situation of sexually transmitted diseases in Luxembourg?
Sexually transmitted diseases are still a real threat to our health. Antibiotic resistance is also contributing to certain diseases becoming more dangerous again. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Claude Lamberty asked the ministers responsible how many cases of sexually transmitted diseases there are in Luxembourg and what measures are being taken to curb their spread.
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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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National capacities of waste disposal: Where do we stand?
The constant growth of our population goes hand in hand with an increase of waste that local authorities need to dispose of. In this context, the DP deputies Carole Hartmann and Gilles Baum asked the Minister of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development if the capacity of the incinerator in Leudelingen and the landfill Muertendall are to be expanded any time soon.
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The DP suggests Marc Meyers for the vacant post in the State Council
The 'Comité directeur' of the Democratic Party decided unanimously in its meeting on March 17th to propose Mr Marc Meyers to the government for the vacant post in the Council of State.
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We’re not leaving the people in the ‘Gare’ area and in Bonnevoie out in the rain
In his ‘Tribune libre‘, alderman Patrick Goldschmidt talks about the fight against the felt lack of safety in the ‘Gare’ and Bonnevoie areas.
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Report about the public funding of hospital Investments
The COVID crisis has shown how important a well-functioning health system — including hospitals – is.
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Climate protection debate: Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage
What is the role of technologies that filter carbon dioxide from the air in the context of climate protection? The Chamber of Deputies addressed this question in a debate.
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Idea of the Month - Telework
Working from home? This has become a reality for many people over the past few months. And it works! At least that’s what a recent study of STATEC says. A big majority of the interviewees has made positive experiences with telework. Working from home primarily means saving yourself the travel to your workplace. It also means more time for family, friends, and hobbies. The employer also profits from...
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A strong DP-Team for the Forge du Sud
Improving the quality of life for all the inhabitants of Dudelange - that is the aim of DP Dudelange. The still young section presents 5 of their priorities here.
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Spotlight: Eric Thill
The first ‘Spotlight’ of the DP Magazine features the youngest mayor of the country, Eric Thill.  The 26-year old economist is not only in charge of local matters in his home commune ‘Schieren’, he is also the youngest district president in the history of the Democratic Party. We caught up with Eric to chat about his commune, the northern district and his political priorities. DP: Eric, despite...
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First lessons from the COVID-crisis
Since March our country has had to face the challenges of the Covid pandemic, and our
 health care system is under a lot of pressure. The crisis has shown however that on all levels of our society, there is a high readiness to show solidarity, and that society can adapt quickly to existential changes. There was an incredible positive dynamic between all stakeholders in our health care sector...
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DP Digital Congress
On the 15th of June, the DP held the first digital political congress in Luxembourg. #INNOVATIVE There were continuously over 600 members following us via ‘Zoom’, the Facebook live streams, on Youtube and via our party’s website dp.lu. #INTERACTIVE 76 questions were raised to our ministers during the Live Q&A, 12 party members spoke live. #DEMOCRATIC 131 candidates participated in the elections...
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Colette Flesch - No political regrets
Colette Flesch is the grande dame of the Democratic Party. During her career, she was, among others, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Economy, Mayor of Luxembourg City, MP and MEP. Colette Flesch has represented Luxembourg three times as a fencer at the Olympic Games.
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Free public transport: A DP idea becomes reality
As the first country in the world, Luxembourg made the decision to make all public transport free of charge. Since march 1rst, taking the train, the bus or the tramway is free of cost. This idea comes originally from the DP’s 2018 electoral programme. We ensured that this idea made its way into the coalition agreement and is now being implemented. Public transport as a real alternative to the car Of...
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Satirical Corner - September 2020
People in the little land of Mary all agree. 2020 is one of the worst years ever. Even the Pentecost cruise aborted ship!
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Lookingto the future with courage and confidence
Strengthening Luxembourg Over the past few months, we've all done amazing things. So far, we have all managed to get through this health crisis together. We have secured jobs and stabilized our businesses. We reacted quickly by resorting to short-time working and other direct and indirect financial aid. By doubling the cost of living allowance and freezing rents, we have been able to ensure the...
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Jean Hamilius - An upright chestnut tree on the ‘Eecherfeld’
Jean Hamilius is one of two members still alive of the government Thorn-Vouel (DP-LSAP/1974-1979). In his life, Jean Hamilius was a minister, MP, city councilor, MEP and a successful banker and athlete. Jean Hamilius was, among other things, President and founding member of Crédit Européen (now ING Bank).
