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Why do fewer municipalities take part in the European Mobility Week from year to year?
The European Mobility Week aims to raise awareness for more sustainable forms of mobility than cars. As fewer and fewer municipalities are taking part in this initiative from year to year, DP MP Gusty Graas has asked the minister responsible what this entails and how to reverse the trend.
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Danger from tree trunks in the Attert?
DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas point out to the Ministry of the Environment that there are still tree trunks in the Attert river that pose a threat to the SEBES bridge. They are therefore asking the Minister what is being done to counter this risk and whether there are other places along the Attert where fallen trees could lead to jams during floods?
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How much have farmers' crops suffered due to the weather in recent weeks?
In parts of Europe, cereal and potato harvests appear to have suffered from the rainy weather in recent weeks. What information have the ministry's services already been able to obtain and what consequences will there be for future harvests. Our MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas made inquiries with the Ministry.
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“Veterinarians for all” here in Luxembourg as well?
In France, the “Vétérinaires pour tous” initiative, which is promoted by the French recovery plan, helps those people who are unable to support their pets’ checkups and treatments at the veterinarian . This way, both are helped – the pets and their owners as well. What opportunities are there in Luxembourg for people with fewer financial means, and are similar initiatives planned in Luxembourg? Our...
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Suppression of a railway tunnel in Rumelange: what is the environmental impact?
In Rumelange, the CFL wants to destroy a historic railway tunnel, i.e. remove the ground above the tunnel, to modernize the track. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked what environmental impact these works had.
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Fluorescent markings on the motorways for better traffic safety?
In the Netherlands, a pilot project was launched a few years ago, in which the markings on the motorway were applied using fluorescent colors to improve road safety. What is the conclusion of this project? Would this also be an idea for implementation in Luxembourg? DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn have asked the minister for information.
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Solar pannels along the highways?
The coalition agreement provides that vacant areas along the motorways and railway tracks could be used to install solar pannels. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn have asked what concrete projects there are so far.
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What does the new Danish immigration law mean for Europe?
The Danish Parliament passed a new immigration law in June of this year, which aims to reject not only those people who have been refused asylum, but also those who are eligible to enter Europe. "Zero asylum seekers" is the aim of the new policy. What does this mean for Europe? Will other countries follow? What is the future of immigration policy in the European Union? MP Gusty Graas asked these questions...
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Fewer observers at the parliamentary elections in Russia?
On September 19, 2021, parliamentary elections will be held in the Russian Federation to appoint members of the “Duma”. Following a decision by Russian authorities, based on the current COVID-19 health crisis, and despite the initial decision to send 450 observers, only a delegation of 10 OSCE observers will be allowed to monitor the elections. What is the position of the Luxembourg government on this...
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What effects does the flood have on fish stocks?
Due to the recent floods, many fish have not been able to swim back into their stream or river. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the concerned minister whether she was already aware of the effects of the recent floods on the national fish stocks and whether the “plan de repeuplement” needed to be adjusted now.
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Has there recently been a pollution of the Our near Lieler?
DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas have heard that there has been a recent pollution of the Our river near Lieler. They therefore wanted to know from the relevant minister if she had any further information on this incident.
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What is the situation in Luxembourg with regard to the exposure to heavy metals of the population?
According to a study by the French public health, children who eat a lot of organic vegetables have been found to have a higher concentration of copper in their bodies. DP MP Gusty Graas asked what the situation was in Luxembourg.
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How strongly are the sewage treatment plants affected by the recent floods?
The floods apparently also damaged a number of sewage treatment plants, so that there is a risk of contaminated water flowing into the rivers. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the ministre responsible if this was the case, which sewage treatment plants were affected and what the impact was on the rivers.
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What is the current situation in Myanmar?
Following the military coup in February this year, the army continues to advance with increasing force against the protesters in Myanmar. A political crisis has turned into a human rights catastrophe. Even communications are now being monitored and intercepted on. In the French Senate and in the General Assembly, resolutions have called for recognition of the November election results and to end the...
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Current political situation on Cyprus
Geopolitical tensions in Cyprus have recently taken a new dimension. Turkey plans to bring the inhabitants of Famagusta back under Turkish Cypriot administration by encouraging them to claim their land at the Property Commission, where their property will be contested. As this occupation violates international agreements, including some EU decisions, our MP Gusty Graas has addressed some questions...
