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Spotlight on property business professionals
Along with the growing demand on the housing market, the number of real estate agencies in Luxembourg has also sharply increased. In this context, our deputy André Bauler has asked the responsible ministers about the average value-added generated by the real estate industry and the number of insolvencies declared in recent years.
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Has the presence of the stink bug already been confirmed in Luxembourg?
The stink bug is an invasive insect native to Asia that causes many headaches for winegrowers, fruit and vegetable producers. These bugs can indeed cause very serious damage in vines, orchards or vegetable gardens. DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas asked the ministers concerned whether these insects had already spread in Luxembourg and whether damage had already been detected in crops.
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Troisvierges - Another closure of a post office branch ?
Over the past five years, many post offices have been closed and replaced by alternative distribution channels, such as ATMs and online services. In this context, our deputy André Bauler asked the Minister of the Economy about the future of the post office in Troisvierges.
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When will the barrier at the Diekirch train station disappear?
One year ago, the Minister for Mobility announced that the area in front of the Diekirch railway station be completely redeveloped, including the disappearance of the train barrier and the creation of an multimodal hub. DP MP André Bauler therefore asked how far the studies are and when work can start.
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What about the validity of the Covid-19 vaccination?
Some countries restrict the validity of the Covid-19 vaccination for entry into their country. For people who were vaccinated at the beginning of the year, the validity of the vaccination will therefore expire soon. The DP MPs Claude Lamberty and Carole Hartmann asked the responsible ministers whether Luxembourg also plans to introduce such a validity limit and what can be done at EU level.
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A "repair bonus" to boost the circular economy?
With a bonus, the Ministry of the Environment in Thuringia wants to encourage people to have their electrical appliances repaired instead of throwing them away. DP MP Max Hahn therefore asked if this would not be a way to strengthen the circular economy also here in Luxembourg.
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How many farms are private companies?
A number of agricultural companies have decided to establish themselves as a private company under Luxembourg law in recent years. DP member André Bauler asked the minister concerned how many companies are involved and what legal forms are used for these companies.
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To what extent do archaeological assessments contribute to the long procedures of housing projects?
Again and again we hear that the mandatory archaeological assessment requires a lot of time and that the procedures thus contribute to the long waiting times for construction projects. DP Members of Parliament Max Hahn and André Bauler have therefore asked whether this is the case and what can be done to change that situation.
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Asphalting with loose chippings: are there no alternatives?
DP Member of Parliament André Bauler has heard that a considerable amount of vehicles in the vicinity of Koetschette have been damaged after the renewal of a road. He therefore asked the minister in charge whether there were no alternatives to loose chippings on the occasion of a road renewal by the P&Ch in order to prevent any resulting damage.
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Should the Troisvierges bypass construction start earlier?
DP MP André Bauler wanted to know from the competent minister how traffic in Troisvierges has evolved in recent years and whether it would be reasonable to advance the construction of the Troisvierges bypass.
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Restoration of the Erpeldange castle?
DP MP André Bauler has heard that the state-owned castle of Erpeldange has been classified as a national monument and will soon be restored. In this context, he requested further information from the relevant ministers.
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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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Why do fewer municipalities take part in the European Mobility Week from year to year?
The European Mobility Week aims to raise awareness for more sustainable forms of mobility than cars. As fewer and fewer municipalities are taking part in this initiative from year to year, DP MP Gusty Graas has asked the minister responsible what this entails and how to reverse the trend.
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A new sign on the A7 to advertise the Ösling?
DP MP André Bauler asked if it would be possible to put up a new sign on the A7 to promote the Ösling, its landscapes and castles.
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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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More pharmacies in Luxembourg in the future?
Population growth is increasing demands in a number of different areas. The supply of medicines and related products is one of these. Against this background, our MPs Gilles Baum and André Bauler have asked the Minister of Health, among other questions, if an increase in the pharmacy quota is planned for this decade.
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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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“Veterinarians for all” here in Luxembourg as well?
In France, the “Vétérinaires pour tous” initiative, which is promoted by the French recovery plan, helps those people who are unable to support their pets’ checkups and treatments at the veterinarian . This way, both are helped – the pets and their owners as well. What opportunities are there in Luxembourg for people with fewer financial means, and are similar initiatives planned in Luxembourg? Our...
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Reclassification of Rindschleiden into a green zone?
According to a recent newspaper article, the Ministry of the Environment has proposed to reclassify the entire village of Rindschleiden into a green zone. DP MP André Bauler asked what the reasons were for this and what impact such decisions could have, in particular on possible claims for damages.
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Suppression of a railway tunnel in Rumelange: what is the environmental impact?
In Rumelange, the CFL wants to destroy a historic railway tunnel, i.e. remove the ground above the tunnel, to modernize the track. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked what environmental impact these works had.
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How is the function of a notary clerk regulated?
The notary clerks act as the right hand of the notaries and support them in their work: preparing documents, keeping records, meeting clients - these are all tasks that can be taken over by a notary clerk. But how exactly is this function regulated? Are there enough notary clerks and what kind of profile is required to do the job? Our MPs André Bauler and Guy Arendt asked the respective ministries...
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Fluorescent markings on the motorways for better traffic safety?
In the Netherlands, a pilot project was launched a few years ago, in which the markings on the motorway were applied using fluorescent colors to improve road safety. What is the conclusion of this project? Would this also be an idea for implementation in Luxembourg? DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn have asked the minister for information.
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Solar pannels along the highways?
The coalition agreement provides that vacant areas along the motorways and railway tracks could be used to install solar pannels. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn have asked what concrete projects there are so far.
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What does the new Danish immigration law mean for Europe?
The Danish Parliament passed a new immigration law in June of this year, which aims to reject not only those people who have been refused asylum, but also those who are eligible to enter Europe. "Zero asylum seekers" is the aim of the new policy. What does this mean for Europe? Will other countries follow? What is the future of immigration policy in the European Union? MP Gusty Graas asked these questions...
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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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Fewer observers at the parliamentary elections in Russia?
On September 19, 2021, parliamentary elections will be held in the Russian Federation to appoint members of the “Duma”. Following a decision by Russian authorities, based on the current COVID-19 health crisis, and despite the initial decision to send 450 observers, only a delegation of 10 OSCE observers will be allowed to monitor the elections. What is the position of the Luxembourg government on this...
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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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What will be the future of the former buildings of the "Athénée de Luxembourg"?
Following the relocation of the National Library to Kirchberg, the former buildings of the "Athénée de Luxembourg" are empty. Initially, it was planned to open a national gallery there, but in the meantime, it seems to be a known fact that some offices of the Cité judiciaire will be housed there. Our MP André Bauler has asked the ministries in charge for clarification.
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What could be done with our Roman roads?
There are many remains of the Roman period in Luxembourg, including villas, tombs and roads. Already in ancient times, Luxembourg was located at the crossroads of several Gallo-Roman roads. It is in the context of these roadways that our deputy André Bauler put some questions to the Minister of Culture and the Minister of Tourism.
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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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Has there recently been a pollution of the Our near Lieler?
DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas have heard that there has been a recent pollution of the Our river near Lieler. They therefore wanted to know from the relevant minister if she had any further information on this incident.
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Less flood risk due to additional retention measures along rivers?
Could the installation of polders that capture water masses during floods reduce the risk of flooding in rivers? DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann asked the responsible minister.
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What is the situation in Luxembourg with regard to the exposure to heavy metals of the population?
According to a study by the French public health, children who eat a lot of organic vegetables have been found to have a higher concentration of copper in their bodies. DP MP Gusty Graas asked what the situation was in Luxembourg.
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How strongly are the sewage treatment plants affected by the recent floods?
The floods apparently also damaged a number of sewage treatment plants, so that there is a risk of contaminated water flowing into the rivers. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the ministre responsible if this was the case, which sewage treatment plants were affected and what the impact was on the rivers.
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Exchange of information between the old and new hunting syndicates
DP MPs André Bauler and Guy Arendt have heard that the secretaries of the former hunting syndicates are not allowed to give out the account numbers of forest, meadow and field owners to the new secretaries for data protection reasons. Therefore, they asked the Minister responsible how this problem could be solved.
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What is the current situation in Myanmar?
Following the military coup in February this year, the army continues to advance with increasing force against the protesters in Myanmar. A political crisis has turned into a human rights catastrophe. Even communications are now being monitored and intercepted on. In the French Senate and in the General Assembly, resolutions have called for recognition of the November election results and to end the...
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Current political situation on Cyprus
Geopolitical tensions in Cyprus have recently taken a new dimension. Turkey plans to bring the inhabitants of Famagusta back under Turkish Cypriot administration by encouraging them to claim their land at the Property Commission, where their property will be contested. As this occupation violates international agreements, including some EU decisions, our MP Gusty Graas has addressed some questions...
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Additional sound protection measures on the N7 between Diekirch and Ettelbruck?
During the redevelopment of the N7 between Diekirch and Ettelbruck, it was proposed to put additional sound protection measures in place at the height of the Cité Longchamps, e.g. in the form of hedges. DP MP André Bauler therefore asked if it was still planned to implement these measures and if so, until when.
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A radar on the tracks for more safety at track crossings?
Would radars at track crossings be an idea to be able to avoid accidents like the one that recently happened in Bertrange? In Germany, there are already such devices in various places that warn the train when something is on the tracks. The DP MP Max Hahn has asked the responsible minister about this idea and also wanted to know how the CFL is progressing with the replacement of the railway barriers...
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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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Are poisonous flowers in the hay deadly to our animals?
The Jacob's crucifer, which is currently in bloom, and the autumnal lilies that bloom in autumn, land more and more often in hay, which is fed to farmers' beasts but also to horses. These flowers contain toxins that attack the livers of the animals and can end in death. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the ministers concerned if the hay was regularly checked, if there had been any deaths yet and how to tackle...
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Is Luxembourg still attractive to European institutions?
Many European institutions are established in Luxembourg and the country is proud to play an important role in European politics. Due to the price increase and the rise in property prices, life is becoming more expensive for everyone. Compared to Brussels, Luxembourg is becoming less and less attractive to European civil servants. Is the country at risk of European institutions relocating in the future?...
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Agroforestry: a solution to better resist climate change?
Global warming and increasingly frequent droughts have negative consequences for Luxembourg's agricultural land. Agroforestry could be a solution to protect our soils against drought. In this context, DP-MP André Bauler asked the Minister of Agriculture for more information on Agroforestry.
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Mandatory defibrillators in public buildings?
Defibrillators and first aid kits can save lives, as the recent case of Danish footballer Christian Eriksen has shown once again. DP MPs Carole Hartmann, Claude Lamberty, and Max Hahn wanted to know from the respective Ministries what is the plan to install more defibrillators in public areas.
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How to react when you see an animal suffering in a car?
During hot weather, the heat can have tragic consequences for our pets. Under the Animal Welfare Law, everyone has a duty to provide assistance to an animal in danger. But what are the consequences of breaking a stranger's car window? DP-MP Gusty Grass asked the ministers concerned.
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Will the Moselle Valley become a UNESCO World Heritage Site?
The association "Weltkulturerbe Moselle Valley" is about to submit a candidacy for the inclusion of the Moselle valley as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The winegrowers from Germany are not enthusiastic, however, because the plan is that they will only be allowed to cultivate their terraced vineyards according to the traditional "Einzelpfahlerziehung". DP member Gusty Grass asked the minister responsible...
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Better signaling and more controls to avoid dangerous situations around the roadworks in Diekirch?
DP MP André Bauler pointed out to the ministers in charge the dangerous traffic situation in Diekirch and wanted to know what was planned to ease the situation.
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Will there be delays in the delivery for the new trains for the CFL?
DP MPs André Bauler and Max Hahn asked the minister responsible if there will be delays in the delivery of the new trains for the CFL due to the pandemic.
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Use of serological tests in Luxembourg
Serological tests can be used to determine whether a person has been infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus in the past and whether he or she has formed antibodies against this infection. However, a negative serological test a few months after a positive PCR test raises the question of whether the PCR test was false positive. On this issue, DP MP Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health,...