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Spotlight: Barbara Agostino
“Politics is important to me because I want to get involved. Above all, I want to help young people find their own way in life”, says Barbara Agostino. As a trained educator and teacher, high-quality childcare and a good education for the children are particularly important to the director of 14 childcare facilities. The first captain of the Luxembourg women’s soccer national team is still passionate...
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Satirical Corner – November 2020
The corona virus is omnipresent again! This is already evident in the toilet paper index in supermarkets. The shelves look very empty again. Happy are those who have frozen a portion of their huge toilet paper stock from March!
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Live Q&A with Prime Minister
An d'Blot gefrot Exactly one week following his State of the Nation speech, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel took the time to answer questions from the citizens in the context or a virtual question round. With over 250 participants that joining via Zoom, Facebook and Youtube, it became an interesting round with good discussions. Here you can watch the replay of the live stream: https://youtu.be/FblZFYLikvE
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Equal opportunities - the situation in Luxembourg
The DP recently stated that a sustainable development of our country is only possible if additional efforts are made in the area of equal opportunities. ‘Equal opportunities’ as such is a very broad concept, as it involves many different aspects of our lives. But what do we actually mean when talking about “equal opportunities”? The principle of ‘equal opportunities’ should guarantee the same opportunities...
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Idea of the Month – Flexible working hours
A greater use of flexible working hours! In the first edition of our DP Magazine we talked about teleworking, a concept we’ve been pushing for quite a few years. We want reduce people’s time spend in traffic jams and instead give them more hours to enjoy with their family. Besides the idea of teleworking, offering flexible working hours are one of our top concerns when it comes to improving work-life...
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A strong Program for the municipality of Junglinster
In the 2017 elections, the DP won around a third of the votes in the municipality of Junglinster. The leader of the parliamentary group of the DP, Gilles Baum, was recently replaced by Ben Ries in the Alderman’s college. The second elected on the PD list will now ensure that the investment program will benefit all citizens of the municipality.
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News parliamentary group - November 2020
Teambuilding In October, the parliamentary group organised a day during which the team analysed projects for the next parliamentary year. At the new Mama Shelter hotel, parliamentary group collaborators worked, laughed and discussed together. With the significant increase in the number of employees in recent months, this was an opportunity to promote team spirit. In the next two pages of the magazine,...
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Satirical Corner – January 2021
After refraining from reading the retrospectives in December, because we already knew that the coronavirus had dominated the news throughout the year – and we are also a little fed up with hearing about it – I offer to you a more positive outlook on 2021.
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The interests of working people should be at the centre of attention
The DP is convinced that every employee knows how to work best. Both employees and employers want more flexibility - for a better work-life balance or to be able to better adapt work to the economic environment.
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Portrait of employees
Anne Glesener
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Wunnen
Wunnengsbau: Wunnraum schafen De Mangel u bezuelbarem Wunnraum zu Lëtzebuerg ass zanter ville Joren eng grouss Erausfuerderung. Déi haiteg Situatioun ass dorobber zréckzeféieren, datt de Wunnengsbau de tatsächlechem Besoin zanter Joerzéngten net decke kann. Obwuel dat Thema schonn zanter Joren op der politescher Agenda steet, hunn déi viregt Regierungen et verpasst, déi noutwenneg landesplaneresch...
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Weiderbildung a Life long learning
„Digital Learning Centers“ an e Bildungsscheck an der Erwuessenebildung aféieren Den technologesche Wandel ass eng Erausfuerderung fir d’Entreprisen a hir Beschäftegt. Dofir wëll d’DP „Digital Learning Centers“ mat enger digitaler Bildungsplattform schafen, iwwert déi ee ka fräi op Programmer (Uni Lëtzebuerg, Erwuessenebildung, IFEN oder INAP) zeréckgräifen. An dësen Zentere sollen iwwerdeems vun...
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Tourismus
D’Vermaartung vum Tourismus professionaliséieren D’DP wäert déi regional Tourismusbüroe weider professionaliséieren an hir Zesummenaarbecht mat „Luxembourg for Tourism“ ausbauen. Eng permanent Koordinatioun soll d’Ofleef dovunner optiméieren. D’DP wäert och rechtlech iwwerpréiwen, a wéiwäit déi regional Büroen an Zukunft och kënne kommerziell aktiv ginn. D’Zil ass et, fir d’Vermaartung vun all den...