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Are poisonous flowers in the hay deadly to our animals?
The Jacob's crucifer, which is currently in bloom, and the autumnal lilies that bloom in autumn, land more and more often in hay, which is fed to farmers' beasts but also to horses. These flowers contain toxins that attack the livers of the animals and can end in death. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the ministers concerned if the hay was regularly checked, if there had been any deaths yet and how to tackle...
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Is Luxembourg still attractive to European institutions?
Many European institutions are established in Luxembourg and the country is proud to play an important role in European politics. Due to the price increase and the rise in property prices, life is becoming more expensive for everyone. Compared to Brussels, Luxembourg is becoming less and less attractive to European civil servants. Is the country at risk of European institutions relocating in the future?...
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How to react when you see an animal suffering in a car?
During hot weather, the heat can have tragic consequences for our pets. Under the Animal Welfare Law, everyone has a duty to provide assistance to an animal in danger. But what are the consequences of breaking a stranger's car window? DP-MP Gusty Grass asked the ministers concerned.
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Will the Moselle Valley become a UNESCO World Heritage Site?
The association "Weltkulturerbe Moselle Valley" is about to submit a candidacy for the inclusion of the Moselle valley as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The winegrowers from Germany are not enthusiastic, however, because the plan is that they will only be allowed to cultivate their terraced vineyards according to the traditional "Einzelpfahlerziehung". DP member Gusty Grass asked the minister responsible...
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Use of serological tests in Luxembourg
Serological tests can be used to determine whether a person has been infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus in the past and whether he or she has formed antibodies against this infection. However, a negative serological test a few months after a positive PCR test raises the question of whether the PCR test was false positive. On this issue, DP MP Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health,...
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Carbon capture and stockage in the industry?
A new EU regulation allows Member States to use carbon capture, use and storage technologies to meet their climate goals, particularly in industrial processes where emissions are difficult to avoid. In concrete terms this means that companies can capture their emissions and e.g. storage them geologically. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn asked what was the position of Luxembourg, which Member States...
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How are the negotiations progressing in view of COP26?
In preparation for the COP26 at the end of this year in Glasgow, negotiations are currently ongoing at the international level to prepare a possible agreement. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn wanted to know more about the content and progress of these negotiations from the responsible ministre.
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The use of long range acoustic devices (LRAD) at the Greek-turkish border
According to media reports, sound cannons are being used on the Greek-Turkish border to stop illegal immigration into these areas. In general, a complete range of new technologies is being employed here to protect the borders and to prevent illegal immigration. How much is invested here and who decides on the resources used? What are the health consequences for refugees who are confronted with this...
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Authorization of gigaliner in Luxembourg for less CO2 emissions in the transport sector?
According to the director of the Luxembourg logistics cluster, 25-meter trucks would be an option to reduce the sector's emissions. In general, however, the transport sector risks not reaching its climate goals. DP MPs Max Hahn and Gusty Graas have asked the relevant ministers if Gigaliner could be allowed in Luxembourg in the future and what considerations are there to help the sector in the climate...
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A right to be forgotten for certain diseases?
The right to be forgotten in the context of outstanding balance insurance has been in place since January 2020. A monitoring and re-evaluation committee was set up to ensure that the provisions of the agreement are properly applied and that the parties' commitments are respected. It is in this context that our Member of Parliament Gusty Graas has put a series of questions to the Minister of Health.
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Shortage of nurses in hospitals?
The shortage of staff in hospitals has been an important topic in health policy in recent months. However, it seems that every now and then young nurses cannot find a place in a Luxembourg hospital. The DP MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health, among other things, how many nurses work in hospitals in this country, whether there is a reserve list and how the difficulties...
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Vaccination against the coronavirus also for animals?
A vaccine has been developed in Russia to vaccinate animals against the coronavirus. Gusty Graas, member of Parliament for the DP, asks the Minister of Agriculture what he thinks about the vaccination of animals and if he would recommend it to Luxembourg.
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Towards an international ban on geo-engineering?
Large mirrors in space, the scattering of particles in the atmosphere or the creation of artificial clouds to reflect the sun: these are just a few examples of the so-called "geo-engineering" that some scientists want to focus on in order to stop global warming. However, as the consequences of such far-reaching interventions in nature can be unpredictable and even potentially dramatic, DP MPs Gusty...
