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2 min. 08.05.2021 From our online archive
In case you missed them, the Luxembourg Times has selected the best stories of the week for you
Solar cells on a roof in Luxembourg
Solar cells on a roof in Luxembourg
Photo credit: Guy Jallay

Luxembourg climate plans draw fire from two sides

Climate activists and capitalists are unlikely allies in criticising Luxembourg's ambitions to fight climate change, expressing doubt that a country that is a haven for motorists will change its habits anytime soon. 

The country's plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions - among the world's most ambitious - are vague, the antagonists agree, while industry groups want more signposts and less bureaucracy on the way to a cleaner future. 

UK deliveries coming with unexpected import charges  

Residents in Luxembourg are becoming reluctant to buy goods from the UK after Brexit, as they are being faced with import and tax charges they were not warned about when ordering items online.

No tariffs are due on goods transported between the UK and the European Union, because of a trade agreement the two sides negotiated out after Britain's departure from the 27-nation bloc. That is unless the goods originally stem from a third-party country, such as China.

Cargolux chairwoman quits Covid-skeptic website  

The new chairwoman at state-backed air freight company Cargolux cut ties with a website that amplifies false and misleading information about vaccines and regulations to limit Covid-19.

Christianne Wickler, one of five founders of the website launched in January, resigned along with another man on Wednesday, according to a filing with Luxembourg's business register.

JAB Holding investment firm plans change at top  

The Luxembourg investment holding company that runs a host of well-known consumer brands from Douwe Egberts coffee to luxury shoe firm Bally announced an upcoming change at the top on Monday, after the succession was approved by the billionaire Reimann family that established the company.

JAB said Joachim Creus, a lawyer now in his 40s who was involved in the company's string of mergers and acquisitions over the past decade, has been designated as successor to chairman Peter Harf.

Arrest in Luxembourg connected to Covid mask contract  

One person was arrested in the Grand Duchy this week in an investigation into whether Luxembourg company named Avrox delivered potentially unsafe facemasks that Belgium planned to distribute to its residents.

Two others were arrested in France between Tuesday and Thursday following a European arrest warrant, a spokesperson for the public prosecutor's office in Brussels told Luxembourg Times on Friday without further describing the people. A spokesman for the Grand Duchy's judicial administration, Henri Eippers, confirmed the Luxembourg arrest on Friday but referred other questions to Belgian prosecutors with jurisdiction over the case.  

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