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Steierpolitik
Steierpolitik: d’Bierger gerecht entlaaschten an d’Entreprenariat fërderen Déi steierpolitesch Entlaaschtung vun de Mëttelschichte bleift en zentraalt Uleies vun der DP. D’DP-gefouert Regierung huet d’Staatsfinanzen an der lafender Legislaturperiod Schrack fir Schrack sanéiert an huet esou fir den néidege Sputt fir steierpolitesch Entlaaschtunge gesuergt. Esou konnt eng ëmfaassend Steierreform gemaach...
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Staat an ëffentlechen Déngscht
Staat an ëffentlechen Déngscht: modern an effizient Eng modern an effizient ëffentlech Administratioun vun de kuerze Weeër ass e wichtege Bestanddeel vum Erfollegsmodell Lëtzebuerg an dréit zu der Kompetitivitéit an der Attraktivitéit vun eisem Land bäi. Am Laf vun de leschte fënnef Joer ass den ëffentlechen Déngscht gestäerkt ginn, andeems eng sëlleche nei Plaze bäikomm sinn. Domadder ass der deels...
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Sprooch
D’Lëtzebuerger Sprooch: Geziilt fërderen an hire Stellewäert stäerken D’Lëtzebuerger Sprooch ass en Deel vun eiser Identitéit a vun eisem kulturellen Ierwen. Si dréit als Integratiouns- an als Alldagssprooch e wesentlechen Deel zur sozialer Kohäsioun an eisem Land bäi. D’DP setzt sech fir eng Stäerkung vun der Lëtzebuerger Sprooch an a betruecht d’Méisproochegkeet als essentiellen a wäertvollen Tromp...
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Sport
Sport a Beweegung: E gesond Liewe fërderen D'DP moosst dem Sport eng héich gesellschaftspolitesch Bedeitung zou. De Sport fërdert d'Gesondheet, vermëttelt Toleranz a Teamgeescht, hëlleft sozial Diskrepanzen z'iwwerwannen an ass e wichtegen Integratiounsfaktor. Mir wëllen dës Bedeitung bei de Leit stäerken an de Breede-, Leeschtungs-, a Behënnertesport an deem Sënn fërderen. Déi finanziell Ënnerstëtzung...
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Soziales
E Schwéierpunkt ass fir d’DP d’Lutte géint d’Aarmut an déi sozial Ausgrenzung. Mir hunn déi lescht fënnef Joer vill Moossname geholl, fir d’Situatioun vun de Leit mat engem klengen Akommes däitlech ze verbesseren. D’Deierechtsbäilag ass esou geännert ginn, datt elo knapps 2.200 Stéit kënnen dovunner profitéieren. D’Aféierung vun der „Subvention Loyer“ dréit duerzou bäi, datt antëscht bal 35.000 Stéit...
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Sozial Ofsécherung
Securité sociale: d'sozial Systemer laangfristeg sécheren Wat de Gesondheets- a Rentesystem concernéiert, steet d'DP zum Prinzip vun der Generatiounegerechtegkeet. Déi aktuell Situatioun vun de Sozialversécherungssystemer ass gesond. Lëtzebuerg huet den Ament Pensiounsreserven an Héicht vu bal deem 4,5fache vun den Depense pro Joer. D'DP wäert reegelméisseg d'Situatioun evaluéieren, fir direkt op Fluktuatioune...
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Senioren an drëtten Alter
Eng modern Seniorepolitik: Ënnerstëtzung fir aktiv al ze ginn Den Iwwergang vum Beruffsliewen an d’Pensioun ass e groussen Aschnëtt am Liewe vu ville Leit. D’DP wäert déi aktiv Begleedung vun de Leit an engem entscheedenden Deel vun hirem Liewe fërderen. Fir d’DP sinn d’Liewensqualitéit an d’Wuelbefannen vun den eelere Leit ganz wichteg. Fir déi aktiv Begleedung z’ënnerstëtzen, den Austausch tëschent...