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Carbon capture and stockage in the industry?
A new EU regulation allows Member States to use carbon capture, use and storage technologies to meet their climate goals, particularly in industrial processes where emissions are difficult to avoid. In concrete terms this means that companies can capture their emissions and e.g. storage them geologically. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked what was the position of Luxembourg, which Member States...
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Discrimination against homosexuals when donating blood
Currently, homosexual men are not allowed to have sexual relations for 12 months if they want to give blood in Luxembourg. In other countries, such as the UK, the principle of individual risk is applied to sexual behaviour, so homosexuals are not discriminated against. Democratic Party MPs Carole Hartmann and Gilles Baum wanted to know from the minister responsible whether discrimination against homosexuals...
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To what extent does the state control the quality and prices of face masks?
After the state had distributed free masks to each inhabitant, the pharmacies and shops started selling different types of face masks. However, besides their selling price, the quality of these goods was also very variable. In this context, our deputy André Bauler asked the Minister of the Economy whether these masks are subject to quality controls and whether their selling prices are regularly checked...
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More and more noise nuisances from cars?
Facing daily stress, everyone needs a minimum of peace and quiet. This is particularly true for hospital patients, residents in retirement homes, but also for every citizen in his or her own home, whether in a residential area, a tourist region or on a main road. This peace and quiet, to which every citizen is entitled, is increasingly disturbed by certain traffic trends, such as tampering with exhaust...
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How are the negotiations progressing in view of COP26?
In preparation for the COP26 at the end of this year in Glasgow, negotiations are currently ongoing at the international level to prepare a possible agreement. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn wanted to know more about the content and progress of these negotiations from the responsible ministre.
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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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The use of long range acoustic devices (LRAD) at the Greek-turkish border
According to media reports, sound cannons are being used on the Greek-Turkish border to stop illegal immigration into these areas. In general, a complete range of new technologies is being employed here to protect the borders and to prevent illegal immigration. How much is invested here and who decides on the resources used? What are the health consequences for refugees who are confronted with this...
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How is rural areas supported financially?
The state can support rural development in a number of ways. On the one hand there is the Fonds d’orientation économique et sociale pour l’agriculture (FOESA) and on the other hand the LEADER projects. DP MP André Bauler noted that only a few projects are supported by the fund, with LEADER projects receiving more financial support. The North MP asked the responsible minister why this was the case and...
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More heatwaves because of climate change: what is the impact in Luxembourg?
Due to climate change, heat waves are becoming more frequent. This also increases the risk of dehydration and heat deaths, especially among the elderly and sick. DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health a series of questions on this issue, including how many heat deaths and dehydrations there have been in this country in recent years.
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What's the pandemic's impact on youth criminality?
Youth criminality took a new dimension since the beginning of this year. There have been more cases with serious consequences nationwide. In particular, these terrible cases led to nationwide discussions and a very high media coverage. In this context, our MPs André Bauler and Claude Lamberty asked the responsible minister, among other things, if juvenile delinquency had changed with the pandemic.
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Large roadworks in the centre of Diekirch
Recently, large roadworks have been started in the center of Diekirch, which are expected to last until the end of the year. Given the major traffic disruptions, DP member André Bauler has asked the minister responsible what he intends to do to finish the roadworks as soon as possible and to minimize the negative impact.
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Authorization of gigaliner in Luxembourg for less CO2 emissions in the transport sector?
According to the director of the Luxembourg logistics cluster, 25-meter trucks would be an option to reduce the sector's emissions. In general, however, the transport sector risks not reaching its climate goals. DP MPs Max Hahn and Gusty Graas have asked the relevant ministers if Gigaliner could be allowed in Luxembourg in the future and what considerations are there to help the sector in the climate...
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A P&R on the Poteau de Harlange?
Currently there are discussions about creating a P&R on the Poteau de Harlange. DP MP André Bauler asked the minister responsible if he could say more about it.
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A right to be forgotten for certain diseases?
The right to be forgotten in the context of outstanding balance insurance has been in place since January 2020. A monitoring and re-evaluation committee was set up to ensure that the provisions of the agreement are properly applied and that the parties' commitments are respected. It is in this context that our Member of Parliament Gusty Graas has put a series of questions to the Minister of Health.
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Shortage of nurses in hospitals?
The shortage of staff in hospitals has been an important topic in health policy in recent months. However, it seems that every now and then young nurses cannot find a place in a Luxembourg hospital. The DP MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health, among other things, how many nurses work in hospitals in this country, whether there is a reserve list and how the difficulties...
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Vaccination against the coronavirus also for animals?
A vaccine has been developed in Russia to vaccinate animals against the coronavirus. Gusty Graas, member of Parliament for the DP, asks the Minister of Agriculture what he thinks about the vaccination of animals and if he would recommend it to Luxembourg.
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How did the prices of agricultural land develop?
The land is an important means of production for farmers, vegetable gardeners and winegrowers. DP member of Parliament André Bauler asks the Minister of Agriculture how the prices of agricultural land have developed in recent years.
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No permission for a sculpture in Echternach?
On Whit Tuesday, a bronze sculpture will be inaugurated in front of the Basilica as a tribute to the Dancing Procession. As the site is classified as a national monument, the Ministry of Culture must have authorised this sculpture. In this context, our MPs Carole Hartmann and André Bauler have submitted an urgent parliamentary question.
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“Stealthing” - Does the definition of rape in criminal law need to be readjusted?
If the sexual partner takes off the condom during intercourse without telling the partner about it, this is known as 'stealthing'. Not only is this a serious breach of trust, it can also have health consequences for both partners. How is this phenomenon dealt with here in Luxembourg? What does criminal law foreseefor such cases? Does the criminal law need to be adapted to take this practice into account?...
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How many people have changed their name so far?
In December, the new law was passed that should simplify the process of changing the name or first name. How many people have used this opportunity so far, how long does the process take and are all applications successful? Our deputy Carole Hartmann asked the Ministry of Justice.
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Introduction of a third gender
Recent discussions have revived the issue of gender and its significance in a society. Legislative texts should be more inclusive in the future and adapt to a changing society. The 2018-2023 coalition agreement plans for a third gender, ie a third option in the civil status. How is the work on this project coming and what exactly is planned? Our Member of Parliament Carole Hartmann asked these questions...
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Towards an international ban on geo-engineering?
Large mirrors in space, the scattering of particles in the atmosphere or the creation of artificial clouds to reflect the sun: these are just a few examples of the so-called "geo-engineering" that some scientists want to focus on in order to stop global warming. However, as the consequences of such far-reaching interventions in nature can be unpredictable and even potentially dramatic, DP MPs Gusty...
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Work incapacity certificates during the Covid pandemic
The National Health Fund seized more than 1.1 million certificates of incapacity for work in 2020, a significant increase compared to 2019. Democratic Party MP Carole Hartmann wanted to know from the Minister for Social Security, among other things, which sectors were most affected, how long the certificates of incapacity for work lasted on average and how often they were extended.
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Where is the procedure of the planned windmill in Burden?
DP MP André Bauler asked the ministers concerned what has happened in the case of the controversial windmill at Burden in the past months and where the procedure is currently underway.
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Closure of post offices in Boulaide and Rambrouch
After the initial reduction of their opening hours, the post offices in Boulaide and Rambrouch had to close their doors completely at the beginning of 2021. Our deputy André Bauler asked the Minister of the Economy about the reasons for this closure and the consequences for the residents and companies.
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Tularemia also in Luxembourg ?
In Germany, tularemia is still spreading. This infectious disease can also be transmitted to humans. Are there any cases of sick animals in Luxembourg at the moment? Where are the risks and for whom? Are hunters and farmers informed about the situation? What measures are in place to prevent a spread in the Grand Duchy? Deputies Claude Lamberty and Max Hahn have asked the ministry about the matter.
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Is agriculture also affected by the rise in prices of various materials?
Currently there is a solid growth in the prices of various materials. DP member André Bauler asks the Minister of Agriculture if our farmers, marketgardeners and assimilated businesses are also affected. He also asks if there have been delivery shortages for some products and what kind of products they are.
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Rainwater systems in public buildings to save drinking water?
The installation of a rainwater system to use rainwater for various purposes is an opportunity to save drinking water, just as drought and heat put groundwater levels under stress. DP MPs Max Hahn and André Bauler asked the minister responsible how many public buildings are already equipped with such a system and what the plans for the future look like.
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A solution for the police museum?
The historic police collection was housed in the former Gendarmerie garage, a building worthy of protection in Verlorenkost, where construction work on the future government garage is expected to start in 2022. Therefore, a permanent or at least a temporary solution for the collection should be found by the end of this year. In this perspective, our MP André Bauler has submitted some questions to the...
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Extension of short-time work in the construction sector
Due to the shortage of raw materials and other materials, the government has decided to extend short-time work in the construction sector until June. In this context, DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann have asked the responsible ministers, among other things, how many companies are affected by this and which conditions have to be fulfilled in order to apply for short-time work.
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What happens if joint custody agreements are breached or if children are kidnapped by a partner?
In case of a divorce, shared custody is often a compromise used to help determine who has custody of the children, when and for how long. However, what is agreed upon is not always respected by the ex-partners. More and more frequently, cases become known where partners keep the children with them for longer than agreed or doesn’t allow them to return to the other partner. It also happens that children...
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Have organ transplants gone down due to the pandemic?
Due to the Covid crisis, many other medical procedures and treatments had to be cancelled or postponed. This also applies to organ transplants, especially kidney transplants. DP MP Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health, among other things, how many kidney transplants had to be cancelled during the pandemic, how many patients are waiting for a kidney in this country and what conditions have to...
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What are the CFL's plans for the historical locomotive 5519?
Locomotive 5519 is the last Luxembourgish steam locomotive still in operation. However, it will not be allowed to run on the Luxembourg rail network because it is not equipped with the ETCS safety system. Neither are its four "Wegmann" wagons allowed any longer on the rail network for safety reasons. DP member Gusty Graas asked therefore the ministers concerned what the plans are for the locomotive,...
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Adaptation of the quarantine regulations in Switzerland
Switzerland has announced an adaptation of the quarantine regulations. In case of contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, fully vaccinated persons will be exempted from quarantine for a period of six months, starting 14 days after the administration of the second dose of vaccine.
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International security on football events
On 19 March 2021, the Benelux Interparliamentary Assembly adopted a motion for a recommendation on international security on football events and the fight against racism. Our MP, Gusty Graas, asked the ministers in charge, among other things, how the Benelux countries could optimize the exchange of information and whether it would be appropriate to prevent hooligans from travelling to another country....
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Canton Wiltz: future prospects for the local labour market
In line with the national decentralization policy, several new activity zones will be created in Luxembourg. Also the north of the country offers great potential for the development of new economic sites. On this note, our deputy André Bauler wanted to know the next steps towards creating a diverse local industry in the Canton of Wiltz.
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Postpartum depression
The birth of a child is one of the most beautiful moments in the life of every parent. In some cases, however, it happens that the mother or father develops a "postnatal depression". Constant fatigue, deep sadness and increased irritability are common symptoms. In this context, our deputy Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health about the existing treatment options in Luxembourg.
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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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How is the construction industry responding to the global surge in wood prices?
The extended delivery times for wood and fiberboard, as well as the global price increase of the raw material, are causing many headaches for certain businesses and consumers. In this context, our deputy André Bauler asked the Minister of the Economy how the construction industry is dealing with the current situation.
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What does the future of the steelworks in Dudelange look like?
Following the recent revelations by the Financial Times that Liberty Steel's parent group was involved in dubious financial practices, which could potentially deter new investors, DP member of Parliament Gusty Graas is asking the minister responsible how this could have an effect on the Dudelange steelworks and whether he shares the opinion of the unions that the state should intervene financially.
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How much have the grapevines in Luxembourg suffered from the recent frost?
After the severe frostbite that had an considerable impact all over France, the DP MPs André Bauler, Gilles Baum and Carole Hartmann asked the minister responsible what the situation looks like in Luxembourg.
