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.

« En juillet 2021, la Santé Publique France a présenté une étude sur l’exposition de la population française à des métaux lourds. Ce rapport conclut entre autres que la consommation fréquente de légumes issus de l’agriculture biologique est associée chez les enfants à une augmentation des concentrations urinaires en cuivre.

Dans ce contexte, j’aimerais poser les questions suivantes à Madame la Ministre de la Santé et à Madame la Ministre de la Protection des consommateurs :

  • Une étude pareille a-t-elle déjà été effectuée au Luxembourg ? Dans l’affirmative, quels en sont les résultats ?
  • Dans la négative, une telle étude est-elle prévue ? Le cas échéant, Madame la Ministre pourrait-elle donner des précisions à ce sujet ? 
  • À la connaissance de Madame la Ministre, quels sont les principaux facteurs exposant la population luxembourgeoise à des métaux lourds ? »

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Strengthening the rights of pregnant self-employed workers

Pregnant employees can apply for dispensation from work before their maternity leave, for example if they are unable to work for health reasons. The self-employed do not have this option, which can have a negative impact on the recalculation of their maternity benefits.
DP MPs Carole Hartmann and Mandy Minella have asked the relevant ministers whether paid dispensation from work or an equivalent mechanism will be introduced for pregnant self-employed workers.


Is a pharmacy coming to Bettendorf?

In 2023, the then Minister of Health rejected the installation of a pharmacy in Bettendorf. As the population in the region around Bettendorf continues to grow, DP MP André Bauler has asked the new Minister of Health whether she would reconsider her predecessor’s decision. Has the Minister of Health possibly already been contacted by the municipality of Bettendorf and could other municipalities get a new pharmacy?


Introduction of skin cancer screening?

Since 2008, skin cancer screening has been available in Germany for all policyholders aged 35 and over. As a result, many cases of skin cancer are detected earlier.
DP MPs André Bauler and Gilles Baum wanted to know from the Minister for Health how skin cancer figures have developed here in the country since 2013, whether such screening would also be useful in Luxembourg and why only figures for melanoma (black skin cancer) are collected.

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Reassignment of primary school teachers to their municipality

DP MPs Gilles Baum and Barbara Agostino raised questions to the Minister for Education concerning the reassignment of primary school teachers to their municipality. In particular, they wanted to know how many posts have been published on list 1bis over the last 5 years, what the approach is in terms of prioritizing candidates and, in general, whether the nominations for list 1 by local the authorities should still be the norm.