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What are the CFL's plans for the historical locomotive 5519?
Locomotive 5519 is the last Luxembourgish steam locomotive still in operation. However, it will not be allowed to run on the Luxembourg rail network because it is not equipped with the ETCS safety system. Neither are its four "Wegmann" wagons allowed any longer on the rail network for safety reasons. DP member Gusty Graas asked therefore the ministers concerned what the plans are for the locomotive,...
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Adaptation of the quarantine regulations in Switzerland
Switzerland has announced an adaptation of the quarantine regulations. In case of contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, fully vaccinated persons will be exempted from quarantine for a period of six months, starting 14 days after the administration of the second dose of vaccine.
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International security on football events
On 19 March 2021, the Benelux Interparliamentary Assembly adopted a motion for a recommendation on international security on football events and the fight against racism. Our MP, Gusty Graas, asked the ministers in charge, among other things, how the Benelux countries could optimize the exchange of information and whether it would be appropriate to prevent hooligans from travelling to another country....
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What does the future of the steelworks in Dudelange look like?
Following the recent revelations by the Financial Times that Liberty Steel's parent group was involved in dubious financial practices, which could potentially deter new investors, DP member of Parliament Gusty Graas is asking the minister responsible how this could have an effect on the Dudelange steelworks and whether he shares the opinion of the unions that the state should intervene financially.
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What do the UK's nuclear build-up plans mean?
Speculation is high following the announcement by the British Prime Minister to increase his nuclear arsenal. Our MP Gusty Graas wants to know, among other points, from the minister in charge whether these plans are in line with the efforts under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty?
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The creation of the Istanbul Canal
The plans for the creation of a new shipping canal linking the Mediterranean and the Black Sea have attracted strong national and international criticism. According to a recent open letter signed by 104 former Turkish admirals, the construction of this canal would violate the Montreux Convention. In this context, our MP Gusty Graas put a number of questions to the responsible ministers. Among other...
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Pollution of the Syr river by the Findel airport
Especially in winter, there are frequent pollutions of the Syr, due to the defrosting of aircraft at Findel. DP MP Gusty Graas asked if there was an analysis of how much the Syr is affected by this and what action is being taken to improve the situation.
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Turkey's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention - a setback for women and women's rights
On the night of March 20, Turkey withdrew from the Istanbul Convention. What does this mean for the girls and women in the country? What is the Luxembourgish government’s stand on this matter? What will the European Union do in this situation? Can the United Nations use their influence to reverse this decision? MP Gusty Graas asked the Foreign Minister and the Minister for Gender Equality on these...
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More political commitment for health professionals
Since the beginning of the pandemic, our health and our health care system have once again moved to the forefront of interest: healthcare professionals in particular. For this reason, the subject was discussed in Parliament in an interpellation.
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How common is the Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in horses in Luxembourg?
The Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) broke out during an international equestrian tournament in Valencia. Hundreds of horses are infected. A Europe-wide pandemic is feared. DP member Gusty Graas asks the responsible ministers whether the virus is present in Luxembourg and what is being done in Luxembourg to prevent the virus from spreading.
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Freedom of press in the EU
In Hungary, a radio station was forced to shut its activities on 14 February 2021. In July 2020, the Hungarian government has already interfered in the media world with the dismissal of the editor-in-chief of "Index", the first news website in Hungary. In Poland, more than 40 media institutions went on strike in February to protest against a proposed "advertising tax", which was seen as an attack on...
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Invasive aquatic species: Are the proposed measures successful?
The spinycheek crayfish and the signal crayfish are two invasive species that have been spreading throughout Europe for many years - with a devastating impact on local ecosystems. DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the concerned minister whether the measures proposed in the action plan had so far been successful, how many of these animals have been caught or fished in recent years...
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Road safety during prisoner transport
The safety of detainees during transport is not guaranteed in Luxembourg, because they do not wear seat belts, criticizes the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) in a 2015 report. The Luxembourgish association "Eran, eraus… an elo?" meanwhile, criticizes the government for still not respecting international standards in this area....
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Soon a new variant of swine fever in Luxembourg?
Australian authorities have warned of a new variant of swine flu. The members of the DP, Gusty Graas and André Bauler, asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the risk of this variant reaching Europe.