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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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Operations on intersex children – will they also be banned in Luxembourg?
Operations on intersex children are not uncommon. Intersexuality is often seen as a medical problem that needs to be addressed. Regardless of whether these children are healthy, they are being refused a choice that they should have been able to make a later date. In Germany, a law is currently being discussed prohibiting this practice and aiming to strengthen intersex children in their self-determination....
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A special leave in case of a miscarriage?
A miscarriage is a horrible moment for any parent. An end to a new life, before it even began. In New Zealand, a law has been passed to allow parents to take extra leave in this case. They should be given time to mourn their loss. Deputies Carole Hartmann and Max Hahn asked if such an extra leave is also planned in Luxembourg.
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Public service administrations in the 'Nordstad'
In an interview, the Minister for Spatial Planning expressed the wish that a number of administrations should settle in the 'Nordstad'. As a city close to the river and close to nature, the 'Nordstad' has immense prospect which the government would like to develop in cooperation and in dialogue with the communes. What kind of administrations are they and where are they going to be set up? Member of...
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How many diseases have been detected in foxes?
It is known that foxes often transmit diseases. Now the ministry has warned of distemper detected in foxes. This disease can also be transmitted to dogs. Guy Arendt, member of the DP, asks the ministers concerned how many diseases have been detected in recent years in foxes and how to prevent the spread of these viruses.
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A repetition of the "Vëlosummer" this year?
After last year's success, DP MP Max Hahn wanted to know from the concerned ministers, what is the plan for this year.
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"Klibberen" as immaterial cultural heritage?
Ringing the rattle "Klibberen" is an old tradition in Luxembourg. The altar servers have launched an initiative to have this tradition included in the national list of intangible cultural heritage. Our MP André Bauler welcomes their initiative and asked the Minister of Culture whether she would be willing to support the altar servers in this process, or even to register the tradition of "Klibberen"...
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What happens to the movable cultural heritage of desacralized churches?
Recently, many churches in Luxembourg have been desacralized. According to the law of the "Kierchefong", the management fund for religious buildings and other property belonging to the Catholic religion, the fund can remain in possession of the furniture, even after the desacralisation. However, it seems that all the useless furniture, which the municipalities do not want, is sold at auction. In this...
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Pollution of the Syr river by the Findel airport
Especially in winter, there are frequent pollutions of the Syr, due to the defrosting of aircraft at Findel. DP MP Gusty Graas asked if there was an analysis of how much the Syr is affected by this and what action is being taken to improve the situation.
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Use of rapid tests in hospitals
Although hospitals follow strict hygiene measures, patients can still get infected with Covid-19 in a hospital. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and André Bauler asked the Minister of Health for statistics and how often rapid tests are used in hospitals to protect patients.
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How can we protect young people in particular from hate speech on the Internet?
The phenomenon of 'hate speech' is becoming more and more widespread in society. Not only, but especially children and young people are exposed to these comments with all their consequences. How has this problem evolved over the years, what can be done to counteract it, and how can young people in particular protect themselves from, and take action against hate speech online? MPs Carole Hartmann and...
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How many controls were there in the Horeca sector during the crisis?
During the crisis, the ITM also carried out inspections in the area of catering. Of course, these controls are important, but some companies now need to do major work in a short period of time. They are afraid that because of the pandemic they will not hiccup in the imposed time and in some cases even lack the liquidity. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Guy Arendt ask the minister how many inspections were...
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How to optimize hunting in Luxembourg?
The Mouvement écologique has recently criticized the fact that wildlife damage in Luxembourg is too high and that more hunting needs to be done. DP MP Guy Arendt has some ideas on how to improve the efficiency of hunting and asks the Environment Minister what measures they intend to implement to optimize hunting.
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Adaptation of forests to climate change
Forests play an important role in the fight against climate change. At the same time, the dry spells and the high temperatures take an important toll on them. DP MPs Gilles Baum and Max Hahn wanted to know from the concerned minister about the number of applications for subsidies under the "Climate Bonus" program, the extent of the work on the reform of the Aid Catalog and several other measures that...
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Turkey's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention - a setback for women and women's rights
On the night of March 20, Turkey withdrew from the Istanbul Convention. What does this mean for the girls and women in the country? What is the Luxembourgish government’s stand on this matter? What will the European Union do in this situation? Can the United Nations use their influence to reverse this decision? MP Gusty Graas asked the Foreign Minister and the Minister for Gender Equality on these...
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Midwives without an invitation for the Covid-19 vaccination
It has come to our attention that some liberal midwives have not yet received an invitation to the Covid-19 vaccination. DP MP Carole Hartmann has asked the Minister of Health whether this problem is known and whether other health professionals are affected.
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Excessive speed on the N7 between Diekirch and Hosingen
The N7 national road has always been known for its speeding offences. Recently, there were many vans that exceeded the speed limit between the Fridhaff roundabout and the Hosingen roundabout. Most of them were on their way to Belgium in the early evening hours. In this context, our MP André Bauler asked the ministers in charge how many accidents have occurred on this road during the last few years...
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Solar collectors on the ground
In a recent statement, the Ecological Movement and the Luxembourg young farmers and rural youth demand that PV plants be installed as a priority on buildings or other already used areas, and as little as possible on the ground, so as to limit further soil sealing. DP members Max Hahn and André Bauler asked the relevant ministers how they feel about this and how big the area is in Luxembourg that is...
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The ringing of bells
Bells are undeniably part of Luxembourg's cultural heritage. In France, there is even an initiative to protect the ringing of church bells as intangible cultural heritage. In this context, our deputy André Bauler has submitted some questions to the Minister of Culture. In his parliamentary question, he wants to know, among other details, whether the Minister intends to have church bell ringing protected...
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Vaccination center in Ettelbruck
The DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann were informed that there were no more free appointments at the vaccination center in Ettelbruck for some elderly people from the northern tip of the country who were invited to the Covid-19 vaccination. They were told by phone that they had to make an appointment in Mondorf. The MPs asked the Minister of Health whether these were individual cases and what...
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How common is the Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in horses in Luxembourg?
The Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) broke out during an international equestrian tournament in Valencia. Hundreds of horses are infected. A Europe-wide pandemic is feared. DP member Gusty Graas asks the responsible ministers whether the virus is present in Luxembourg and what is being done in Luxembourg to prevent the virus from spreading.
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Are there any changes planned to the law on archiving?
It is only since 2018 that there is a real legal basis for the archiving of documents in Luxembourg. However, the limitation of the reporting period to 100 years has not changed so far. On this subject, our deputy André Bauler asks some questions to the minister in charge, in particular on the possible adaptation of these periods to those in force in Belgium.
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New cycling path between Walferdange and Dommeldange: why not over the whole distance?
Between Walferdange and Dommeldange, a cycle path separate from road traffic will be built by next year. Unfortunately, it is only a kilometer long. Cyclists must continue on the road on the dangerous section of the "Kromm Längten". DP MP Guy Arendt asked the minister what the reasons are for this and whether it was not planned to secure the rest of the way to Walferdange as well.
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A scientific committee to consult the Minister of the Economy?
Statistical analysis, together with other scientific methods, can help the government to find the right solutions to many different problems. In Germany, for example, it is common practice that the Minister of the Economy is advised by a scientific committee. In this context, our MP André Bauler wondered whether Luxembourg could also benefit from the creation of such an advisory panel.
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What will happen to the former National Archives building?
The premises of the former barracks are becoming vacant due to the move of the National Archives to Belval. Our Member of Parliament André Bauler has asked the responsible ministers whether there is already a new project for the building and when the work could start.
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What plans for the Max Goergen house?
André Bauler, deputy of the DP, has learned that the house of the writer Max Goergen, which belongs to the State and is listed by Sites and monuments, is currently unoccupied. This is why he wanted to know from the responsible ministers what the plans were for the house and why nothing has happened so far.
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Additional noise abatement measures along motorways?
The action plan against noise on major highways does not a priori provide for strengthening protection against noise along the A1. However, it has come to the DP MP Carole Hartmann's attention that many people living near the motorway would like additional measures. Therefore, Carole Hartmann asked the responsible minister if other measures were possible.
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Where are the works on the future Moselle Center in Ehnen?
On September 26, 2018, the foundation stone for the renovation of the Ehnen Wine Museum was laid. Not much has happened since. Carole Hartmann, member of the DP, asks the responsible ministers in what phase the construction is and when the new museum will open.
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When can family doctors start vaccinating against Covid-19?
In addition to the vaccination centers, it should also be possible in future to vaccinate against Covid-19 in family doctors' practices. The Democratic Party MPs Carole Hartmann and André Bauler have asked the Minister of Health, among other things, when this will be possible and whether everyone will be able to be vaccinated by their general practitioner.
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Modification of the Code de la route makes cyclists less visible
Many cyclists have a flashing light on their bikes in order to be more visible on the road and to feel safer. The Minister of Mobility wishing to ban such lights, the deputies of the DP Max Hahn and André Bauler asked on the basis of what data the decision had been taken and whether the cycling interest groups had been consulted.
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Rising of oil prices: an index adaptation for this year?
Just like diesel and gasoline, other natural resources have seen their prices soar in the past few months. Our Deputy André Bauler asked the Minister of Economy about the reasons for this price evolution and the consequences for the next wage indexation.
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Freedom of press in the EU
In Hungary, a radio station was forced to shut its activities on 14 February 2021. In July 2020, the Hungarian government has already interfered in the media world with the dismissal of the editor-in-chief of "Index", the first news website in Hungary. In Poland, more than 40 media institutions went on strike in February to protest against a proposed "advertising tax", which was seen as an attack on...
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Vaccinations in Ettelbruck, the northern tip and the north-west of the country?
For health professionals living in the north, it is a big waste of time to go all the way to Limpertsberg for their 2nd vaccination against Covid-19. André Bauler, a member of the DP, asked the Minister of Health, among other things, whether these people could not be vaccinated for the second time at the new vaccination centre in Ettelbruck.
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Invasive aquatic species: Are the proposed measures successful?
The spinycheek crayfish and the signal crayfish are two invasive species that have been spreading throughout Europe for many years - with a devastating impact on local ecosystems. DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the concerned minister whether the measures proposed in the action plan had so far been successful, how many of these animals have been caught or fished in recent years...
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Road safety during prisoner transport
The safety of detainees during transport is not guaranteed in Luxembourg, because they do not wear seat belts, criticizes the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) in a 2015 report. The Luxembourgish association "Eran, eraus… an elo?" meanwhile, criticizes the government for still not respecting international standards in this area....
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Protected cultural heritage in the PAG
The municipalities may and should register their cultural heritage worthy of protection in the general development plan. The Service of Sites and Monuments has submitted its proposals to all municipalities, but some municipalities ignore a large part of these recommendations. Now a ranking has been published, which the Minister of Home Affairs mentioned in a recent RTL interview. On this subject, our...
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Soon a new variant of swine fever in Luxembourg?
Australian authorities have warned of a new variant of swine flu. The members of the DP, Gusty Graas and André Bauler, asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the risk of this variant reaching Europe.
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Several questions regarding the lake of the Haute-Sûre
What has been the evolution of the lake's water levels in recent years? What is the condition of the dam wall? The deputy of the DP André Bauler addressed several questions to the competent ministers.
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Promotion of Luxembourgish products by state-owned companies?
As it was reported to the DP MPs Gilles Baum and Carole Hartmann, Luxair would no longer serve Luxembourgish crémant, but French champagne on their flights. For this reason, the two Eastern MPs wanted to know from the responsible ministers what the reasons are and whether it would not be appropriate to promote Luxembourgish products through Luxembourg state-owned companies.
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Nosocomial infections in Luxembourg
Even in hospitals, patients can develop an infection. DP members Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health, among other things, about the current figures and how many specialised staff are working in this field in Luxembourg.
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Bypass Ettelbruck: What's the state of progress?
Since the plans for the Ettelbruck bypass apparently are not progressing, among other reasons due to a too small budget for studies, the deputy of the DP André Bauler wanted to know from the competent minister what the state of progress in this matter was.