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Natur- an Ëmweltschutz
Natur- an Ëmweltschutz: Nohaltegkeet als Leetfuedem Fir d’DP ass en effizienten Natur- an Ëmweltschutz noutwenneg fir d’Biodiversitéit an d’Liewensqualitéit vun de Mënschen an eisem Land. Fir d’DP stinn eng aktiv Wirtschaftspolitik an e konsequenten Natur- an Ëmweltschutz net am Widdersproch. Am Géigendeel, d’Natur kennt kee Verbëtzen, si ass markéiert duerch eng Abberzuel un zouenen a stabille Kreesleef....
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Mëttelstand
Fir d’DP ass de Mëttelstand d’Réckkräiz vun eiser Ekonomie, deen net nëmmen Aarbechtsplaze schaft, ma och fest an eisem Land verwuerzelt ass. Dofir ass et der DP och extra wichteg, fir déi kleng a mëttel Betriber an Zukunft weider z’ënnerstëtzen. Kleng a mëttelgrouss Betriber steierlech entlaaschten D’Steierreform an dëser Legislaturperiod huet d’Steierlaascht vu klenge Betriber mat engem begrenzten...
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Medien
Medien: D’Onofhängegkeet an d’Villfalt vu de Medie garantéieren D’Gesetz iwwert den Informatiounszougang ass gestëmmt ginn. Dat Gesetz garantéiert de Bierger an de Journalisten en Recht zu Informatioune vun de Verwaltungen. Mat der Reform vun der Pressehëllef ass de Mediepluralismus an deem Sënn gestäerkt ginn, datt elo och Online-Medie finanziell ënnerstëtzt ginn. D’DP wäert och an Zukunft d’Onofhängegkeet...
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Landwirtschaft a Wäibau
Land- an Ernierungswirtschaft: am Interessi vun de Baueren, de Konsumenten a vun der Ëmwelt Eng modern Land- an Ernierungswirtschaft setzt op Qualitéit viru Quantitéit. D’Bedeitung vu regionale Produkter, faire Präisser fir de Bauer a fir de Konsument, vum Wuel vun den Déieren a vun enger ëmweltbewosster Produktioun ginn ëmmer méi wichteg an eiser Gesellschaft. D’DP huet déi lescht fënnef Joer d’Weiche...
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Landesplanung
Eist Land nohalteg plangen D’DP wäert mat enger kohärenter Landesplanung enger weiderer Landschaftszersiidlung zu Lëtzebuerg entgéintwierken. Déi véier sektoriell Pläng fir de Wunnengsbau, d’Landschaften, den Transport an d’Wirtschaftszonen sinn déi wichteg Steierelementer. D’Regierung huet de Stau an der Landesplanung vun der viregter Regierung opgeléist an d’sektoriell Pläng op den Instanzewee bruecht....
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Kultur
Kulturpolitik: Geziilt Fërderung vun de Kënschtler a vun enger kultureller Participatioun fir all d’Leit Fir d'DP sinn d’Fërderung vun der kultureller Villfalt an d’Wäertschätzung vun de Lëtzebuerger Kulturschaffenden a vun hire Wierker en zentrale Pilier vun der Kulturpolitik. Fir dësem Usproch gerecht ze ginn, huet den DP-gefouerte Kulturministère säi Budget an dëser Legislaturperiod op knapp 1%...
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Klima an Energie
Klima- an Energiepolitik: Erneierbar Energien an Energieeffikassitéit am Fokus D’DP steet fir eng éiergäizeg Politik, fir géint de Klimawandel ze kämpfen. 2005 ass de KyotoProtokoll a Kraaft getrueden, an deem sech d’Industrienatioune fir d’alleréischt bannent Ziler gesat hunn, fir d’Zäregasen ze reduzéieren. Eng zweet Phas vun der Emissiounsreduzéierung gouf 2012 zu Doha festgehalen. Déi deemoleg...
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Kannerbetreiung
E wëssenschaftleche Conseil institutionaliséieren Bei der Aféierung vun der méisproocheger Fréifërderung huet d’DP e wëssenschaftleche Conseil mat renomméierte Wëssenschaftler aus Lëtzebuerg an aus dem Ausland zesummegesat, fir de Projet wëssenschaftlech ze begleeden. Service fir Innovatioun a Qualitéitsentwécklung an der net-formaler Bildung schafen D’DP wäert den SNJ („Service National de la Jeunesse“)...
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Jugend
Offer u betreitem Wunnen an u Jugendwunnengen ausbauen D’DP wäert d’Offer u Jugendwunnengen an u betreitem Wunnen op nationalem Niveau ausbauen, fir Jugendlech a jonk Erwuessener beim Iwwergang an den Erwuessenenalter punktuell z’ënnerstëtzen. Jugendtreffen...