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Nosocomial infections in Luxembourg
Even in hospitals, patients can develop an infection. DP members Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health, among other things, about the current figures and how many specialised staff are working in this field in Luxembourg.
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Drone rescue of fawns from combine harvesters
The government announced a pilot project last summer to support the drone rescue of fawns from combine harvesters. DP MPs Max Hahn and Gusty Graas wanted more information on this pilot project.
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The resiliency of transportation routes for vaccines and medical equipment
In a document published by a global logistics firm, the point was raised that it could become difficult to deliver vaccines and medical equipment to remote areas during the pandemic in countries that are not as technologically advanced. MP Gusty Graas has raised his concerns with the Ministry for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and asked if such problems have come to be known so far...
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What is the reaction of the Minister of the Environment to the resignation of the president of the FSHCL?
The president of the hunter's federation motivated his resignation by the lack of constructive collaboration and a "contempt" ("Missachten") on the part of the Minister of the Environment vis-à-vis hunters. DP MPs Guy Arendt and Gusty Graas wanted to know the minister's reaction to these allegations and how the current situation is planned to be resolved.
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Too high a phosphate concentration in the water of the Haute-Sûre lake?
In a recent interview, the President of the Chamber of Agriculture regrets that no follow-up has been given to an analysis on the high concentration of phosphate in the water of the Haute-Sûre dam lake submitted to the Minister of the environment. This is why the deputy of the DP Gusty Graas asked for explanations on this subject from the minister in question.
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Oppression of the media in Burkina Faso
In June 2019, the criminal law was changed in Burkina Faso in such a way that it no longer allows for objective reporting in the news. Ever since, the media are facing an increasing resistance and they are becoming more and more exposed to the risk of consequences due to penal prosecution by the authorities. What is Luxembourg’s stance on this subject and what implications does this have on Luxembourg’s...
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What is the impact of the Myanmar coup on Luxembourg’s cooperation activities in the country?
After Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won the elections by a landslide, Myanmar’s army has taken control over the country via a coup in February. The leader of the Burmese civil government and members of her party were arrested and put under house arrest. What is Luxembourg’s position toward these events? How are the Luxembourgish agents currently working and helping in the area? Will these developments have...
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Is NATO getting its own bank?
An American ‘Think tank’ proposed to create a bank specifically for NATO to guarantee the financing of its member states’ defense materials. How would this system work and who would profit from it? MP Gusty Graas asked the responsible minister for answers.
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Nuclear waste repository in Bure: regular exchanges between France and Luxembourg?
The French environmental authority raised many criticisms in its opinion from January 13th on the proposed nuclear waste storage center in Bure. DP MPs Max Hahn and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the competent ministers, whether they were aware of what action the French authorities intend to take on this opinion, and whether there are regular exchanges between France and Luxembourg on this topic.
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Transgenic pigs from the United States for human consumption?
In the United States, the Food Safety Authority (FDA) has recently approved genetically modified pigs for human consumption. DP members Gusty Graas and André Bauler ask the Minister for Health and the Minister for Agriculture what they think about the use of these pigs in Europe for pharmaceutical or food production.
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What is going to happen to Alexej Nawalny after his arrest?
On Sunday Alexej Nawalny flew back from Germany to Moskow and he was arrested at his arrival. A strong international reaction came quickly. What will become of Kremlin’s critic and which consequences will the arrest have for Russia? MP Gusty Graas asked the respective minister in charge.
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What is going to happen to the refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina?
The refugees in the Lipa camp in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been without access to clean water, electricity, heating and tents for months. And this even though alternative options for more winterproof accommodations exist. Those refugees that try to make their way across the border, are retained by Croatian police by force and subjected to violence before being sent back. MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty...
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Is the CHAFEA relocating to Brussels?
At the beginning of 2020 discussions regarding a relocalisation of the CHAFEA caused some commotion. On the grounds of efficiency, a number of job positions and activities are to be relocated to Brussels. MP Gusty Graas asked the minister in charge what is currently the plan for CHAFEA
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International recognition of ecocide as a crime: what efforts has Luxembourg undertaken so far?
The government has decided in its current coalition agreement that it will support the recognition of ecocide as a crime. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn wanted to know from the competent ministers what Luxembourg's efforts have been so far in this direction.