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Vaccination of certain professional categories as a priority?
At the beginning of February, the Minister of Health unveiled the details of the second phase of the vaccination campaign in Luxembourg. In their parliamentary question, the deputies Claude Lamberty and Carole Hartmann asked whether it would not be appropriate to also give people from other socio-professional categories the benefit of a vaccination priority.
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Drone rescue of fawns from combine harvesters
The government announced a pilot project last summer to support the drone rescue of fawns from combine harvesters. DP MPs Max Hahn and Gusty Graas wanted more information on this pilot project.
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The resiliency of transportation routes for vaccines and medical equipment
In a document published by a global logistics firm, the point was raised that it could become difficult to deliver vaccines and medical equipment to remote areas during the pandemic in countries that are not as technologically advanced. MP Gusty Graas has raised his concerns with the Ministry for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and asked if such problems have come to be known so far...
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Evaluation of the CGDIS' First Responder
The First Responder plays a key role in supporting people in a life-threatening emergency and ensuring the transmission of important information to the fire station until the emergency services arrive at the scene of the accident. In his parliamentary question, Max Hahn asked how the First Responder has developed within the CGDIS over the past two years.
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Integration of the train timetables in municipal apps?
Recently, many municipalities across the country have launched a mobile application that allows you to consult the public transport timetables in the respective municipalities, as well as the waste and events calendar. In their parliamentary question, the deputies Max Hahn and Claude Lamberty asked the responsible minister why train timetables cannot be integrated currently into these applications.
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Accommodations in train stations?
There are already housing projects in CFL passenger buildings. But what is the potential across the country? Are there other projects planned? DP MPs André Bauler and Max Hahn requested further information from the relevant minister.
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Stop Maulusmühle: An idea to promote tourism during summer?
As work on the PC1 is scheduled to start soon, DP deputy André Bauler wanted to know from the Minister of Mobility whether the old Maulusmühle stop could not be served again in summer to support tourism in the region.
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The MMUST project: better organization of cross-border mobility
The "multimodal model and cross-border mobility scenarios" project analyzes traffic flows to improve the organization of mobility in the Greater Region. The deputy of the DP Max Hahn inquired with the competent minister on the state of progress of the project and on the possible first results.
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A boarding school for Clervaux high school?
In his answer to a parliamentary question from the deputy of the DP André Bauler from 2019, the Minister of Public Works replied that there was no request for a boarding school in Clervaux. André Bauler wanted to know if the situation has changed in the meantime.
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When will autonomous driving be allowed in Luxembourg?
Germany is considering permitting autonomous driving on certain roads in the midst of normal traffic in the near future. The deputy of the DP Max Hahn wanted to know from the competent minister how far Luxembourg is in this regard?
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Reimbursement for lipedema surgery from the earliest stage
In Luxembourg, surgical procedures for lipedema are reimbursed from the 3rd stage onwards by the national health insurance fund. Democratic Party deputy Carole Hartmann asked the minister in charge why surgical procedures are not reimbursed from the first stage.
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What is the reaction of the Minister of the Environment to the resignation of the president of the FSHCL?
The president of the hunter's federation motivated his resignation by the lack of constructive collaboration and a "contempt" ("Missachten") on the part of the Minister of the Environment vis-à-vis hunters. DP MPs Guy Arendt and Gusty Graas wanted to know the minister's reaction to these allegations and how the current situation is planned to be resolved.
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Can a bailiff simply attach a sticker regarding their order onto a post box?
Is it allowed for a bailiff to attach a sticker onto the post box to inform the residents about an enforced seizure at their home? How are private individuals contacted by the bailiff if they are not at home? How is the residents’ privacy safeguarded in such instances? MP Guy Arendt asked these questions to the Ministry of Justice.
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What is the average participation rate in the "Large Scale Testing" screening programme?
As the second phase of the large-scale screening programme expires on March 24, 2021, the government has just announced that a third phase will be launched by March 15, 2021 and will end on July 15, 2021. In this context, MNA Carole Hartmann would like to know from the Minister of Health, what is the average response rate to invitations sent out as part of the "Large Scale Testing" screening programme?
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Protecting Candlemas as intangible cultural heritage?
Ancient traditions and customs are increasingly neglected. They require protection as intangible cultural heritage. On Candlemas Day, our MP André Bauler asked some questions to the Minister of Culture.
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Too high a phosphate concentration in the water of the Haute-Sûre lake?
In a recent interview, the President of the Chamber of Agriculture regrets that no follow-up has been given to an analysis on the high concentration of phosphate in the water of the Haute-Sûre dam lake submitted to the Minister of the environment. This is why the deputy of the DP Gusty Graas asked for explanations on this subject from the minister in question.
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Oppression of the media in Burkina Faso
In June 2019, the criminal law was changed in Burkina Faso in such a way that it no longer allows for objective reporting in the news. Ever since, the media are facing an increasing resistance and they are becoming more and more exposed to the risk of consequences due to penal prosecution by the authorities. What is Luxembourg’s stance on this subject and what implications does this have on Luxembourg’s...
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What is the impact of the Myanmar coup on Luxembourg’s cooperation activities in the country?
After Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won the elections by a landslide, Myanmar’s army has taken control over the country via a coup in February. The leader of the Burmese civil government and members of her party were arrested and put under house arrest. What is Luxembourg’s position toward these events? How are the Luxembourgish agents currently working and helping in the area? Will these developments have...
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Is NATO getting its own bank?
An American ‘Think tank’ proposed to create a bank specifically for NATO to guarantee the financing of its member states’ defense materials. How would this system work and who would profit from it? MP Gusty Graas asked the responsible minister for answers.
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More freight transport by road because of the pandemic?
It has come to the attention of the DP's MP Max Hahn that apparently CFL Cargo lost at least one major customer during the pandemic, since freight transport by road is currently more interesting than rail transport. This is why he wanted to know from the competent minister if this is the case and what measures the government intends to take to curb this trend.
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Modernisation of the CITA?
The coalition agreement provides for the modernisation of the CITA and the development of an IT strategy for the road administration in order to better manage traffic flows and improve information for drivers. The deputy of the DP Max Hahn inquired with the competent minister on the progress of the related work.
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Mobile phone radars for better road safety?
Distraction through the use of mobile phones while driving is increasingly a risk factor in road traffic. In other countries, radars or even drones are used to fight against the use of mobile phones while driving. DP MP Max Hahn inquired of the competent ministers about Luxembourg's plans in this regard.
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Nuclear waste repository in Bure: regular exchanges between France and Luxembourg?
The French environmental authority raised many criticisms in its opinion from January 13th on the proposed nuclear waste storage center in Bure. DP MPs Max Hahn and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the competent ministers, whether they were aware of what action the French authorities intend to take on this opinion, and whether there are regular exchanges between France and Luxembourg on this topic.
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Transgenic pigs from the United States for human consumption?
In the United States, the Food Safety Authority (FDA) has recently approved genetically modified pigs for human consumption. DP members Gusty Graas and André Bauler ask the Minister for Health and the Minister for Agriculture what they think about the use of these pigs in Europe for pharmaceutical or food production.
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Photovoltaic installations on large parking lots?
In a recent press article, the Minister of Energy raised the enormous energy potential that the some 100 hectares of parking areas in Luxembourg would represent if they were covered with structures and solar panels were installed on top. This is why the deputy of the DP Max Hahn wanted to know from the minister how he intends to mobilize this potential.
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What is the impact of the golden jackal on native fauna?
A possible first presence of the golden jackal in Luxembourg was detected recently. This is why the deputies of the DP André Bauler and Max Hahn wanted to know from the competent minister what will be the impact of this new species on the native fauna and what is the general state in the fight against invasive alien species.
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Pneumococcal vaccine
In an agreement from 2018, between the State of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the national health insurance fund, it was agreed that the pneumococcal vaccine will not be fully reimbursed to people over 85 years of age. Democratic Party deputy Carole Hartmann asked the Minister for Social Security for the reasons for this age limit.
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What is the status of the development of a national park & ride strategy?
The coalition agreement provides for the development of a “national parking and park-and-ride strategy (P&R)”. The deputy of the DP Max Hahn inquired with the competent minister on the state of the development of this document.
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How are the municipal coat of arms handled for fused communes?
Several communes that have merged in the past have given themselves a new municipal coat of arms after their fusion. Other communes rely on a municipal logo to showcase their identity. The heraldic commission of the Ministry of State supports the communes in this procedure. MP André Bauler asked the Ministry of State which communes have changed their coat of arms or logo over the past years and what...
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Do I have to deregister if I refuse an invitation for vaccination against Covid-19?
The Ministry of Health sends out invitations for the Covid-19 vaccination. But do I have to deregister if I refuse the vaccination? Democratic Party MPs Gilles Baum and André Bauler have asked the Minister of Health.
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Two new health centres in the north and east of the country
The south and the centre of the country will receive two new health centres. The Ministry of Health is also investigating where new health centres could be built in the north and east of the country. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and André Bauler have asked the Minister of Health which cantons are being considered as locations.
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What is going to happen to Alexej Nawalny after his arrest?
On Sunday Alexej Nawalny flew back from Germany to Moskow and he was arrested at his arrival. A strong international reaction came quickly. What will become of Kremlin’s critic and which consequences will the arrest have for Russia? MP Gusty Graas asked the respective minister in charge.
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What are the reasons for the long delays in the payment of the premium for sustainable mobility?
It has come to attention of the deputies of the DP Carole Hartmann and Max Hahn that many people wait several months for the payment of the premium for sustainable mobility. This is why they have inquired with the competent minister to find out what are the reasons for this and what is being done to speed up the procedure.
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The organ of Notre-Dame de Luxembourg Cathedral
The organ of Notre-Dame de Luxembourg Cathedral was dismantled last year to be restored and modernised. In his parliamentary question, MP André Bauler asks in particular about the financing of this work.
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What about the new road connecting the Grand-Duc Jean barracks and the Fridhaff?
The construction should in principle have started at the end of 2020, which is why the deputy of the DP André Bauler inquired with the competent minister on the progress of the matter.
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What is going to happen to the refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina?
The refugees in the Lipa camp in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been without access to clean water, electricity, heating and tents for months. And this even though alternative options for more winterproof accommodations exist. Those refugees that try to make their way across the border, are retained by Croatian police by force and subjected to violence before being sent back. MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty...
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New adaptations for the bus line 555?
After the introduction of the new bus timetables on December 13, certain problems arose, in particular with regard to school transport. It has come to the attention of the deputy of the DP André Bauler that the line 555 was also concerned, hence his question to the competent minister, if it is planned to adapt the schedule of this line as well.
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Is the CHAFEA relocating to Brussels?
At the beginning of 2020 discussions regarding a relocalisation of the CHAFEA caused some commotion. On the grounds of efficiency, a number of job positions and activities are to be relocated to Brussels. MP Gusty Graas asked the minister in charge what is currently the plan for CHAFEA
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International recognition of ecocide as a crime: what efforts has Luxembourg undertaken so far?
The government has decided in its current coalition agreement that it will support the recognition of ecocide as a crime. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn wanted to know from the competent ministers what Luxembourg's efforts have been so far in this direction.
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Water from the Moselle river to water young vines?
The possibility of using water from the Moselle to irrigate young vines in times of extreme heat and drought already exists in Luxembourg, one only needs an authorization. However, few winegrowers take advantage of it, while the president of independent winegrowers is arguing for more use. What are the reasons for this? Should more information be provided on this possibility, or should the administrative...
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Donation funds in India
In India, the regulations for donations from abroad were changed in November. This has implications for the work of Luxembourgish NGOs. Gusty Graas, a DP MP, asked the minister in charge.
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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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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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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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When will the PC35 cycle path be completed?
Apparently, only a small part would be missing, then the PC35 bike path could be completed. This would create a continuous bicycle connection from the Sanem and Bascharage area, over the communes of Dippach and Bertrange to Mamer and Luxembourg city. DP MPs Max Hahn and Frank Colabianchi asked the minister responsible for when these works could be completed.