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Integratioun a Zesummeliewen
D’Flüchtlingskris war eng grouss Erausfuerderung fir déi europäesch a fir déi lëtzebuergesch Politik. Am Joer 2015 hu sech d’Demanden op international Protektioun am Verglach mat 2014 méi wéi verduebelt; vu ronn 1.000 op bal 2.500. Eist Land huet mussen d’Opnam an d’Integratioun vun dëse Leit garantéieren. D’DP-gefouert Regierung huet an dëser Krisenzäit Responsabilitéit iwwerholl. An enker Zesummenaarbecht...
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Inklusioun
Fir d’DP ass d’Inclusioun e Mënscherecht. Fir eis ass et en zentraalt Uleies, datt Mënsche mat spezielle Besoine kënnen um gesellschaftleche Liewen deelhuelen. All Bierger soll iwwerdeem e méiglechst selbstbestëmmt Liewe féiere kënnen. Den DP-gefouerte Familljeministère huet d’Iddi vun der Inclusioun an de leschte fënnef Joren virubruecht an déi am Joer 2011 ratifizéiert UNO-Behënnerterechtskonventioun...
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Gesondheet a Rettungswiesen
Gesondheet: e séieren Accès zu enger qualitativ héichwäerteger Medezin An der Gesondheetspolitik leet d'DP de Fokus op e séieren Accès vun de Patienten zu enger qualitativ héichwäerteger Medezin. Gläichzäiteg huet fir d'DP déi laangfristeg Ofsécherung vum Gesondheets- a Rentesystem déi héchste Prioritéit. An der aktueller Legislatur huet d'DP sech fir däitlech Verbesserungen am Gesondheetssystem agesat....
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Gesellschaft
Zesummeliewen an der Gesellschaft: oppen, tolerant, solidaresch an inklusiv D’DP steet fir eng fräi, oppen an tolerant Gesellschaft, déi net nëmme solidaresch mat deene méi Schwaachen ass, ma déi sech dofir asetzt, datt alleguerten d’Mënsche kënnen um gesellschaftleche Liewen deelhuelen. Gesellschaftspolitesch huet d’DP-gefouert Regierung remarkabel Succèsen Opweises. D’Prozedur fir d’Lëtzebuerger...
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Héichschoul, Fuerschung an Innovatioun
Héichschoul a Fuerschung: den Innovatiounsstanduert Lëtzebuerg ausbauen Lëtzebuerg ass e Land vun den Talenter, vum Éiergäiz op Wëssen a vun der Innovatioun. Mir mussen an Zukunft nach méi vun deem Potenzial profitéieren. De Wëssensfortschrëtt an d’Vermëttlung vu Wësse wäerten an den nächste Joren net nëmmen e gudden Deel zu der Konkurrenzfäegkeet vum Land bäidroen, ma och onverzichtbar si fir de soziale...
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Digitalisatioun
Ënnert der Responsabilitéit vun der DP huet d’Regierung mat der Initiativ „Digital Lëtzebuerg“ e wichteg Grondstee fir déi digital Zukunft geluecht. Lëtzebuerg huet eng global digital Strategie, déi alleguerten d’Beräicher ofdeckt –vun der Informatiséierung vun de Staatsverwaltungen iwwer d’Fërderung vun digitale Kompetenzen bis bei d’Entwécklung vu neie Kompetenznischen.  D’DP wäert an Zukunft...
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Aarbecht
Aarbecht: Beruff a Privatliewe matenee verbannen D’DP ass sech der Tatsaach bewosst, datt vill Leit haut eng nei Virstellung vun hirer Aarbecht a vun hirem Liewen hunn. De Wonsch no Flexibilitéit a no Auszäite passt neméi bei déi rigid 9to5-Aarbechtszäiten, déi vu mueres 9 bis owes fënnef Auer ginn. D’DP gesäit déi gréissten Erausfuerderung fir de Lëtzebuerger Aarbechtsmaart doranner, datt Aarbecht,...
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Coffe break episode 8
Theories about the Covid-19 vaccination, the EU approval procedure and the Luxembourg vaccination strategy.