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Water from the Moselle river to water young vines?
The possibility of using water from the Moselle to irrigate young vines in times of extreme heat and drought already exists in Luxembourg, one only needs an authorization. However, few winegrowers take advantage of it, while the president of independent winegrowers is arguing for more use. What are the reasons for this? Should more information be provided on this possibility, or should the administrative...
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Donation funds in India
In India, the regulations for donations from abroad were changed in November. This has implications for the work of Luxembourgish NGOs. Gusty Graas, a DP MP, asked the minister in charge.
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Is it possible that CBD products will be prohibited in the EU
The European Commission announced this November that cannabidiol (CBD) could be classified as a narcotic. As a consequence, products containing natural CBD would be banned within the EU. The DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas have asked the Minister of Health some questions about this topic.
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Gusty Graas: The Benelux Parliament is an important instrument in the EU
The liberal MP Gusty Graas has been President of the Benelux Parliament for the last two years. The Parliament submits reports and recommendations to the governments of Brussels, The Hague and Luxembourg on issues affecting the three partner countries.
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A new rapid PCR test for Luxemourg?
A medical technology start-up has developed a new rapid PCR test. This test can be used in hospitals and doctors' surgeries. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health if this test will also be available in Luxembourg.
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Will our agriculture need more water?
Water is a vital resource, also for our agriculture. After the many warm summers, DP MPs Gusty Graas and André Bauler asked the responsible ministers how much agriculture, horticulture and viticulture currently need and will need in the future.
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The worrying situation in the El Guergarat passage
Morocco has launched an operation in the narrows of el Guergarat to guarantee the free circulation of people and goods. The "Polisario" and its militias have blocked the border crossing and threatened the ceasefire that has existed in this zone for about 30 years. In the context of these events, our MP Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs some questions.
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A shuttle bus between the border parking in Stepernich and the railway station of Kleinbettingen?
In order to improve commuter traffic between Belgium and Luxembourg, two Walloon MPs have recently proposed organising a shuttle bus between the Stepernich border car park and the Kleinbettingen railway station. Gusty Graas, a DP MP, asked the minister responsible what he thought of this idea.
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Joe Biden: Hope, but no miracles
Good afternoon, On 3rd November, a historic election took place: The United States of America elected a new president. Historic because for the last four years the USA has had a president who has been known above all for his strong polarisation and destruction of multilateral relations. Hopes were high in many places that Donald Trump would be replaced. Fortunately, this hope has been fulfilled. The...
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Why do fewer municipalities take part in the European Mobility Week from year to year?
The European Mobility Week aims to raise awareness for more sustainable forms of mobility than cars. As fewer and fewer municipalities are taking part in this initiative from year to year, DP MP Gusty Graas has asked the minister responsible what this entails and how to reverse the trend.
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Danger from tree trunks in the Attert?
DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas point out to the Ministry of the Environment that there are still tree trunks in the Attert river that pose a threat to the SEBES bridge. They are therefore asking the Minister what is being done to counter this risk and whether there are other places along the Attert where fallen trees could lead to jams during floods?
read more...
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.
read more...
“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...
read more...
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.
read more...
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.
read more...
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.
read more...
What does the new Danish immigration law mean for Europe?
The Danish Parliament passed a new immigration law in June of this year, which aims to reject not only those people who have been refused asylum, but also those who are eligible to enter Europe. "Zero asylum seekers" is the aim of the new policy. What does this mean for Europe? Will other countries follow? What is the future of immigration policy in the European Union? MP Gusty Graas asked these questions...
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Fewer observers at the parliamentary elections in Russia?
On September 19, 2021, parliamentary elections will be held in the Russian Federation to appoint members of the “Duma”. Following a decision by Russian authorities, based on the current COVID-19 health crisis, and despite the initial decision to send 450 observers, only a delegation of 10 OSCE observers will be allowed to monitor the elections. What is the position of the Luxembourg government on this...
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What effects does the flood have on fish stocks?
Due to the recent floods, many fish have not been able to swim back into their stream or river. DP MP Gusty Graas asked the concerned minister whether she was already aware of the effects of the recent floods on the national fish stocks and whether the “plan de repeuplement” needed to be adjusted now.
read more...
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.
read more...
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.
read more...
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.
read more...
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...
read more...