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Spotlight on property business professionals
Along with the growing demand on the housing market, the number of real estate agencies in Luxembourg has also sharply increased. In this context, our deputy André Bauler has asked the responsible ministers about the average value-added generated by the real estate industry and the number of insolvencies declared in recent years.
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Has the presence of the stink bug already been confirmed in Luxembourg?
The stink bug is an invasive insect native to Asia that causes many headaches for winegrowers, fruit and vegetable producers. These bugs can indeed cause very serious damage in vines, orchards or vegetable gardens. DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas asked the ministers concerned whether these insects had already spread in Luxembourg and whether damage had already been detected in crops.
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Troisvierges - Another closure of a post office branch ?
Over the past five years, many post offices have been closed and replaced by alternative distribution channels, such as ATMs and online services. In this context, our deputy André Bauler asked the Minister of the Economy about the future of the post office in Troisvierges.
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When will the barrier at the Diekirch train station disappear?
One year ago, the Minister for Mobility announced that the area in front of the Diekirch railway station be completely redeveloped, including the disappearance of the train barrier and the creation of an multimodal hub. DP MP André Bauler therefore asked how far the studies are and when work can start.
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What about the validity of the Covid-19 vaccination?
Some countries restrict the validity of the Covid-19 vaccination for entry into their country. For people who were vaccinated at the beginning of the year, the validity of the vaccination will therefore expire soon. The DP MPs Claude Lamberty and Carole Hartmann asked the responsible ministers whether Luxembourg also plans to introduce such a validity limit and what can be done at EU level.
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A "repair bonus" to boost the circular economy?
With a bonus, the Ministry of the Environment in Thuringia wants to encourage people to have their electrical appliances repaired instead of throwing them away. DP MP Max Hahn therefore asked if this would not be a way to strengthen the circular economy also here in Luxembourg.
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How many farms are private companies?
A number of agricultural companies have decided to establish themselves as a private company under Luxembourg law in recent years. DP member André Bauler asked the minister concerned how many companies are involved and what legal forms are used for these companies.
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To what extent do archaeological assessments contribute to the long procedures of housing projects?
Again and again we hear that the mandatory archaeological assessment requires a lot of time and that the procedures thus contribute to the long waiting times for construction projects. DP Members of Parliament Max Hahn and André Bauler have therefore asked whether this is the case and what can be done to change that situation.
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Asphalting with loose chippings: are there no alternatives?
DP Member of Parliament André Bauler has heard that a considerable amount of vehicles in the vicinity of Koetschette have been damaged after the renewal of a road. He therefore asked the minister in charge whether there were no alternatives to loose chippings on the occasion of a road renewal by the P&Ch in order to prevent any resulting damage.
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Should the Troisvierges bypass construction start earlier?
DP MP André Bauler wanted to know from the competent minister how traffic in Troisvierges has evolved in recent years and whether it would be reasonable to advance the construction of the Troisvierges bypass.
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Restoration of the Erpeldange castle?
DP MP André Bauler has heard that the state-owned castle of Erpeldange has been classified as a national monument and will soon be restored. In this context, he requested further information from the relevant ministers.
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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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Why do fewer municipalities take part in the European Mobility Week from year to year?
The European Mobility Week aims to raise awareness for more sustainable forms of mobility than cars. As fewer and fewer municipalities are taking part in this initiative from year to year, DP MP Gusty Graas has asked the minister responsible what this entails and how to reverse the trend.
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A new sign on the A7 to advertise the Ösling?
DP MP André Bauler asked if it would be possible to put up a new sign on the A7 to promote the Ösling, its landscapes and castles.
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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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More pharmacies in Luxembourg in the future?
Population growth is increasing demands in a number of different areas. The supply of medicines and related products is one of these. Against this background, our MPs Gilles Baum and André Bauler have asked the Minister of Health, among other questions, if an increase in the pharmacy quota is planned for this decade.
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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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“Veterinarians for all” here in Luxembourg as well?
In France, the “Vétérinaires pour tous” initiative, which is promoted by the French recovery plan, helps those people who are unable to support their pets’ checkups and treatments at the veterinarian . This way, both are helped – the pets and their owners as well. What opportunities are there in Luxembourg for people with fewer financial means, and are similar initiatives planned in Luxembourg? Our...
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Reclassification of Rindschleiden into a green zone?
According to a recent newspaper article, the Ministry of the Environment has proposed to reclassify the entire village of Rindschleiden into a green zone. DP MP André Bauler asked what the reasons were for this and what impact such decisions could have, in particular on possible claims for damages.
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Suppression of a railway tunnel in Rumelange: what is the environmental impact?
In Rumelange, the CFL wants to destroy a historic railway tunnel, i.e. remove the ground above the tunnel, to modernize the track. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked what environmental impact these works had.
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How is the function of a notary clerk regulated?
The notary clerks act as the right hand of the notaries and support them in their work: preparing documents, keeping records, meeting clients - these are all tasks that can be taken over by a notary clerk. But how exactly is this function regulated? Are there enough notary clerks and what kind of profile is required to do the job? Our MPs André Bauler and Guy Arendt asked the respective ministries...
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Fluorescent markings on the motorways for better traffic safety?
In the Netherlands, a pilot project was launched a few years ago, in which the markings on the motorway were applied using fluorescent colors to improve road safety. What is the conclusion of this project? Would this also be an idea for implementation in Luxembourg? DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn have asked the minister for information.
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Solar pannels along the highways?
The coalition agreement provides that vacant areas along the motorways and railway tracks could be used to install solar pannels. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn have asked what concrete projects there are so far.
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What does the new Danish immigration law mean for Europe?
The Danish Parliament passed a new immigration law in June of this year, which aims to reject not only those people who have been refused asylum, but also those who are eligible to enter Europe. "Zero asylum seekers" is the aim of the new policy. What does this mean for Europe? Will other countries follow? What is the future of immigration policy in the European Union? MP Gusty Graas asked these questions...
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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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Fewer observers at the parliamentary elections in Russia?
On September 19, 2021, parliamentary elections will be held in the Russian Federation to appoint members of the “Duma”. Following a decision by Russian authorities, based on the current COVID-19 health crisis, and despite the initial decision to send 450 observers, only a delegation of 10 OSCE observers will be allowed to monitor the elections. What is the position of the Luxembourg government on this...
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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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What will be the future of the former buildings of the "Athénée de Luxembourg"?
Following the relocation of the National Library to Kirchberg, the former buildings of the "Athénée de Luxembourg" are empty. Initially, it was planned to open a national gallery there, but in the meantime, it seems to be a known fact that some offices of the Cité judiciaire will be housed there. Our MP André Bauler has asked the ministries in charge for clarification.
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What could be done with our Roman roads?
There are many remains of the Roman period in Luxembourg, including villas, tombs and roads. Already in ancient times, Luxembourg was located at the crossroads of several Gallo-Roman roads. It is in the context of these roadways that our deputy André Bauler put some questions to the Minister of Culture and the Minister of Tourism.
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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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Has there recently been a pollution of the Our near Lieler?
DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas have heard that there has been a recent pollution of the Our river near Lieler. They therefore wanted to know from the relevant minister if she had any further information on this incident.
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Less flood risk due to additional retention measures along rivers?
Could the installation of polders that capture water masses during floods reduce the risk of flooding in rivers? DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann asked the responsible minister.
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What is the situation in Luxembourg with regard to the exposure to heavy metals of the population?
According to a study by the French public health, children who eat a lot of organic vegetables have been found to have a higher concentration of copper in their bodies. DP MP Gusty Graas asked what the situation was in Luxembourg.
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How strongly are the sewage treatment plants affected by the recent floods?
The floods apparently also damaged a number of sewage treatment plants, so that there is a risk of contaminated water flowing into the rivers. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the ministre responsible if this was the case, which sewage treatment plants were affected and what the impact was on the rivers.
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Exchange of information between the old and new hunting syndicates
DP MPs André Bauler and Guy Arendt have heard that the secretaries of the former hunting syndicates are not allowed to give out the account numbers of forest, meadow and field owners to the new secretaries for data protection reasons. Therefore, they asked the Minister responsible how this problem could be solved.
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What is the current situation in Myanmar?
Following the military coup in February this year, the army continues to advance with increasing force against the protesters in Myanmar. A political crisis has turned into a human rights catastrophe. Even communications are now being monitored and intercepted on. In the French Senate and in the General Assembly, resolutions have called for recognition of the November election results and to end the...
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Current political situation on Cyprus
Geopolitical tensions in Cyprus have recently taken a new dimension. Turkey plans to bring the inhabitants of Famagusta back under Turkish Cypriot administration by encouraging them to claim their land at the Property Commission, where their property will be contested. As this occupation violates international agreements, including some EU decisions, our MP Gusty Graas has addressed some questions...
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Additional sound protection measures on the N7 between Diekirch and Ettelbruck?
During the redevelopment of the N7 between Diekirch and Ettelbruck, it was proposed to put additional sound protection measures in place at the height of the Cité Longchamps, e.g. in the form of hedges. DP MP André Bauler therefore asked if it was still planned to implement these measures and if so, until when.
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A radar on the tracks for more safety at track crossings?
Would radars at track crossings be an idea to be able to avoid accidents like the one that recently happened in Bertrange? In Germany, there are already such devices in various places that warn the train when something is on the tracks. The DP MP Max Hahn has asked the responsible minister about this idea and also wanted to know how the CFL is progressing with the replacement of the railway barriers...
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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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Are poisonous flowers in the hay deadly to our animals?
The Jacob's crucifer, which is currently in bloom, and the autumnal lilies that bloom in autumn, land more and more often in hay, which is fed to farmers' beasts but also to horses. These flowers contain toxins that attack the livers of the animals and can end in death. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the ministers concerned if the hay was regularly checked, if there had been any deaths yet and how to tackle...
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Is Luxembourg still attractive to European institutions?
Many European institutions are established in Luxembourg and the country is proud to play an important role in European politics. Due to the price increase and the rise in property prices, life is becoming more expensive for everyone. Compared to Brussels, Luxembourg is becoming less and less attractive to European civil servants. Is the country at risk of European institutions relocating in the future?...
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Agroforestry: a solution to better resist climate change?
Global warming and increasingly frequent droughts have negative consequences for Luxembourg's agricultural land. Agroforestry could be a solution to protect our soils against drought. In this context, DP-MP André Bauler asked the Minister of Agriculture for more information on Agroforestry.
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Mandatory defibrillators in public buildings?
Defibrillators and first aid kits can save lives, as the recent case of Danish footballer Christian Eriksen has shown once again. DP MPs Carole Hartmann, Claude Lamberty, and Max Hahn wanted to know from the respective Ministries what is the plan to install more defibrillators in public areas.
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How to react when you see an animal suffering in a car?
During hot weather, the heat can have tragic consequences for our pets. Under the Animal Welfare Law, everyone has a duty to provide assistance to an animal in danger. But what are the consequences of breaking a stranger's car window? DP-MP Gusty Grass asked the ministers concerned.
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Will the Moselle Valley become a UNESCO World Heritage Site?
The association "Weltkulturerbe Moselle Valley" is about to submit a candidacy for the inclusion of the Moselle valley as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The winegrowers from Germany are not enthusiastic, however, because the plan is that they will only be allowed to cultivate their terraced vineyards according to the traditional "Einzelpfahlerziehung". DP member Gusty Grass asked the minister responsible...
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Better signaling and more controls to avoid dangerous situations around the roadworks in Diekirch?
DP MP André Bauler pointed out to the ministers in charge the dangerous traffic situation in Diekirch and wanted to know what was planned to ease the situation.
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Will there be delays in the delivery for the new trains for the CFL?
DP MPs André Bauler and Max Hahn asked the minister responsible if there will be delays in the delivery of the new trains for the CFL due to the pandemic.
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Use of serological tests in Luxembourg
Serological tests can be used to determine whether a person has been infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus in the past and whether he or she has formed antibodies against this infection. However, a negative serological test a few months after a positive PCR test raises the question of whether the PCR test was false positive. On this issue, DP MP Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health,...