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Finanzen
Gesond Staatsfinanzen: de Fong vum Erfollegsmodell Lëtzebuerg D’DP huet hiert Versprieche gehalen, an d'Staatsfinanze sanéiert. Déi ëffentlech Finanze sti wéinst enger responsabeler a konsequenter Budgetspolitik erëm op gesonde Been. Mir beloossen et awer net dobäi. Den Defizit am Zentralstaat louch 2012 bei iwwer enger Milliard Euro a sollt de Berechnunge vun der viregter CSV/LSAP-Regierung no och...
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Mobilitéit
Mobilitéit: modern Verkéiersinfrastrukture fir haut a muer Lëtzebuerg brauch eng modern Verkéiersinfrastruktur, fir datt d’Bierger bequem a méiglechst séier vun A op B kënne kommen. Ronn annerhallef Stonn brauch all Bierger am Schnëtt den Dag fir sech virunzebeweegen. D’DP wëll dës Zäit däitlech reduzéieren. An der aktueller Legislaturperiod huet déi vun d’DP-gefouert Regierung ugefaangen, de chroneschen...
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Famill
Familljepolitik: Eng besser Verknäppung vu Beruff a Famill Wärend der Regierungsperiod 2013-2018 huet d’DP d’Familljepolitik moderniséiert. Déi Politik vu virdrun huet net méi den Erausfuerderunge vun der haiteger Gesellschaft entsprach an huet esouguer deels onsécher Situatiounen ënnermauert. Den Aarmutsrisiko –zemol vun Elengerzéiende mat Kanner –huet e Paradigmewiessel an der Familljepolitik verlaangt,...
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Bildung
Bildung: Fair Zukunftschancë fir ons Kanner D’Bildung ass déi wichtegst Ressource vun eisem Land. Si hëlleft ebe just jonke Leit, fir hiren eegene Wee ze fannen. Den Accès zu gudder, universeller Bildung ass e Mënscherecht an ass net nëmme wichteg fir ons Wirtschaft a fir ons Innovatiounscapacitéit, ma virun allem fir déi perséinlech Entwécklung vu jidder Eenzelen. D’Bildung ass virun allem d’Viraussetzung...
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Wirtschaft
Wirtschaftspolitik: de Standuert stäerken an de Mëttelstand fërderen No de Krisejoren huet sech de Lëtzebuerger Wirtschaftswuesstem an dëser Legislaturperiod erëm gutt erholl a wäert dëtt Joer bei 3,8% leien. Dat weist sech och bei der gudder Situatioun um Aarbechtsmaart. De Chômage ass vu 7,1% am Joer 2013 op elo 5,5% (Juni 2018) zeréckgaangen. D’DP ass sech dem Afloss vun engem wirtschaftlech staarken...
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Introducing E-voting for the 2028 general elections
"Stop the count!" – three words that have recently caused widespread anger and incomprehension around the world. Less than two days after the American presidential elections, Donald Trump called for a stop of the vote-counting process, because his lead in the Swing States slowly melted away while the number of pro-Biden postal votes increased ever more. It took four days for Joe Biden to become president-elect....
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DP Rumelange: A blue team in the city of red soil
Founded in 2017, the local section DP Rumelange lined up to turn the political landscape of the city of the red soil upside down.
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Meet and Greet - Interesting first conversations
Under normal circumstances we like to meet the new members of our DP-family in person. Never-theless, we didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to have a digital exchange. Over the course of two virtual Meet and Greet sessions, the party president Corinne Cahen, secre-tary general Claude Lamberty, and EU MP Monica Semedo held interesting conversations with the new members. Even Prime Minister...
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Spotlight: Michael Agostini
In the spotlight of the third edition of the DP magazine is the president of the "Young Democrats", Michael Agostini. We talked to the 31-year-old civil engineer about the JDL, his new home in Esch and his political priorities.
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Coffe break episode 7
How is the mental health of the people in Luxembourg, especially in the context of the current pandemic?
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The vaccine is here!
Vaccinations are the best way to get back to normal. They help us protect our health care system and regain our freedoms.
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More support for municipalities
The Federation of Liberal Community Representatives FCCD is also working on coherent and innovative solutions to the important municipal dossiers during the Covid crisis, according to its President Martine Dieschburg-Nickels.
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The State does not leave any business out in the rain
The Minister for the Middle Classes Lex Delles has launched three additional aids, which are particularly helpful to those sectors most affected by the Corona crisis: hospitality, tourism, culture and events.