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...
read more...
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...
read more...
Is Luxembourg still attractive to European institutions?
Many European institutions are established in Luxembourg and the country is proud to play an important role in European politics. Due to the price increase and the rise in property prices, life is becoming more expensive for everyone. Compared to Brussels, Luxembourg is becoming less and less attractive to European civil servants. Is the country at risk of European institutions relocating in the future?...
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How to react when you see an animal suffering in a car?
During hot weather, the heat can have tragic consequences for our pets. Under the Animal Welfare Law, everyone has a duty to provide assistance to an animal in danger. But what are the consequences of breaking a stranger's car window? DP-MP Gusty Grass asked the ministers concerned.
read more...
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...
read more...
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...
read more...
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.
read more...
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...
read more...
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...
read more...
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.
read more...
Shortage of nurses in hospitals?
The shortage of staff in hospitals has been an important topic in health policy in recent months. However, it seems that every now and then young nurses cannot find a place in a Luxembourg hospital. The DP MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the Minister of Health, among other things, how many nurses work in hospitals in this country, whether there is a reserve list and how the difficulties...
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Vaccination against the coronavirus also for animals?
A vaccine has been developed in Russia to vaccinate animals against the coronavirus. Gusty Graas, member of Parliament for the DP, asks the Minister of Agriculture what he thinks about the vaccination of animals and if he would recommend it to Luxembourg.
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Towards an international ban on geo-engineering?
Large mirrors in space, the scattering of particles in the atmosphere or the creation of artificial clouds to reflect the sun: these are just a few examples of the so-called "geo-engineering" that some scientists want to focus on in order to stop global warming. However, as the consequences of such far-reaching interventions in nature can be unpredictable and even potentially dramatic, DP MPs Gusty...
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What are the CFL's plans for the historical locomotive 5519?
Locomotive 5519 is the last Luxembourgish steam locomotive still in operation. However, it will not be allowed to run on the Luxembourg rail network because it is not equipped with the ETCS safety system. Neither are its four "Wegmann" wagons allowed any longer on the rail network for safety reasons. DP member Gusty Graas asked therefore the ministers concerned what the plans are for the locomotive,...
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Adaptation of the quarantine regulations in Switzerland
Switzerland has announced an adaptation of the quarantine regulations. In case of contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, fully vaccinated persons will be exempted from quarantine for a period of six months, starting 14 days after the administration of the second dose of vaccine.
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International security on football events
On 19 March 2021, the Benelux Interparliamentary Assembly adopted a motion for a recommendation on international security on football events and the fight against racism. Our MP, Gusty Graas, asked the ministers in charge, among other things, how the Benelux countries could optimize the exchange of information and whether it would be appropriate to prevent hooligans from travelling to another country....
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What does the future of the steelworks in Dudelange look like?
Following the recent revelations by the Financial Times that Liberty Steel's parent group was involved in dubious financial practices, which could potentially deter new investors, DP member of Parliament Gusty Graas is asking the minister responsible how this could have an effect on the Dudelange steelworks and whether he shares the opinion of the unions that the state should intervene financially.
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What do the UK's nuclear build-up plans mean?
Speculation is high following the announcement by the British Prime Minister to increase his nuclear arsenal. Our MP Gusty Graas wants to know, among other points, from the minister in charge whether these plans are in line with the efforts under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty?
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The creation of the Istanbul Canal
The plans for the creation of a new shipping canal linking the Mediterranean and the Black Sea have attracted strong national and international criticism. According to a recent open letter signed by 104 former Turkish admirals, the construction of this canal would violate the Montreux Convention. In this context, our MP Gusty Graas put a number of questions to the responsible ministers. Among other...
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Pollution of the Syr river by the Findel airport
Especially in winter, there are frequent pollutions of the Syr, due to the defrosting of aircraft at Findel. DP MP Gusty Graas asked if there was an analysis of how much the Syr is affected by this and what action is being taken to improve the situation.
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Turkey's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention - a setback for women and women's rights
On the night of March 20, Turkey withdrew from the Istanbul Convention. What does this mean for the girls and women in the country? What is the Luxembourgish government’s stand on this matter? What will the European Union do in this situation? Can the United Nations use their influence to reverse this decision? MP Gusty Graas asked the Foreign Minister and the Minister for Gender Equality on these...