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Carbon capture and stockage in the industry?
A new EU regulation allows Member States to use carbon capture, use and storage technologies to meet their climate goals, particularly in industrial processes where emissions are difficult to avoid. In concrete terms this means that companies can capture their emissions and e.g. storage them geologically. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked what was the position of Luxembourg, which Member States...
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Discrimination against homosexuals when donating blood
Currently, homosexual men are not allowed to have sexual relations for 12 months if they want to give blood in Luxembourg. In other countries, such as the UK, the principle of individual risk is applied to sexual behaviour, so homosexuals are not discriminated against. Democratic Party MPs Carole Hartmann and Gilles Baum wanted to know from the minister responsible whether discrimination against homosexuals...
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To what extent does the state control the quality and prices of face masks?
After the state had distributed free masks to each inhabitant, the pharmacies and shops started selling different types of face masks. However, besides their selling price, the quality of these goods was also very variable. In this context, our deputy André Bauler asked the Minister of the Economy whether these masks are subject to quality controls and whether their selling prices are regularly checked...
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More and more noise nuisances from cars?
Facing daily stress, everyone needs a minimum of peace and quiet. This is particularly true for hospital patients, residents in retirement homes, but also for every citizen in his or her own home, whether in a residential area, a tourist region or on a main road. This peace and quiet, to which every citizen is entitled, is increasingly disturbed by certain traffic trends, such as tampering with exhaust...
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How are the negotiations progressing in view of COP26?
In preparation for the COP26 at the end of this year in Glasgow, negotiations are currently ongoing at the international level to prepare a possible agreement. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn wanted to know more about the content and progress of these negotiations from the responsible ministre.
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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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The use of long range acoustic devices (LRAD) at the Greek-turkish border
According to media reports, sound cannons are being used on the Greek-Turkish border to stop illegal immigration into these areas. In general, a complete range of new technologies is being employed here to protect the borders and to prevent illegal immigration. How much is invested here and who decides on the resources used? What are the health consequences for refugees who are confronted with this...
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How is rural areas supported financially?
The state can support rural development in a number of ways. On the one hand there is the Fonds d’orientation économique et sociale pour l’agriculture (FOESA) and on the other hand the LEADER projects. DP MP André Bauler noted that only a few projects are supported by the fund, with LEADER projects receiving more financial support. The North MP asked the responsible minister why this was the case and...
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More heatwaves because of climate change: what is the impact in Luxembourg?
Due to climate change, heat waves are becoming more frequent. This also increases the risk of dehydration and heat deaths, especially among the elderly and sick. DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health a series of questions on this issue, including how many heat deaths and dehydrations there have been in this country in recent years.
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What's the pandemic's impact on youth criminality?
Youth criminality took a new dimension since the beginning of this year. There have been more cases with serious consequences nationwide. In particular, these terrible cases led to nationwide discussions and a very high media coverage. In this context, our MPs André Bauler and Claude Lamberty asked the responsible minister, among other things, if juvenile delinquency had changed with the pandemic.
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Large roadworks in the centre of Diekirch
Recently, large roadworks have been started in the center of Diekirch, which are expected to last until the end of the year. Given the major traffic disruptions, DP member André Bauler has asked the minister responsible what he intends to do to finish the roadworks as soon as possible and to minimize the negative impact.
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Authorization of gigaliner in Luxembourg for less CO2 emissions in the transport sector?
According to the director of the Luxembourg logistics cluster, 25-meter trucks would be an option to reduce the sector's emissions. In general, however, the transport sector risks not reaching its climate goals. DP MPs Max Hahn and Gusty Graas have asked the relevant ministers if Gigaliner could be allowed in Luxembourg in the future and what considerations are there to help the sector in the climate...
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A P&R on the Poteau de Harlange?
Currently there are discussions about creating a P&R on the Poteau de Harlange. DP MP André Bauler asked the minister responsible if he could say more about it.
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A right to be forgotten for certain diseases?
The right to be forgotten in the context of outstanding balance insurance has been in place since January 2020. A monitoring and re-evaluation committee was set up to ensure that the provisions of the agreement are properly applied and that the parties' commitments are respected. It is in this context that our Member of Parliament Gusty Graas has put a series of questions to the Minister of Health.
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Shortage of nurses in hospitals?
The shortage of staff in hospitals has been an important topic in health policy in recent months. However, it seems that every now and then young nurses cannot find a place in a Luxembourg hospital. The DP MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health, among other things, how many nurses work in hospitals in this country, whether there is a reserve list and how the difficulties...
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Vaccination against the coronavirus also for animals?
A vaccine has been developed in Russia to vaccinate animals against the coronavirus. Gusty Graas, member of Parliament for the DP, asks the Minister of Agriculture what he thinks about the vaccination of animals and if he would recommend it to Luxembourg.
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How did the prices of agricultural land develop?
The land is an important means of production for farmers, vegetable gardeners and winegrowers. DP member of Parliament André Bauler asks the Minister of Agriculture how the prices of agricultural land have developed in recent years.
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No permission for a sculpture in Echternach?
On Whit Tuesday, a bronze sculpture will be inaugurated in front of the Basilica as a tribute to the Dancing Procession. As the site is classified as a national monument, the Ministry of Culture must have authorised this sculpture. In this context, our MPs Carole Hartmann and André Bauler have submitted an urgent parliamentary question.
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“Stealthing” - Does the definition of rape in criminal law need to be readjusted?
If the sexual partner takes off the condom during intercourse without telling the partner about it, this is known as 'stealthing'. Not only is this a serious breach of trust, it can also have health consequences for both partners. How is this phenomenon dealt with here in Luxembourg? What does criminal law foreseefor such cases? Does the criminal law need to be adapted to take this practice into account?...
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How many people have changed their name so far?
In December, the new law was passed that should simplify the process of changing the name or first name. How many people have used this opportunity so far, how long does the process take and are all applications successful? Our deputy Carole Hartmann asked the Ministry of Justice.
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Introduction of a third gender
Recent discussions have revived the issue of gender and its significance in a society. Legislative texts should be more inclusive in the future and adapt to a changing society. The 2018-2023 coalition agreement plans for a third gender, ie a third option in the civil status. How is the work on this project coming and what exactly is planned? Our Member of Parliament Carole Hartmann asked these questions...
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Towards an international ban on geo-engineering?
Large mirrors in space, the scattering of particles in the atmosphere or the creation of artificial clouds to reflect the sun: these are just a few examples of the so-called "geo-engineering" that some scientists want to focus on in order to stop global warming. However, as the consequences of such far-reaching interventions in nature can be unpredictable and even potentially dramatic, DP MPs Gusty...
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Work incapacity certificates during the Covid pandemic
The National Health Fund seized more than 1.1 million certificates of incapacity for work in 2020, a significant increase compared to 2019. Democratic Party MP Carole Hartmann wanted to know from the Minister for Social Security, among other things, which sectors were most affected, how long the certificates of incapacity for work lasted on average and how often they were extended.
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Where is the procedure of the planned windmill in Burden?
DP MP André Bauler asked the ministers concerned what has happened in the case of the controversial windmill at Burden in the past months and where the procedure is currently underway.
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Closure of post offices in Boulaide and Rambrouch
After the initial reduction of their opening hours, the post offices in Boulaide and Rambrouch had to close their doors completely at the beginning of 2021. Our deputy André Bauler asked the Minister of the Economy about the reasons for this closure and the consequences for the residents and companies.
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Tularemia also in Luxembourg ?
In Germany, tularemia is still spreading. This infectious disease can also be transmitted to humans. Are there any cases of sick animals in Luxembourg at the moment? Where are the risks and for whom? Are hunters and farmers informed about the situation? What measures are in place to prevent a spread in the Grand Duchy? Deputies Claude Lamberty and Max Hahn have asked the ministry about the matter.
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Is agriculture also affected by the rise in prices of various materials?
Currently there is a solid growth in the prices of various materials. DP member André Bauler asks the Minister of Agriculture if our farmers, marketgardeners and assimilated businesses are also affected. He also asks if there have been delivery shortages for some products and what kind of products they are.
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Rainwater systems in public buildings to save drinking water?
The installation of a rainwater system to use rainwater for various purposes is an opportunity to save drinking water, just as drought and heat put groundwater levels under stress. DP MPs Max Hahn and André Bauler asked the minister responsible how many public buildings are already equipped with such a system and what the plans for the future look like.
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A solution for the police museum?
The historic police collection was housed in the former Gendarmerie garage, a building worthy of protection in Verlorenkost, where construction work on the future government garage is expected to start in 2022. Therefore, a permanent or at least a temporary solution for the collection should be found by the end of this year. In this perspective, our MP André Bauler has submitted some questions to the...
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Extension of short-time work in the construction sector
Due to the shortage of raw materials and other materials, the government has decided to extend short-time work in the construction sector until June. In this context, DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann have asked the responsible ministers, among other things, how many companies are affected by this and which conditions have to be fulfilled in order to apply for short-time work.
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What happens if joint custody agreements are breached or if children are kidnapped by a partner?
In case of a divorce, shared custody is often a compromise used to help determine who has custody of the children, when and for how long. However, what is agreed upon is not always respected by the ex-partners. More and more frequently, cases become known where partners keep the children with them for longer than agreed or doesn’t allow them to return to the other partner. It also happens that children...
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Have organ transplants gone down due to the pandemic?
Due to the Covid crisis, many other medical procedures and treatments had to be cancelled or postponed. This also applies to organ transplants, especially kidney transplants. DP MP Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health, among other things, how many kidney transplants had to be cancelled during the pandemic, how many patients are waiting for a kidney in this country and what conditions have to...
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What are the CFL's plans for the historical locomotive 5519?
Locomotive 5519 is the last Luxembourgish steam locomotive still in operation. However, it will not be allowed to run on the Luxembourg rail network because it is not equipped with the ETCS safety system. Neither are its four "Wegmann" wagons allowed any longer on the rail network for safety reasons. DP member Gusty Graas asked therefore the ministers concerned what the plans are for the locomotive,...
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Adaptation of the quarantine regulations in Switzerland
Switzerland has announced an adaptation of the quarantine regulations. In case of contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, fully vaccinated persons will be exempted from quarantine for a period of six months, starting 14 days after the administration of the second dose of vaccine.
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International security on football events
On 19 March 2021, the Benelux Interparliamentary Assembly adopted a motion for a recommendation on international security on football events and the fight against racism. Our MP, Gusty Graas, asked the ministers in charge, among other things, how the Benelux countries could optimize the exchange of information and whether it would be appropriate to prevent hooligans from travelling to another country....
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Canton Wiltz: future prospects for the local labour market
In line with the national decentralization policy, several new activity zones will be created in Luxembourg. Also the north of the country offers great potential for the development of new economic sites. On this note, our deputy André Bauler wanted to know the next steps towards creating a diverse local industry in the Canton of Wiltz.
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Postpartum depression
The birth of a child is one of the most beautiful moments in the life of every parent. In some cases, however, it happens that the mother or father develops a "postnatal depression". Constant fatigue, deep sadness and increased irritability are common symptoms. In this context, our deputy Carole Hartmann asked the Minister of Health about the existing treatment options in Luxembourg.
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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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How is the construction industry responding to the global surge in wood prices?
The extended delivery times for wood and fiberboard, as well as the global price increase of the raw material, are causing many headaches for certain businesses and consumers. In this context, our deputy André Bauler asked the Minister of the Economy how the construction industry is dealing with the current situation.
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What does the future of the steelworks in Dudelange look like?
Following the recent revelations by the Financial Times that Liberty Steel's parent group was involved in dubious financial practices, which could potentially deter new investors, DP member of Parliament Gusty Graas is asking the minister responsible how this could have an effect on the Dudelange steelworks and whether he shares the opinion of the unions that the state should intervene financially.
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How much have the grapevines in Luxembourg suffered from the recent frost?
After the severe frostbite that had an considerable impact all over France, the DP MPs André Bauler, Gilles Baum and Carole Hartmann asked the minister responsible what the situation looks like in Luxembourg.
