Patrick Hoffnung: “It was an extraordinary first job”

Patrick Hoffnung: “It was an extraordinary first job”

This week’s instalment of “My First Job” features Patrick Hoffnung, general manager of the European Convention Center Luxembourg. He tells us about his first experiences in the tourism industry. What was your first student job? When I was studying in Aix-en-Provence, every summer I went back to my family in Nancy and gave tours of the city as a tour guide. At the same time, working at the tourist office, I was in charge of a programme called “Holidays for Those Who Stay”. It was very nice and had a…

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Schrems has Facebook data processing in sights for next coup

Schrems has Facebook data processing in sights for next coup

Max Schrems, the privacy activist who brought down the EU-US Privacy Shield data transfer agreement, spoke to EURACTIV Germany about his new case against Facebook, which he hopes could turn the tech giant’s entire data processing model upside down. Following the Austrian Supreme Court’s referral in July of Schrems’ case to Luxembourg, the EU Court of Justice will now decide whether Facebook’s processing of personal data is compatible with European law. If the EU Court were to rule in his favour, this would mean that “a large part of the…

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Conference on the Future of Europe: Time for your ideas

Conference on the Future of Europe: Time for your ideas

The Conference on the Future of Europe is looking for your ideas on how the EU should change and what it should focus on. Now is the time to get involved, EU affairs. After its official launch in spring, the Conference is entering a crucial stage: it needs to get as much input from citizens as possible on how the EU should face the challenges of a changing world. More than 5,000 ideas have been submitted to the online platform, on topics ranging from the climate emergency to European democracy….

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Vincent Verlaine: from Liège to Luxembourg

Vincent Verlaine: from Liège to Luxembourg

Liège-based Vincent Verlaine in 2009 expanded into Luxembourg. Growing a local customer base took a lot of energy, the brand’s business developer says as part of an interview series on shops crossing borders. This is the story of a Liège-based family business that has survived three generations and then arrived in Luxembourg in 2009. The owner, Vincent Lemineur, was offered the opportunity to take over the premises of the Tomcat shop in Strassen. “He always had in mind to enter the Luxembourg market one day”, says Guillaume Leclercq, responsible for…

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Norway to postpone end to COVID lockdown

Norway to postpone end to COVID lockdown

Norway postponed for a second time on Wednesday (28 July) a planned final step in the reopening of its economy from pandemic lockdown, due to the continued spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, the government said, writes Terje Solsvik, Reuters. Measures that will be kept in place to halt the spread of COVID-19 include bars and restaurants being limited to table service and limits of 20 people on gatherings in private homes. The government in April launched a four-step plan to gradually remove most pandemic restrictions, and had completed…

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Romania’s recovery plan drama continues

Romania’s recovery plan drama continues

As Brussels goes into summer recess, the topic of Romania’s recovery and resilience plan is far from being settled as the Commission is still seeking clarification on a series of important issues, media reported. Romania requested a one-month delay for the evaluation of its recovery plan to settle the problems. However, it appears more time will be needed following the summer holidays. Serious loopholes, including missing information regarding the costs and spending, as well as other inconsistencies, are currently plaguing the recovery plan, German newspaper Die Welt reported. Documents published…

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Rebound for ArcelorMittal

Rebound for ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal’s net profit reached $6.3 bn in the first half of the year, marking its best performance since 2008, it announced on Thursday. ArcelorMittal saw its sales jump 38% year-on-year to $35.5 bn in the first half of 2021. Its net profit rose to $6.3 bn, after a $1.7 bn loss a year earlier, when the covid-19 pandemic slowed both the demand and production of steel. “The second quarter was marked by a continued strong recovery and a tight-flow environment,” Aditya MittalAditya Mittal, CEO of the Luxembourg-based multinational, commented on…

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EU unveils plan to cut emissions 55% by 2030, wave fossil fuels goodbye

EU unveils plan to cut emissions 55% by 2030, wave fossil fuels goodbye

The European Commission tabled a root-and-branch review of the EU’s energy and climate laws on Wednesday, aiming to cut carbon emissions by 55% before the end of the decade and initiate a decisive break away from fossil fuels. At the centre of the reform is a review of the bloc’s carbon market, the emissions trading scheme (EU ETS), which puts a price on each tonne of CO2 emitted by around 10,000 installations in the power sector, the manufacturing industry, as well as intra-EU flights. As part of a broad package…

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France launches investigation into Pegasus spying allegations

France launches investigation into Pegasus spying allegations

The French government said on Thursday (22 July) that it had launched an investigation into allegations that Morocco mounted surveillance of President Emmanuel Macron’s mobile phone using the Israeli Pegasus software. “The President of the Republic is following this Pegasus file as closely as possible,” with “an exceptional defence council,” government spokesperson Gabriel Attal told broadcaster France Inter. “A number of cell phones, politicians, journalists have been targeted, and this investigation does not say whether these phones were all actually infected, whether data was removed from them. So that’s what…

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Cyprus warns citizens to reject Turkey’s calls for property claims

Cyprus warns citizens to reject Turkey’s calls for property claims

The National Council of Cyprus has called on Greek Cypriots to avoid appealing to a commission established by the pseudo-state occupied by Turkey in northern Cyprus in order to take back their properties, saying this would pose severe threats for national security. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on 20 July paid a visit to Varosha, a resort fenced off by the Turkish army immediately after the invasion of Cyprus in 1974. The Greek Cypriots who fled from Varosha were not allowed to return and with public entry prohibited, it has…

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