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More political commitment for health professionals
Since the beginning of the pandemic, our health and our health care system have once again moved to the forefront of interest: healthcare professionals in particular. For this reason, the subject was discussed in Parliament in an interpellation.
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How common is the Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in horses in Luxembourg?
The Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) broke out during an international equestrian tournament in Valencia. Hundreds of horses are infected. A Europe-wide pandemic is feared. DP member Gusty Graas asks the responsible ministers whether the virus is present in Luxembourg and what is being done in Luxembourg to prevent the virus from spreading.
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Freedom of press in the EU
In Hungary, a radio station was forced to shut its activities on 14 February 2021. In July 2020, the Hungarian government has already interfered in the media world with the dismissal of the editor-in-chief of "Index", the first news website in Hungary. In Poland, more than 40 media institutions went on strike in February to protest against a proposed "advertising tax", which was seen as an attack on...
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Invasive aquatic species: Are the proposed measures successful?
The spinycheek crayfish and the signal crayfish are two invasive species that have been spreading throughout Europe for many years - with a devastating impact on local ecosystems. DP MPs André Bauler and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the concerned minister whether the measures proposed in the action plan had so far been successful, how many of these animals have been caught or fished in recent years...
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Road safety during prisoner transport
The safety of detainees during transport is not guaranteed in Luxembourg, because they do not wear seat belts, criticizes the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) in a 2015 report. The Luxembourgish association "Eran, eraus… an elo?" meanwhile, criticizes the government for still not respecting international standards in this area....
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Soon a new variant of swine fever in Luxembourg?
Australian authorities have warned of a new variant of swine flu. The members of the DP, Gusty Graas and André Bauler, asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the risk of this variant reaching Europe.
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Nosocomial infections in Luxembourg
Even in hospitals, patients can develop an infection. DP members Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health, among other things, about the current figures and how many specialised staff are working in this field in Luxembourg.
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Drone rescue of fawns from combine harvesters
The government announced a pilot project last summer to support the drone rescue of fawns from combine harvesters. DP MPs Max Hahn and Gusty Graas wanted more information on this pilot project.
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The resiliency of transportation routes for vaccines and medical equipment
In a document published by a global logistics firm, the point was raised that it could become difficult to deliver vaccines and medical equipment to remote areas during the pandemic in countries that are not as technologically advanced. MP Gusty Graas has raised his concerns with the Ministry for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and asked if such problems have come to be known so far...
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What is the reaction of the Minister of the Environment to the resignation of the president of the FSHCL?
The president of the hunter's federation motivated his resignation by the lack of constructive collaboration and a "contempt" ("Missachten") on the part of the Minister of the Environment vis-à-vis hunters. DP MPs Guy Arendt and Gusty Graas wanted to know the minister's reaction to these allegations and how the current situation is planned to be resolved.
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Too high a phosphate concentration in the water of the Haute-Sûre lake?
In a recent interview, the President of the Chamber of Agriculture regrets that no follow-up has been given to an analysis on the high concentration of phosphate in the water of the Haute-Sûre dam lake submitted to the Minister of the environment. This is why the deputy of the DP Gusty Graas asked for explanations on this subject from the minister in question.
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Oppression of the media in Burkina Faso
In June 2019, the criminal law was changed in Burkina Faso in such a way that it no longer allows for objective reporting in the news. Ever since, the media are facing an increasing resistance and they are becoming more and more exposed to the risk of consequences due to penal prosecution by the authorities. What is Luxembourg’s stance on this subject and what implications does this have on Luxembourg’s...
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What is the impact of the Myanmar coup on Luxembourg’s cooperation activities in the country?
After Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won the elections by a landslide, Myanmar’s army has taken control over the country via a coup in February. The leader of the Burmese civil government and members of her party were arrested and put under house arrest. What is Luxembourg’s position toward these events? How are the Luxembourgish agents currently working and helping in the area? Will these developments have...
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Is NATO getting its own bank?
An American ‘Think tank’ proposed to create a bank specifically for NATO to guarantee the financing of its member states’ defense materials. How would this system work and who would profit from it? MP Gusty Graas asked the responsible minister for answers.
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Nuclear waste repository in Bure: regular exchanges between France and Luxembourg?