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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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Operations on intersex children – will they also be banned in Luxembourg?
Operations on intersex children are not uncommon. Intersexuality is often seen as a medical problem that needs to be addressed. Regardless of whether these children are healthy, they are being refused a choice that they should have been able to make a later date. In Germany, a law is currently being discussed prohibiting this practice and aiming to strengthen intersex children in their self-determination....
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A special leave in case of a miscarriage?
A miscarriage is a horrible moment for any parent. An end to a new life, before it even began. In New Zealand, a law has been passed to allow parents to take extra leave in this case. They should be given time to mourn their loss. Deputies Carole Hartmann and Max Hahn asked if such an extra leave is also planned in Luxembourg.
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Public service administrations in the 'Nordstad'
In an interview, the Minister for Spatial Planning expressed the wish that a number of administrations should settle in the 'Nordstad'. As a city close to the river and close to nature, the 'Nordstad' has immense prospect which the government would like to develop in cooperation and in dialogue with the communes. What kind of administrations are they and where are they going to be set up? Member of...
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How many diseases have been detected in foxes?
It is known that foxes often transmit diseases. Now the ministry has warned of distemper detected in foxes. This disease can also be transmitted to dogs. Guy Arendt, member of the DP, asks the ministers concerned how many diseases have been detected in recent years in foxes and how to prevent the spread of these viruses.
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A repetition of the "Vëlosummer" this year?
After last year's success, DP MP Max Hahn wanted to know from the concerned ministers, what is the plan for this year.
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"Klibberen" as immaterial cultural heritage?
Ringing the rattle "Klibberen" is an old tradition in Luxembourg. The altar servers have launched an initiative to have this tradition included in the national list of intangible cultural heritage. Our MP André Bauler welcomes their initiative and asked the Minister of Culture whether she would be willing to support the altar servers in this process, or even to register the tradition of "Klibberen"...
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What happens to the movable cultural heritage of desacralized churches?
Recently, many churches in Luxembourg have been desacralized. According to the law of the "Kierchefong", the management fund for religious buildings and other property belonging to the Catholic religion, the fund can remain in possession of the furniture, even after the desacralisation. However, it seems that all the useless furniture, which the municipalities do not want, is sold at auction. In this...
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Pollution of the Syr river by the Findel airport
Especially in winter, there are frequent pollutions of the Syr, due to the defrosting of aircraft at Findel. DP MP Gusty Graas asked if there was an analysis of how much the Syr is affected by this and what action is being taken to improve the situation.
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Use of rapid tests in hospitals
Although hospitals follow strict hygiene measures, patients can still get infected with Covid-19 in a hospital. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and André Bauler asked the Minister of Health for statistics and how often rapid tests are used in hospitals to protect patients.
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How can we protect young people in particular from hate speech on the Internet?
The phenomenon of 'hate speech' is becoming more and more widespread in society. Not only, but especially children and young people are exposed to these comments with all their consequences. How has this problem evolved over the years, what can be done to counteract it, and how can young people in particular protect themselves from, and take action against hate speech online? MPs Carole Hartmann and...
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How many controls were there in the Horeca sector during the crisis?
During the crisis, the ITM also carried out inspections in the area of catering. Of course, these controls are important, but some companies now need to do major work in a short period of time. They are afraid that because of the pandemic they will not hiccup in the imposed time and in some cases even lack the liquidity. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Guy Arendt ask the minister how many inspections were...
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How to optimize hunting in Luxembourg?
The Mouvement écologique has recently criticized the fact that wildlife damage in Luxembourg is too high and that more hunting needs to be done. DP MP Guy Arendt has some ideas on how to improve the efficiency of hunting and asks the Environment Minister what measures they intend to implement to optimize hunting.
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Adaptation of forests to climate change
Forests play an important role in the fight against climate change. At the same time, the dry spells and the high temperatures take an important toll on them. DP MPs Gilles Baum and Max Hahn wanted to know from the concerned minister about the number of applications for subsidies under the "Climate Bonus" program, the extent of the work on the reform of the Aid Catalog and several other measures that...
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Turkey's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention - a setback for women and women's rights
On the night of March 20, Turkey withdrew from the Istanbul Convention. What does this mean for the girls and women in the country? What is the Luxembourgish government’s stand on this matter? What will the European Union do in this situation? Can the United Nations use their influence to reverse this decision? MP Gusty Graas asked the Foreign Minister and the Minister for Gender Equality on these...
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Midwives without an invitation for the Covid-19 vaccination
It has come to our attention that some liberal midwives have not yet received an invitation to the Covid-19 vaccination. DP MP Carole Hartmann has asked the Minister of Health whether this problem is known and whether other health professionals are affected.
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Excessive speed on the N7 between Diekirch and Hosingen
The N7 national road has always been known for its speeding offences. Recently, there were many vans that exceeded the speed limit between the Fridhaff roundabout and the Hosingen roundabout. Most of them were on their way to Belgium in the early evening hours. In this context, our MP André Bauler asked the ministers in charge how many accidents have occurred on this road during the last few years...
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Solar collectors on the ground
In a recent statement, the Ecological Movement and the Luxembourg young farmers and rural youth demand that PV plants be installed as a priority on buildings or other already used areas, and as little as possible on the ground, so as to limit further soil sealing. DP members Max Hahn and André Bauler asked the relevant ministers how they feel about this and how big the area is in Luxembourg that is...
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The ringing of bells
Bells are undeniably part of Luxembourg's cultural heritage. In France, there is even an initiative to protect the ringing of church bells as intangible cultural heritage. In this context, our deputy André Bauler has submitted some questions to the Minister of Culture. In his parliamentary question, he wants to know, among other details, whether the Minister intends to have church bell ringing protected...
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Vaccination center in Ettelbruck
The DP MPs André Bauler and Carole Hartmann were informed that there were no more free appointments at the vaccination center in Ettelbruck for some elderly people from the northern tip of the country who were invited to the Covid-19 vaccination. They were told by phone that they had to make an appointment in Mondorf. The MPs asked the Minister of Health whether these were individual cases and what...
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How common is the Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in horses in Luxembourg?
The Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) broke out during an international equestrian tournament in Valencia. Hundreds of horses are infected. A Europe-wide pandemic is feared. DP member Gusty Graas asks the responsible ministers whether the virus is present in Luxembourg and what is being done in Luxembourg to prevent the virus from spreading.
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Are there any changes planned to the law on archiving?
It is only since 2018 that there is a real legal basis for the archiving of documents in Luxembourg. However, the limitation of the reporting period to 100 years has not changed so far. On this subject, our deputy André Bauler asks some questions to the minister in charge, in particular on the possible adaptation of these periods to those in force in Belgium.
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New cycling path between Walferdange and Dommeldange: why not over the whole distance?
Between Walferdange and Dommeldange, a cycle path separate from road traffic will be built by next year. Unfortunately, it is only a kilometer long. Cyclists must continue on the road on the dangerous section of the "Kromm Längten". DP MP Guy Arendt asked the minister what the reasons are for this and whether it was not planned to secure the rest of the way to Walferdange as well.
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A scientific committee to consult the Minister of the Economy?
Statistical analysis, together with other scientific methods, can help the government to find the right solutions to many different problems. In Germany, for example, it is common practice that the Minister of the Economy is advised by a scientific committee. In this context, our MP André Bauler wondered whether Luxembourg could also benefit from the creation of such an advisory panel.
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What will happen to the former National Archives building?
The premises of the former barracks are becoming vacant due to the move of the National Archives to Belval. Our Member of Parliament André Bauler has asked the responsible ministers whether there is already a new project for the building and when the work could start.
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What plans for the Max Goergen house?
André Bauler, deputy of the DP, has learned that the house of the writer Max Goergen, which belongs to the State and is listed by Sites and monuments, is currently unoccupied. This is why he wanted to know from the responsible ministers what the plans were for the house and why nothing has happened so far.
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Additional noise abatement measures along motorways?
The action plan against noise on major highways does not a priori provide for strengthening protection against noise along the A1. However, it has come to the DP MP Carole Hartmann's attention that many people living near the motorway would like additional measures. Therefore, Carole Hartmann asked the responsible minister if other measures were possible.
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Where are the works on the future Moselle Center in Ehnen?
On September 26, 2018, the foundation stone for the renovation of the Ehnen Wine Museum was laid. Not much has happened since. Carole Hartmann, member of the DP, asks the responsible ministers in what phase the construction is and when the new museum will open.
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When can family doctors start vaccinating against Covid-19?
In addition to the vaccination centers, it should also be possible in future to vaccinate against Covid-19 in family doctors' practices. The Democratic Party MPs Carole Hartmann and André Bauler have asked the Minister of Health, among other things, when this will be possible and whether everyone will be able to be vaccinated by their general practitioner.
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Modification of the Code de la route makes cyclists less visible
Many cyclists have a flashing light on their bikes in order to be more visible on the road and to feel safer. The Minister of Mobility wishing to ban such lights, the deputies of the DP Max Hahn and André Bauler asked on the basis of what data the decision had been taken and whether the cycling interest groups had been consulted.
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Rising of oil prices: an index adaptation for this year?
Just like diesel and gasoline, other natural resources have seen their prices soar in the past few months. Our Deputy André Bauler asked the Minister of Economy about the reasons for this price evolution and the consequences for the next wage indexation.
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Freedom of press in the EU
In Hungary, a radio station was forced to shut its activities on 14 February 2021. In July 2020, the Hungarian government has already interfered in the media world with the dismissal of the editor-in-chief of "Index", the first news website in Hungary. In Poland, more than 40 media institutions went on strike in February to protest against a proposed "advertising tax", which was seen as an attack on...
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Vaccinations in Ettelbruck, the northern tip and the north-west of the country?
For health professionals living in the north, it is a big waste of time to go all the way to Limpertsberg for their 2nd vaccination against Covid-19. André Bauler, a member of the DP, asked the Minister of Health, among other things, whether these people could not be vaccinated for the second time at the new vaccination centre in Ettelbruck.
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Invasive aquatic species: Are the proposed measures successful?
The spinycheek crayfish and the signal crayfish are two invasive species that have been spreading throughout Europe for many years - with a devastating impact on local ecosystems. DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the concerned minister whether the measures proposed in the action plan had so far been successful, how many of these animals have been caught or fished in recent years...
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Road safety during prisoner transport
The safety of detainees during transport is not guaranteed in Luxembourg, because they do not wear seat belts, criticizes the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) in a 2015 report. The Luxembourgish association "Eran, eraus… an elo?" meanwhile, criticizes the government for still not respecting international standards in this area....
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Protected cultural heritage in the PAG
The municipalities may and should register their cultural heritage worthy of protection in the general development plan. The Service of Sites and Monuments has submitted its proposals to all municipalities, but some municipalities ignore a large part of these recommendations. Now a ranking has been published, which the Minister of Home Affairs mentioned in a recent RTL interview. On this subject, our...
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Soon a new variant of swine fever in Luxembourg?
Australian authorities have warned of a new variant of swine flu. The members of the DP, Gusty Graas and André Bauler, asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the risk of this variant reaching Europe.
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Several questions regarding the lake of the Haute-Sûre
What has been the evolution of the lake's water levels in recent years? What is the condition of the dam wall? The deputy of the DP André Bauler addressed several questions to the competent ministers.
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Promotion of Luxembourgish products by state-owned companies?
As it was reported to the DP MPs Gilles Baum and Carole Hartmann, Luxair would no longer serve Luxembourgish crémant, but French champagne on their flights. For this reason, the two Eastern MPs wanted to know from the responsible ministers what the reasons are and whether it would not be appropriate to promote Luxembourgish products through Luxembourg state-owned companies.
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Nosocomial infections in Luxembourg
Even in hospitals, patients can develop an infection. DP members Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health, among other things, about the current figures and how many specialised staff are working in this field in Luxembourg.
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Bypass Ettelbruck: What's the state of progress?
Since the plans for the Ettelbruck bypass apparently are not progressing, among other reasons due to a too small budget for studies, the deputy of the DP André Bauler wanted to know from the competent minister what the state of progress in this matter was.
