About: Luxembourg

Energy 25-06-2018

Claude Turmes: ‘In Council, I will continue running the show for Europe and the planet’

Former MEP Claude Turmes is attending his first Environment Council meeting on Monday (25 June), days after he left the European Parliament to join the government of Luxembourg. In an interview with EURACTIV, he explains how he sees his new role and what he hopes to achieve.
Competition 20-06-2018

French energy giant Engie hit with €120 million ‘illegal’ state aid ruling

Luxembourg will have to recover about €120 million in unpaid tax from French energy giant Engie, after the European Commission found the Grand Duchy guilty of breaching strict state aid rules.
Economy & Jobs 20-06-2018

Macron wins Merkel’s backing on budget for eurozone

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday (19 June) won German Chancellor Angela Merkel's backing for reforms that are aimed at bolstering the eurozone against crises, including a vaunted budget for the bloc.
Economy & Jobs 18-04-2018

ESPON Director: We need joint projects, activities to make Cohesion Policy successful

Territorial Cooperation has a limited spending scope and must be integrated into the mainstream cohesion policy funds, where there is a substantial amount of investment available, the director of ESPON EGTC, Ilona Raugze, told EURACTIV in an interview. ESPON EGTC...
Languages & Culture 15-02-2018

Luxembourgish makes comeback, bid for EU approval

Luxembourg's national language Letzebuergesch is making a comeback and fighting for official European Union recognition.
Energy 25-01-2018

11 member states smash 2020 renewables targets early

Eleven EU countries have already met their 2020 renewable energy goals ahead of schedule while the bloc as a whole has reached 17%, just shy of the overall target with two years to go, according to new data from Eurostat.
Languages & Culture 17-01-2018

Reding: ‘Endangered languages could be saved by the internet’

Internet platforms have helped the internet to become more multilingual, and especially less widely spoken languages like Luxembourgish, Viviane Reding told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Competition 18-12-2017

Commission launches investigation into IKEA’s tax rulings

The European Commission announced on Monday (18 December) that it is investigating Ikea’s tax bills as it suspects that the Swedish furniture maker may have benefited from illegal aid offered by the Netherlands, worth around €1 billion according to some reports.

Luxleaks case reaches highest grade of judgement

The hearing of an appeal case for Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet, who exposed corporate tax schemes in Luxembourg, opened on Thursday (November 23), after the European Parliament voted last month in favour of protection for whistleblowers.  EURACTIV France reports.

Luxembourg seeks to become Europe’s green finance hub

At the COP23 summit in Bonn, Luxembourg's finance and environment ministers joined with directors of the European Investment Bank to launch a de-risking mechanism that will allow financing of climate-friendly projects. 
Economy & Jobs 13-11-2017

France not impressed by Luxembourg’s bid to lead Eurogroup

Paris prefers the candidacy of Slovakia against that of Luxembourg, whose tax evasion record casts a shadow on its bid to lead the Eurogroup. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 27-10-2017

Luxembourg buys up surplus energy to hit renewable target, in EU first

Lithuania and Luxembourg became the first EU member states to agree on the transfer of renewable energy statistics on Thursday (26 October), meaning the Grand Duchy will now probably hit its 2020 target. Estonia hopes to broker a similar deal to finance its wind power ambitions.
Economy & Jobs 02-10-2017

EU eyes corporate rules shake-up with law on seat transfer

The European Commission is preparing a new directive on the cross-border transfer of company seats, a move that could have far-reaching implications for other areas of corporate governance, including tax planning and cross-border mergers, EURACTIV has learned.
Economy & Jobs 07-06-2017

OLAF investigates EU leaders in Panama Papers scandal

The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is investigating several European politicians and high-ranking civil servants for tax evasion, using information leaked in the Panama Papers scandal. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
Brexit 30-03-2017

Luxembourg stakes claim for EU banking body post-Brexit

Luxembourg has claimed the legal right to host the London-based European Banking Authority after Brexit, a government spokeswoman said today (30 March).

LuxLeaks whistleblowers handed reduced sentences on appeal

A Luxembourg court yesterday (16 March) gave reduced sentences on appeal to two LuxLeaks whistleblowers convicted of leaking thousands of documents that revealed tax breaks for multinational firms.
Economy & Jobs 15-03-2017

Ireland cries foul over competition for Brexit moves

Ireland has complained to the European Commission that it is being undercut by rival centres competing to host financial firms looking for a European Union base outside London after Brexit.
Freedom of thought 27-02-2017

Asselborn: Poland would not be allowed into the EU now

Poland would fail to join the European Union if it were to apply again and messing up the Brexit negotiations could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel.
Security 14-02-2017

Germany to deepen military ties with EU allies

Germany will move forward this week with plans to set up a joint fleet of Lockheed Martin Corp C-130J transport planes with France and join a Netherlands-led fleet of Airbus A330 tanker planes, defence ministry sources said on Monday (13 February).
Euro & Finance 02-02-2017

Greens slam Commission for blocking Panama Papers probe

MEPs from the Greens/EFA group voiced frustration today (2 February) with being blocked in their investigation of the Panama Papers and on the ways in which money laundering and tax evasion are made possible in the European Union.

EU court refutes accusations it abuses power

The European Union's top judge hit back at accusations that his court overstepped the mark with sweeping rulings imposed across the bloc, saying it was often left having to clear up vague legislation put together by the member states.

Euro & Finance 02-01-2017

Juncker accused of blocking EU efforts against tax avoidance

Jean-Claude Juncker deliberately blocked the EU's efforts to fight tax avoidance while in office as prime minister of Luxembourg, according to documents revealed by British daily The Guardian and the International Consortium of Journalists. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 20-12-2016

Prosecutors call for leniency against LuxLeaks whistleblowers

Prosecutors yesterday (19 December) recommended reduced sentences for two whistleblowers in the LuxLeaks tax scandal during closing arguments at an appeal trial in Luxembourg.
Euro & Finance 07-12-2016

Luxembourg ‘made 172 secret tax deals’ with companies in year after LuxLeaks

Luxembourg struck 172 secret tax deals in the year after the LuxLeaks scandal first exposed the prevalence of agreements made between the government and multinational corporations, new research published today (7 December) has revealed.