The French environmental authority raised many criticisms in its opinion from January 13th on the proposed nuclear waste storage center in Bure. DP MPs Max Hahn and Gusty Graas wanted to know from the competent ministers, whether they were aware of what action the French authorities intend to take on this opinion, and whether there are regular exchanges between France and Luxembourg on this topic.
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Transgenic pigs from the United States for human consumption?
In the United States, the Food Safety Authority (FDA) has recently approved genetically modified pigs for human consumption. DP members Gusty Graas and André Bauler ask the Minister for Health and the Minister for Agriculture what they think about the use of these pigs in Europe for pharmaceutical or food production.
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What is going to happen to Alexej Nawalny after his arrest?
On Sunday Alexej Nawalny flew back from Germany to Moskow and he was arrested at his arrival. A strong international reaction came quickly. What will become of Kremlin’s critic and which consequences will the arrest have for Russia? MP Gusty Graas asked the respective minister in charge.
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What is going to happen to the refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina?
The refugees in the Lipa camp in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been without access to clean water, electricity, heating and tents for months. And this even though alternative options for more winterproof accommodations exist. Those refugees that try to make their way across the border, are retained by Croatian police by force and subjected to violence before being sent back. MPs Gilles Baum and Gusty...
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Is the CHAFEA relocating to Brussels?
At the beginning of 2020 discussions regarding a relocalisation of the CHAFEA caused some commotion. On the grounds of efficiency, a number of job positions and activities are to be relocated to Brussels. MP Gusty Graas asked the minister in charge what is currently the plan for CHAFEA
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International recognition of ecocide as a crime: what efforts has Luxembourg undertaken so far?
The government has decided in its current coalition agreement that it will support the recognition of ecocide as a crime. DP MPs Gusty Graas and Max Hahn wanted to know from the competent ministers what Luxembourg's efforts have been so far in this direction.
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Water from the Moselle river to water young vines?
The possibility of using water from the Moselle to irrigate young vines in times of extreme heat and drought already exists in Luxembourg, one only needs an authorization. However, few winegrowers take advantage of it, while the president of independent winegrowers is arguing for more use. What are the reasons for this? Should more information be provided on this possibility, or should the administrative...
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Donation funds in India
In India, the regulations for donations from abroad were changed in November. This has implications for the work of Luxembourgish NGOs. Gusty Graas, a DP MP, asked the minister in charge.
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Is it possible that CBD products will be prohibited in the EU
The European Commission announced this November that cannabidiol (CBD) could be classified as a narcotic. As a consequence, products containing natural CBD would be banned within the EU. The DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas have asked the Minister of Health some questions about this topic.
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Gusty Graas: The Benelux Parliament is an important instrument in the EU
The liberal MP Gusty Graas has been President of the Benelux Parliament for the last two years. The Parliament submits reports and recommendations to the governments of Brussels, The Hague and Luxembourg on issues affecting the three partner countries.
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A new rapid PCR test for Luxemourg?
A medical technology start-up has developed a new rapid PCR test. This test can be used in hospitals and doctors' surgeries. DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Health if this test will also be available in Luxembourg.
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Will our agriculture need more water?
Water is a vital resource, also for our agriculture. After the many warm summers, DP MPs Gusty Graas and André Bauler asked the responsible ministers how much agriculture, horticulture and viticulture currently need and will need in the future.
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The worrying situation in the El Guergarat passage
Morocco has launched an operation in the narrows of el Guergarat to guarantee the free circulation of people and goods. The "Polisario" and its militias have blocked the border crossing and threatened the ceasefire that has existed in this zone for about 30 years. In the context of these events, our MP Gusty Graas asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs some questions.
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A shuttle bus between the border parking in Stepernich and the railway station of Kleinbettingen?
In order to improve commuter traffic between Belgium and Luxembourg, two Walloon MPs have recently proposed organising a shuttle bus between the Stepernich border car park and the Kleinbettingen railway station. Gusty Graas, a DP MP, asked the minister responsible what he thought of this idea.
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Joe Biden: Hope, but no miracles
Good afternoon, On 3rd November, a historic election took place: The United States of America elected a new president. Historic because for the last four years the USA has had a president who has been known above all for his strong polarisation and destruction of multilateral relations. Hopes were high in many places that Donald Trump would be replaced. Fortunately, this hope has been fulfilled. The...
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