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The merger of Groussbus and Wahl: Together we are stronger, together everything is easier
Before the summer, the inhabitants of Grosbous and Wahl will decide on the merger of the two municipalities. For the mayor of Grosbous, Paul Engel, a merger allows many things that would not be possible on their own.
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Adapting the constitution to the realities of the 21st century
Together with MP Simone Beissel we talk about the Luxembourgish constitution: its history, its importance for our society and the work that is currently being done to adapt the text to the realities of a 21st century.
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Charel Goerens: “I’d have preferred the British had stayed in the EU”
For Charles Goerens, the deal between the EU and Great Britain concluded in December is better than no deal at all. However, the liberal MEP would have preferred the Brits to remain in the EU.
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Focusing on professional journalists
A new media law will soon be passed in the Chamber of Deputies. On this occasion, we had a conversation with Guy Arendt, the chairman of the parliamentary commission in charge of the issue.
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Two new DP aldermend
Josy Popov and Marc Schramer talk about their political motivation and priorities.
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Budget 2021: A budget of solidarity and for a sustainable recovery!
“The 2021 budget is an extraordinary budget for extraordinary times”, said Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna during the presentation of the budget in October. Thanks to the forward-looking fiscal policies in recent years, public debt has been gradually re-duced despite record investments. And without the corona crisis, the debt would have even gone down to the level of 2011. Luxembourg was financially...
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Recent informations about the "Fonds de compensation" (FDC)
At the end of September 2017, the government presented a pilot project in which the "Fonds de compensation (FDC)" was encouraged to increase its commitment to the creation of affordable rental housing. The DP MPs André Bauler and Max Hahn asked the minister in question about the progress of the project in Grevenmacher and about the efforts made by the FDC since autumn 2017 to create affordable rental...
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Why has the driven hunt been prohibited?
The Ministry of Environment considers hunting as a "recreational activity" and therefore bans driven hunting until the 15th December. DP MP Guy Arendt asked the Minister which legislative text she was referring to in order to classify hunting accordingly. According to the MP, the hunt is not explicitly covered by the new Covid law and one should still be able to hunt with the necessary distance and...
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100% renewable energy: What does the national strategy for energy storage look like?
Due to the volatility of solar and wind energy energy storage is a central element of the energy transition towards 100% renewable energy. Max Hahn, DP MP, has therefore asked the responsible minister what Luxembourg's strategy is in this regard in order to guarantee security of supply in the future.
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How many PAP's are being realised at the moment?
The "Plans d'aménagement particulier (PAP)" play an important role when it comes to creating housing. Accordingly, DP MPs André Bauler and Max Hahn asked how many PAPs are currently being realised and how many newly built (affordable) housing units can be expected.
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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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What about price transparency in the real estate market?
At the moment it is common practice for most real estate constructors to show prices calculated on the basis of the reduced VAT rate of 3%. However, this poses a risk to consumers. In 2019, the Minister for Consumer Protection and the Minister for Housing announced that they would consider standardising the listed prices. DP MPs André Bauler and Max Hahn asked what conclusions had been drawn in...
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Changements in the bus timetables: Problems with school transport
It has come to the attention of DP MP André Bauler that there will be difficulties with school transport under the new timetables, especially with regards to the line 545 Heiderscheid-Ettelbruck. In fact, according to the new timetable, students arrive at school either much too early or too late. André Bauler has asked the responsible minister about this.
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Gusty Graas: The Benelux Parliament is an important instrument in the EU
The liberal MP Gusty Graas has been President of the Benelux Parliament for the last two years. The Parliament submits reports and recommendations to the governments of Brussels, The Hague and Luxembourg on issues affecting the three partner countries.
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Vacations at home: On the way to the north with Anne Daems
What was launched last year by the Minister of Tourism Lex Delles as a campaign to strengthen the attractiveness of the Grand Duchy as a holiday destination, was a year later more relevant than ever. Out of necessity, we suddenly rediscovered our country. To advertise our beautiful north, the local DP sections and I, using the hashtag #vakanzdoheem, drove from Vianden, across the Nordstad, through...
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Well-being and future prospects
For the start of the new school year, a delicate equilibrium has to be found between protecting the health of teachers and pupils on the one hand, and guaranteeing the fundamental missions of our school system on the other hand. Furthermore, 2020/2021 will be placed under the sign of digital transformation with the introduction of Coding.