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Vaccination of certain professional categories as a priority?
At the beginning of February, the Minister of Health unveiled the details of the second phase of the vaccination campaign in Luxembourg. In their parliamentary question, the deputies Claude Lamberty and Carole Hartmann asked whether it would not be appropriate to also give people from other socio-professional categories the benefit of a vaccination priority.
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Drone rescue of fawns from combine harvesters
The government announced a pilot project last summer to support the drone rescue of fawns from combine harvesters. DP MPs Max Hahn and Gusty Graas wanted more information on this pilot project.
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The resiliency of transportation routes for vaccines and medical equipment
In a document published by a global logistics firm, the point was raised that it could become difficult to deliver vaccines and medical equipment to remote areas during the pandemic in countries that are not as technologically advanced. MP Gusty Graas has raised his concerns with the Ministry for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and asked if such problems have come to be known so far...
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Evaluation of the CGDIS' First Responder
The First Responder plays a key role in supporting people in a life-threatening emergency and ensuring the transmission of important information to the fire station until the emergency services arrive at the scene of the accident. In his parliamentary question, Max Hahn asked how the First Responder has developed within the CGDIS over the past two years.
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Integration of the train timetables in municipal apps?
Recently, many municipalities across the country have launched a mobile application that allows you to consult the public transport timetables in the respective municipalities, as well as the waste and events calendar. In their parliamentary question, the deputies Max Hahn and Claude Lamberty asked the responsible minister why train timetables cannot be integrated currently into these applications.
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Accommodations in train stations?
There are already housing projects in CFL passenger buildings. But what is the potential across the country? Are there other projects planned? DP MPs André Bauler and Max Hahn requested further information from the relevant minister.
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Stop Maulusmühle: An idea to promote tourism during summer?
As work on the PC1 is scheduled to start soon, DP deputy André Bauler wanted to know from the Minister of Mobility whether the old Maulusmühle stop could not be served again in summer to support tourism in the region.
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The MMUST project: better organization of cross-border mobility
The "multimodal model and cross-border mobility scenarios" project analyzes traffic flows to improve the organization of mobility in the Greater Region. The deputy of the DP Max Hahn inquired with the competent minister on the state of progress of the project and on the possible first results.
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A boarding school for Clervaux high school?
In his answer to a parliamentary question from the deputy of the DP André Bauler from 2019, the Minister of Public Works replied that there was no request for a boarding school in Clervaux. André Bauler wanted to know if the situation has changed in the meantime.
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When will autonomous driving be allowed in Luxembourg?
Germany is considering permitting autonomous driving on certain roads in the midst of normal traffic in the near future. The deputy of the DP Max Hahn wanted to know from the competent minister how far Luxembourg is in this regard?
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Reimbursement for lipedema surgery from the earliest stage
In Luxembourg, surgical procedures for lipedema are reimbursed from the 3rd stage onwards by the national health insurance fund. Democratic Party deputy Carole Hartmann asked the minister in charge why surgical procedures are not reimbursed from the first stage.
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What is the reaction of the Minister of the Environment to the resignation of the president of the FSHCL?
The president of the hunter's federation motivated his resignation by the lack of constructive collaboration and a "contempt" ("Missachten") on the part of the Minister of the Environment vis-à-vis hunters. DP MPs Guy Arendt and Gusty Graas wanted to know the minister's reaction to these allegations and how the current situation is planned to be resolved.
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Can a bailiff simply attach a sticker regarding their order onto a post box?
Is it allowed for a bailiff to attach a sticker onto the post box to inform the residents about an enforced seizure at their home? How are private individuals contacted by the bailiff if they are not at home? How is the residents’ privacy safeguarded in such instances? MP Guy Arendt asked these questions to the Ministry of Justice.
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What is the average participation rate in the "Large Scale Testing" screening programme?
As the second phase of the large-scale screening programme expires on March 24, 2021, the government has just announced that a third phase will be launched by March 15, 2021 and will end on July 15, 2021. In this context, MNA Carole Hartmann would like to know from the Minister of Health, what is the average response rate to invitations sent out as part of the "Large Scale Testing" screening programme?
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Protecting Candlemas as intangible cultural heritage?
Ancient traditions and customs are increasingly neglected. They require protection as intangible cultural heritage. On Candlemas Day, our MP André Bauler asked some questions to the Minister of Culture.
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Too high a phosphate concentration in the water of the Haute-Sûre lake?
In a recent interview, the President of the Chamber of Agriculture regrets that no follow-up has been given to an analysis on the high concentration of phosphate in the water of the Haute-Sûre dam lake submitted to the Minister of the environment. This is why the deputy of the DP Gusty Graas asked for explanations on this subject from the minister in question.
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Oppression of the media in Burkina Faso
In June 2019, the criminal law was changed in Burkina Faso in such a way that it no longer allows for objective reporting in the news. Ever since, the media are facing an increasing resistance and they are becoming more and more exposed to the risk of consequences due to penal prosecution by the authorities. What is Luxembourg’s stance on this subject and what implications does this have on Luxembourg’s...
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What is the impact of the Myanmar coup on Luxembourg’s cooperation activities in the country?
After Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won the elections by a landslide, Myanmar’s army has taken control over the country via a coup in February. The leader of the Burmese civil government and members of her party were arrested and put under house arrest. What is Luxembourg’s position toward these events? How are the Luxembourgish agents currently working and helping in the area? Will these developments have...
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Is NATO getting its own bank?
An American ‘Think tank’ proposed to create a bank specifically for NATO to guarantee the financing of its member states’ defense materials. How would this system work and who would profit from it? MP Gusty Graas asked the responsible minister for answers.
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More freight transport by road because of the pandemic?
It has come to the attention of the DP's MP Max Hahn that apparently CFL Cargo lost at least one major customer during the pandemic, since freight transport by road is currently more interesting than rail transport. This is why he wanted to know from the competent minister if this is the case and what measures the government intends to take to curb this trend.
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Modernisation of the CITA?
The coalition agreement provides for the modernisation of the CITA and the development of an IT strategy for the road administration in order to better manage traffic flows and improve information for drivers. The deputy of the DP Max Hahn inquired with the competent minister on the progress of the related work.
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Mobile phone radars for better road safety?
Distraction through the use of mobile phones while driving is increasingly a risk factor in road traffic. In other countries, radars or even drones are used to fight against the use of mobile phones while driving. DP MP Max Hahn inquired of the competent ministers about Luxembourg's plans in this regard.
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Nuclear waste repository in Bure: regular exchanges between France and Luxembourg?
The French environmental authority raised many criticisms in its opinion from January 13th on the proposed nuclear waste storage center in Bure. DP MPs Max Hahn and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the competent ministers, whether they were aware of what action the French authorities intend to take on this opinion, and whether there are regular exchanges between France and Luxembourg on this topic.
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Transgenic pigs from the United States for human consumption?
In the United States, the Food Safety Authority (FDA) has recently approved genetically modified pigs for human consumption. DP members Gusty Graas and André Bauler ask the Minister for Health and the Minister for Agriculture what they think about the use of these pigs in Europe for pharmaceutical or food production.
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Photovoltaic installations on large parking lots?
In a recent press article, the Minister of Energy raised the enormous energy potential that the some 100 hectares of parking areas in Luxembourg would represent if they were covered with structures and solar panels were installed on top. This is why the deputy of the DP Max Hahn wanted to know from the minister how he intends to mobilize this potential.
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What is the impact of the golden jackal on native fauna?
A possible first presence of the golden jackal in Luxembourg was detected recently. This is why the deputies of the DP André Bauler and Max Hahn wanted to know from the competent minister what will be the impact of this new species on the native fauna and what is the general state in the fight against invasive alien species.
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Pneumococcal vaccine
In an agreement from 2018, between the State of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the national health insurance fund, it was agreed that the pneumococcal vaccine will not be fully reimbursed to people over 85 years of age. Democratic Party deputy Carole Hartmann asked the Minister for Social Security for the reasons for this age limit.
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What is the status of the development of a national park & ride strategy?
The coalition agreement provides for the development of a “national parking and park-and-ride strategy (P&R)”. The deputy of the DP Max Hahn inquired with the competent minister on the state of the development of this document.
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How are the municipal coat of arms handled for fused communes?
Several communes that have merged in the past have given themselves a new municipal coat of arms after their fusion. Other communes rely on a municipal logo to showcase their identity. The heraldic commission of the Ministry of State supports the communes in this procedure. MP André Bauler asked the Ministry of State which communes have changed their coat of arms or logo over the past years and what...
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Do I have to deregister if I refuse an invitation for vaccination against Covid-19?
The Ministry of Health sends out invitations for the Covid-19 vaccination. But do I have to deregister if I refuse the vaccination? Democratic Party MPs Gilles Baum and André Bauler have asked the Minister of Health.
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Two new health centres in the north and east of the country
The south and the centre of the country will receive two new health centres. The Ministry of Health is also investigating where new health centres could be built in the north and east of the country. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and André Bauler have asked the Minister of Health which cantons are being considered as locations.
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What is going to happen to Alexej Nawalny after his arrest?
On Sunday Alexej Nawalny flew back from Germany to Moskow and he was arrested at his arrival. A strong international reaction came quickly. What will become of Kremlin’s critic and which consequences will the arrest have for Russia? MP Gusty Graas asked the respective minister in charge.
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What are the reasons for the long delays in the payment of the premium for sustainable mobility?
It has come to attention of the deputies of the DP Carole Hartmann and Max Hahn that many people wait several months for the payment of the premium for sustainable mobility. This is why they have inquired with the competent minister to find out what are the reasons for this and what is being done to speed up the procedure.
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The organ of Notre-Dame de Luxembourg Cathedral
The organ of Notre-Dame de Luxembourg Cathedral was dismantled last year to be restored and modernised. In his parliamentary question, MP André Bauler asks in particular about the financing of this work.
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What about the new road connecting the Grand-Duc Jean barracks and the Fridhaff?
The construction should in principle have started at the end of 2020, which is why the deputy of the DP André Bauler inquired with the competent minister on the progress of the matter.
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What is going to happen to the refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina?
The refugees in the Lipa camp in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been without access to clean water, electricity, heating and tents for months. And this even though alternative options for more winterproof accommodations exist. Those refugees that try to make their way across the border, are retained by Croatian police by force and subjected to violence before being sent back. MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty...
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New adaptations for the bus line 555?
After the introduction of the new bus timetables on December 13, certain problems arose, in particular with regard to school transport. It has come to the attention of the deputy of the DP André Bauler that the line 555 was also concerned, hence his question to the competent minister, if it is planned to adapt the schedule of this line as well.
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Is the CHAFEA relocating to Brussels?
At the beginning of 2020 discussions regarding a relocalisation of the CHAFEA caused some commotion. On the grounds of efficiency, a number of job positions and activities are to be relocated to Brussels. MP Gusty Graas asked the minister in charge what is currently the plan for CHAFEA
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International recognition of ecocide as a crime: what efforts has Luxembourg undertaken so far?
The government has decided in its current coalition agreement that it will support the recognition of ecocide as a crime. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn wanted to know from the competent ministers what Luxembourg's efforts have been so far in this direction.
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Water from the Moselle river to water young vines?
The possibility of using water from the Moselle to irrigate young vines in times of extreme heat and drought already exists in Luxembourg, one only needs an authorization. However, few winegrowers take advantage of it, while the president of independent winegrowers is arguing for more use. What are the reasons for this? Should more information be provided on this possibility, or should the administrative...
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Donation funds in India
In India, the regulations for donations from abroad were changed in November. This has implications for the work of Luxembourgish NGOs. Gusty Graas, a DP MP, asked the minister in charge.
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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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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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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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When will the PC35 cycle path be completed?
Apparently, only a small part would be missing, then the PC35 bike path could be completed. This would create a continuous bicycle connection from the Sanem and Bascharage area, over the communes of Dippach and Bertrange to Mamer and Luxembourg city. DP MPs Max Hahn and Frank Colabianchi asked the minister responsible for when these works could be completed.
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