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Triple A - An essential advantage for our financial center
Luxembourg is one of the few countries in the world to enjoy the highest possible Triple A rating. The triple A is awarded by independent rating agencies and relates to a country's creditworthiness. The rating guarantees the good reputation of the Luxembourg financial center.
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Mathis Ast - New mayor of Wormeldange
On 4th of November, Mathis Ast, aged 36, was sworn in as the new mayor of the municipality of Wormeldange. Below, you can find out more about his political priorities.
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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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Joe Biden: Hope, but no miracles
Good afternoon, On 3rd November, a historic election took place: The United States of America elected a new president. Historic because for the last four years the USA has had a president who has been known above all for his strong polarisation and destruction of multilateral relations. Hopes were high in many places that Donald Trump would be replaced. Fortunately, this hope has been fulfilled. The...
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Is there currently any legal uncertainty regarding various dismissals?
The law of 20th June 2020 suspended the 26-week period of protection against dismissal in the event of incapacity for work during the period of the state of crisis and modified the legal framework. DP MP Carole Hartmann has asked the Minister of Labour whether legal uncertainty has arisen for employers in the event of dismissals after the 26-week period.
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What are the challenges with the Covid 19 vaccine?
The possibility of an effective vaccine against Covid-19 is growing. Still, questions remain, including about the storage and transport of the vaccine. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health some questions in this regard.
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What is the current status of the Echternach bypass road?
A bypass near Echternach has been planned since 2013 to divert transit traffic. According to the coalition agreement, the works should have started before the end of 2020. Carole Hartmann, a DP MP, asked the minister in charge about the state of play of this project and when the works are expected to start. She also wanted to know how far another project to calm the traffic situation around Echternach...
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What is the status of compliance with the mask requirement in public transport?
Since April, masks have been compulsory in public transport. The DP MP Max Hahn wanted to know from the responsible minister whether compliance with this rule is controlled and what is the result of these controls.
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Free schoolbooks: How much does a household save per child?
For two years now, the state has been covering the costs of textbooks for secondary school students. The DP MPs Claude Lamberty and Max Hahn asked the Minister of Education how much the financial relief for the households was.
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New place for the National Gallery?
The National Gallery is not to move into the old National Library building as planned, but instead to Dudelange in the new "Neischmelz" district. In this context, DP MP André Bauler asked the Minister of Culture a few questions.
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What financial aid for the sports sector?
Despite the new sanitary measures introduced at the end of October, no part-time unemployment benefit can be requested in the sports sector. In this context, DP MPs Claude Lamberty and Carole Hartmann have asked the Minister of Labour and the Minister of Sports whether other financial aid is foreseen for the sports sector.
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More information about the new Nordstad youth hostel
As part of the redevelopment of the Ettelbruck railway station, a new youth hostel is also to be built. DP MP André Bauler has asked the responsible ministry for more information.
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SNHBM: Why have certain plots of land and buildings not yet been valued?
DP MPs André Bauler and Max Hahn asked the responsible minister under which criteria the SNHBM buys real estate and why various plots of land and buildings have not yet been valorised.
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Mobile speed cameras in the North of Luxembourg
Over the last few months, mobile speed cameras have been installed on two routes in the north, between Micheleau and Erpeldingen on the Sûre, as well as between Ettelbrück and Feulen and between Bidscht and Schumannseck. Our MP André Bauler asked the Minister for Internal Security a few questions about the speed cameras
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To always keep control; also in stormy weathers!
Over the past few months, the DP have more than lived up to their reputation as a responsible party. Our members of parliament have taken the right decisions for the well-being of our country. Every single one has proven in their department that in times of a crisis they can be counted on. The crisis manager Luxembourg is well looked after under the lead of prime minister Xavier Bettel. “If the...
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News parliamentary group
The Democratic Party held their traditional concluding statements press conference just ahead of the political summer break. Fraction president Gilles Baum said that the fraction started into the legislative period with great eagerness and willingness to put in a lot of hard work. With the increase of the minimum wage, the implementation of an additional holiday and the shortening of the probation...
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Coffe break Episode 5
Racism and discrimination are still too often part of the daily lives of many people. Together with Derek Wilson, Monica Semedo discusses this important topic and possible solutions.
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Coffe break Episode 4
The Minister for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Minister for Tourism Lex Delles had a chat with hotel owner in Vianden Carole Ewert about tourism in Luxembourg and the impact of the corona pandemic on the industry.
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